RAHMER PREPS FOR LINCOLN OUTLAW SHOW WITH SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN; Fred Rahmer in victory lane again! ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/23/98 - "I ain't making no predictions...
RAHMER PREPS FOR LINCOLN OUTLAW SHOW WITH SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN; Fred Rahmer in victory lane again! ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/23/98 - "I ain't making no predictions but at least now I know I can beat them. I'll tell you right now that when I come here next week it won't be for second place." So said Fast Freddy Rahmer in victory lane at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. For the past six Lincoln races, Rahmer has looked like the best driver in the world. If he's to make it seven in-a-row, he'll have to beat them. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws make their annual stop in the Pigeon Hills next Saturday night. This week though, Rahmer extended his Lincoln winning streak to six in-a-row, taking the lead from Jeff Rohrbaugh on the seventh lap and then cruising the rest of the way to pick up the 62nd of his career at Lincoln. "It's pretty unbelievable," said Rahmer upon exiting his sprinter in victory lane. "We've been very fortunate, got a lot of breaks, and I'm just lucky to be standing here. It might look easy, but you know I've gotten a lot of breaks with these guys moving around on the track. If Cris (Eash) gets through, I'm in trouble...all the hard work the guys do back at the shop is why we end up standing here." Outside frontrow starter Shawn Weaver grabbed the lead over polesitter Chris Knopp at the drop of the green with Dave Haight (who started fourth), Rohrbaugh (who started fifth), Brian Montieth, and Knopp following after one lap. After a caution restart on the fourth lap, Rohrbaugh passed Haight for second place and moved past Weaver for the lead on the sixth lap. But it was short-lived. Rahmer, who started 12th, was quickly moving through the field and passed Cris Eash in the first and second turns for fourth on the fifth lap, and then passed Haight and Weaver on the sixth lap for second. Rahmer then blew past Rohrbaugh exiting the fourth turn for the lead to complete the seventh lap. The caution then came out on the eighth lap when the former race-leader Rohrbaugh lost a driveline on the frontstretch just as Rahmer passed him for the lead. From there, Rahmer had Eash to contend with the rest of the way. But the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Points leader never looked back over the remaining laps as he took the checkered 4.76 seconds over Eash in the end, and lapped all but the top-eight finishers in the process. "That was the most enjoyable night in racing, but it was more of a relief because we have the equipment to do it and it took a long time to do it," Rahmer said when reflecting on his phenomenal week where he won five races in-a-row at area tracks, which all culminated with him beating the World of Outlaws at Lernerville Speedway this past Tuesday night. "We got a good old fashion ass-whooping up at the Grove, but, we'll see what happens here next week." Finishing third through fifth behind Eash were Steve Siegel, Tim Shaffer (who has finished in the top ten every Lincoln race this season), and Haight. Completing the top ten were Johnny Mackison, Jr., Jesse Wentz, Dave Ely, Dan Dietrich, and Brook Weibley. Heats for the 27 super sprints were won by Montieth, Mackison, and Siegel. Billy Dietrich won the consolation race.
Next week, Saturday, May 30th, Lincoln Speedway will host the invading Pennzoil World of Outlaw Tour, along with the thundercars. Gates open at 5 p.m., with fans permitted into the pits to get an up-close look at the Outlaw cars and stars for an hour until 6 p.m. Hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. and time trials get underway at 7 p.m. _________________________________________________________________ LINCOLN SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS SATURDAY - MAY 23, 1998 SUPER SPRINTS Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 59-Steve Siegel; 4. 12-Tim Shaffer; 5. 07-Dave Haight; 6. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 7. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 8. 77E-Dave Ely; 9. 8-Dan Dietrich; 10. 32W-Brook Weibley; 11. 87-George Suprick; 12. 32G-Randy Glover; 13. 67-Tim Hershey; 14. 29T-Neil Amspacher; 15. 12B-Brian Montieth (DNF); 16. 88-Sean Michael (DNF); 17. 48-Chris Knopp (DNF); 18. 69-Shawn Weaver (DNF); 19. 4L-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 20. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); 21. 3H-Kevin Higgins (DNF); 22. 29M-Keith McMannus (DNF); 23. 0-Billy Wilburn (DNF); 24. 8D-Billy Dietrich (DNF). No Time Lap Leaders - Shawn Weaver (1-5), Jeff Rohrbaugh (6), Fred Rahmer (7-25) 1st Heat (10 Laps\6 to qualify) - 1. 12B-Brian Montieth; 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3. 17E-Cris Eash; 4. 48-Chris Knopp; 5. 77E-Dave Ely; 6. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 7. 32G-Randy Glover; 8. 29T-Neil Amspacher; 9. 43-Larry Shive (DNF). Time - 2:29.53 2nd Heat (10 Laps\6 to qualify) - 1. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 2. 88-Sean Michael; 3. 07-Dave Haight; 4. 8-Dan Dietrich; 5. 0-Billy Wilburn; 6. 3H-Kevin Higgins; 7. 29M-Keith McMannus; 8. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 9. 03-Jeff Miller. No Time 3rd Heat (10 Laps\6 to qualify) - 1. 59-Steve Siegel; 2. 12-Tim Shaffer; 3. 69-Shawn Weaver; 4. 4L-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 32W-Brook Weibley; 6. 87-George Suprick; 7. 6-Eric Mathiot; 8. 67-Tim Hershey (DNF); 9. 7E-Darren Eash (DNF). No Time Consolation (5 Laps\6 to qualify) - 1. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 2. 32G-Randy Glover; 3. 67-Tim Hershey; 4. 29M-Keith McMannus; 5. 43-Larry Shive; 6. 29T-Neil Amspacher; 7. 6-Eric Mathiot (DNF); 8. 03-Jeff Miller (DNF); DNS - 7E-Darren Eash. No Time