David Reininger - Motorsport News International - www.motorsport.com Abbottstown, PA (February 27, 1999) - Kevin Gobrecht won his second race of the season after leading the last nine laps at Lincoln Speedway this afternoon. Gobrecht, who won an...
David Reininger - Motorsport News International - www.motorsport.com
Abbottstown, PA (February 27, 1999) - Kevin Gobrecht won his second race of the season after leading the last nine laps at Lincoln Speedway this afternoon. Gobrecht, who won an Allstar race in Florida, now drives the John Zemaitis owned No. 11 Zemco Header Special as teammate to Billy Pauch.
Gobrecht started ninth but moved quickly to the fifth spot by the third lap. "When I drew number nine I walked back a little disgusted. A half minute later, I thought, well, I started tenth last time and got second. Start ninth, I'm going to win this thing," said a smiling Kevin Gobrecht from victory lane.
Armed with a fierce determination to win and a heavy right foot the New Oxford, Pennsylvania driver continues to show brilliant levels of talent despite what he says after the race. "We got the breaks coming up through," Gobrecht said. "A couple of guys bobbled and I got by them. I just got lucky and got the moves."
Several teams were not so lucky this afternoon. Although no one was hurt in any of the mayhem, a few dilapidated sprint cars were loaded into transporters at the end of the day. Keith Kauffman set the mood early for the first portion of the race. Before lap one could be completed, Kauffman flipped violently into turn one in his new ride, the Middleswarth Potato Chips No. 7. Shawn Keen, Glendon Forsythe and Kenny Adams were involved. All but Kauffman were able to continue.
Once under green, last week's winner, Fred Rahmer, slowed in turn two bringing the race to a halt again.
It only took one more lap to have the red flag appear twice more. First Billy Wilburn, crew member on Rusty Wallace's Winston Cup team, flipped down the front stretch, badly damaging his car. On the restart, Todd Gracey spun in turn two collecting the No. 8 of Dan Dietrich, who was knocked on his side. Shawn Keen managed to topple over a few yards beyond the initial contact.
Four flips, three red flags, a yellow and a third of the field eliminated with three laps in the book. It was starting to look like it might be a long day.
Gobrecht lined up fifth behind Steve Siegel, Jeff Rohrbaugh, Brian Paulus, and Greg Hodnett for the restart. Gobrecht relegated Hodnett to fifth in one lap. Paulus, who was having trouble getting the handle on the cushion, slid high allowing Gobrecht to move underneath the 28 car on lap seven.
At half distance, a three car battle for the point ensued just as the leaders approached lapped traffic. Gobrecht passed Rohrbaugh on lap thirteen and set his sights on leader, Steve Siegel. Three laps later, Gobrecht and Siegel crossed the start finsh line in a dead heat. Gobrecht took the lead on lap seventeen and managed to put some backmarkers between himself and Siegel before the yellow flag appeared with two to go.
Gobrecht's engined soured at the end but he still had enough power to win by half the length of the front straight. "Those last two laps, the motor didn't take off. I'm on about six or seven cylinders," said Gobrecht.
Once in victory lane, Gobrecht said, "I feel lucky to be here,"
I've got news for you. It takes a lot more than luck to make it to victory lane at Lincoln Speedway.
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 27, 1999 SUPER SPRINTS Feature (25 laps) - 1. 11-Kevin Gobrecht ($2,500); 2. 59-Steve Siegel; 3. 12-Greg Hodnett; 4. 28-Brian Paulus; 5. 88-Todd Shaffer; 6. 1-Billy Pauch; 7. 4J-Jeff Shepard; 8. 461-Lance Dewease; 9. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 10. 17E-Cris Eash; 11. 77E-Dave Ely; 12. 10N-Dave Haight; 13. 20-Brian Ellenberger; 14. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 15. 88A-Kenny Adams (DNF); 16. 94-Glendon Forsythe (DNF); 17. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr. (DNF); 18. 25-Todd Gracey (DNF); 19. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNF); 20. 53-Shawn Keen (DNF); 21. 0-Billy Wilburn (DNF); 22. 55-Mike Wagner (DNF); 23. 77-Fred Rahmer (DNF); 24. 7-Keith Kauffman (DNF). No Time Lap Leaders - Steve Siegel (1-16), Kevin Gobrecht (17-25) 1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 28-Brian Paulus; 2. 12-Greg Hodnett; 3. 77E-Dave Ely; 4. 1-Billy Pauch; 5. 25-Todd Gracey; 6. 88A-Kenny Adams; 7. 0-Billy Pauch; 8. 10N-Dave Haight; 9. 92-Jon Armstrong; 10. 03-Jeff Miller; 11. 00-Shane Smith. Time - 2:19.27 2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 59-Steve Siegel; 2. 55-Mike Wagner; 3. 77-Fred Rahmer; 4. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 4J-Jeff Shepard; 6. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 7. 20-Brian Ellenberger; 8. 26-Pat Cooper; 9. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); DNS - 3-Bob Bennett, 32-Randy Glover. Time - 2:18.97 3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 11-Kevin Gobrecht; 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 8-Dan Dietrich; 4. 461-Lance Dewease; 5. 88-Todd Shaffer; 6. 7-Barry Camp; 7. 53-Shawn Keen; 8. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 9. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 10. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr. (DNF); 11. 46-Chad Layton (DNF). 2:16.78 Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 10N-Dave Haight; 2. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 3. 0-Billy Wilburn; 4. 53-Shawn Keen; 5. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 6. 20-Brian Ellenberger; 7. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 8. 3-Bob Bennett; 9. 43-Larry Shive; 10. 46-Chad Layton; 11. 32-Randy Glover; 12. 26-Pat Cooper; 13. 92A-Jon Armstrong (DNF); 14. 00-Shane Smith (DNF); 15. 03-Jeff Miller (DNF). No Time