Lincoln Speedway 99-03-20

KEITH KAUFFMAN LEADS EVERY LAP IN LINCOLN SPRINT WIN; by Bill Meyer ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/20/99 - The man Jeff Gordon recently called one of his heros showed that he still has it in winning the 25 lap super sprint feature at...


by Bill Meyer ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/20/99 - The man Jeff Gordon recently called one of his heros showed that he still has it in winning the 25 lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday afternoon. Keith Kauffman started outside the front row, grabbed the lead from polesitter and dry-slick track specialist Donnie Kreitz Jr. at the drop of the green, and kept his nose clean for 25 laps to register his ninth career win at the Pigeon Hills oval. "Everybody's been probably been saying I'm getting too old and hitting too much stuff and I can't see anything," Kauffman joked after exiting the Middleswarth No.7 sprinter in victory lane, "This Middleswarth crew, Dave and his whole family, and all these guys have been busting there butts trying to get this team put together." "You know Donnie Kreitz started along side of me, and if he would have got the jump on me and got going, he would have probably won the race. There were a lot of tough cars here today, and we just had a little luck on our side this time and ended up out here (victory lane). I like a dry-slick tracks, I've run a lot of them, but Donnie (Kreitz) is really good on this kind of we did OK." Despite repeated challenges by Kreitz, Kauffman led every lap. Kreitz ran second every lap, with two-time winner Fred Rahmer crossing third, Billy Pauch fourth, and Brian Paulus fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Kevin Gobrecht, Steve Siegel, Ohio invader Chad Kemenah (who started 23rd), Greg Hodnett, and Lance Dewease. Cris Eash, who yielded to Rahmer on lap three and passed him back a lap later, blew an engine and dropped from the field while running fourth on and 8th lap caution restart. Rahmer slipped under early-season sensation Brian Paulus for third following an 11th lap caution restart. Kreitz closed on Kauffman when the leaders entered lapped traffic on lap 17, but then Kauffman pulled away to a 1.2-second lead in lapped traffic by the time Jeff Shepard brought out the race's final caution flag with a spin in turn two of lap 20. The win ended a streak of bad luck for the Mifflintown driver at Lincoln. "I really love running at this place but boy, I tore up a lot of stuff...I never hit so much in my life," said an outwardly happy Kauffman in victory lane. "But I didn't hit nothing today." "I've been away for a lot of years but I always enjoy coming back, especially all these hometown tracks," Kauffman said. "I love running at Lincoln but, boy, I just hit too much stuff here. It was just a lot of work putting this team together this quick, and people don't realize how much time and effort it takes. They've even got me working, and I don't even work that much anymore!!" Heats for the 38 super sprints on hand were won by Kreitz, Todd Gracey, Billy Pauch and Kauffman. Twin consolations were won by Kenny Adams and Dave Haight. LINCOLN SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS SATURDAY - MARCH 20, 1999 SUPER SPRINTS Feature (25 laps) - 1. 7-Keith Kauffman ($2,500); 2. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 3. 77-Fred Rahmer; 4. 1-Billy Pauch; 5. 28-Brian Paulus; 6. 11-Kevin Gobrecht; 7. 59-Steve Siegel; 8. 15-Chad Kemenah; 9. 12-Greg Hodnett; 10. 461-Lance Dewease; 11. 25-Todd Gracey; 12. 10N-Dave Haight; 13. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 14. 88A-Kenny Adams; 15. 4J-Jeff Shepard; 16. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 17. 88-Todd Shaffer; 18. 77E-Dave Ely; 19. 20-Brian Ellenberger; 20. 29-Jimmy McBee; 21. 3-Bob Bennett; 22. 8-Billy Dietrich (DNF); 23. 17E-Cris Eash (DNF); 24. 17K-Steve Wilbur (DNF). No Time Lap Leaders - Keith Kauffman (1-25) 1st Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 2. 28-Brian Paulus; 3. 59-Steve Siegel; 4. 29-Jimmy McBee; 5. 88A-Kenny Adams; 6. Johnny Mackison Jr.; 7. 53-Shawn Keen; 8. 55S-Bill Sims; 9. 10-Chad Wolf; 10. 99-Jonathan Stevens (DNF). No Time 2nd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 25-Todd Gracey; 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3. 4J-Jeff Shepard; 4. 8-Billy Dietrich; 5. 77E-Dave Ely; 6. 15-Chad Kemenah; 7. 03-Jeff Miller; 8. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 9. 26-Pat Cooper (DNF). Time - 2:23.21 3rd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 1-Billy Pauch; 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 12-Greg Hodnett; 4. 88-Todd Shaffer; 5. 3-Bob Bennett; 6. 10N-Dave Haight; 7. 11N-Ed Neumeister; 8. 32-Randy Glover; 9. 0-John Garrett (DNF); 10. 7E-Darren Eash (DNF). Time - 2:23.54 4th Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 7-Keith Kauffman; 2. 11-Kevin Gobrecht; 3. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 20-Brian Ellenberger; 5. 40-Mark Imler; 6. 17K-Steve Wilbur; 7. 00-Shane Smith; 8. 6W-Josh Wells; 9. 461-Lance Dewease (DNF). No Time 1st Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 88-Kenny Adams; 2. 77E-Dave Ely; 3. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 4. 15-Chad Kemenah; 5. 53-Shawn Keen; 6. 03-Jeff Miller; 7. 55S-Billy Sims; 8. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 9. 10-Chad Wolf (DNF); DNS - 26-Pat Cooper, 99-Jonathon Stevens. No Time 2nd Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 10N-Dave Haight; 2. 461-Lance Dewease; 3. 3-Bob Bennett; 4. 17K-Steve Wilbur; 5. 11N-Ed Neumeister; 6. 40-Mark Imler; 7. 00-Shane Smith; 8. 32G-Randy Glover; 9. 6W-Josh Wells; 10. 0-John Garrett; 11. 7E-Darren Eash (DNF). No Time

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Series Sprint
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jeff Miller , Brian Paulus , Billy Pauch , Kenny Adams , Chad Kemenah