Abbottstown, PA, 10/10/03 - It was two years ago (5/19/2001) when Niki Young ended up in the outside front stretch wall the victim of a Fred Rahmer slide job gone bad while only four laps away from his first career super sprint win. Though he ...
Abbottstown, PA, 10/10/03 - It was two years ago (5/19/2001) when Niki Young ended up in the outside front stretch wall the victim of a Fred Rahmer slide job gone bad while only four laps away from his first career super sprint win.
Though he finally scored his first career win by passing Greg Hodnett late in the race on April 19th of this year, it was Friday night's race-winning pass he had waited two years to make.
"I've owed that to Fred for a long time, so I think we're even now," said a jubilant Young in victory lane as his family, friends and son looked on. "I knew I was faster than he was...his car didn't look real good."
"I showed him where I was at, and on that last restart, he moved to where I was going. So I had to move to the top and try and get up some momentum to get underneath him before he could chop me off. Everything worked out for us tonight, and this is awesome!"
Young was the fifth and final leader in the final race of the season.
Bobby Weaver started on the outside of the front row and paced the field the first six laps before being victimized by a clean Lance Dewease slider in the third and fourth turns of lap seven. Dewease pulled up lame with a packed wheel while leading on lap 11, handing the lead back over to "Freebird" Bobby Weaver. But during the caution, Weaver came to a stop with power steering and fuel pump problems, handing the lead to polesitter Glenndon Forsythe.
Dewease was able to return to action, but the newly-crowned 2003 Cindy Rowe Paintless Dent Repair Lincoln Speedway Super Sprint Champ had to settle for a 12th place finish.
Forsythe led lap 11, but couldn't hold off fourth-starting Fred Rahmer, who made the pass with a low-side move on turn four of lap 12. Rahmer pulled away from the rest of the field, building a .78-second lead by the time fifth-starting Nike Young closed on Forsythe. Young drove by Forsythe on turns three and four following a 17th lap caution for Ron Kramer, and rapidly closed in on Rahmer before an 18th-lap caution came out for Cris Eash, who stopped on the front stretch with a flat right rear.
Rahmer held off repeated challenges from the Niederer Sanitation/Flooring Outlaw No.10N over the next three laps, but the Spring Grove racer clearly had the fastest car and drove around the Miller Brothers/Media Camping Center No.88H exiting turn four of lap 22. From there, Young drove away to a 1.64-second win, his second of the year at Lincoln and third overall this season.
Then with a right-rear tire gradually losing pressure, the former seven-time Lincoln Speedway champ tried in vain to hold off three-time 2003 Lincoln winner Greg Hodnett for second. Hodnett drove his Apple Dealerships "Red Rocket" No.12 by the winless Rahmer on the backstretch of the final lap.
Tenth-starting Darren Eash and 11th-starting Brook Weibley completed the top five.
Rounding out the top-10 were Forsythe, Brian Leppo, 23rd-starting Brian Montieth, Eric Stambaugh, and Todd Hestor.
"I owe this one to the crew, man," said the outwardly happy winner. "We couldn't get this car to work for nothin'"
"I went over to the shop on Wednesday night and the thing was sitting on scales. We messed with it all night trying to get it right, and it's a lot better than it's been."
He also thanked his sponsors, including Niederer Sanitation, Stambaugh Enterprises, Flooring Outlaw, Creative Hair and Nail Design, D&D Septic, and Windy Acre Farms, VRP Shocks, and Hoosier Tires.
Heats for the 28 sprints were won by Rahmer, Young and Forsythe, with Hestor winning the consolation.
For a second straight year, the thundercar point championship went down to the final race.
Last year, a feature crash cost Steve Clabaugh the points title on the final night. This year, a second-place finish combined with points leader Bernie Beard's 11th-place finish gained Clabaugh his first-ever Lincoln thundercar title.
Clabaugh's championship run culminated a 400-point swing over the final two months of the season, beginning with a two-win night for Clabaugh on August 23rd.
Winner of the race was Duane Watson, who started outside the front row and led all 20 laps. Crossing third behind Clabaugh was Bryan Wagaman, with Dan Zechman and Mike Gladfelter completing the top five.
Watson, retired from racing following the 2002 racing season, was filling in for Bobby Rudisill in the No.3R over the final month of the season. The win was the first of the year and sixth of Watson's career in the Pigeon Hills.
Heats for the 28 thundercars were won by Jim Rost, Mike Ciezobka and Gladfelter.
Friday night closed out the racing portion of the 2003 season in the Pigeon Hills, but two events remain.
The Lincoln Racers Flea Market will be held on Saturday, November 8th from 6 AM until 2 PM, rain or shine. Breakfast will be available from 6 AM to 10 AM, and lunch from 9 AM until 2 PM. Reservations for vender space can be obtained by calling the Sel-Wil, Inc. office at (717) 697-1321.
The 2003 Lincoln Speedway Awards Banquet will be held once again at the Altland House Banquet facility in the White Rose Room at the York Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 15th. Doors will open at 6 PM with dinner being served at 7:15 PM.
Points money and special awards will be distributed for the 410 and 358 sprint divisions, as well as the thundercars. Tickets are limited in quantity, and will be available through and including the Racers Flea Market on November 8th.
To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at www.lincolnspeedway.com to stay up-to-date on all the action or pending weather conditions at Central Pennsylvania's "Premier" Saturday night race track - The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway.
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 10N-Niki Young ($2,500); 2. 12-Greg Hodnett; 3. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 4. 22-Darren Eash; 5. 32-Brook Weibley; 6. 21-Glenndon Forsythe; 7. 71-Brian Leppo; 8. 21P-Brian Montieth; 9. 5-Eric Stambaugh; 10. 7M-Todd Hestor; 11. 7-Keith Kauffman; 12. 77-Lance Dewease; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 14. 66-Jim Siegel; 15. 47J-Jeff Busby; 16. 17E-Cris Eash; 17. 25-Adrian Shaffer; 18. 3B-Randy Baughman; 19. 17B-Ron Kramer; 20. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 21. 38-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 22. 3W-Chris Webb (DNF); 23. 85-Ken Berwager (DNF); 24. 30-Doug Esh (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Bobby Weaver (1-6), Lance Dewease (7-10), Glenndon Forsythe (11), Fred Rahmer (12-21), Niki Young (22-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 77-Lance Dewease; 4. 47J-Jeff Busby; 5. 71-Brian Leppo; 6. 85-Ken Berwager; 7. 3W-Chris Webb; 8. 38-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 9. 30-Doug Esh (DNF); DNS - 31D-Kevin Drury. Time - 2:17.58
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 10N-Niki Young; 2. 22-Darren Eash; 3. 12-Greg Hodnett; 4. X-Bobby Weaver; 5. 17B-Ron Kramer; 6. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 7. 21-Brian Montieth; 8. 3B-Randy Baughman; 9. 8-Sean Michael (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21-Glenndon Forsythe; 2. 7-Keith Kauffman; 3. 32-Brook Weibley; 4. 66-Jim Siegel; 5. 5-Eric Stambaugh; 6. 25-Adrian Shaffer; 7. 7M-Todd Hestor; 8. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 9. 43-Larry Shive. Time - 2:20.51
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7M-Todd Hestor; 2. 30-Doug Esh; 3. 38-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 3B-Randy Baughman; 5. 21-Brian Montieth; 6. 3W-Chris Webb; 7. 43-Larry Shive; DNS - 31D-Kevin Drury, 8-Sean Michael. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 3R-Duane Watson; 2. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 3. W-Bryan Wagaman; 4. 98-Dan Zechman; 5. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 6. 14-Chet McCormick; 7. 9-Al Cramer; 8. 1B-Neil Smith; 9. 70-Duane Hahn; 10. 8-Robert Bopst; 11. X-Bernie Beard; 12. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 13. 1W-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 14. 8X-Bill Brown (DNF); 15. 6G-Ron Grim; 16. 21A-Mike Zeigler Sr. (DNF); 17. 33-Jeff Allen (DNF); 18. 39-Wayne Dutterer (DNF); 19. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF); 20. 61-Mike Ciezobka (DNF); 21. 11-Jim Rost (DNF); 22. 61S-Kenny Slaybaugh (DNF); DNS - B52-Nat Tuckey, 1W-Mike Walls, 7X-Tony Rose. No Time
Lap Leaders - Duane Watson (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 11R-Jim Rost; 2. 9-Al Cramer; 3. 3R-Duane Watson; 4. W-Bryan Wagaman; 5. 8MD-David Prunkl; 6. X-Bernie Beard; 7. 8-Robert Bopst; 8. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 9. 33-Jeff Allen (DNF). Time - 2:52.48
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 2. B52-Nat Tuckey; 3. 98-Dan Zechman; 4. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 5. 70-Duane Hahn; 6. 61S-Kenny Slaybaugh; 7. 8X-Bill Brown; 8. 7X-Tony Rose; 9. 17H-Dwain Toot (DNS). Time - 2:54.01
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 2. 14-Chet McCormick; 3. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 4. 30-Craig Wagaman; 5. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 6. 6G-Ron Grim; 7. 1W-Mike Walls (DNF); DNS - 91-Tom Slusser Jr., 1B-Greg Feltch, 28-Tom Walls Jr.. No Time