Friday - October 15, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa. DEWEASE FASTEST EVER AT LINCOLN, THEN CLAIMS WELD MEMORIAL AT LINCOLN; Watson becomes 16th different thundercar winner of '99 ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/15/99 - "The only thing you can do...
Friday - October 15, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa.
DEWEASE FASTEST EVER AT LINCOLN, THEN CLAIMS WELD MEMORIAL AT LINCOLN; Watson becomes 16th different thundercar winner of '99
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/15/99 - "The only thing you can do is drive as hard as you can and if you take the checkered first I guess you won."
Earlier this year, Mont Alto's Lance Dewease didn't realize he was leading when he crossed under the checkered flag. Friday night, Dewease thought he was leading when he wasn't. In the end, he left no doubt who was the class of the field in the Annual Kenny Weld Memorial for super sprints.
Dewease took the lead from Cris Eash with two laps to go to claim his first-ever Weld Memorial event. It was his third Lincoln win of the year and came after he became the first driver to ever circle the high banks of Lincoln in less than 13 seconds.
"I didn't know Cris (Eash) was leading the race before that caution came out," exclaimed a happy Dewease upon exiting his sprinter in victory lane, "I actually thought he was a lapped car because he wasn't going that fast when I came up to him...you really didn't know who was where, and they put him back in front of me under the caution and I thought, 'Man, he's leading this race'."
Polesitter Sean Michael led the first nine non-stop laps before yielding to third-starting Eash. Eash then paced the field through heavy lapped traffic, with Dewease moving into the runner-up spot on lap 17. Meanwhile, a three-car battle for third ended in the race's only caution on the 25th lap. Greg Hodnett and Dave Ely tangled in turns three and four, collecting 1999 Cindy Rowe Auto Glass track champ Fred Rahmer. Hodnett pulled out of a "360" and kept rolling, while Rahmer and Ely were left sitting and forced to rejoin the rear.
"I really didn't need that caution, because my car was really coming good," Dewease added. "I messed up a bit on that caution...I got the wing too far back and I wasn't quite as good as I was and that's why I had to wait for lapped traffic."
Dewease chased his new-found leader for the next 14 laps before the drivers swapped the lead on lap 38 and Dewease making the race-winning pass on the first and second turns of the next-to-last lap. He raced away over the final lap for a 1.17-second win over Hodnett, who caught Eash while crossing under the white flag.
"My hats off to Cris, because he had post-concussion syndrome and that's a tough thing to have. I had a concussion before, and I'm glad to see he came back strong like he did. He beat the Outlaws on (Williams Grove) preliminary night and ran fourth the second night. I'm really happy for him."
The win, Dewease's 11th of his career at Lincoln, was worth $5,000 plus lap and contingency money. It was his 13th overall win of 1999.
"I really enjoy this place," Dewease added. "I really like coming here...we struggled early in the year here a little bit and struggled some last year a little bit.
He then dropped a bombshell by announcing that the Joe Harz-owned CnB Mushroom Farms No.88H may be running more often at Lincoln next year. "We're not running for points anywhere next year, the fans are great here, and we just may come down here to give Fred (Rahmer) a run for his money!!"
"This is a new car and this is the first motor Don Ott built for this deal and we set fast time the first time out with it, we timed good at the Grove against the outlaws and set a new track record tonight. I actually didn't think the motor was going to make it all night. It hasn't felt right all night long. I'm not sure what was causing it but the motor lasted and we can 't find nothing wrong with it...so maybe it's all just in my head."
Finishing behind Dewease, Hodnett, and Eash were Kasey Kahne and Michael. Completing the top ten were Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Rahmer, Jesse Wentz, Todd Shaffer, and Danny Jones.
Earlier, Dewease recorded the fastest lap ever at Lincoln Speedway, by becoming the first driver ever to record a 12 second lap in time trials with a one-lap time of 12.730 seconds - beating the old record of 13.146 seconds was set by Jeff Shepard on 7/4/98. One other driver, Kahne, broke the old record as well with a 12.937 second lap. Ironically, the Zemco No.1 car that Kahne was driving was the previous record-holding car.
Heats for the 37 sprinters on hand were won by Allentown's Sean Michael in the Walt Dyer No.461 sprinter, Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer, Hanover's Danny Jones and Davidsville's Matt Wingard. York's Johnny Mackison Jr. won the B-Main.
Abbottstown's Duane Watson became the 16th different winner in 29 races in the 15-lap thundercar feature. Watson started on the pole and held off challenges of both Nat Tuckey (for the first ten laps) and then Mike Zeigler (for the final five laps) to claim his second career win at Lincoln. The final margin of victory was less than a car length. Zeigler crossed second, with Tuckey third, Tony Kuhn fourth, and Mike Zeigler, Jr. completing the top five.
Heats for the thundercars were won by Zeigler, Bryan Wagaman and Zeigler Jr. Bob Scott Jr. won the consolation.
Don't forget to check-out Lincoln Speedway On-line at http://www.lincolnspeedway.com for all the latest results, statistics and point standings. Lincoln Speedway will close out it season Saturday night with the rained-out Bobby Abel Memorial racing program featuring all three regular divisions at the Pigeon Hills oval - super sprints, 358 sprints & thundercars and fireworks to close out the millennium in the Pigeon Hills. Gates open at 5 PM, with racing action getting underway at 7:30 PM.
RACE RESULTS Friday - October 15, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa. 3RD ANNUAL KENNY WELD MEMORIAL
Super Sprints: Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 88H-Lance Dewease ($5,000);2. 12-Greg Hodnett ($3,000); 3. 17E-Cris Eash ($2,000); 4. 1-Kasey Kahne ($1,400); 5. 461-Sean Michael ($1,200); 6. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr. ($1,100); 7. 77-Fred Rahmer ($1,000); 8. 2W-Jesse Wentz ($900); 9. 88-Todd Shaffer ($775); 10. 8J-Danny Jones ($675); 11. 7-Keith Kauffman ($575); 12. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr. ($475); 13. 53-Shawn Keen ($350); 14. 77E-Dave Ely ($350); 15. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh ($325); 16. 16-Cliff Brian ($325)(DNF); 17. 49-Matt Wingard ($325) (DNF); 18. 7M-Todd Hestor ($325)(DNF); 19. 22-Rodney Duncan ($325)(DNF); 20. 07-Curt Michael ($300)(DNF); 21. 25-Todd Gracey ($300)(DNF); 22. 6-Chris Knopp ($300)(DNF); 23. 32-Brook Weibley ($300)(DNF); 24. 10N-Dave Haight ($300)(DNF).
Lap Leaders - Sean Michael (1-9), Cris Eash (10-38), Lance Dewease (39-40)
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 461-Sean Michael; 2. 88H-Lance Dewease; 3. 53-Shawn Keen; 4. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 5. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 6. 10N-Dave Haight; 7. 16C-Cliff Brian; 8. 26-Pat Cooper; 9. 32G-Randy Glover. Time - 2:20.36
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer; 2. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 3. 1-Kasey Kahne; 4. 77E-Dave Ely; 5. 35-Todd Gracey; 6. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 7. 07-Curt Michael; 8. 2K-Glendon Forsythe; 9. 43-Larry Shive. Time - 2:19.19
3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 8J-Danny Jones; 2. 7-Keith Kauffman; 3. 22-Rodney Duncan; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 88-Todd Shaffer; 6. 17K-Terry Leininger; 7. 0-John Garrett; 8. 59-Steve Siegel (DNF); 9. 40-Ed Fischl II (DNF). No Time
4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 49-Matt Wingard; 2. 12-Greg Hodnett; 3. 6-Chris Knopp; 4. 32-Brook Weibley; 5. 7M-Todd Hestor; 6. 11-Jimmy McBee; 7. 8-Dan Dietrich; 8. 3-Bob Bennett; 9. 17-Mike Rabold. Time - 2:21.94
B-Main (12 Laps/4 to qualify/top-2 get time back) - 1. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 2. 16-Cliff Brian; 3. 10N-Dave Haight; 4. 07-Curt Michael; 5. 17K-Terry Leininger; 6. 8-Dan Dietrich; 7. 2K-Glendon Forsythe; 8. 26-Pat Cooper; 9. 32G-Randy Glover; 10. 11-Jimmy McBee; 11. 17-Mike Rabold; 12. 43-Larry Shive; 13. 0-John Garrett; 14. 3-Bob Bennett (DNF); DNS - 69W-Shawn Weaver, 40-Ed Fischl II, 59-Steve Siegel. No Time
Time Trials - 1. Lance Dewease, 88H, 12.730 (New 1-Lap Track Record - old record of 13.146 was set by Jeff Shepard on 7/4/98); 2. Kasey Kahne, 1, 12.937; 3. Steve Siegel, 59, 13.227; 4. Greg Hodnett, 12, 13.281; 5. Donnie Kreitz Jr., 69, 13.287; 6. Dave Ely, 77E, 13.318; 7. Cris Eash, 17E, 13.319; 8. Todd Hestor, 7M, 13.395; 9. Sean Michael, 461, 13.414; 10. Fred Rahmer, 77, 13.444; 11. Keith Kauffman, 7, 13.483; 12. Brook Weibley, 32, 13.499; 13. Jesse Wentz, 2W, 13.531; 14. Johnny Mackison Jr., 65, 13.535; 15. Rodney Duncan, 22, 13.585; 16. Jimmy McBee, 11, 13.656; 17. Shawn Keen, 53, 13.698; 18. Todd Gracey, 25, 13.735; 19. Danny Jones, 8J, 13.751; 20. Matt Wingard, 49, 13.787; 21. Dave Haight, 10N, 13.856; 22. Jeff Rohrbaugh, 29, 13.859; 23. Todd Shaffer, 88, 13.862; 24. Chris Knopp, 6, 13.928; 25. Cliff Brian, 16C, 13.939; 26. Curt Michael, 07, 13.973; 27. Terry Leininger, 17K, 14.034; 28. Dan Dietrich, 8, 14.077; 29. Pat Cooper, 26, 14.146; 30. Glendon Forsythe, 2K, 14.222; 31. Ed Fischl II, 40, 14.259; 32. Bob Bennett, 3, 14.259; 33. Randy Glover, 32G, 14.562; 34. Larry Shive, 43, 14.891; 35. John Garrett, 0, 15.311; 36. Mike Rabold, 17, 15.631; 37. Shawn Weaver, 69W, NT.
Thundercars: Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 3-Duane Watson; 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 3. 22-Nat Tuckey; 4. 6-Tony Kuhn; 5. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 6. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 7. 8MD-David Prunkl; 8. 1-Neil Smith; 9. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 10. 4-Greg Feltch; 11. 25-Sean Herrick; 12. 1M-Mike Potts; 13. 95-Fred Cullum; 14. 36DD-Bob Henry; 15. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 16. 78-Ron Farrar; 17. 5-Kenny Slaybaugh (Alt.); 18. 68-M.R. Teal; 19. X-Bernie Beard; 20. 24K-Corey Knaub (DNF); 21. 9B-Ken Berwager (DNF); 22. 55-Matt Barnes (DNF); 23. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 24. 1W-Mike Walls (DNF); DNS - 21-Jerry Bingaman. No Time
Lap Leaders - Duane Watson (1-15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 2. 8MD-David Prunkl; 3. 6-Tony Kuhn; 4. 22-Nat Tuckey; 5. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 6. 68-M.R. Teal; 7. 99-Joe Flynn Jr.; 8. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 9. 11R-Jim Rost; 10. 5-Kenny Slaybaugh (DNF); 11. 92-Kenny Rush (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3. 55-Matt Barnes; 4. 25-Sean Herrick; 5. 4-Greg Feltch; 6. 95-Fred Cullum; 7. 39F-Bill Foard; 8. M1-Mike Potts; 9. 24C-Keith Cook; 10. 2-Steve Gantz (DNF); 11. 16-Steve Clabaugh (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 2. X-Bernie Beard; 3. 1W-Mike Walls; 4. 3-Duane Watson; 5. 24K-Corey Knaub; 6. 9B-Ken Berwager; 7. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 8. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 9. 78-Ron Farrar; 10. 36DD-Bob Henry; 11. 3D-Dennis Mink. No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 2. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 3. 1M-Mike Potts; 4. 78-Ron Farrar; 5. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 6. 36DD-Bob Henry; 7. 5-Kenny Slaybaugh; 8. 24C-Keith Cook; 9. 3D-Dennis Mink; 10. 39F-Bill Foard; 11. 2-Steve Gantz (DNF); DNS - 99-Joe Flynn Jr., 11R-Jim Rost, 92-Kenny Rush, 16-Steve Clabaugh. No Time