By David Reininger - motorsport.com Abbottstown, PA (March 24, 2001) - With temperatures dipping below freezing and whipping winds sending the chill factor into the teens, the management of Lincoln Speedway did everything in their power to...
By David Reininger - motorsport.com
Abbottstown, PA (March 24, 2001) - With temperatures dipping below freezing and whipping winds sending the chill factor into the teens, the management of Lincoln Speedway did everything in their power to keep the first evening show of the season moving at a brisk pace. Undefeated in the three races held at Lincoln Speedway this season, Fred Rahmer did his part too.
Rahmer's victory was timed at 6 minutes, 17.9 seconds, the fastest 25-lap race in the history of Lincoln Speedway.
"It's the first time my hands ever got cold driving a race car," said Rahmer from victory lane. "The track was unbelievable fast. We were way tight but we were able to get it done."
The initial start was marred by a five car accident which saw three cars flip wildly down the frontstretch. None of the flipping drivers, Glendon Forsythe, Greg Hodnett and Brook Weibley, were injured. Shawn Stidfole and Niki Young both stopped as a result of the accident with Stidfole the only driver to continue. Lance Dewease's No. 88 also showed signs of contact, with slight damage to his top wing.
Dave Ely started from the pole and led the first seven laps. Leading comfortably until he encountered lapped traffic, Ely soon came under intense pressure from Jeff Rohrbaugh and Fred Rahmer. With three cars battling for the lead, Rohrbaugh dove low in turn four to lead lap eight. On the next lap, Rohrbaugh pushed high off turn four, allowing Ely to regain the lead.
Ely and Rahmer were racing for the lead in turn three when a lapped car changed lanes, balking Ely and providing a clear path for Rahmer to take the point. After leading lap ten, Rahmer never trailed.
Cris Eash finished second after a tremendous drive from the 14th starting position. Eash moved into third by the midpoint of the race. Five laps later, Eash passed Ely to take second, and immediately mounted a campaign to unseat Rahmer from the lead. Rahmer's half a straightaway lead was cut to 2.43 seconds when the checkered flag fell.
Ely finished third followed by Lance Dewease, Jeff Rohrbaugh, Johnny Mackison, Jr. and Todd Shaffer in seventh.