Rahmer edges Dewease in thrilling Lincoln Sprint feature; Haas wins second straight in 358's; Tuckey claims second of year in Thundercars. ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/13/02 - It's not nice to fool Fast Freddy. After completing a highly-successful ...
Rahmer edges Dewease in thrilling Lincoln Sprint feature; Haas wins second straight in 358's; Tuckey claims second of year in Thundercars.
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/13/02 - It's not nice to fool Fast Freddy.
After completing a highly-successful Pennsylvania Speedweek, the super sprints returned to Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. And it turned into a high-speed cat-and-mouse game that had the fans on their feet the final three laps.
Fred Rahmer, who grabbed the lead from Steve Siegel on lap 13, looked like the sure winner until he encountered lapped traffic on lap 17. One lap later, Lance Dewease got around Siegel for second in turn two. Over the next four laps, Dewease ran the rim around the Lincoln oval to eliminate Rahmer's two and-a-half second lead. When he showed Rahmer his nose in heavy lapped traffic on lap 23, Rahmer turned it up a notch, and the two staged a torrid battle for the win over the last two laps.
Rahmer threaded his way through the lapped cars to score his sixth win of the year and 118th career in the Pigeon Hills, .88 seconds in front of Dewease.
"I started dragging my feet there at the end, and I thought I had a pretty good lead," said Rahmer upon exiting his Joe Harz-owned No.88H sprinter, "I thought Steve (Siegel) was in second, and obviously I was wrong...but we got the job done"
"I started running the pace of the guys I was lapping, and my car needs to operate at a higher speed to keep it left," said Rahmer, "I went to the bottom one time under Niki (Young), and I knew I stopped. I knew I couldn't do that two laps, but I did...and I knew he was going to be right there (Dewease)."
Rahmer's charge to the front began from his customary 12th starting spot. He got a break when front row starters Mark Coldren and Pat Cooper spun on the first two turns of the original start and collected Greg Hodnett and Billy Sims. Hodnett and Sims both went to the pits, but Hodnett was able to repair front end damage and return to the field after a subsequent caution for Josh Wells and Karl Baker, who tangled in turn four of the restart. Hodnett's run from the back ended in a 10th-place finish.
Rahmer ended up starting eighth, advanced to the top five by lap three, got around Bobby Weaver for fourth on lap four, and caught Glenndon Forsythe for third on lap eight. It was on that same lap that Steve Siegel, who started fifth on the restart, drove by race-long leader Michael Markey on the backstretch for the race lead. Siegel was 1.1 seconds in front when Rahmer caught Markey for the runner-up spot on lap 10. Rahmer closed in on the leader over the next three laps and drove around Siegel for the top spot on the first and second turns of lap 13. Shortly thereafter, Markey brought out the caution after colliding with Jerry Parrish on turn four while running third. Dewease, who started ninth, assumed third for the restart, setting up his dramatic run to the front.
"I was getting pretty cluttered there," said Rahmer on the final wild laps holding off Dewease, "I didn't want to give the race away by screwing up with a lapped car. And the guy in second always has an advantage. Coming off of two I knew I had to be at the top. I seen him out there, and I thought, well, it sucks to be you!
"We have a really good team and we're starting to get going here," Rahmer was quick to add, "Fred (Putney) had the track a little bit different tonight, it was real good down the straightaways. It was a heck of an effort. We got here real early today and he was working real hard all day."
"I've been with Don Ott Engines a long time and they do a really good job, and Hoosier Tires, J&J Chassis, they all have done a great job for me," said Rahmer. "This is the time of year you have to start winning races and you don't want to be the odd man out."
Siegel crossed third, with Forsythe completing an excellent run in fourth and Cris Eash completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Weaver, Johnny Mackison Jr., Brook Weibley, Chris Knopp, and Hodnett.
Heats for the 28 super sprints were won by Dewease, Rahmer, and Coldren, with Young winning the consolation.
Dallastown's Cory Haas won his second straight to become the division's first repeat winner of the season in the "358" sprint car feature. In doing so, Haas padded his points lead over sixth-place finisher and defending track champ Eric Stambaugh.
Outside front row starter Larry Lamey grabbed the lead over polesitter Joey Palmerino at the drop of the green and led the first 12 laps of the 20-lap event. Meanwhile, Haas, who started 12th, worked methodically through the field and entered the top five on lap nine. Two laps later, Haas passed both Bob Gutshall and Dan Dietrich to move into the runner-up spot. On lap 13, Haas stayed in his familiar low groove to slide under race-long leader Lamey . Dietrich moved into the runner-up spot on the same lap, but Haas pulled away over the final seven laps to pick up his third career Lincoln win.
Dietrich finished second, with Brian Leppo crossing third, Dale Hammaker fourth, and Billy Dietrich fifth. Completing the top ten were Eric Stambaugh, Gutshall, Billy Johns, Jim Siegel, and Lamey.
Heats for the 45 "358" sprinters were won by Leppo, Siegel, Gutshall, and Michael Creaghan. Twin consolations were won by Shawn Weaver and Alan Krimes.
Biglerville's Nat Tuckey stormed from seventh starting spot into the lead on the opening lap and held off a race-long challenge and a series of late-race one-lap shootouts over Duane Watson and Bernie Beard to claim his second win of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature. The win was the sixth of Tuckey's Lincoln career.
Watson and points leader Beard finished second and third, respectively, with Jeremy Brown and Mike Ciezobka completing the top five.
Heats for the 24 thundercars were won by Steve Clabaugh, Duane Hahn, and Tuckey.
Next Saturday night, July 20th it will be the ANNUAL DARYL GOHN/GLENN GOHN SR. MEMORIAL at Lincoln Speedway with all three point divisions on hand - the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Super Sprints, the Budweiser 358 Sprints, and the Miller Brothers Thundercars.
In conjunction with the Annual Gohn Memorial, there will be a free car show and driver autograph session that afternoon before the evening's racing action in the East parking lot. In addition to the free car and driver autograph sessions, there will be free food and drink for all from 2-4 PM.
Racing action that evening will see the gates will open at 5:30 PM, warm-ups at 7 PM, and heats getting underway at 7:30 PM.