14TH ANNUAL MANUFACTURERS APPRECIATION RACE BELONGS TO LANCE DEWEASE; Bobby Rudisill scores Lincoln thundercar finale for third win of 2002 ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/18/02 - Lance Dewease hasn't won all the late season big money races in Central ...
14TH ANNUAL MANUFACTURERS APPRECIATION RACE BELONGS TO LANCE DEWEASE; Bobby Rudisill scores Lincoln thundercar finale for third win of 2002
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/18/02 - Lance Dewease hasn't won all the late season big money races in Central Pennsylvania this year. It just seems like it.
The Fayetteville driver took the lead from polesitter Keith Kauffman on turn two of the first lap and led all 25 on route to his fifth Lincoln win of the season in the 14th Annual Manufacturers Appreciation Night Saturday night. The victory, his 20th overall win of 2002, came by 84-hundredths of a second over six-time track champ Fred Rahmer.
"I'm really proud of this team" Dewease said in victory lane. "We put ourselves in a position to win every big race at the end of the year, and the only one we didn't win was here and that's all part of this racing game...you take the good with the bad."
Although the Hamilton Motorsports No.77 never relinquished the lead, Rahmer made it close several times in lapped traffic over the final stages of the event. The Miller Brothers No.88H started sixth and passed Cris Eash and Keith Kauffman to advance to the runner-up spot on an 11th lap restart following a second-turn spin by P.J. Chesson. Dewease opened up a 1.42-second lead with ten laps to go, but Rahmer pulled onto his bumper on lapped traffic two laps later. The two raced wheel-to-wheel over the next three laps before Dewease used lapped cars to establish breathing room and score his 19th career Lincoln win.
"We didn't time in real well, but Sean drew a good number for us (8) for the inversion, and that meant a lot," said Dewease. "The track was pretty racey during the feature, and we set up pretty loose so we could keep going because we had a pretty soft tire on the left rear."
"We weren't the best at the end, but we were good enough."
Of his victory over Rahmer, Dewease said, "As soon as the checkered came out, I slowed down and he came up and motioned to congratulate me...he's a class act, and a heck of-a-good racer just like all these other guys who were here tonight."
"We're going to take this one and move on."
Dewease used victory lane to announce the team will remain intact for 2003.
"I'm looking forward to next year right now. We're doing a lot of experimental stuff...testing motors, cars, and everything. I think we're coming on to something, and next year we'll be in pretty good shape."
Finishing a solid third was Cris Eash, with 12th-starting Greg Hodnett coming on at the end for fourth. Kauffman crossed fifth, with fast time trialer Sean Michael, Steve Siegel, Todd Hestor, Brook Weibley, and Doug Esh completing the top ten.
In the Second Annual Port Royal vs. Lincoln Challenge, which involved the top five drivers in season points from each track who qualified for the feature, went to Lincoln by a score of 97 to 67 to even the series.
Heats for the super sprints were won by Sean Michael, Eash, Weibley, and Hodnett. Mark Smith won the B-Main, while Randy Baughman won the C-Main.
Fast time in time trials over the 44-car field was set by Flying Fireman Sean Michael with a Lincoln season-best one-lap time of 12.934 seconds (104.376 MPH).
Hank and Denise Gentzler from Hank's Performance Products coordinated the Manufacturers merchandise and services giveaway of more than $60,000 in products to the 24 race teams who qualified for the feature and $500 in products to hard-luck winner Michael Markey, the first alternate.
"Hank does a wonderful job putting this deal together," said the winner, "I just wish the (cold) weather could have been a little nicer."
New Oxford's Bobby Rudisill wrestled the lead from Mike Zeigler Jr. at the half-way point and led the rest of the way to score his third win of the season by 25-hundredths of a second over Craig Wagaman.
Rudisill, who started sixth, methodically moved his way to the front as Doug Devilbiss led the first lap from his pole starting position. Outside frontrow starter Mike Potts took over on lap two and held onto the top spot until the ninth lap when Zeigler edged him out at the start-finish line to lead lap nine. Rudisill then drove hard to the outside of Zeigler on the 10th lap and made the pass for the lead exiting the fourth turn and began to pull away as the non-stop action continued. Just as it seemed Rudisill was pulling away the race's only caution waved on the 17th lap for a multi-car accident in the third and fourth turns which involved Sean Herrick and Devilbiss.
This allowed Zeigler and 11th-starting Craig Wagaman to close onto Rudisill 's bumper on the restart. Zeigler slipped in the first and second turns, allowing Wagaman to slip by into the runner-up spot. Wagaman closed onto the leader's bumper on the final lap and pulled alongside in the final turns to the checkered. But Rudisill was not to be denied though and out-raced Wagaman to the checkered for his fifth career Lincoln win.
Wagaman settled for second, Zeigler third, 2002 Champ Bernie Beard fourth, and Potts fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Bobby Beard, Allen Cullum, 22nd-starting Jeremy Brown, 20th-starting Dan Zechman, and 19th-starting Jim Rost.
Heats for the thundercars were won by Ziegler, Rudisill, and Devilbiss, with Rost winning the consolation.
Lincoln Speedway will hold there annual racers flea market on Saturday, November 9, 2002. Gates will open at 6 AM and run approximately until 2 PM in the afternoon.
The final event on the 2002 Lincoln Speedway schedule will be the annual Awards banquet on Saturday evening, November 23rd at the Altland House Banquet Center at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA, from 6 PM until.