Manufacturers Appreciation Race postponed due to rain; Over $60,000 in manufacturer prizes await October 11th super sprint field ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/21/02 - Expectations were high as 40 of the best super sprinters in Central Pennsylvania...
Manufacturers Appreciation Race postponed due to rain; Over $60,000 in manufacturer prizes await October 11th super sprint field
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/21/02 - Expectations were high as 40 of the best super sprinters in Central Pennsylvania converged on Lincoln Speedway Saturday night for the 14th running of Manufacturers Appreciation Night for the super sprints. More than $60,000 in merchandise lined up by Hank and Denise Gentzler of Hank's Performance Products awaited the starting feature field. But Mother Nature had other plans.
Intermittent rain showers began to fall during the second of four sprint heats, forcing a halt to the evening's racing action. Then after and hour-and-a-half of waiting and running in the track, the rains returned one last time, forcing Lincoln Speedway officials to postpone the evening's racing action around 10:30 PM.
The Manufacturers Appreciation race has now been rescheduled for Friday, October 11th, which is the scheduled rain date for the Kenny Weld Memorial. As long as the October 5th Kenny Weld Memorial runs as planned, the Manufacturers Appreciation Race will be on Friday, October 11th.
If the Kenny Weld Memorial needs to use its scheduled rain date on October 11th, the Manufacturers Appreciation race would then be run on one week later, Friday, October 18th.
The rescheduled show will be rerun in its entirety, starting with time trials.
Rain checks from the September 21st race will be honored at face value at either of the final two races.
Before the rains came, Hellam's Bobby Weaver had won the first heat and earlier Memphis, Tennessee's Greg Hodnett set fast time over the 40-car field with a one-lap time of 13.546 seconds.
Next Saturday night, September 28th, Lincoln Speedway will be idle as the super sprinters will be running in the Williams Grove National Open.
Then the following Saturday night, October 5th, Lincoln Speedway will run the Annual Kenny Weld Memorial which was originally the final race of 2002 at the Pigeon Hill's oval (Now the Manufacturers Appreciation race will be the final race). Joining them will be the thundercars. Time trials for the super sprint will start the evening's program at 7 PM, with gates opening at 5 PM.