Saturday - July 17, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa. JONES DRIVES AWAY FROM RAHMER, LINCOLN FIELD IN SPRINT MAIN; Prunkl, Trout claim thundercar, micro-sprint features ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/17/99 - Hanover's Danny Jones has been so close ...
Saturday - July 17, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa.
JONES DRIVES AWAY FROM RAHMER, LINCOLN FIELD IN SPRINT MAIN; Prunkl, Trout claim thundercar, micro-sprint features
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/17/99 - Hanover's Danny Jones has been so close to winning on several occasions at Lincoln Speedway he could taste it - only to come away with another disappointing loss.
But Saturday night, Jones shed all the bad luck and experienced the sweet taste of victory, as he raced the race of his life to hold off nine-time Lincoln Fred Rahmer in heavy lapped traffic over the final laps to score his first win of 1999 - and the second of his career in super sprint competition.
"Well that's twice tonight he got beat," exclaimed Jones upon exiting his Jeff Creasy-owned Creasy Signs/Rich Wagaman Racing No.8J sprinter - referring to the fact that he had Rahmer earlier in the evening in his heat race as well.
"I'd like to dedicate this win to the Wagaman family," Jones said. "They lost their grandfather and father a couple weeks ago, and I just want to dedicate this win to them because they deserve it. Rich Wagaman Jr. helps us tremendously and I just wish he could be here tonight."
Polesitter Jimmy McBee grabbed the lead over outside frontrow starter Bill Sims at the drop of the green when Sims glanced off the wall in the first and second turns on the opening lap. Bill Brian Jr., who started third, fell in behind McBee on the first lap and trailed him through the first four laps. The race's first caution came out for Pat Cooper, who spun in the first and second turns. Sims, Jones (who started ninth) and Jesse Wentz were running third through fifth at the time.
On the restart, Jones slipped by Sims in the first and second turns, as McBee motored out in front ahead of Brian.
Suddenly, race-leader McBee slipped up into the first and second turn wall on the ninth lap and came to a stop exiting the turn, handing the lead over to Brian for the restart with Jones and Rahmer (who started 12th) right behind.
On the restart, a wild three-car scramble ensued as Jones dove low into the first and second turns with Rahmer taking the middle groove and Brian hugging the wall with Jones emerging the leader heading down the backstretch with Rahmer in second and Brian in third.
Rahmer looked high and low to pass Jones over the next two laps, but couldn' t make the pass as the final caution flag waved on the 11th lap for a Cooper spin in the third turn.
On the restart Jones blocked Rahmer's initial bid for the lead and gradually began to pull away to almost a two-second lead by the time they entered lapped traffic on the 17th lap.
Jones shifted down on the track and began to hug the inside guardrail to navigate the slower cars. Rahmer took the only option left and went high.
Rahmer then closed onto Jones's bumper with two laps to go in heavy lapped traffic as the grandstand crowd jumped to their feet in anticipation of the final lap duel.
But Jones was up to the challenge this night, as he pulled away over the final lap to take the checkered .41 seconds ahead of Rahmer.
"We tried a new deal last night at the Grove, and it seemed real good and I told Kirk (Dewease) to just start with it here," revealed Jones on his recent success. "It's a slick-track deal and it worked perfect."
"It was a little bit of this and a little bit of that..." was all Jones would say when asked what the changes were, "Jeff Creasy puts a heck of a car behind Kirk and I," Jones added. "We got the best stuff to work with...we don't have quite as much as we need...but you only need one of everything to win."
Johnny Mackison Jr., who started eighth, ran a great race and was closing on the two leaders when the checkered fell to finish third. Brian settled for fourth, and Dave Ely (who started 14th) finished fifth. Completing the top 10 were Cris Eash, Steve Siegel, Sims, Wentz and Chris Knopp.
Heats for the 32 super sprints on hand were won by McBee, Sims and Jones, with Brian Montieth winning the consolation.
Sykesville, Maryland's David Prunkl claimed his second win in three weeks in the crash-marred thundercar feature. Prunkl started fourth and followed Greg Feltch the first three laps. Feltch spun in the second turn of lap four, collecting Duane Watson, Bobby Beard (who lost a tire and ran over it), and Kenny Rush. That handed the lead to Prunkl, who was in the only safe place for the rest of the race. Over the next 11 laps, several of the front-runners took each other out. Among the big guns who went down were Bernie Beard, Mike Zeigler and Mike Zeigler, Jr., Neil Smith, and Ron Farrar, all of whom were running in the top five when involved in a series of crashes. In the end, Prunkl was followed by Tony Kuhn, K.T. Shaw (who started 22nd), Feltch, and Bob Scott, Jr.
Heats for the 31 thundercars were won by Bobby Rudisill, Feltch and Watson, with Mike Walls winning the consolation.
Felton's Chad Trout became the third winner in as many 1999 shows in the 15-lap micro-sprint feature. Trout started on the pole and dominated an event which included Brad McClelland, who finished second. Despite a 13th-lap caution, Trout's margin of victory was 1.41 seconds. Trout thanked McClelland in victory lane for helping him make shock and other changes between his heat and the feature. "He even showed me where to make the best passes here," said Trout, who credited McClelland for much of his success.
Crossing third through fifth were Jerry Parrish, Matt Parsons, and Brian Leppo, Jr.
Randy Ruff was transported to York Hospital after a multi-car crash in the second turn of the first lap. Ruff's preliminary diagnosis was a concussion, but he was still being held for observation.
Heats for the 31 micro-sprints on hand were won by Parsons, McClelland and Stan Flemming, with Chris Webb winning 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. Next weekend, Saturday July 17th, it will be the ANNUAL DARYL GOHN/GLENN GOHN SR. MEMORIAL featuring the super sprints. As a added attraction, the Silver Spring limited late models will be on hand for there only appearance of the year . The thundercars will round out the evening's activities. Racing action gets underway at 7:30 PM, with gates opening at 5 PM.
RACE RESULTS Saturday - July 17, 1999 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, Pa.
Super Sprints: Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 8J-Danny Jones ($2,500); 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 4. 16-Bill Brian Jr.; 5. 77E-Dave Ely; 6. 17E-Cris Eash; 7. 59-Steve Siegel; 8. 55S-Bill Sims; 9. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 10. 6-Chris Knopp; 11. X-Bobby Weaver; 12. 17N-Niki Young; 13. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 14. 3-Bob Bennett; 15. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 16. 35-Woody Linton; 17. 00-Shane Smith; 18. 12W-Troy Fraker; 19. 12B-Brian Montieth (DNF); 20. 69-Shawn Weaver (DNF); 21. 10N-Dave Haight (DNF); 22. 26-Pat Cooper (DNF); 23. 92-Jimmy McBee (DNF); 24. 07-Curt Michael (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Jim McBee (1-8), Dan Jones (9-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 92-Jim McBee; 2. 16-Bill Brian Jr.; 3. 17E-Cris Eash; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 26-Pat Cooper; 6. 17N-Niki Young; 7. 12W-Troy Fraker; 8. 6X-Eric Mathiot; 9. 98-Jamie Schwartz; 10. LT4-Dave Cook; 11. Brian Montieth (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 55S-Bill Sims; 2. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 3. 6-Chris Knopp; 4. 59-Steve Siegel; 5. 77E-Dave Ely; 6. 10N-Dave Haight; 7. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 8. 56V-Tim Hershey; 9. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 10. 10-Chad Wolf (DNF); 11. 6W-Josh Wells (DNF). Time - 2:30.16
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8J-Danny Jones; 2. 77-Fred Rahmer; 3. 69-Shawn Weaver; 4. 07-Curt Michael; 5. 3-Bob Bennett; 6. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 7. 35-Woody Linton; 8. 00-Shane Smith (DNF); 9. 40-Ed Fischl II (DNF); 10. 34-Al DeAngelis (DNF); DNS - 32-Randy Glover. No Time
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 12B-Brian Montieth; 2. 8-Billy Dietrich; 3. X-Bobby Weaver; 4. 35-Woody Linton; 5. 12W-Troy Fraker; 6. 00-Shane Smith; 7. 56V-Tim Hershey; 8. 6X-Eric Mathiot; 9. LT4-Dave Cook; 10. 40-Ed Fischl II; 11. 98-Jamie Schwartz (DNF); 12. 10-Chad Wolf (DNF); 13. 6W-Josh Wells (DNF); DNS - 32-Randy Glover, 34-Al DeAngelis. No Time
Micro-Sprints: Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 7C-Chad Trout; 2. 6-Brad McClelland; 3. 21-Jerry Parrish; 4. 84-Matt Parson; 5. 71-Brian Leppo Jr.; 6. 1-Shawn Seifert; 7. 8F-Stan Flemming; 8. 3X-Craig DeSantis; 9. 8-Frank Eichelberger; 10. 53-Brian Earnst; 11. 77-Greg Miller; 12. 10-Darryl Ginter; 13. 7S-Dan Seymour; 14. 12W-Brian Woodson; 15. 2-Mike Midkiff; 16. 17-Ronnie Tobias Jr. (DNF); 17. 62W-Chris Webb (DNF); 18. 9-Scott Tritle (DNF); 19. 2S-Jim Siegel (DNF); 20. 99-Joe Trone Jr. (DNF); 21. 22-Jeff Young (DNF); 22. 2K-Keith Woodson (DNF); 23. 77R-Randy Ruff (DNF); 24. 3-Butch Harrington (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Chad Trout (1-15)
1st Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 84-Matt Parsons; 2. 22-Jeff Young; 3. 53-Brian Earnst; 4. 3-Butch Harrington; 5. 8-Frank Eichelberger; 6. 7S-Dan Seymour; 7. 3X-Craig DeSantis; 8. 2-Mike Midkiff; 9. 77-Greg Miller; 10. 911-M.R. Beal; 11. 2J-Jay Galloway (DNF). Time - 1:48.83
2nd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 6-Brad McClelland; 2. 99-Joe Trone Jr.; 3. 17-Ronnie Tobias Jr.; 4. 21-Jerry Parrish; 5. 77R-Randy Ruff; 6. 2S-Jim Siegel; 7. 62W-Chris Webb; 8. 10-Darryl Ginter; 9. 65-Andy Dehoff; 10. 76-Dave Shirk. Time - 147.86
3rd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8-Stan Flemming; 2. 71-Brian Leppo II; 3. 7C-Chad Trout; 4. 2K-Keith Woodson; 5. 1-Shawn Seifert; 6. 12W-Brian Woodson (DNF); 7. 5G-Skip Finley (DNF); 8. 22F-Tim Fenstermacher (DNF); 9. 73-Bob Maxwell Jr. (DNF); DNS - 9-Scott Tritle. No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 62W-Chris Webb; 2. 2-Mike Midkiff; 3. 3X-Craig DeSantis; 4. 9-Scott Tritle; 5. 10-Darryl Ginter; 6. 77-Greg Miller; 7. 65-Andy Dehoff; 8. 76-Dave Shirk; 9. 911-M.R. Beal; 10. 2J-Jay Galloway; 11. 73-Bob Maxwell; DNS - 5G-Skip Finley, 22F-Tim Fenstermacher. No Time
Thundercars: Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 6-Tony Kuhn; 3. 41-K.T. Shaw; 4. 4-Greg Feltch; 5. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 6. 3-Duane Watson; 7. 92-Kenny Rush; 8. 36DD-Bob Henry; 9. 39-Pat McClane; 10. X-Bernie Beard (DNF); 11. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr. (DNF); 12. 78-Ron Farrar (DNF); 13. 16-Steve Clabaugh (DNF); 14. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 15. 95-Fred Cullum (DNF); 16. 11-Tom Jackson (DNF); 17. 21A-Mike Zeigler (DNF); 18. 60-Cork Laughman (DNF); 19. 24K-Corey Knaub (DNF); 20. 1W-Mike Walls (DNF); 21. 55-Matt Barnes (DNF); 22. 9B-Kenny Slaybaugh (DNF); 23. 5-Bobby Beard (DNF); 24. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Greg Feltch (1-3), David Prunkl (4-15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 2. 60-Cork Laughman; 3. 6-Tony Kuhn; 4. 47-Bob Scott Jr.; 5. 9B-Kenny Slaybaugh; 6. 11-Tom Jackson; 7. 36DD-Bob Henry; 8. 9-Les Davis (DNF); 9. 1W-Mike Walls (DNF); 10. 1-Neil Smith (DNF). Time - 2:51.34
2nd Heat (5 Laps due to time limit/6 to qualify) - 1. 4-Greg Feltch; 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 3. 16-Steve Clabaugh; 4. 78-Ron Farrar; 5. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 6. 92-Kenny Rush; 7. 24C-Keith Cook; 8. 54-Terry Davis; 9. 61-Mike Ciezobka (DNF); 10. 41-K.T. Shaw (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3-Duane Watson; 2. 8MD-David Prunkl; 3. X-Bernie Beard; 4. 5-Bobby Beard; 5. 24K-Corey Knaub; 6. 95-Fred Cullum; 7. 55-Matt Barnes; 8. 39-Pat McClane; 9. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 10. 2-Steve Gantz (DNF). No Time
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 39-Pat McClane; 3. 55-Matt Barnes; 4. 41-K.T. Shaw; 5. 1-Neil Smith; 6. 36DD-Bob Henry; 7. 9-Les Davis; 8. 24C-Keith Cook; 9. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 10. 2-Steve Gantz; 11. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 12. 43-Terry Davis (DNF). No Time