ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/1/00 - Lancaster's Doug Esh has been strong all year in the 358 sprint division. Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, he proved he's still strong - even against seasoned 410 sprint veteran Steve Siegel. Esh, who...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/1/00 - Lancaster's Doug Esh has been strong all year in the 358 sprint division. Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, he proved he's still strong - even against seasoned 410 sprint veteran Steve Siegel. Esh, who started 11th, rode the rim to get by Tim Hershey for second, and then made a Fred Rahmer-like dive under the Hanover speedster in the third and fourth turns with two laps to go to take the lead and sped away to his third win of the season in the 20-lap 358 sprint feature. "I knew I had the fastest car, but I was having trouble getting around Tim (Hershey)," said Esh after his third win of the year in the Pigeon Hills. "Steve is a great driver, but I knew his front wing was peeled back and I figured I could get him if I could get around the 56v." Polesitter Scott Ausherman grabbed the lead at the drop of the green over outside frontrow starter Joe Whitcomb. Three laps later, Whitcomb broke and crashed hard into the first-second turn wall. A few seconds later, the red came out for Todd Reed, who slammed hard into the outside guardrail off the second turn just past the disabled Whitcomb sprinter. Whitcomb was uninjured, but Reed was momentarily knocked unconscious. A few minutes later, he walked to the ambulance for a check-up. On the fifth-lap restart, Siegel, who started 12th, moved past the second-place sprinter of Dan Dietrich and then passed Ausherman for the lead in the first and second turns of the sixth lap. But just as quick, Siegel saw his lead dwindle when his front wing became dislodged from its mounts and flipped back onto the hood of his car. A Danny Warrick spin in the second turn brought out the caution on the 10th lap, just as Hershey slipped by Dietrich into second place. Siegel was able hang onto the lead on the restart, as Hershey followed his every move. Meanwhile, Esh was working his way through the field and made a highside move in the third and fourth turns of the 18th lap around Hershey to move into second - setting the stage for his race-winning move in the third and fourth turns of the 19th lap. From there, Esh sped away to take the checkered .53 seconds ahead of Siegel for his seventh career Lincoln win. Hershey settled for third, with Dietrich and Chad Layton finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Completing the top ten were Danny Jones, 17th-starting Eric Stambaugh, T.J. Stutts, Kevin Drury, and Kevin Welsh. Heats for the 43 limited sprints were won by Warrick, Dietrich, Whitcomb, and Reed. Winning twin consolation events was Stambaugh and Joe Ilg.
Halifax, VA chemist Tim Hamlet held off three-time winner Jason Shultz of Chambersburg to win his first career Virginia Sprint Series feature event. Hamlet took the lead from polesitter John Johnson on lap five and led the rest of the way, despite strong challenges from Shultz over the final seven laps of the event. Shultz, who started 18th, closed in heavy lapped traffic over the final stages of the race, including a three-lap shootout at the end after a caution for the lapped car of Charlie Kingrea on the second turn. Local favorite Bobby Fink, Jr. of York started 14th and finished third, followed by Doug Jones and one-time winner Tom Howe. Heats for the 23 VSS 305 sprints were won by Johnson and Hamlet.
Tim Tomson won his third race of the week (Kutztown on Wednesday and Susquehanna on Friday) and sixth of the season in the 15-lap INEX Legends feature. He settled in behind outside front row starter Ray Scigowski on the first lap and grabbed lead exiting the second turn of lap three. His final margin of victory was .59 seconds over Blaine Gundrum, with Ronnie Dunstan, Scigowski, and Brian Levan finishing third through fifth. Heats for the 30 INEX Legends were won by Tomson, Scigowski, and Gundrum, while Joe Plunkett won the consolation.
Next Saturday night, July 8th, the super sprints return to action during PEPSI NIGHT at Lincoln Speedway as well as the 358 sprint and thundercar regulars. Gates will open at 5 PM, with hot laps at 7 PM and qualifying events getting underway at 7:30 PM.
<pre> RACE RESULTS Saturday - July 1, 2000 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, PA
358 Sprints: Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 6E-Doug Esh; 2. 30-Steve Siegel; 3. 56V-Tim Hershey; 4. 8-Dan Dietrich; 5. U1-Chad Layton; 6. 88-Danny Jones; 7. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 8. 11T-T.J. Stutts; 9. 31D-Kevin Drury; 10. 18W-Kevin Welsh; 11. 11C-Cory Haas; 12. 59-Mike Lehman; 13. 1-Jimmy Nace; 14. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 15. 55-Jimmy Layton; 16. 22T-Matt Boland; 17. 22J-Joe Ilg; 18. 21-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 19. 8D-Billy Dietrich (DNF); 20. 56-Danny Warrick (DNF); 21. 80S-Scott Ausherman (DNF); 22. 66-Eric Patteson (DNF); 23. 71-Joe Whitcomb (DNF); 24. 80-Todd Reed (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Scott Ausherman (1-5), Steve Siegel (6-18), Doug Esh (19-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 56-Danny Warrick; 2. 80S-Scott Ausherman; 3. 22T-Matt Boland; 4. 88-Danny Jones; 5. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 6. 31D-Kevin Drury; 7. 56X-Nate Snyder; 8. 11S-Duane Smith; 9. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; DNS - 11-Rick Horn, 29T-Neil Amspacher. Time - 2:03.41
2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 8-Dan Dietrich; 2. 56V-Tim Hershey; 3. 11T-T.J. Stutts; 4. U1-Chad Layton; 5. 34-Bob Camilli; 6. 1-Jim Nace; 7. 1M-Babe Mader; 8. 5A-Brian Allman; 9. 31J-Joey Palmerino; 10. 32-Randy Glover; 11. 73-Roland Snyder. Time - 2:00.16
3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 71-Joe Whitcomb; 2. 6E-Doug Esh; 3. 66-Eric Patteson; 4. 18W-Kevin Welsh; 5. 2J-Billy Johns; 6. 22J-Joe Ilg; 7. 21-Glenndon Forsythe; 8. 59-Mike Lehman; 9. 727-Lyndon Mathias; 10. 28-Bill Heltzel; 11. 17M-Mike Creaghan. No Time
4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 80-Todd Reed; 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3. 30-Steve Siegel; 4. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 5. 10-Chad Wolf; 6. 00-Elmer Stoltzfus; 7. 55-Jimmy Layton; 8. 3D-Ron Orwig; 9. 46-Jim Layton; 10. 55E-Brian Eichelberger. No Time
1st Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 2. 1-Jimmy Nace; 3. 31D-Kevin Drury; 4. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 5. 11S-Duaine Smith; 6. 31J-Joey Palmerino; 7. 56X-Nate Snyder; 8. 32-Randy Glover; 9. 73-Roland Snyder; 10. 5A-Brian Allman; 11. 11-Rick Horn; 12. 34-Bob Camilli; DNS - 1M-Babe Mader, 29T-Neal Amspacher. No Time
2nd Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 22J-Joe Ilg; 2. 59-Mike Lehman; 3. 21-Glenndon Forsythe; 4. 55-Jimmy Layton; 5. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 6. 00-Elmer Stoltzfus; 7. 727-Lyndon Mathias; 8. 3D-Ronnie Orwig; 9. 46-Jim Layton; 10. 2J-Billy Johns; 11. 17M-Mike Creaghan; 12. 28-Bill Heltzler; DNS - 10-Chad Wolf. No Time
Virginia Sprint Series (VSS) 305 Sprints: Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 8H-Tim Hamlet; 2. 2-Jason Shultz; 3. 23-Bobby Fink Jr.; 4. 55-Doug Jones; 5. 9-Tom Howe; 6. 78-Mary Ann Williams; 7. F1-French Grimes; 8. 26-John Johnson; 9. 4-Mike Sayers Jr.; 10. 69-Bronzie Lawson; 11. J9-Jerald Harris; 12. 11-Dan Harman; 13. 14-Buddy Parker; 14. 3-Charlie Kingrea; 15. 66-Pete Kingrea; 16. 16-Scott Murrell; 17. 33-George Johnston; 18. 8-John Wheaton; 19. G2-Gary Snow; 20. 81-Bo Reiner; 21. 47-John Thomas; 22. 32-Bill Rice; DNS - 00-Dick Stevens. No Time
Lap Leaders - John Johnson (1-4), Tim Hamlet (5-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 26-John Johnson; 2. 66-Pete Kingrea; 3. 3-Charlie Kingrea; 4. 47-John Thomas; 5. 00-Dick Stevens; 6. 14-Buddy Parker; 7. 33-George Johnson; 8. 16S-Scott Murrell; 9. 8-John Wheaton; 10. G2-French Grimes Jr.; 11. F1-French Grimes. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 8H-Tim Hamlet; 2. 81-Bo Reiner; 3. 4-Mike Sayers Jr.; 4. 9-Tom Howe; 5. 2-Jason Shultz; 6. 23-Bobby Fink Jr.; 7. 55-Doug Jones; 8. 78-Mary Ann Williams; 9. 32-Bill Rice; 10. 69-Bronzie Lawson; 11. J9-Jerald Harris; 12. 11-Dan Harman. Time - 2:16.14
INEX Legends Cars: Feature (15 laps) - 1. 94-Tim Tomson; 2. 29K-Blaine Gondrum; 3. 44X-Ronnie Dunstan; 4. 9-Ray Scigowski; 5. 5K-Brian Levan; 6. 5-Zack Dunkleberger; 7. 4X-Butch Brough; 8. 19B-David Bramad; 9. 1W-Leon Wintermyer; 10. 2C-George Craker; 11. 46-Ray Swank; 12. 29G-Lawrence Garrison; 13. 14W-Ed Wentz; 14. 98P-Joe Plunkett; 15. 7R-Denny Rothermal; 16. 11-Bob Lash; 17. 12JP-Jim Fowry; 18. 44-Darryl Bloom; 19. 55-John Feehan; 20. 89P-Shawn Yeakle; 21. 8-Allen Felix; 22. 29A-Harry Garber; 23. 10-Kip Erp; 24. 2W-Jarrod Wintermyer. No Time
Lap Leaders - Tim Tomson (1-15)
1st Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 94-Tim Tomson; 2. 5Z-Zach Dunkleberger; 3. 44-Ronnie Dunstan; 4. 2W-Jarrod Wintermyer; 5. 46-Ray Swank; 6. 89P-Shawn Yeakle; 7. 98P-Joe Plunkett; 8. 12Jp-Jim Fowry; 9. 17-Randy Fetherolf; 10. 55-John Ferhan. No Time
2nd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 9-Ray Sceowski; 2. 29A-Harry Garber; 3. 4X-Butch Brough; 4. 8-Allen Felix; 5. 10E-Kip Erp; 6. 29G-Lawrence Garrison; 7. 11H-Ryan Steckel; 8. 91S-Lamar Shaffer; 9. 3D-Doug Ruppert; 10. 86F-Jim Farney. Time - 2:09.75
3rd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 29K-Wayne Gundrum; 2. 19B-David Braman; 3. 5K-Brian Levan; 4. 2C-George Craker; 5. 1W-Leon Wintermyer; 6. 14W-Ed Wentz; 7. 44-Darryl Bloom; 8. 7R-Denny Rothermel; 9. 6D-Dan Stephens; 10. 11-Bob Lash. Time - 2:04.79
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 98P-Joe Plunkett; 2. 7R-Denny Rothermell; 3. 12PJ-Jim Fowery; 4. 44-Darryl Bloom; 5. 11-Bob Lash; 6. 55-John Feehan; 7. 6D-Don Stephans; 8. 17-Randy Fetterhoff; 9. 91S-Lamar Shaffer; 10. 86F-Joe Farney; 11. 11H-Ryan Stickel; DNS - 3D-Doug Ruppert. No Time