ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/8/00 - He says he's lucky every time he wins. But Salfordville's Fred Rahmer also credits his father for some sound advice - to always look ahead while racing. It was the combination of both luck and fatherly advice...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/8/00 - He says he's lucky every time he wins. But Salfordville's Fred Rahmer also credits his father for some sound advice - to always look ahead while racing. It was the combination of both luck and fatherly advice that Rahmer used Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway. Rahmer, who was originally scheduled to start 11th, avoided a seven-car melee just in front of him in the first and second turns at the start of the 25-lap feature. That allowed the three-time defending track champion to move up into the fifth starting position for the restart, the only advantage Rahmer needed. Rahmer passed polesitter and race-long leader Shawn Weaver on the backstretch of the seventh lap and never looked back, to take the checkered by nearly a half-a-lap over York's Jeremy Trout for his eighth win of the season at the Pigeon Hill's oval. It was his 92nd career Lincoln victory. "We got a big break on that start," acknowledged Rahmer on the start of the feature, "Them guys got turned around, allowing my row to move front...that was the deal. I don't know what we would have done if we would have had to start 11th. It was pretty hard to race. But they had the car good tonight. That J&J car and Don Ott engine came through again." A seven-car jam-up in the first and second turns at the outset of the feature involved Pat Cooper, Cris Eash, P.J. Chesson, Christine Karns, Jeff Rohrbaugh, Jimmy McBee, and Niki Young. But most importantly, it didn't involve Rahmer. Rahmer's good fortune allowed him to start fifth in the complete restart line-up. I just try and look ahead," said Rahmer on avoiding accidents in front of him. "My dad taught me that a long time ago...but a lot of it is just luck too." Weaver grabbed the lead from his pole position over fellow frontrow starter Jeremy Trout and Rahmer through the opening laps. The race's lone caution came out on the fifth lap for a John Garrett and Gordon Senft tangle in the second turns. On the restart, Rahmer got around Trout in the third and fourth turns for second place and quickly applied pressure on Weaver for the lead. Rahmer then made his race-winning move past Weaver down the backstretch of the seventh lap. From there, Rahmer masterfully navigated lapped traffic over the final non-stop laps to take the checkered 6.78 seconds over his closest pursuer. "Some of them lapped cars were driving off the turns better than I was but I could get a rhythm going and just run around the top. I just paced myself and tried not to screw up myself." Weaver and Trout waged a race-long duel for second place with Trout making a 24th lap pass of the Hanover racer to nail down a hard-earned second place finish. "Big Block (Shawn Weaver) was going real good tonight and I see the seven car (Jeremy Trout) got him at the end. I'm happy for them," said Rahmer of his pursuers. "I know any night them guys starting up front, either Big Block or Jeremy could win a race. They both have good cars and are good drivers." Steve Siegel and Johnny Mackison Jr. followed in fourth and fifth places respectively. Completing the top-10 were Jesse Wentz, Eash, James Chesson, Chris Knopp, and Danny Jones. "I seen Cris (Eash) got caught up in that (opening lap melee)," Rahmer added. "He's going to be tough. He's about healed up pretty good. He's not back to 100 per cent, but when he is he'll probably give me a whooping." Heats for the 24 super sprints were won by Weaver, Young, and Wentz.
Doug Esh stormed to his fourth win in six Lincoln races in the 358 sprint feature. Like Rahmer, he took advantage of three aborted attempts to start the race to advance from 22nd to 12th starting spot. After spinning in his heat, Esh qualified third in the second consolation event, and figured to be in for a long night. But after advancing ten spots in the four tries to start the race, he entered the top five by lap five and grabbed the race lead from Brian Eichelberger entering the third turn of lap nine. The pass followed a caution for a Billy Dietrich spin on the frontstretch, and came after leader Darren Eash was penalized two spots for jumping on the original start. Esh's win came by one second over a fast-closing Eash, who dropped off the pace during the ninth-lap restart, fell to the middle of the pack, then rebounded to advance from seventh to second in a three-lap span between laps 14 and 17. It was Esh's eighth career win at Lincoln, moving him into a second-place tie with Brian Seidel on the all-time Lincoln 358 charts, one win behind all-time leader Cris Eash. Completing the top five were Eash, Chad Layton, Joe Ilg (who came from the back after an early-race crash), and Eichelberger. Heats for the 41 limited sprints were won by Eichelberger, Cory Haas (who flipped violently but was uninjured in one of the feature start attempts), Rick Horn, and Alan Krimes. Winning twin consolation events were Tim Hershey and Bob Camilli.
Bobby Beard also benefited from early cautions to start fourth instead of 12th and go on to win his third race of the year in the 15-lap thundercar feature. Beard advanced to second by the ninth lap, then chased polesitter Ken Berwager for five laps before Berwager spun entering the third turn of the 14th lap. Duane Watson came from the back in a first-lap spin to cross second, with Nat Tuckey, Neil Smith, and Fred Cullum completing the top five. The margin of victory was .69 seconds over Watson. It was career win number 15 for the McSherrystown points leader. Heats for the 31 thundercars were won by Tuckey, Bobby Rudisill, and Steve Clabaugh, while Roy Warehime won the consolation.
Next Saturday night, July 15th, Lincoln Speedway super sprint and thundercar regulars will be joined by the micro-sprints. 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 8, 2000 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, PA
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 7J-Jeremy Trout; 3. 69-Shawn Weaver; 4. 59-Steve Siegel; 5. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 6. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 7. 17E-Cris Eash; 8. 22-James Chesson; 9. 6-Chris Knopp; 10. 99-Danny Jones; 11. 07-Mike Lutz; 12. 12-Tyler Walker; 13. 4L-Josh Wells; 14. 17N-Niki Young; 15. 7K-Dan Shetler; 16. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 17. 65-1/2-Christine Karns; 18. 26-Pat Cooper; 19. 34-Al DeAngelis Jr. (DNF); 20. 0-John Garrett (DNF); 21. 9-Gordon Senft (DNF); 22. 76-P.J. Chesson (DNF); 23. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 24. 10N-Jimmy McBee (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Shawn Weaver (1-6), Fred Rahmer (7-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 69-Shawn Weaver; 2. 6-Chris Knopp; 3. 7J-Jeremy Trout; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 76-P.J. Chesson; 6. 99-Danny Jones; 7. 10N-Jimmy McBee; 8. 4L-Josh Wells. Time - 2:26.44
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17N-Niki Young; 2. 59-Steve Siegel; 3. 17E-Cris Eash; 4. 65-1/2-Christine Karns; 5. 34-Al DeAngelis Jr.; 6. 7K-Dan Shetler; 7. 12-Tyler Walker (DNF); 8. 07-Mike Lutz (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 2. 22-James Chesson; 3. 77-Fred Rahmer; 4. 26-Pat Cooper; 5. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 6. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 7. 9-Gordon Senft; 8. 0-John Garrett (DNF). No Time
Thundercars: Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 5-Bobby Beard; 2. 3-Duane Watson; 3. 22-Nat Tuckey; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 95-Fred Cullum; 6. 6-Tony Kuhn; 7. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 8. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 9. 21A-Mike Ziegler; 10. X-Bernie Beard; 11. 38-Roy Warehime; 12. 78-Ron Farrar; 13. 8MD-David Prunkl; 14. 3B-Pete Lawrence; 15. 24C-Keith Cook; 16. 77-Ken Berwager; 17. 9J-Mike Johnson; 18. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr. (DNF); 19. 4-Greg Feltch (DNF); 20. 25-Sean Herrick (DNF); 21. 30-Bryan Wagaman (DNF); 22. 11R-Jim Rost (DNF); 23. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 24. 21-Jerry Bingaman (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Ken Berwager (1-13), Bobby Beard (14-15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22-Nat Tuckey; 2. 77-Ken Berwager; 3. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 4. 3-Duane Watson; 5. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 6. 8MD-David Prunkl; 7. 68-M.R. Teal; 8. 2-Steve Gantz; 9. 54-Terry Davis; 10. 18-Jerry Keyes (DNF); DNS - 67-Randy Doty. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 2. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 3. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 6. 9J-Mike Johnson; 7. 38-Roy Warehime; 8. 6-Tony Kuhn; 9. 11R-Jim Rost; 10. 7-Duane Hahn; 11. 78-Ron Farrar. Time - 2:48.49
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 4-Greg Feltch; 3. 95-Fred Cullum; 4. 5-Bobby Beard; 5. 1-Neil Smith; 6. 25-Sean Herrick; 7. 3B-Pete Lawrence; 8. 12M-Jake Markey; 9. 24C-Keith Cook; 10. 33-Kenny Kluge. No Time
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to Qualify) - 1. 38-Roy Warehime; 2. 6-Tony Kuhn; 3. 11R-Jim Rost; 4. 3B-Pete Lawrence; 5. 78-Ron Farrar; 6. 24C-Keith Cook; 7. 68-M.R. Teal; 8. 12M-Jake Markey; 9. 54-Terry Davis; 10. 33-Kenny Kluge; 11. 18-Jerry Keyes; 12. 2-Steve Gantz (DNF); 13. 7-Duane Hahn (DNF); DNS - 67-Randy Doty. No Time
358-Sprints: Feature (20 laps) - 1. 6E-Doug Esh; 2. 30-Darren Eash; 3. U1-Chad Layton; 4. 22J-Joe Ilg; 5. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 6. 22T-Matt Boland; 7. 34-Bob Camilli; 8. 88-Danny Jones; 9. 55-Jimmy Layton; 10. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 11. 18W-Kevin Welsh; 12. 87-Alan Krimes; 13. 27-Rick Horn; 14. 11T-T.J. Stutts; 15. 46-Jim Layton; 16. 66-Eric Patteson; 17. 82-Bill Bachman; 18. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNF); 19. 8D-Billy Dietrich (DNF); 20. 1M-Babe Mader (DNF); 21. 56V-Tim Hershey (DNF); 22. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh (DNF); 23. 1-Jimmy Nace (DNF); 24. 11C-Cory Haas (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Brian Eichelberger (1-3), Darren Eash (4-8), Doug Esh (9-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 2. 22T-Matt Boland; 3. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 4. 1-Jimmy Nace; 5. 56V-Tim Hershey; 6. 46-Jim Layton; 7. 82-Bill Bachman; 8. 3D-Ron Orwig; 9. 30B-Stu Gusti (DNF); 10. 11S-Duaine Smith (DNF); DNS - 80-Todd Reed. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 11C-Cory Has; 2. 11T-T.J. Stutts; 3. 22J-Joe Ilg; 4. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 5. 8-Dan Dietrich; 6. 32-Randy Glover; 7. 00-Elmer Stoltzfus; 8. 56-Danny Warrick; 9. 10-Chad Wolf; DNS - 28-Bill Heltzler. Time - 2:02.11
3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 27-Rick Horn; 2. 30-Darren Eash; 3. 88-Danny Jones; 4. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 5. 34-Bob Camilli; 6. 5A-Brian Allman; 7. 56X-Nate Snyder; 8. 31J-Joey Palmerino; 9. 73-Roland Snyder; 10. 6E-Doug Esh (DNF). Time - 2:05.09
4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 87-Alan Krimes; 2. U1-Chad Layton; 3. 66-Eric Patteson; 4. 1M-Babe Mader; 5. 55-Jimmy Layton; 6. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 7. 18W-Kevin Welch; 8. 29T-Neal Amspacher; 9. 2J-Jerry Stinson (DNF); DNS - 15-Tracy Templin. No Time
1st Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 56V-Tim Hershey; 2. 8-Dan Dietrich; 3. 46-Jim Layton; 4. 82-Bill Bachman; 5. 3D-Ron Orwig; 6. 10-Chad Wolf; 7. 30B-Stu Gusti; 8. 32-Randy Glover (DNF); 9. 00-Elmer Stoltzfus (DNF); DNS - 56-Danny Warrick, 11S-Duaine Smith, 28-Bill Heltzler. No Time
2nd Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 34-Bob Camilli; 2. 55-Jimmy Layton; 3. 6E-Doug Esh; 4. 18W-Kevin Welch; 5. 56X-Nate Snyder; 6. 2J-Jerry Stinson; 7. 73-Roland Snyder; 8. 5A-Brian Allman; 9. 31J-Joey Palmerino; 10. 29T-Neal Amspacher; 11. 17M-Michael Creaghan. No Time