ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/12/00 - Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer continued his mastery of Lincoln Speedway Saturday night with yet another win at the Pigeon Hill's oval in the 25 lap super sprint feature. Rahmer passed race-long leader Johnny...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/12/00 - Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer continued his mastery of Lincoln Speedway Saturday night with yet another win at the Pigeon Hill's oval in the 25 lap super sprint feature. Rahmer passed race-long leader Johnny Mackison Jr. on the 14th lap and slipped away to his 11th Lincoln win this season - and the 95th of his career at Lincoln. The 25-lap sprint car feature got off to a rough start when Middleburg driver Todd Hestor looped the Middleswarth No.7M in the first turn, collecting the machines of Bobby Weaver, Billy Simms and Sam Ross. When green reappeared, it was Mackison who took command of the field, tearing from his fourth starting position to lead the pack back to the stripe for the completion of the first circuit ahead of Steve Siegel, Chris Knopp, Jimmy McBee and fifth starter Rahmer. Mackison's pace was soon halted however when Jeremy Trout spun the Acadia Financial No.7J in the first turn, forcing 19th starter Todd Shaffer into the outside wall prior to the completion of the second go around. Shaffer's mount nearly left the speedway via the turn two thundercar pit entrance but came to a stop before rolling down the hill. Rahmer disposed of McBee on the restart and set his sights on Knopp as Mackison and Siegel battled for the top spot. Fast Freddie cleared Knopp and had run down the leaders in traffic on the sixth circuit when McBee rolled the his No.10N sprinter in turn two, bringing out the red flag. Mackison jetted away when action resumed, looking stronger after the stoppage, forcing Rahmer to battle for second. Mackison's advantage began shrinking a few laps later however as he entered the backmarkers, allowing both Siegel and Rahmer to close significantly. It was at the halfway point that Rahmer finally got around Siegel and began racing for the lead. The Salfordville speedster then made his race winning pass amidst heavy traffic with an outside run in turns three and four to take command of the field with 11 laps to go. The pace was slowed for a final time with two laps remaining but Rahmer was not to be denied, pulling away on an open track to pick up his second victory in-a-row at Lincoln. The win was his eighth out of the last 11 races at Lincoln, and his 20th overall this season. Mackison settled for second followed by Siegel, Cris Eash and 15th starter Jesse Wentz. Sixth through tenth went to Dave Ely, Knopp, James Chesson, Todd Gracey and Mike Lutz. Heats for the 33 entries went to McBee, Trout and Eash with the consolation going to Shaffer.
In the 15-lap micro sprint feature, polesitter Jim Lender of Osceola Mills wired the field for a close win. After two failed attempts at getting the main event underway, Lender jumped into the lead ahead of Jimmy Brookens and Joe Trone. Brookens started seventh in the feature field and was applying heavy pressure for the lead with eight laps complete when third place runner Wayne Karcher rolled to a stop in the first turn. While under the yellow, Brookens also came up with mechanical ills, handing over the second spot to Randy West. West threw everything he had at the leader over the last seven circuits, drawing even with Lender on the straightaways but failing to complete his pass for the lead in the corners. In the end it was a slower, smoother pace for Lender around the inside guardrail that snared him the victory by no more than a car length over West. Chad Trout settled for third, Brian Leppo was fourth and Mike Bittinger rounded out the top five. Qualifiers for the 50 micros in attendance were copped by Lender, Scott Tritle, Mark Zellers and Darrell Ginter. Twin consi's went to Brad McClelland and Leppo.
Hanover's Ken Berwager ended a season of near Lincoln wins Saturday night in winning the 15 lap thundercar feature. Berwager started on the pole and had to fend off challenges for the lead over the entire distance to pick up the elusive win after leading countless laps of feature action in previous starts. Over the first half of the event, Berwager was hounded by former winner and outsider front row starter Bryan Wagaman. Wagaman swapped paint with the leader numerous times in the early stages only to see his attempt at snaring the lead on a lap five restart foiled when tenth starter Steve Clabaugh slipped by for the second spot. Berwager had his hands full with two-time winner Clabaugh over the rest of the distance. Clabaugh actually surged ahead of Berwager prior to the completion of the ninth circuit only to see his move called back when the pace was slowed for a slowing machine with eight laps complete. Given a second chance by the yellow, Berwager drove a masterful race over the remaining laps, withstanding countless challenges and side by side racing with Clabaugh while utilizing the outside to pick up a very popular win. Berwager's win made him the 12th different thundercar feature winner out of 18 races held so far this season. Clabaugh settled for second followed by Neil Smith, Nat Tuckey and Tony Kuhn. Heats for the 29 thundercars were won by Potts, Mike Zeigler and Smith with the last chance event falling to Bobby Rudisill.
Next Saturday night, August 19th, it will be KIDS NIGHT at Lincoln Speedway featuring the Super Sprints, Thundercars, and ARDC Midgets in a special non-wing show, plus an appearance by Little Miss Motorsports Erica Landis. Gates will open at 5 PM, with hot laps at 7 PM and qualifying events getting underway at 7:30 PM.
RACE RESULTS Saturday - August 12, 2000
<pre>LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, PA
Super Sprints: Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 3. 59-Steve Siegel; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 6. 77E-Dave Ely; 7. 6-Chris Knopp; 7. 22-James Chesson; 8. 25-Todd Gracey; 9. 07-Mike Lutz; 10. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 11. 76-P.J. Chesson; 12. X-Bobby Weaver; 13. 32-Brook Weibley; 14. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 15. 21-Billy Simms; 16. 7J-Jeremy Trout; 17. 81-Bob Beidleman; 18. 00-Shane Smith; 19. 7M-Todd Hestor (DNF); 20. 4L-Josh Wells (DNF); 21. 10N-Jimmy McBee (DNF); 22. 88-Todd Shaffer (DNF); 23. 17K-Greg Klarr (DNF); 24. 5-Sam Ross (DNF).
Lap Leaders - Johnny Mackison Jr. (1-13), Fred Rahmer (14-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. Jimmy McBee; 2. Brook Weibley; 3. Steve Siegel; 4. Todd Hestor; 5. Greg Klarr; 6. Jeff Rohrbaugh; 7. Todd Gracey; 8. P.J. Chesson; 9. James Chesson; 10. Al DeAngelis; 11. Troy Fraker.
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. Jeremy Trout; 2. Bobby Weaver; 3. Josh Wells; 4. Shane Smith; 5. Sam Ross; 6. Bob Beidleman; 7. Scott Ausherman; 8. Troy Whitesel; 9. Gordon Senft; 10. Dustin Hoffman; 11. Niki Young.
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. Cris Eash; 2. Johnny Mackison Jr.; 3. Chris Knopp; 4. Fred Rahmer; 5. Jesse Wentz; 6. Billy Sims; 7. Todd Shaffer; 8. Mike Lutz; 9. Dave Ely; 10. Dan Shetler; 11. Dave Cook.
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. Todd Shaffer; 2. Todd Gracey; 3. Dave Ely; 4. James Chesson; 5. Troy Whitesel; 6. P.J. Chesson; 7. Mike Lutz; 8. Niki Young; 9. Al DeAngelis; 10. Gordon Senft; 11. Scott Ausherman; 12. Troy Fraker; 11. Dave Cook; 12. Dustin Hoffman; 13. Dan Shetler.
Micro-Sprints: Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 11L-Jim Lender; 2. 23R-Randy West; 3. 7C-Chad Trout; 4. 71-Brian Leppo; 5. 12H-Mike Bittinger; 6. 8-Frank Eichelberger; 7. 1-Shawn Seifert; 8. 99-Joe Trone; 9. 21-Darrell Ginter; 10. 1K-Blane Heimbach; 11. 8S-Jim Still; 12. 15-Brian Powell; 13. 5-Mark Zellers; 14. 9-Scott Tritle; 15. 41-Mike Boter; 16. 6-Brad McClelland; 17. 57S-Tony Strine; 18. 3M-John Moore; 19. 84-Rodney Glass; 20. 19T-Terry Peters; 21. 8F-Stan Fleming; 22. 10P-Chuck Palmucci; 23. 3B-Randy Baughman; 24. 11-Jimmy Brookens; 25. 72-Wayne Karcher; 26. 3-Butch Harrington; 27. 45-Dave Socks; 28. 16S-Brian Conrath; 29. 75-Dusty Shatzer; 30. 20-Larry Sauers. Lap Leaders - Jim Lender (1-15) Heat Winners - Jim Lender, Scott Tritle, Mark Zellers, Darrell Ginter Consolation Winners - Brad McClelland, Brian Leppo
Thundercars: Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 77-Ken Berwager; 2. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. 22-Nat Tuckey; 5. 6-Tony Kuhn; 6. M1-Mike Potts; 7. 30-Bryan Wagaman; 8. 95-Fred Cullum; 9. 3-Duane Watson; 10. 28-Tom Walls; 11. 100-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 12. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 13. X-Bernie Beard; 14. 16J-Randy Zechman; 15. 2-Steve Gantz; 16. 17X-Walt Lemmon; 17. 9J-Mike Johnson; 18. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 19. 12M-Jake Markey; 20. 8MD-David Prunkl; 21. 13X-Richard Toot; 22. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 23. 5-Bobby Beard; 24. 25-Sean Herrick. Lap Leaders - Ken Berwager (1-15) Heat Winners - Walt Lemmon, Mike Zeigler Jr., Neil Smith Consolation Winner - Bobby Rudisill