ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/17/03 -It's been a competitive year in the Pigeon Hills. Lancaster's Doug Esh became the eighth winner in 10 races on Saturday night, passing race-long leader Jeff Busby in the third and fourth turns following a 17th lap...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/17/03 -It's been a competitive year in the Pigeon Hills.
Lancaster's Doug Esh became the eighth winner in 10 races on Saturday night, passing race-long leader Jeff Busby in the third and fourth turns following a 17th lap caution restart and then racing away to a .97 second win over Lance Dewease for his first win of 2003.
"My brother told me before if I win this year that I would impress him because last year I started on the front row," said Esh following his traditional wing dance in victory lane. "We were really bad early, not getting around the corners...I started jacking on a couple of things and moving a couple knobs and got it pretty good."
Esh, who still sits atop the Lincoln all-time 358 sprint win list, started sixth in the feature. He was still running there when third-place Jason Hagenbuch got sideways in turn three and collected fifth-place Cris Eash. Neither driver flipped, but a red flag was thrown when track officials couldn't separate the cars. Both cars sustained enough damage to end their night.
Esh assumed fourth for the restart, and ran there until passing Jim Siegel for third on lap 15. At the time, Busby had a .91-second lead over Brian Leppo. A lap later, Esh drove under Leppo exiting the fourth turn to grab second. Immediately thereafter, the second red flag of the race came out when Chris Knopp ran into the back of Josh Wells, tipping the Acadia Financial Group No.6K onto its side.
Esh made the race-winning pass through turns three and four on the restart. Busby then turned over the runner-up spot to Lance Dewease three laps later.
"I knew when I got into second I could probably get Jeff (Busby) and then I seen the 77 and I was a little worried. But I figured we were okay."
"Last year I had so much problems with lapped traffic and actually lost a lot of races in lapped traffic," added the winner Esh. "I talked with Lance (Dewease) a little bit and he told me how to get around them...you got to get around them right now!"
Dewease was one of six cars which made the run from Hagerstown to Abbottstown after rain postponed the World of Outlaws show. He started on the outside of row eight beside Greg Hodnett, who finished fifth. All six cars arrived after the heats were run and tagged the rear of the 14-car field for the feature.
Busby and 11th-starting Fred Rahmer crossed third and fourth. Siegel, Wells, Niki Young, Brook Weibley, and Johnny Mackison, Jr. completed the top ten.
The win, Esh's third of his career at Lincoln, was worth $2,500.
Heats were won by Rahmer and Esh.
2001 Lincoln champ Eric Stambaugh claimed his third straight win in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature. It was an exciting night for the East Berlin speedster. Stambaugh drove on his two right wheels through turns three and four of his heat, gathering it back in to finish fourth in his heat. That forced him to start 13th in the feature after Matt Boland went to the rear and moved Stambaugh up one row for the start.
Stambaugh then threaded the needle to slip under second-place Randy Rhoads and drive around race-long leader Dan Dietrich in turns three and four of lap 16. It was Stambaugh's seventh career win at Lincoln, moving him into a fifth-place tie with Mike Lehman on the all-time win list just four behind Esh.
Dover's Scott Ausherman made an identical move in heavy lapped traffic two laps later to move into second, and chased the winner the rest of the way.
Shawn "Big Block" Weaver, Rhoads, and Dietrich completed the top five.
Jeff Young was uninjured in a spectacular last-lap crash that saw him roll over a wheel, flip several times entering turn three, knock down a catch fence pole, catapult over the fence, and roll to the bottom of the third-turn hill.
Heats for the 40 "358" Sprints were won by Billy Dietrich, Rhoads, Tim Long, and Dan Dietrich. Twin consolation races were won by Brad McClelland and Kenny Foor.
Stoverstown's Mike Zeigler Jr. upheld the family name and drove to his first win of 2003 in winning the 20 lap thundercar feature.
Zeigler Jr., whose father Zeigler Sr. had just won three days earlier, drove from his fifth starting position into third by the second lap and then inherited the lead on the 10th lap when both race leader David Prunkl and second place Allen Cullum were forced to pit with flat tires after colliding under caution.
From there Zeigler ran away from the field to take the checkered 1.10 seconds ahead of Duane Hahn for his eighth career win. Neil Smith finished third, points leader Bernie Beard fourth, and Chet McCormick fifth.
Heats for the 22 thundercars were won by Zeigler Jr., Messersmith, and Hahn.
Next Saturday night, May 24th, Lincoln Speedway will be running it's annual Memorial Day Weekend Super Sprint Championship with $3,000 on the line for the winner of the 30 lap championship event. The thundercars will round out the two division show which will also shift it's starting time to Lincoln's regular starting time of 7:30 PM for the rest of the season. The evening's action will be capped off with a huge fireworks display. Gates open at 5 PM, with warm-ups at 7 PM, and the first heat taking the green at 7:30 PM.
To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at http://www.lincolnspeedway.com to stay up-to-date on all the action or pending weather conditions at Central Pennsylvania's "Premier" Saturday night race track - The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway.
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 30-Doug Esh ($2,500); 2. 77-Lance Dewease; 3. 47J-Jeff Busby; 4. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 5. 12-Greg Hodnett; 6. 59-Jim Siegel; 7. 6W-Josh Wells; 8. 10N-Niki Young; 9. 32-Brook Weibley; 10. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 11. 55S-Billy Sims; 12. 31D-Kevin Drury; 13. 33-Craig Smith; 14. 71-Brian Leppo; 15. 21P-Glenndon Forsythe; 16. 21-David Bull; 17. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); 18. 6K-Chris Knopp (DNF); 19. 17H-Jason Hagenbuch (DNF); 20. 17E-Cris Eash (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Jeff Busby (1-16), Doug Esh (17-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/All qualify) - 1. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 2. 47J-Jeff Busby; 3. 6W-Josh Wells; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 55S-Billy Sims; 7. 43-Larry Shive. Time - 2:21.06
2nd Heat (10 Laps/All qualify) - 1. 30-Doug Esh; 2. 71-Brian Leppo; 3. 17H-Jason Hagenbuch; 4 17e-Cris Eash; 5. 6K-Chris Knopp; 6. 10N-Niki Young; 7. 31D-Kevin Drury. Time - 2:19.85
Feature (20 Laps) -1. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 2. 39-Scott Ausherman; 3. 7V-Shawn Weaver; 4. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 5. 8-Dan Dietrich; 6. 7C-Chad Trout; 7. 6H-Tim Hershey; 8. 11C-Cory Haas; 9. 28-Keith Prutzman; 10. 10D-Kenny Foor; 11. 2J-Billy Johns; 12. 4R-Mark Freeland; 13. 87-Alan Krimes; 14. 6M-Brad McClelland; 15. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 16. 22D-Jeff Young (DNF); 17. 3-Clair Wintermyer; 18. 12-Timmy Long; 19. 14-Will Urkuski (DNF); 20. 22T-Matt Boland (DNF); 21. 24-Shawn Floyd (DNF); 22. 1B-David Bull (DNF); 23. 3J-Judd Shepard (DNF); 24. 31J-Joey Palmerino (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders - Dan Dietrich (1-15), Eric Stambaugh (16-20)
1st Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 2. 3-Clair Wintermyer; 3. 22D-Jeff Young; 4. 39-Scott Ausherman; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 83-Michael Hamer; 7. 96-Steve Mercogliana; 8. 69G-Daryl Becker (DNF); 9. 35-Randy Neiman (DNF); 10. 17M-Michael Creaghan (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3. 7C-Chad Trout; 4. 31J-Joey Palmerino; 5. 14-Will Urkuski; 6. 6M-Brad McClelland; 7. 3J-Judd Shepard; 8. 20-Jon Keller; 9. 15-Adam Wilt; 10. 85-Ken Berwager (DNF). Time - 2:30.74
3rd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 12-Tim Long; 2. 22T-Matt Boland; 3. 28-Keith Prutzman; 4. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 5. 24-Shawn Floyd; 6. 8F-Stan Fleming; 7. 96X-Woody Linton; 8. 29-Rob Peters; 9. 73-Rusty Rupp; 10. 24B-Pat Small (DNF). Time - 2:35.50
4th Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 8-Dan Dietrich; 2. 6H-Tim Hershey; 3. 7V-Shawn Weaver; 4. 1B-David Bull; 5. 10D-Kenny Foor; 6. 2J-Billy Johns; 7. 11E-Brian Allman; 8. 9C-Tom Fraschetta.; 9. 6-Bill Sherman (DNF); 10. 4R-Mark Freeland (DNF). No Time
1st Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 6-Brad McClelland; 2. 3J-Judd Shepard; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 14-Will Urkuski; 5. 20-Jon Keller; 6. 83-Michael Hamer; 7. 69G-Daryl Becker; 8. 85-Ken Berwager; 9. 15-Adam Wilt; 10. 96-Steve Mercogliana; DNS - 35-Randy Neiman. Time - 2:34.17
2nd Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 10D-Kenny Foor; 2. 24-Shawn Floyd; 3. 2J-Billy Johns; 4. 4R-Mark Freeland; 5. 8F-Stan Fleming; 6. 96X-Woody Linton; 7. 29-Rob Peters; 8. 11E-Brian Allman; 9. 9C-Tom Fraschetta; 10. 24B-Pat Small; 11. 6-Bill Sherman; DNS - 73-Rusty Rupp. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) -1. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 2. 70-Duane Hahn; 3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 14-Chet McCormick; 6. 67-Randy Doty; 7. 38-Roy Warehime; 8. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 9. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 10. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 11. 52-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 12. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF); 13. 95-Allen Cullum (DNF); 14. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr. (DNF); 15. 48-Steve Lowery (DNF); 16. 00-Barry Williams Jr. (DNF); 17. 39-Wayne Dutterer (DNF); 18. 34-Greg Messersmith (DNF); DNS - 10-Steve Clabaugh, 98-Dan Zechman, 4-Greg Feltch, B52-Ben Beshore. No Time
Lap Leaders -Greg Messersmith (1), David Prunkl (2-9), Mike Zeigler Jr. (10-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 2. 14-Chet McCormick; 3. 67-Randy Doty; 4. 38-Roy Warehime; 5. 34M-Jim Martz, Jr.; 6. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 7. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr. (DNF); 8. B52-Ben Beshore (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 34-Gregg Messersmith; 2. 98-Dan Zechman; 3. 52-Nat Tuckey; 4. 8MD-David Prunkl; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 00-Barry Williams, Jr.; DNS: 4-Greg Feltch. Time - 2:50.97
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 70-Duane Hahn; 2. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. 95-Allen Cullum; 5. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 6. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 7. 48-Steve Lowery. No Time