Abbottstown, PA, 7/19/03 - Darren Eash made his comeback into 410 sprint racing complete and memorable in several ways Saturday night as he won the 25 lap Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr. Memorial at Lincoln Speedway. The Ijamsville, Maryland racer...
Abbottstown, PA, 7/19/03 - Darren Eash made his comeback into 410 sprint racing complete and memorable in several ways Saturday night as he won the 25 lap Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr. Memorial at Lincoln Speedway.
The Ijamsville, Maryland racer drove from his fifth starting position into second place behind polesitter and race-long leader Chappy Knaack on the ninth lap and then stalked the fellow Maryland racer through lapped traffic and made his winning pass with two laps to go. Eash took the checkered two laps later for his first win of 2003 and the third of his career at the Pigeon Hills oval. The win, to say the least, was an emotional one for the 44 year old driver.
"This race was for the best man in my life - my father," said a exuberant Eash in victory lane. "He's in the hospital and we love him to death...I told him tonight if I win I'd call him and we just got off the phone with him."
"On the 22nd lap I said I'm going for this, this is for my dad...I'm going to get it! And on we went, man, this is awesome."
Eerily, was his reference to the 22nd lap meant something more too. Daryl Gohn, one of the Memorial race's namesake, drove the number 22 sprinter, and, Eash drove to the win this night in an identically numbered 22 sprinter as well.
"Daryl was a heck of a nice guy," reflected Eash. "I remember one night when we were here on the front straightaway and (Daryl) was sad because his dad had just passed away...and then not much later we lost Daryl."
"That's just not right for one family to go through. I know what it's like. My dad had to have open heart surgery on Monday. And I was there all the time. To see your dad there in bed like that just made you cry. This makes it all worthwhile."
"This is great," said car owner Jim Kline in victory lane. "We've got to thank Cris's (Eash) crew, they really helped this team get things going."
Polesitter Knaack drove into the lead at the outset with third-starting Glenndon Forsythe, outside frontrow starter Brian Leppo and fourth-starting Brook Weibley in tow.
When the race's first caution waved for a stopped Jeff Rohrbaugh on the fifth lap, Eash had already worked his way around defending six-time track champ Fred Rahmer and Weibley tp to move into third place. He then exchanged the spot with Rahmer a few times over the next few laps before getting by for good following a caution restart on the ninth lap as both he and Rahmer passed Forsythe to move into second and third respectively.
Meanwhile Knaack was driving his heart out in search of his first career 410 sprint win. Knaack was driving like a veteran through lapped traffic as the laps reeled off. But with less than five laps to go Eash turned up the heat and closed on the leader.
Eash was able to get a run on Knaack as they passed under the start-finish line with the two laps-to-go signal being waved and slid under and up in front for the lead exiting the second turn of the 24th lap.
And after the final 17 non-stop laps were complete, Eash was standing proudly in victory lane.
"I got to that one point here coming down the front straightaway that I knew he was going to the top," said Eash on his racing winning move. "I thought about what would Fred, Cris, Lance or any of them guys would do...so I just flied it in there and hoped for the best and that's what happened."
Eash's third career Lincoln win was worth over $2,500 as extra money was added to several finishing positions in the feature and in the heat races earlier in the night, all part of the huge effort by the Gohn family to celebrate the life of two people that meant so much to racing at the Pigeon Hills oval - Daryl Gohn and his father Glenn Gohn - this night at Lincoln.
"These people are so great," said Eash about his new race team. "Car owners Jim and Sandy Kline are so nice and treat me like I'm there son."
"And Randy and Tim, and we just got Charlie Singer to start helping us. We got a pretty good crew. Everybody does this for nothing. I drive for free. They wrench for free. And to do that they have to have some real gumption. Your Fred and them guys, and Lance, they do this for a living. We do it because we enjoy it."
Knaack hung on for a well-deserved second-place finish and received a huge ovation afterwards by the appreciative fans which filled the grandstand to capacity this night.
Ninth-starting Rahmer finished third, 12th-starting Lance Dewease fourth, and 11th-starting Cris Eash fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Chris Knopp, Doug Esh, Glenndon Forsythe, Josh Wells, and Niki Young.
"We grew up in this area," added Eash. "I've never lived in Hanover, but I'm here every week."
"These fans from Central Pennsylvania come to watch us and they make it for us. If it wasn't for them people up there we wouldn't be out here. I just want to say thank you."
"Last week when we were up there in the stands collecting money in our helmets," said Eash on the money collected last week for the critically injured Bobby Putney whom was struck down in a freak accident while watching from the infield a few weeks ago. "Them people were not giving dollar bills, there were 20s, 50s. I saw a hundred go into my helmet. That takes something for somebody to get that kind of money out of there pocket to take care of that guy that got hurt up here and I just want to say thank you to all those people."
Heats for the 23 "410" sprints were won by Brian Leppo, Lance Dewease, Chappy Knaack.
Dallastown's Cory Haas followed veteran racer Dan Dietrich through the middle stages of the 20 lap 358 sprint feature before slipping under the former super sprint champion with two laps to go to take the lead and raced away to his third win of the season.
Haas, who started 10th, moved into the top-five by the end of the first lap while polesitter Tony Strine led the field for the for five laps. Dietrich, who started fourth, passed Strine on the sixth lap for the lead and looked like he may be on his way to the win.
But Haas showed the patience that won him the 2002 track title and kept working the bottom groove to eventually move into second place on the ninth lap. Dietrich shifted to the bottom groove in an attempt to keep Haas at bay. But too no avail, Haas was able to slip under Dietrich exiting the fourth turn with two laps to go and went on to score his eighth career Lincoln win to put him into a tie with Brian Seidel for fourth on Lincoln Speedway's all-time 358 sprint win list.
12th-starting Dale Hammaker wrestled second from Dietrich in the final laps with Shawn Weaver finishing fourth and Strine fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Matt Boland, Alan Krimes, Tim Hershey, Scott Ausherman, and Eric Stambaugh.
Heats for the 37 "358" sprints were won by Mark Freeland, Tony Strine, Billy Dietrich and Dan Dietrich. Twin consolations were won by Alan Krimes and Clair Wintermyer.
Sykesville Maryland's David Prunkl picked up his first win of 2003 in the 20 lap thundercar feature. Prunkl, who started third, inherited the lead on the seventh lap after race-long leader Dan Zechman spun out in the first and second turns during a close battle for the top spot. From there Prunkl then had to withstand the charge of Mike Zeigler Jr. who literally rode on Prunkl's bumper over the race's final laps to record his seventh career Lincoln win.
Zeigler Jr. settled for second with Nat Tuckey third, Steve Clabaugh fourth, and points leader Bernie Beard fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Wayne Dutterer, Allan Cullum, Neil Smith, Chet McCormick and Al Cramer.
Heats for the 24 thundercars were won by Mike Zeigler Sr., Tuckey and Prunkl.
Lincoln Speedway will be idle next Saturday night, July 26th, as the 410 sprints take on the World of Outlaws in the special Summer National three-day show at Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 24th through 26th.
But Lincoln race the following night, Sunday, July 27th, with a special three-division show featuring the Silver Spring super sportsman and limited late models. The popular 600cc micro-sprints will join them in the 7 PM show. Gates will open at 5 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.
ANNUAL DARYL GOHN/GLENN GOHN SR. MEMORIAL410 Sprints:
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 22-Darren Eash ($2,500); 2. 51-Chappy Knaack; 3. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 4. 77-Lance Dewease; 5. 17E-Cris Eash; 6. 6K-Chris Knopp; 7. 30-Doug Esh; 8. 21P-Glenndon Forsythe; 9. 6W-Josh Wells; 10. 10N-Niki Young; 11. 32-Brook Weibley; 12. 47J-Jeff Busby; 13. 5-Michael Markey; 14. 55S-Billy Sims; 15. 71-Brian Leppo; 16. 31D-Kevin Drury; 17. 59-Jim Siegel; 18. 33-Craig Smith; 19. 7K-Dan Shetler; 20. 25-Nik Gower; 21. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 22. 38-Jeff Rohrbaugh; DNS - Bobby Weaver. No Time
Lap Leaders - Chappy Knaack (1-23), Darren Eash (24-25)
Heat Winners - Brian Leppo, Lance Dewease, Chappy Knaack
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 66-Dale Hammaker; 3. 8-Dan Dietrich; 4. 7V-Shawn Weaver; 5. 2X-Tony Strine; 6. 22T-Matt Boland; 7. 87-Alan Krimes; 8. 6H-Tim Hershey; 9. 39-Scott Ausherman; 10. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 11. 8F-Stan Fleming; 12. 3J-Judd Shepard; 13. 7C-Chad Trout; 14. 6M-Brad McClelland; 15. 22D-Jeff Young; 16. 1J-Jerry Stinson; 17. 4R-Mark Freeland; 18. 28-Keith Prutzman; 19. 3-Clair Wintermyer; 20. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 21. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 22. 20-Jon Keller; 23. 96-Al DeAngelis; DNS - 9C-Tom Fraschetta. No Time
Lap Leaders - Tony Strine (1-5), Dan Dietrich (6-17), Cory Haas (18-20)
Heat Winners - Mark Freeland, Tony Strine, Billy Dietrich, Dan Dietrich
Consolation Winners - Alan Krimes, Clair Wintermyer
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 8MD-David Prunkl; 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 3. 52-Nat Tuckey; 4. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 7. 95-Allan Cullum; 8. 1-Neil Smith; 9. 14-Chet McCormick; 10. 9-Al Cramer; 11. 63-William Knauss; 12. 98-Dan Zechman; 13. 12-Jake Markey; 14. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 15. 9J-Mike Johnson; 16. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 17. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 18. 28-Tom Walls Jr.; 19. 17H-Tim Hahn; 20. 26-M.R. Teal; 21. 67-Randy Doty; 22. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.. No Time
Lap Leaders - Dan Zechman (1-6), David Prunkl (7-20)
Heat Winners - Mike Zeigler Sr., Nat Tuckey, David Prunkl