Abbottstown, PA, 9/6/03 - A classic battle for the 2003 Lincoln Speedway "358" sprint car points title went down to the final event Saturday night, with both drivers still in the running clinging on for dear life. The championship may have been...
Abbottstown, PA, 9/6/03 - A classic battle for the 2003 Lincoln Speedway "358" sprint car points title went down to the final event Saturday night, with both drivers still in the running clinging on for dear life.
The championship may have been decided when Cory Haas brought along a back-up car to the Pigeon Hills for the final point race of the season.
Haas, who flipped violently down the front stretch in his qualifying event, advanced from 22nd starting spot to fifth in the 12-lap "B" Main, one spot shy of a starting spot in Saturday's "358" Sprint Championship. But he made the field as the first alternate when Will Urkuski was unable to report out for the feature.
Meanwhile, 2001 Lincoln champ Eric Stambaugh, who entered the night just 70 points behind Haas, was piloting Ken Berwager's #85 sprinter for a third straight Lincoln show, and was slated for an eighth-place starting spot after winning his heat.
For a while, it looked like Stambaugh would claim the title. He was running fifth when the caution came out for a spinning Haas in turn two of lap five. Haas rejoined the field at the rear, and was still well back in the pack when Stambaugh began to fade with a right rear tire going down on lap 12.
It was on lap 17 that Haas passed Stambaugh. Although he crossed 11th at the finish, it was nine positions in front of Stambaugh, locking up Haas' second straight Lincoln 358 sprint point title.
Brad McClelland led the first two laps from his outside front row starting spot before turning the lead over to polesitter Kevin Nouse from laps three through six. T.J. Stutts, who started third, grabbed the race lead on lap seven, three laps before Nouse smacked the outside wall on turn two, ending his night.
Cris Eash, who started seventh after suffering a flat in his heat and missing the inversion for fast-timers, assumed fourth on a ninth-lap restart after Billy Dietrich dropped from the field during an eighth-lap caution. He assumed third when Nouse hit the wall, and got around McClelland for the runner-up spot on lap 11.
Stutts continued to control the race, but disaster struck for the #11T when his tire began going down with about five laps to go. Eash continued to close, and took the lead from Stutts in heavy lapped traffic entering turn one of lap 23. From there, Eash cruised to a 5.58-second win.
It was Eash's 10th career "358" sprint victory at Lincoln, moving him into second place on the all-time win list behind Doug Esh's 11 career wins.
Alan Krimes, who finished the season third in Lincoln points, came on late to finish second, with McClelland and Mark Freeland third and fourth. Stutts crossed the line fifth with a shredded right rear tire. Billy Johns, Scott Ausherman, Kevin Nagy, Stan Fleming, and Dale Hammaker completed the top ten.
Dan Dietrich set a new 1-lap track standard in time trials with a one-lap time of 14.309 seconds (94.346 MPH) over the 43 -car field, besting the previous mark of 14.533 seconds set by Eric Stambaugh on 9/7/2002.
But the elder Dietrich's night was over early after crashing hard into the outer first and second turn wall and destroying his record-breaking sprinter in the first heat.
Heats were won by Fleming, Stambaugh, Ausherman and Hammaker , with Eash winning the B-Main.
Ty Shatzer started took the lead from his outside front row starting spot and led every lap in winning the 20-lap limited late model feature. But a 20th-lap caution nearly cost him the race. Elevnth-starting Carl Billet climbed methodically through the field and squeezed under Billy Wampler for second in turns one and two of the final lap. He then entered turn three high and dove under the leader coming off turn four, but came up less than a carlength short at the finish. Wampler, who ran second the entire race, settled for third, with John Ebersole fourth and Colby Frye completing the top five.
Heats for the 26 limited late models were won by Bernie Beard, Frye and Bobby Beard.
The 41-minute thundercar feature saw seven cars finish the race, with Mike Zeigler, Jr. surviving for his second Lincoln win of the season. Zeigler inherited the lead when Al Cramer and Craig Wagaman took each other out while running first and second exiting turn four of lap seven. Nat Tuckey assumed second at the time, and chased Zeigler the rest of the way for the runner-up finish. Steve Clabaugh, who came from the back after a sixth-lap spin in turn three, crossed third, with points leader Bernie Beard fourth and Mike Gladfelter completing his best-ever run in fifth. The other two cars that made it to the end were Cramer and Tony Rose.
Heats for the 26 thundercars were won by Tuckey, Ziegler Jr., and Craig Wagaman, with Gladfelter winning the consolation.
Next Saturday night, September 13th, there will be no racing at Lincoln Speedway. But the next Saturday night, September 20th, it will be the very popular 15th Annual Manufacturers Appreciation Night for the 410 sprinters with thousands of dollars in donated racing merchandise being given away to the starting feature field. Rounding out the evening will be the thundercars as they continue to battle towards there 2003 track championship point standings. Gates will open at 5 PM, with heats taking the green flag at 7 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.
Saturday - September 6, 2003
358 SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash ($1,500); 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 6-Brad McClelland; 4. 4R-Mark Freeland; 5. 11T-T.J. Stutts; 6. 2J-Billy Johns; 7. 39-Scott Ausherman; 8. 45-Kevin Nagy; 9. 8F-Stan Fleming; 10. 66H-Dale Hammaker; 11. 11C-Cory Haas (1st Alt.); 12. 1-Dave Gable Jr.; 13. 12-Mike Bittinger; 14. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 15. 5-Rusty Pressley; 16. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 17. 28-Keith Prutzman; 18. 22D-Jeff Young; 19. 29K-Brent Kluge; 20. 85-Eric Stambaugh; 21. 21-Kevin Nouse; 22. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 23. 01-Rick Horn; 24. 64K-Kyle Purks; DNS - 14-Will Urkuski. No Time
Lap Leaders - Brad McClelland (1-2), Kevin Nouse (3-6), T.J. Stutts (7-23), Cris Eash (24-25)
UNOFFICIAL FINAL TOP-10 IN POINTS - 1. Cory Haas, 3350 points; 2. Eric Stambaugh, 3215; 3. Alan Krimes, 3060; 4. Scott Ausherman, 2880; 5. Keith Prutzman, 2815; 6. Chad Trout, 2680; 7. Mark Freeland, 2660; 8. Billy Dietrich, 2650; 9. Billy Johns, 2430; 10. Shawn Weaver, 2350.
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 8F-Stan Fleming; 2. 21-Kevin Nouse; 3. 45-Kevin Nagy; 4. 4R-Mark Freeland; 5. 29K-Brent Kluge; 6. 7C-Chad Trout; 7. 1B-David Bull; 8. 35-Daryl Neiman; 9. 1J-Jerry Stinson; 10. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNF); 11. 20-Jon Keller (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 85-Eric Stambaugh; 2. 5-Rusty Pressley; 3. 2J-Billy Johns; 4. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 5. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh; 6. 73-Rusty Rupp; 7. 9C-Tom Fraschetta; 8. 83-Michael Hamer; 9. 24B-Pat Small; 10. 27-Jay Galloway; 11. 17E-Cris Eash (DNF). Time - 2:33.99
3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 39-Scott Ausherman; 2. 11T-T.J. Stutts; 3. 01-Rick Horn; 4. 64K-Kyle Purks; 5. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 6. 22D-Jeff Young; 7. 5A-Brian Allman; 8. 66N-Nate Hammaker; 9. 15-Adam Wilt; 10. 11C-Cory Haas (DNF). Time - 2:33.04
4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 66-Dale Hammaker; 2. 6-Brad McClelland; 3. 1-Dave Gable; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 28-Keith Prutzman; 6. 14-Will Urkuski; 7. 80R-Dan Richcreek; 8. 31J-Joey Palmerino; 9. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF); 10. 49-Bob Howard (DNF); 11. 6-Bill Sherman (DNS). No time.
B-Main (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash; 2. 12-Mike Bittinger; 3. 14-Will Urkuski; 4. 22D-Jeff Young; 5. 11C-Cory Haas; 6. 80R-Dan Richcreek; 7. 9C-Tom Fraschetta; 8. 83-Michael Hamer; 9. 35-Randy Neiman; 10. 1B-David Bull; 11. 49-Bob Howard; 12. 66N-Nate Hammaker; 13. 7C-Chad Trout; 14. 5A-Brian Allman (DNF); 15. 1J-Jerry Stinson (DNF); 16. 15-Adam Wilt (DNF); 17. 27-Jay Gallaway (DNF); 18 24B-Pat Small (DNF); 19. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNS); 20. 73-Rusty Rupp (DNS); 21. 31J-Joey Palmerino (DNS); 22. 6-Bill Sherman (DNS). No Time
Time Trials - 1. 8-Dan Dietrich, 14.309 seconds (94.346 MPH)(New 1-Lap Track Record, old record was 14.533 seconds set by Eric Stambaugh on 9/7/2002); 2. 17E-Cris Eash, 14.451; 3. 11C-Cory Haas, 14.504; 4. 87-Alan Krimes, 14.582; 5. 4R-Mark Freeland, 14.625; 6. 8D-Billy Dietrich, 14.629; 7. 11T-T.J. Stutts, 14.632; 8. 6M-Brad McClelland, 14.669; 9. 21-Kevin Nouse, 14.694; 10. 85-Eric Stambaugh, 14.739; 11. 64K-Kyle Purks, 14.801; 12. 1-Dave Gable Jr., 14.900; 13. 7C-Chad Trout, 14.900; 14. 2J-Billy Johns, 14.913; 15. 01-Rick Horn, 14.916; 16. 12-Mike Bittinger, 14.916; 17. 8F-Stan Fleming, 14.964; 18. 5-Rusty Pressley, 14.991; 19. 17M-Michael Creaghan, 15.047; 20. 14-Will Urkuski, 15.065; 21. 45-Kevin Nagy, 15.080; 22. 4B-Jake Raudabaugh, 15.103; 23. 39-Scott Ausherman, 15.113; 24. 66H-Dale Hammaker, 15.113; 25. 35-Randy Neiman, 15.129; 26. 9C-Tom Fraschetta, 15.138; 27. 22D-Jeff Young, 15.176; 28. 80R-Dan Richcreek, 15.195; 29. 29K-Brent Kluge, 15.201; 30. 24B-Pat Small, 15.220; 31. 5A-Brian Allman, 15.270; 32. 49-Bobby Howard, 15.277; 33. 20-Jon Keller, 15.425; 34. 83-Michael Hamer, 15.444; 35. 66N-Nate Hammaker, 15.454; 36. 28-Keith Prutzman, 15.459; 37. 1J-Jerry Stinson, 15.487; 38. 73-Rusty Rupp, 15.498; 39. 15-Adam Wilt, 15.557; 40. 31J-Joey Palmerino, 15.559; 41. 1B-David Bull, 15.730; 42. 27-Jay Galloway, 15.871; 43. 6-Bill Sherman, NT.
Limited Late Models:
Feature (20 Laps) 1. 18-Ty Shatzer; 2. 2M-Carl Billet; 3. U10-Billy wampler; 4. 78-John Ebersole; 5. F1-Colby Frye; 6. 16-Bud Barton; 7. 2-Daryl Burkholder; 8. 10-Fred Hardin; 9. 41F-Scott McCann; 10. 23-Bobby Beard; 11. 51-Dave Graber; 12. S16-Gerry Stutting, Jr.; 13. 33X-Gary Potts; 14. 17-Jake Lettich; 15. 22-Mark Billet; 16. 33-Harold Beinhower; 17. 12-Sterling Kinard; 18. 43-Jake Jones; 19.86-Bob Spahr; 20. 26-Galen Hurst; 21. X-Bernie Beard (DNF); 22. 91-Chuck Yingling (DNF); 23. 78G-Mark Gray (DNF); 24. 11-Dave Sokoloski (DNF); 25. 6-Josh Kimmel (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders - Ty Shatzer (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. X-Bernie Beard; 2. 22-Mark Billet; 3. 16-Bud Barton; 4. 91-Chuck Yingling; 5. S16-Gerry Stutting; 6. 41F-Scott McCann; 7. 51-Dave Graber; 8. 26-Galen Hurst; 9. 51L-Barry Lear Sr.. Time - 2:23.65
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. F1-Colby Frye; 2. 10-Fred Harden; 3. 18-Ty Schatzer; 4. 2M-Carl Billet; 5. 11-Dave Sokoloski; 6. 33-Harold Beinhower; 7. 78G-Mark Gray; 8. 43-Jake Jones; 9. 86-Bob Spahr. No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 23-Bobby Beard; 2. U10-Billy Wampler; 3. 78-John Ebersole; 4. 2-Daryl Burkholder; 5. 17-Jake Lettick; 6. 33X-Gary Potts; 7. 12-Sterling Kinard; 8. 6-Josh Kimmel. Time - 2:24.27
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 21A-Mike Zeigler.; 2. 52-Nat Tuckey; 3. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 6. 9-Al Cramer; 7. 7X-Tony Rose; 8. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); 9. 70-Dale Hunt (DNF); 10. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 11. 00-Barry Williams (DNF); 12. 25-Sean Herrick (DNF); 13. 34-Marshall McMullen (DNF); 14. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 15. 39-Wayne Dutterer (DNF); 16. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF); 17. W-Bryan Wagaman (DNF); 18. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 19. 61S-Kenny Slaybaugh (DNF); 20. 11R-Jim Rost (DNF); 21. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr. (DNF); 22. 1B-Greg Feltch (DNF); 23. 26-M.R. Teal (DNF); 24. 61-Mike Ciezobka (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Al Cramer (1-7), Mike Zeigler Jr. (8-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 52-Nat Tuckey; 2. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 3. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 4. 9-Al Cramer; 5. 7X-Tony Rose; 6. 26-M.R. Teal; 7. 51-Kyle Lear; 8. 6G-Ronald Grim; 9. 00-Barry Williams. Time - 2:48.05.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 2. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 3. 8MD-David Prunkl; 4. W-Bryan Wagaman; 5. 25-Sean Herrick; 6. 61S-Kenny Slaybaugh; 7. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 8. 9J-Mike Johnson; 9. 14-Chet McCormick (DNF). Time - 2:47.36.
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30-Craig Wagaman; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3. X-Bernie Beard; 4. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 5. 34-Marshall McMullen; 6. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 7. 70-Dale Hunt; 8. 1B-Greg Feltch; 9. 11R-Jim Rost. Time - 2:47.81
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 2. 70-Dale Hunt; 3. 9J-Mike Johnson; 4. 00-Barry Williams; 5. 1B-Greg Feltch; 6. 11R-Jim Rost; 7. 6G-Ronald Grim; 8. 51-Kyle Lear; 9. 14-Chet McCormick (DNF). Time - 2:10.26