ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/27/04 - Lance Dewease is one driver who is glad to see handicapped night-time racing return to Central Pennsylvania. Lincoln's defending champ came from eighth starting spot to claim his first win of the year and become the ...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/27/04 - Lance Dewease is one driver who is glad to see handicapped night-time racing return to Central Pennsylvania.
Lincoln's defending champ came from eighth starting spot to claim his first win of the year and become the sixth different winner in as many 2004 races at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
In doing so, he delivered career win number 400 to car owners Al and Betty Hamilton.
He was also joined by Hamilton in putting to bed the hundreds of rumors that have been circulating over the past several weeks.
"We've had a lot of people trying to cause a lot of problems and trying to tear this team down," said Dewease. "But that's not going to happen."
"I'm real happy to reach the 400 mark," added Hamilton. "You've got to realize that there were a lot of people to help me get there, too. I've had a lot of good drivers and a lot of good mechanics. Time goes by and you change things, but we just keep going and I have a family that sticks with me. Of all the drivers and mechanics that have helped me get here, I want to thank them and I appreciate them. But the man who put me at 400 is standing here beside me, and that's Lance Dewease."
"We haven't had the fastest start we'd have liked to, but starting spot has been everything it seems this year, and everyone's winning off the first two rows-here especially," said Dewease. "You could pass here tonight. Cris moved up through and Fred moved up through. We'll get this first win out of the way and get on going here."
"Last week we were fast here in the heat race and didn't keep up with the track enough, " said Dewease, "Tonight we made up our mind that it didn't matter what the track was going to look like, we were going to take her up a good bit and try to get her going. We've been slowly gaining on every race and I think we'll be pretty good from here on out. Good ole' handicapped night-time racing is what it's all about!"
The Manheim Auto Auction/Hank's Performance Products/Wertgen No.77 was already fifth when the first caution came out for a spinning Glenndon Forysthe on turn two of the second lap. Doug Esh also came to a stop and had to rejoin at the rear.
Polesitter Bobby Weaver led the first two laps before fourth-starting Brian Montieth slid in front with an inside move on turns three and four of lap three. A lap later, Jeff Busby spun in turn four while running third, handing the spot over to Josh Wells and moving Dewease up to fourth. Wells passed Weaver for second at the flagstand to complete lap five, but then yielded the runner-up spot to Dewease exiting turn two less than a half-lap later. Dewease closed on Montieth on lap seven and raced wheel-to-wheel with last Saturday's winner over the next four laps. He pulled the slider in turns three and four to grab the race lead in heavy lapped traffic on lap 11.
Also climbing through the field were points leader Cris Eash (who started 12th), seven-time track champ Fred Rahmer (who started 11th), and Greg Hodnett (who started 10th). Eash had advanced to fourth, Hodnett to sixth, and Rahmer to seventh by the time a red flag came out for a fire in the motor of Pat Cooper's car on lap 15. Cooper was not injured.
During the red, fifth-place Eric Stambaugh went to the pits with a flat tire, turning fifth over to Hodnett and sixth to Rahmer. On the restart, Eash drove around both Montieth and Wells to advance from fourth to second, and Rahmer passed Hodnett and Montieth to climb to fourth. Rahmer caught Wells to move into third on lap 19. By then, Dewease had extended his lead to nearly four and-a-half seconds over Eash.
Two 23rd-lap cautions kept Eash and Rahmer close, but the first restart was used by the two challengers to clear lapped traffic placed between each of the top three. They restarted nose-to-tail the final time, but Dewease pulled away over the final two laps, leaving Eash and Rahmer to battle for the runner-up spot. Dewease's 23rd career Lincoln win came by 2.39 seconds over Eash, with Rahmer third. Montieth passed Hodnett on the next-to-last lap to finish fourth, with Hodnett fifth. Completing the top ten were Wells, Weaver, Brook Weibley, Niki Young, and Stambaugh.
Heats for the 25 sprinters were won by Hodnett, Dewease and Weibley, with Kevin Drury winning the consolation event.
Gettysburg's Mike Walls grabbed the lead on the restart for the final 19 laps of the make-up thundercar feature from last Saturday night, March 21st, and led the rest of the way to pick up his first win of 2004.
Walls had one-time Lincoln winner Craig Wagaman on his bumper nearly the entire distance, but hung on for his ninth career win at the Pigeon Hills oval. That placed him into a tie with Ron Shultz for 11th on Lincoln's all-time thundercar win list.
Wagaman finished second, point-leader Mike Zeigler Sr. third, Nat Tuckey fourth, and Mike Zeigler Jr. fifth. Completing the top-10 were Bob Bare, Sam Gallagher, Chet McCormick, Duane Watson and Bernie Beard.
In the regularly scheduled 20 lap thundercar feature Duane Hahn picked up an emotional first career thundercar win in thrilling fashion.
Hahn, from Abbottstown, started on the pole after a nine-car melee altered the original starting line-up and trailed polesitter Gary Potts and Wagaman after the first lap. Wagaman took the lead from Potts on the fourth lap with Hahn following into second on the eighth lap.
From there Hahn shadowed Wagaman's every move as the laps reeled off and closed onto the leader's bumper with five laps to go.
A two-lap shoot-out saw Wagaman fighting an ill-handling car with rear suspension problems and Hahn waiting for the right moment to make his move. On the final lap, in the final turns, Hahn drove under Wagaman and out-raced him to the checkered for his first career win.
Wagaman hung on for second, Bernie Beard third, Howard Williams (came from 20th starting spot) fourth, and Mike Zeigler Sr. fifth (who started 19th). Completing the top-10 were Mike Walls, Jeff Allen, Jake Markey, Mike Zeigler Jr. And Greg Feltch.
Heats for the 29 Thundercars were won by Jim Martz Jr., Hahn and Doug Devilbiss, with Zeigler Sr. winning the consolation event.
Tony Rose of New Windsor Maryland was involved in a bad fourth-turn crash during his heat which saw him get sideways in the middle of the turn, resulting in a competitor making hard contact in the driver's door area. Rose was extricated from his car by emergency workers and taken to Hanover General Hospital for treatment of a suspected broken leg.
Jason Rochelle returned from asphalt racing in Concord, NC, to win his first time out on a dirt track in the 15-lap INEX Legends feature. Rochelle third, grabbed the race from Greg Burd and Bob Lesh in the first two turns, and held off teammate Ronnie Dunstan over the final 18 laps. Dunstan started seventh and finished one car length behind the winner. Allen Felix, Rod Kistler, and Burg completed the top five.
Heats for the 32 INEX Legends were won by Josh Morrow, Kistler and Dunstan, with Jason Ewing winning the consolation event.
Next Saturday, April 3rd, Lincoln Speedway looks to get in there seventh consecutive show of 2004 with it's final 6 PM start before switching to 7 PM starts on April 10th.
The Cindy Rowe Paintless Dent Removal 410 Sprints and Thundercar regulars will be joined by the first appearance of the highly-popular Silver Spring Limited Late Models.
Gates will open 4 PM. Hot-laps get underway at 5:30 PM, with the first heat taking the green at 6 PM.
Saturday - March 27, 2004
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Lance Dewease ($2,500); 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 12-Greg Hodnett; 6. 6W-Josh Wells; 7. X-Bobby Weaver; 8. 32-Brook Weibley; 9. 10N-Niki Young; 10. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 11. 71-Brian Leppo; 12. 59-Jim Siegel; 13. 31D-Kevin Drury; 14. 18W-Kevin Welsh; 15. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 16. A18-Becca Anderson; 17. 47J-Jeff Busby; 18. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); 19. 22-Darren Eash (DNF); 20. 38-Chappy Knaack (DNF); 21. 94-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 22. 30-Doug Esh (DNF); 23. 26-Pat Cooper (DNF); 24. 20-Jon Keller (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Bobby Weaver (1-2), Brian Montieth (3-10), Lance Dewease (11-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 12-Greg Hodnett; 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 4. 59-Jim Siegel; 5. 22-Darren Eash; 6. 38-Chappy Knaack; 7. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 8. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 9. 20-Jon Keller (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 77-Lance Dewease; 2. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 3. 21-Brian Montieth; 4. X-Bobby Weaver; 5. 71-Brian Leppo; 6. 7K-Dan Shetler; 7. 31D-Kevin Drury; 8. A18-Becca Anderson. No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 32-Brook Weibley; 2. 10N-Niki Young; 3. 47J-Jeff Busby; 4. 6W-Josh Wells; 5. 30-Doug Esh; 6. 18W-Kevin Welsh; 7. 26-Pat Cooper; 8. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh. No Time
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 31D-Kevin Drury; 2. A18-Becca Anderson; 3. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 4. 70-Sam Scholsberg; 5. 26-Pat Cooper; 6. 20-Jon Keller; 7. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh. No Time
3/20 Make-Up Feature (20 Laps) - 1. B52-Mike Walls; 2. 30-Craig Wagaman; 3. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 4. 52-Nat Tuckey; 5. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 6. 76-Bob Bare; 7. 20-Sam Gallagher; 8. 14-Chet McCormick; 9. 3R-Duane Watson; 10. X-Bernie Beard; 11. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 12. 1-Neil Smith; 13. 11-Jim Rost; 14. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 15. 31-Ron Shultz; 16. 7X-Tony Rose; 17. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 18. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 19. 4-Greg Feltch (DNF); 20. 37-Frankie Dee; 21. 5-Gary Potts (DNF); 22. 34-Greg Messersmith (DNF); 23. 91-Tom Slusser Jr. (DNF); DNS - George Kohrmann. No Time
Lap Leaders - Bob Bare (1), Mike Walls (2-20)
Regularly Scheduled Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 70-Duane Hahn; 2. 30-Craig Wagaman; 3. X-Bernie Beard; 4. 41-Howard Williams; 5. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 6. B52-Mike Walls; 7. 33-Jeff Allen; 8. 12-Jake Markey; 9. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 10. 4-Greg Feltch; 11. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 12. 91-Tom Slusser Jr.; 13. 31-Ron Shultz (DNF); 14. 15-Doug Devilbiss (DNF); 15. 3-Mike Gladfelter (DNF); 16. 20-Sam Gallagher (DNF); 17. 37-Frankie Dee (DNF); 18. 51-Chad Myers (DNF); 19. 5-Gary Potts (DNF); 20. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 21. 34M-Jim Martz Jr. (DNF); 22. 52-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 23. 14-Chet McCormick (DNF); 24. 11-Jim Rost (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Gary Potts (1-3), Craig Wagaman (4-19), Duane Hahn (20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 34M-Jim Martz, Jr.; 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 3. 5-Gary Potts; 4. 30-Craig Wagaman; 5. B52-Mike Walls; 6. 91-Tom Slusser, Jr.; 7. 41-Howard Williams; 8. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 9. 12-Jake Markey; 10. 4-Greg Feltch. Time - 2:49.39
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 70-Duane Hahn; 2. 20-Sam Gallagher; 3. 52-Nat Tuckey; 4. 31-Ron Shultz; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 7. 33X-Kenny Kluge; 8. 11-Jim Rost (DNF); 9. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 10. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh (DNS). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 2. 1-Neil Smith; 3. 14-Chet McCormick; 4. 51-Chad Myers; 5. 33-Jeff Allen; 6. 37-Frankie Dee; 7. 7X-Tony Rose (DNF); 8. 76-Bob Bare (DNF); 9. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr. (DNF); 10. 34-Marshall McMullen (DNF). No Time
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 2.41-Howard Williams; 3. 11-Jim Rost; 4. 12-Jake Markey; 5. 4-Greg Feltch; 6. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 7. 33X-Kenny Kluge; 8. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); DNS - 34-Marshall McMullen, 76-Bob Bare. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 7R-Jason Rochelle; 2. 7-Ronnie Dunstan; 3. 8-Allen Felix; 4. 99-Rod Kistler; 5. 20-Greg Burg; 6. 29A-Josh Morrow; 7. 46-Ray Swank; 8. 23-Harry Garber; 9. 48-Randy Kissinger; 10. 29G-Lawrence Garrison; 11. 4X-Butch Brough; 12. 22-Randy Fetterhoff; 13. 7R-Denny Rothermel; 14. 14W-Ed Wentz; 15. 54-Jason Ewing; 16. 44-Daryl Bloom; 17. 7M-Bob Murray; 18. 63-John Schick; 19. 8A-Roger Austin; 20. 48K-Ron Cooper; 21. 555-Bill Harris; 22. 80-Bob Lesh; 23. 14-Laura McGonnell; 24. Z-Jim Black (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Jason Rochelle (1-15)
1st Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 29A-Josh Morrow; 2. 46-Ray Swank; 3. 17R-Jason Rochelle; 4. 48-Randy Kissinger; 5. 4X-Butch Brough; 6. 29G-Lawrence Garrison; 7. 54-Jason Ewing; 8. 7R-Denny Rothermel; 9. Z-Jim Black; 10. 48K-Ron Cooper; 11. 48X-Dave Kline. Time - 2:10.45
2nd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 99-Rod Kistler; 2. 22-Randy Fetterhoff; 3. 80-Bob Lesh; 4. 7M-Bob Murray; 5. 23C-Harry Garber; 6. 14-Laura McGonnell; 7. 555-Bill Harris; 8. 44-Daryl Bloom; 9. 55JP-Jim Lowery; 10. 12-Zach Dieter (DNF); DNS - 20X-William Welfel. Time - 2:09.32
3rd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7-Ronnie Dunstan; 2. 8-Allen Felix; 3. 20-Greg Burd; 4. 8A-Roger Austin; 5. 63-John Schick; 6. 14W-Ed Wentz; 7. 72-Ralph Steele; 8. 60-George Rutherford (DNF); 9. 4-Paul Fitzsimmons (DNF); 10. 88-Andy Lupfer (DNF). No Time
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 54-Jason Ewing; 2. 7R-Denny Rothermel; 3. 555-Bill Harris; 4. 44-Daryl Bloom; 5. Z-Jim Black; 6. 48K-Ron Cooper; 7. 48X-Dave Kline; 8. 72-Ralph Steele; 9. 20X-William Welfel; 10. 55JP-Jim Lowery (DNF); DNS: 60-George Rutherford, 4-Paul Fitzsimmons, 12-Zach Dieter, 88-Andy Lupfer. Time - 2:20.55