ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/22/04 - In his own words, Greg Hodnett's tenth career win at Lincoln Speedway was pretty miraculous Saturday night. Hodnett, who has won in Florida (February), five times at Williams Grove and once at Susquehanna Speedway Park...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/22/04 - In his own words, Greg Hodnett's tenth career win at Lincoln Speedway was pretty miraculous Saturday night.
Hodnett, who has won in Florida (February), five times at Williams Grove and once at Susquehanna Speedway Park so far this year, has taken his lumps in the Pigeon Hills.
"We're just not very good here," said a victorious Hodnett, "Our car just not suit this race track at all...I'm really fortunate to be standing up here."
Slated for a 14th starting spot, the Apple Dealerships/Cars By Dealers Magazine/Maxim team was still perplexed as they prepared for the feature.
"We just threw a last- chance, desperation set-up on the car because we were starting so far back. We figured to pass Fred, Cris, Lance and them guys we would need something pretty miraculous. It just worked out for us. We might have made a bad choice on the left rear tire, because there at the end I was just hanging on. But it was loose enough to get through traffic and that's what it took."
"Crash marred" was the best description of the first half of the race, with a lap two crash in turn three taking out Danny Murray and involving Doug Esh and Doug Rohrbaugh. Esh went to the rear.
A lap later, a five-car crash in turn two ended with Lance Dewease on his side in turn two. Also involved were Jeff Busby, Josh Wells, Becca Anderson, and Eric Stambaugh. Stambaugh never came to a stop, but went into the pits during the red flag. Dewease, the defending Lincoln champ, was unable to continue.
By that time, Hodnett had advanced to seventh.
Kevin Drury took the lead from Glenndon Forsythe on lap three, and was still the leader on lap ten when a red flag waved for another crash on turn two, this time involving four cars. Sam Schlosberg spun, collecting Stambaugh, Wells, and Kenny Jacobs. An ambulance was summoned for Jacobs, but he walked away from the scene with a sore leg. Hodnett was now fifth.
The final red flag of the event came out on the restart, when a three-car crash resulted in flips by Fred Rahmer and Phil Weinsteiger, Jr. exiting turn four. Jeff Shepard, piloting the Kasey Kahne #9, was also collected in the crash. For the restart, Hodnett was third.
The Memphis driver passed Jim Siegel for the runner-up spot in turns three and four of lap 11, and made his race-winning pass on the same turns a lap later.
"This track's really tight," said Hodnett, "We tore up a lot of stuff...we got caught up in a lot of accidents earlier in the month. It just happens to everybody. Tonight it didn't happen to us!"
"The Apple Dealerships, Cars by Dealers Magazine Maxim, Hoosier Tires, VRP Shocks, Capetta Motors and all the guys did a great job," added Hodnett. "We're just fortunate to be standing up here and being competitive day-in and day-out...and hopefully be more competitive here."
Cris Eash, who started 11th, also dodged the crashes to advance through the field, and caught Drury for second on lap 15. But by then, Hodnett had drove away to a two-second lead. The lead remained the same through lapped traffic over the final ten laps, with Eash crossing second, Doug Esh coming from the back to finish third, Drury settling for fourth, and Siegel finishing fifth. Completing the top ten were Niki Young, Brian Leppo, Stambaugh, Forsythe, and Shepard.
Hodnett didn't leave victory lane without recognizing a packed grandstand and Pennsylvania fans.
"Ever since I've been here, everybody has accepted me and helped bring me to the forefront of my career," Hodnett pointed out, "I have a lot to be thankful for...the owner, sponsors, and the fans. The people have accepted me as a member of the PA Posse. Of course I'm not from here. I really appreciate everybody supporting us, especially against the World of Outlaws!"
Heats for the 26 "410" sprinters were won by Brook Weibley, Becca Anderson and Eash.
Dillsburg's Aaron Long started on the pole and raced to his first career win in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature. In fact, it was only the second time Long had finished a race at Lincoln Speedway.
Long went unchallenged until ninth-starting and rim-riding Billy Dietrich stormed through the field into the runner-up spot after passing Kevin Drury on lap 11. Dietrich closed quickly and was just two-car lengths behind with two laps to go. But he was unable to close any further, and Long's final margin of victory was .41 seconds.
Chad Trout grabbed the Lincoln 358 points lead with a third-place finish, followed by 15th-starting Mike Lehman and Drury. Completing the top ten were Brandon Grandstaff, Brad McClelland, Jeff Young, T.J. Stutts, and Alan Krimes. Points leader Cory Haas was collected in a fifth-lap crash and finished 16th.
Heats for the 37 "358" sprinters were won by Drury, Young, Long and Billy Dietrich. Twin consolations were won by Brain Eichelberger and Mike Bittinger.
Gettysburg's Mike Walls became the first three-time winner in thundercar competition in 2004 by picking up the win in there 20 lap feature. It was a battle of attrition as incident after incident claimed several of the top thundercar teams and in the end, only seven cars were running when the checkered fell.
Third generation racer Dan Zechman looked strong early as he grabbed the lead at the outset and held tough for the first half of the race in search of his first career win.
But coming off the fourth turn of the 15th lap Zechman bobbled, allowing third-place Mike Walls to grab the lead with Mike Zeigler Jr. Moving by as well in to second.
Walls then was able to hold off Zeigler in a final one lap dash to the checkered for his 11th career thundercar win in the Pigeon Hills.
Zeigler Jr., with his second place finish, passed his father Zeigler Sr. For the point lead in the season long battle for the coveted track championship.
Finishing third was Mike Ciezobka, fourth Ron Schultz, and fifth Mike Markey. Completing the running order at the checkered were Jeff Allen and Mike Slaybaugh.
Heats for the 32 thundercars were won by Nat Tuckey, Walls and Schultz, with Sam Gallagher winning the consolation.
This Wednesday night, May 26th, Lincoln Speedway will stage a special mid-week show to celebrate it's 52nd Anniversary with John Gleim Excavating Night. The Cindy Rowe Auto Glass 410 Sprinters will go 52 laps this night with time trials setting the starting line-ups throughout the night. Gates will open at 5 PM, with time trials getting underway at 7 PM. The thundercars will round out the two-division show.
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. 12-Greg Hodnett ($2,500); 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 30-Doug Esh; 4. 31D-Kevin Drury; 5. 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 10N-Niki Young; 7. 71-Brian Leppo; 8. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 9. 66-Glenndon Forsythe; 10. 9-Jeff Shepard; 11. 6W-Josh Wells; 12. 29K-Brent Kluge; 13. 32-Brook Weibley; 14. A18-Becca Anderson; 15. 8D-Mike Dillman; 16. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 17. 88H-Fred Rahmer (DNF); 18. 55-Phil Weinsteiger (DNF); 19. 70-Sam Schlosberg (DNF); 20. 22-Kenny Jacobs (DNF); 21. 21-Brian Montieth (1st Alt.)(DNF); 22. 47J-Jeff Busby (DNF); 23. 77-Lance Dewease (DNF); 24. 21M-Danny Murray (DNF); DNS - 64-Rick Horn. No Time
Lap Leaders - Glenndon Forsythe (1-2), Kevin Drury (3-11), Greg Hodnett (12-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 32-Brook Weibley; 2. 66-Glenndon Forsythe; 3. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 4. 6W-Josh Wells; 5. 77-Lance Dewease; 6. 71-Brian Leppo; 7. 21M-Danny Murray; 8. 64-Rick Horn; 9. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. A18-Becca Anderson; 2. 10N-Niki Young; 3. 59-Jim Siegel; 4. 30-Doug Esh; 5. 12-Greg Hodnett; 6. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 7. 8D-Mike Dillman; 8. 29K-Brent Kluge (DNF); DNS - 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh. Time - 2:30.72
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash; 2. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 3. 31D-Kevin Drury; 4. 47J-Jeff Busby; 5. 9-Jeff Shepard; 6. 55-Phil Weinsteiger, Jr.; 7. 21-Brian Montieth (DNF); 8. 22-Kenny Jacobs (DNF). No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 58-Aaron Long ($1,000); 2. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 3. 7C-Chad Trout; 4. 7V-Mike Lehman; 5. 69G-Kevin Drury; 6. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 7. 6-Brad McClelland; 8. 22D-Jeff Young; 9. 39-T.J. Stutts; 10. 87-Alan Krimes; 11. 52-Steve Clabaugh; 12. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 13. 5-Mike Bittinger; 14. 15-Adam Wilt; 15. 23-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 16. 11C-Cory Haas; 17. 88-Travis Keeney; 18. 3J-Judd Shepard; 19. 28-Keith Prutzman; 20. 4R-Mark Freeland; 21. 98-Troy Becker; 22. 01-Rick Horn (DNF); 23. 85-Ken Berwager (DNF); 24. 55-Brian Eichelberger (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders - Kevin Drury (1), Aaron Long (2-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 69G-Kevin Drury; 2. 7C-Chad Trout; 3. 52-Steve Clabaugh; 4. 28-Keith Prutzman; 5. 55-Brian Eichelberger; 6. 4R-Mark Freeland; 7. 01-Rick Horn; 8. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 9. 6S-Bill Sherman; 10. 27-Jay Galloway (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) 1. 22D-Jeff Young; 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3. 98-Troy Becker; 4. 39-T.J. Stutts; 5. 88K-Travis Keeney; 6. 83-Michael Hamer; 7. 45-Kevin Nagy (DNF); 8. 49-Bobby Howard (DNF); 9. 88-Danny Dietrich (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) 1. 58-Aaron Long; 2. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 3. 17M-Michael Creaghan; 4. 7V-Mike Lehman; 5. 3J-Judd Shepard; 6. 5-Mike Bittinger; 7. 87-Alan Krimes; 8. 85-Ken Berwager (DNF); 9. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNF). Time - 2:03.78
4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) 1. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 2. 6-Brad McClelland; 3. 15-Adam Wilt; 4. 23-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 5. 97-Tim Hershey; 6. 8F-Stan Fleming; 7. 22L-Sam Leonard; 8. 14-Will Urkuski; 9. 41-Scott Geesey. No Time
1st Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 55-Brian Eichelberger; 2. 88K-Travis Keeney; 3. 01-Rick Horn; 4. 4R-Mark Freeland; 5. 69R-Randy Rhoads; 6. 88-Danny Dietrich; 7. 83-Michael Hamer; 8. 6S-Bill Sherman; 9. 49-Bobby Howard (DNF); DNS - 45-Kevin Nagy, 27-Jay Galloway. Time - 2:09.63
2nd Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 5-Mike Bittinger; 2. 3J-Judd Shepard; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 8F-Stan Fleming; 5. 14-Will Urkuski; 6. 22L-Sam Leonard; 7. 41-Scott Geesey; 8. 97-Tim Hershey (DNF); 9. 85-Ken Berwager (DNS); 10. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNS). No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. B52-Mike Walls ($250); 2. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 3. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 4. 31-Ron Schultz; 5. 12-Jake Markey; 6. 33-Jeff Allen; 7. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 8. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); 9. 3R-Duane Watson (DNF); 10. 70-Duane Hahn (DNF); 11. 2-Dan Zechman (DNF); 12. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr. (DNF); 13. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 14. 11-Jim Rost (DNF); 15. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 16. 52-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 17. 14-Chet McCormick (DNF); 18. 20-Sam Gallagher (DNF); 19. 41-Howard Williams (DNF); 20. X-Bernie Beard (DNF); 21. 00-Barry Williams Jr. (DNF); 22. 25-Sean Herrick (DNF); 23. 3-Mike Gladfelter (DNF); 24. 39-Wayne Dutterer (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Dan Zechman (1-14), Mike Walls (15-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 52-Nat Tuckey; 2. X-Bernie Beard; 3. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 4. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 5. 12-Jake Markey; 6. 41-Howard Williams; 7. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 8. 00-Barry Williams; 9. 39-Wayne Dutterer (DNF); 10. 0-Eric McClane (DNF); 11. 8B-Doug Brown (DNF). No time.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. B52-Mike Walls; 2. 3R-Duane Watson; 3. 2-Dan Zechman; 4. 9J-Mike Johnson; 5. 25-Sean Herrick; 6. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 7. 8-Mike Gladfelter II; 8. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 9. 91-Tom Slusser, Jr. (DNF); 10. 54-Roy Warehime (DNF); 11. 1-Neil Smith (DNF). No time.
3rd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 31-Ron Shultz; 2. 14-Chet McCormick; 3. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 4. 11-Jim Rost; 5. 33-Jeff Allen; 6. 70-Duane Hahn; 7. 20-Sam Gallagher; 8. 4-Greg Feltch; 9. 37-Frankie Dee; Disqualified - 34M-Jim Martz; DNS - 15-Doug Devilbiss. No Time
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 20-Sam Gallagher; 2. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 3. 30-Craig Wagaman; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 00-Barry Williams Jr.; 6. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 7. 54-Roy Warehime; 8. 8-Mike Gladfelter II; 9. 37-Frankie Dee; 10. 8B-Doug Brown (DNF); 11. 0-Eric McClane (DNF); DNS - 4-Greg Feltch, 91-Tom Slusser Jr., 15-Doug Devilbiss. No Time