RAHMER BEGINS 2005 SEASON WITH SEVENTH LINCOLN OPENING DAY WIN "Cowboy" Jim Kennedy claims 305 win in the midst of snow squall; Thundercars to run makeup 3/19 ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/12/05 - Defending Lincoln champ Fred Rahmer picked up where he...
RAHMER BEGINS 2005 SEASON WITH SEVENTH LINCOLN OPENING DAY WIN
"Cowboy" Jim Kennedy claims 305 win in the midst of snow squall; Thundercars to run makeup 3/19
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/12/05 - Defending Lincoln champ Fred Rahmer picked up where he left off last year in claiming the Northeast season opening "Icebreaker 30" at Lincoln Speedway Saturday afternoon.
The Salfordville driver pulled pill No.12 to start in his customary outside sixth-row starting spot, but it didn't faze him a bit. He was tenth at the end of lap one, advanced to eighth on the slick daytime surface by the end of lap three, passed Jeff Busby for seventh on lap four, and got around Jason Johnson to move into sixth on lap five.
He stayed there until lap 11, when he passed Leppo on the backstretch. He then vaulted around both Eric Stambaugh and Greg Hodnett to move into third as race-long leader Rick Lafferty approached lapped traffic on lap 14. He drove around Josh Wells for the runner-up spot in turns three and four of lap 16. At the time, Lafferty enjoyed nearly a second and-a-half lead.
Tight racing in turns three and four led to a Wells spin while running third on lap 20, putting Rahmer on the New Jersey driver's bumper for the restart. Rahmer made a high side move in turns three and four to grab the top spot. He led the rest of the way despite heavy pressure from Hodnett, who was placed in front of Lafferty after the second of two successive cautions.
Hodnett pressured Rahmer in turns three and four over each of the last five laps. Rahmer's final margin of victory was a scant .34 seconds.
"I went on defense there at the end and just drove as fast...I knew it rubbered off on turn two," said Rahmer in victory lane, "I knew if I didn't come up off the bottom it was going to be hard for him to pass me. I should have probably just stayed offensive and kept after it, but...you know...that's a well-funded car and they're a good team, so they're going to be tough. I'm just glad to win. When you can win from 12th at these openers, that's pretty cool!"
The win was Rahmer's seventh on opening day in the Pigeon Hills, the 135th of his career, and his second overall win of 2005.
"I want to thank all the fans for coming out. This isn't exactly 'racing weather,' but I thank God we're racing. I was thinking about quitting, but the two weeks when we were supposed to race, I was going nuts at home. I don't know what I'm going to do when I'm not racing."
Eric Stambaugh, Lafferty, and Jason Johnson completed the top five, with Lance Dewease, Mark Smith, Brian Montieth, Brian Leppo, and Jim Siegel rounding out the top ten.
Heats for the 28 "410" sprinters were won by Hodnett, Lucas Wolfe and Lafferty, with Sam Schlosberg winning the consolation.
Everett's "Cowboy" Jim Kennedy won one for the seniors by claiming the 20-lap 305 sprint feature, driving around race-long leader Dusty Shatzer on lap 17 and then through a driving snow squall over the final three laps. Kennedy charmed the crowd with a professional yodeling performance in victory lane before revealing that he's now "70 and-a-half" years young.
Kennedy was followed across the line by Shatzer, with Rod Ort, Tommy Beavers, and Jim Wentz completing the top five.
Heats for the 14 "305" sprinters were won by Beavers and Wentz.
The heavy snow squall forced postponement of the 20-lap "Spring Thaw" for thundercars. With qualifying completed earlier in the afternoon, the thundercar feature is set for a makeup feature to be run in addition to the regular three-division show of 410 sprints, 358 sprints, and thundercars scheduled for next Saturday, March 19th. Gates will open noon, with the first heat taking the green flag at 2 PM.
Heats for the 30 thundercars were won by Neil Smith, Mike Zeigler Jr. and Craig Wagaman, with Mike Zeigler Sr. winning the consolation.
On Saturday, March 26th, Lincoln switches to evening racing action with the 410 sprinters and thundercars being joined by the INEX Legends.
RACE RESULTS Abbottstown, PA
NORTHEAST SEASON OPENER/ICE BREAKER 30
Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 88H-Fred Rahmer ($3,000); 2. 77-Greg Hodnett; 3. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 4. 0-Rick Lafferty; 5. 22-Jason Johnson; 6. 25-Lance Dewease; 7. 1-Mark Smith; 8. 21-Brian Montieth; 9. 71-Brian Leppo; 10. 59-Jim Siegel; 11. 47J-Jeff Busby; 12. 12-Jeff Shepard; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 14. 11C-Cory Haas; 15. 00-Jim Nier; 16. 88-Danny Dietrich; 17. 6W-Josh Wells; 18. 29K-Brent Kluge; 19. 11E-Mike Erdley; 20. 70-Sam Schlosberg (Finished 13th, but was under-weight at the scales and was relegated to the last car running position); 21. 6K-Chris Knopp (DNF); 22. 10N-Niki Young (DNF); 23. 30-Doug Esh (DNF); 24. 7-Keith Kauffman (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Rick Lafferty (1-19), Fred Rahmer (20-30)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Greg Hodnett; 2. 30-Doug Esh; 3. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 4. 6W-Josh Wells; 5. 7-Keith Kauffman; 6. 00-Jim Nier; 7. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 8. 26-Pat Cooper; 9. 88-Danny Dietrich. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 2. 22-Jason Johnson; 3. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 4. 47J-Jeff Busby; 5. 25-Lance Dewease; 6. 1-Mark Smith; 7. 11E-Mike Erdley; 8. 10N-Niki Young; 9. 29K-Brent Kluge (DNF); 10. 21K-Kyle Pruitt (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 0-Rick Lafferty; 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3. 6K-Chris Knopp; 4. 71-Brian Leppo; 5. 12-Jeff Shepard; 6. 59-Jim Siegel; 7. 8M-Chris Meleason; 8. 13-Cliff Brian; 9. 21K-Kyle Pruitt (DNF). No time.
Consolation (10 laps/6 to qualify) 1. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 2. 10N-Niki Young; 3. 11-Mike Erdley; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 88-Danny Dietrich; 6. 29K-Brent Kluge; 7. 8M-Chris Meleason; 8. 21K-Kyle Pruitt (DNF); 9. 26-Pat Cooper (DNF): 10. 13-Cliff Brian (DNF). Time - 2:35.22
PENNSYLVANIA 305 SPRINTS
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 7-Jim "Cowboy" Kennedy; 2. 75-Dusty Shatzer; 3. 36-Rod Ort; 4. 31-Tommy Beavers; 5. 88-Jim Wentz; 6. 5-Brent Comp; 7. 33T-Todd Spangler; 8. 22-Jeff Hover; 9. 3H-Gary Heckman; 10. 47K-Bill Kimmell; 11. 23G-Nathan Gramley (DNF); DNS - 8-Randy Kaylor, 115-Scott Ellerman, 56-56-Don Slack. No Time
Lap Leaders - Dusty Shatzer (1-16), Jim Kennedy (17-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 31-Tommy Beavers; 2. 7-Jim Kennedy; 3. 33T-Todd Spangler; 4. 75-Dusty Shatzer; 5. 5-Bent Comp (DNF); 6. 8-Randy Kaylor (DNF); 7. 56-Don Slack (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 88-Jim Wentz; 2. Gary Heckman; 3. 36-Rod Ort; 4. 47K-Bill Kimmel; 5. 22-Jeff Hover; 6. 115-Scott Ellerman (DNF); DNS - 23G-Nathan Gramley. Time - 2:11.83
SPRING THAW 20 THUNDERCARS
Feature (20 Laps) - Postponed due to snow until next Saturday, March 19th
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1-Neil Smith; 2. 3W-Duane Watson; 3. 70-Duane Hahn; 4. 37-Jim Rost; 5. 91-Tom Slusser, Jr.; 6. 52-Mike Walls; 7. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 8. 01-Tim Fake (DNF); 9. 18-Bob Johnson (DNF); 10. 5-Bobby Beard (DNS). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21A-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 2. 20-Sam Gallagher; 3. 07-Bob Stough; 4. 11-Marshall McMullen; 5. 31-Ron Shultz; 6. 22-Nat Tuckey; 7. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 8. Y-Mike Slaybaugh; 9. 9-Al Cramer; 10. 12-Jake Markey (DNF). Time - 2:45.34
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30-Craig Wagaman; 2. 54-Roy Warehime; 3. 2-Dan Zechman; 4. 1E-Greg Emlet Jr.; 5. 70X-Rick Weaver; 6. 9J-Mike Johnson; 7. 10-Don Waynick; 8. 0-Eric McClane (DNF); 9. 57-Ed Ashman (DNF); 10. 11R-Jim Rost Jr.. (DNF). No Time
Consolation (6 laps/6 to qualify) 1. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 2. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 3. Y-Mike Slaybaugh; 4. 10-Don Waynick; 5. 01-Tim Fake; 6. 57-Ed Ashman; 7. 18-Bob Johnson (DNF); 8. 0-Eric McClane (DNF); DNS - 9-Al Cramer, 5-Bobby Beard, 12-Jake Markey, 11R-Jim Rost Jr.. No Time