RAHMER REMAINS UNBEATEN IN LINCOLN 410 SPRINTS; Trout ends long win drought in 358's; Watson takes "Spring Thaw 20," Shultz regular feature in thundercars ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/19/05 - Lesson No.1 - Don't let Fred Rahmer start 12th. Lesson No.2 -...
RAHMER REMAINS UNBEATEN IN LINCOLN 410 SPRINTS;
Trout ends long win drought in 358's; Watson takes "Spring Thaw 20," Shultz regular feature in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/19/05 - Lesson No.1 - Don't let Fred Rahmer start 12th. Lesson No.2 - Don't let Fred Rahmer start on the front row.
As for a logical starting spot for Fast Freddie, one driver suggested "Mechanicsburg" after the eight-time and defending track champ made it two-for-two in 2005 at Lincoln Speedway early Saturday evening.
Rahmer took the lead as a spinning polesitter Jim Siegel performed a flawless "360" on turn two of lap one and lead every lap in scoring the 136th win of his Lincoln career.
"We got fortunate on the pill draw", said Rahmer upon exiting his winning Joe Harz No.88H sprint car in victory lane. "It really turned out to be more critical than I thought."
The slick daytime surface even made passing the lapped cars a challenge, with Rahmer splitting the lapped cars of Kyle Pruitt and Dan Shetler to give himself some breathing room over a closing Doug Esh in turn three of lap nine.
"You just have to jam it through," said Rahmer on navigating the heavy lapped traffic. "Timmy (Elwell) said lapped cars were going to be critical...you don't like to over extend, but you can't take a break either."
"You just might as well jam it through and screw yourself up than have somebody else screw you up."
"I seen the No.12 was on the board so obviously Jeff (Shepard) was running pretty well and the No.77," Rahmer added.
A lap later (lap 10), Esh scrambled to hold off the charges of Jeff Shepard, who started fifth and got by Brian Montieth on a third lap restart for third. Shepard took second from Esh in heavy lapped traffic on turns one and two of lap 11, and chased Rahmer until pulling into the pits with a flat tire during a caution for a spinning Jason Johnson on lap 21.
Greg Hodnett, who started seventh, assumed the runner-up spot for the restart, but had to deal with the lapped car of Brent Kluge before getting a shot at Rahmer. By then, it was too late, and Rahmer crossed 1.14 seconds ahead of the Manheim Auto Auction No.77 at the finish for his fourth overall win of 2005.
Esh, Montieth, and Lance Dewease rounded out the top five. Completing the top ten were Jeff Busby, Lucas Wolfe, Kevin Schaeffer, Jim Siegel, and Mark Smith.
Heats for the 28 "410" sprinters were won by Cliff Brian, Shepard and Hodnett, with Josh Wells winning the consolation.
Chad Trout, who won the 2004 Lincoln title without a victory last year, put the rest of the field on notice that he's planning a second straight championship by winning the 2005 Northeast season opener for "358" sprints.
The Felton driver, who spent the entire week in bed and credited his crew and Jim Strausbaugh for getting the car ready, started on the pole and led every lap.
Jeff Young started second and finished there, with eighth-starting Mike Lehman crossing third, Keith Prutzman finishing fourth, and Blane Heimbach completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Chad Layton, Brad McClelland, Alan Krimes, Rusty Pressley, and Billy Dietrich.
Heats for the 35 "358" sprinters were won by Scott Geesey, Trout, Billy Dietrich and TJ Stutts. Twin consolations were won by Howie Locke and Steve Clabaugh.
Duane Watson started the afternoon off by picking up his eighth career thundercar win in the postponed "Spring Thaw 20" from one week ago.
Watson, who started third, passed race-long leader Sam Gallagher on the 12th lap for the lead and then held-off Mike Walls the final six laps to take the checkered .22-seconds ahead for the win. Ron Schultz, defending thundercar champion Mike Zeigler Sr. and Nat Tuckey completed the top-five. Completing the top-10 were Dan Zechman, Sam Gallagher, Mike Gladfelter, Mike Slaybaugh and Ed Ashman.
Then in the regularly scheduled 20-lap thundercar feature, eighth-starting Ron Shultz tracked-down race-long leader Neil Smith over the first four laps, grabbed the lead on the fifth, and raced away to his 10th career thundercar win in the Pigeon Hills.
Shultz had his work cut out for him though over the second half of the race as both Duane Watson and Neil Smith battled with him bumper-to-bumper for the win. But in the end, the battle between Watson and Smith allowed Shultz to pull away to a 1.57-second win.
Watson and Smith were followed by Nat Tuckey, and Jake Markey to complete the top-five. Completing the top-10 were Duane Hahn, Dan Zechman, Roy Warehime Jr., Bob Stough and Al Cramer.
Heats for the 33 thundercars were won by Watson, Shultz and Walls.
Stoverstown's Mike Zeigler Jr. was involved in a hard crash during his heat which resulted in possible leg and shoulder injuries and was transported (conscious and alert) to York Hospital. His father, defending champ Zeigler Sr., immediately left the speedway to be with his son and did not race in the second feature.
On another interesting note, the thundercars started with 33-cars in the pits, but by the time the regularly scheduled feature took to the track at the end of the day, only 19-remained. On another interesting note, Mike Walls finished second in his own car in the first feature. Then was forced to drive another for qualifying for the second, and then jumped into a third to start the second feature.
Next Saturday, March 26th, Lincoln switches to evening racing action with the 410 sprinters and thundercars being joined by the INEX Legends at 6 PM, with gates opening at 4 PM.
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 88H-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 77-Greg Hodnett; 3. 30-Doug Esh; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 25-Lance Dewease; 6. 47J-Jeff Busby; 7. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 8. 9-Kevin Scheaffer; 9. 59-Jim Siegel; 10. 1-Mark Smith; 11. 10N-Niki Young; 12. 22-Jason Johnson; 13. 6W-Josh Wells; 14. 71-Brian Leppo; 15. 0-Rick Lafferty; 16. 88-Danny Dietrich; 17. 29K-Brent Kluge; 18. 26-Pat Cooper; 19. 7K-Dan Shetler; 20. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 21. 12-Jeff Shepard (DNF); 22. 8M-Chris Meleason (DNF); 23. 4-Eric Stambaugh (DNF); 24. 13-Cliff Brian (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Fred Rahmer (1-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 13-Cliff Brian; 2. 25-Lance Dewease; 3. 0-Rick Lafferty; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 8M-Chris Meleason; 6. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 7. 29K-Brent Kluge; 8. 10N-Niki Young (DNF); 9. 1-Mark Smith (DNF); 10. 93-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 12-Jeff Shepard; 2. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 3. 22-Jason Johnson; 4. 47J-Jeff Busby; 5. 71-Brian Leppo; 6. 9-Kevin Scheaffer; 7. 7K-Dan Shetler; 8. 26-Pat Cooper; 9. 58-Aaron Long (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 77-Greg Hodnett; 2. 30-Doug Esh; 3. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 5. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 6. 88-Danny Dietrich; 7. 6W-Josh Wells; 8. 6K-Chris Knopp; 9. 70-Sam Schlosberg. No time.
Consolation (10 laps/6 to qualify) 1. 6W-Josh Wells; 2. 29K-Brent Kluge; 3. 10N-Niki Young; 4. 1-Mark Smith; 5. 7K-Dan Shetler; 6. 26-Pat Cooper; 7. 6K-Chris Knopp; 8. DNS - 58-Aaron Long, 70-Sam Schlosberg, 93-Glenndon Forsythe. Time - 2:46.23
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 7C-Chad Trout ($1,000); 2. 22D-Jeff Young; 3. 7V-Mike Lehman; 4. 28-Keith Prutzman; 5. 12C-Blane Heimbach; 6. 55-Chad Layton; 7. 6-Brad McClelland; 8. 87-Alan Krimes; 9. 5-Rusty Pressley; 10. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 11. 88-Danny Dietrich; 12. 11-TJ Stutts; 13. 77-Howie Locke; 14. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 15. 23R-Randy West; 16. 56M-Mark Zellers; 17. 41-Scott Geesey; 18. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 19. 30-Steve Clabaugh; 20. 9C-Mike Carber; 21. 84C-Chad Criswell; 22. 84-Dale Hammaker; 23. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF); 24. 55X-Jim Layton (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders - Chad Trout (1-20)
1st Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 41-Scott Geesey; 2. 55-Chad Layton; 3. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 4. 9C-Mike Carber; 5. 77-Howie Locke; 6. 56M-Mark Zellers; 7. 15B-John Barnett; 8. 23R-Randy West (DNF); DNS - 74-Michael Dillon. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 7C-Chad Trout; 2. 23-Todd Rittenhouse; 3. 28-Keith Prutzman; 4. 88-Danny Dietrich; 5. 6S-Bill Sherman; 6. 39-Cory Haas; 7. 12J-Matt Beasley (DNF); DNS - 51N-Nick Palmerino, 12-Mike Bittinger. Time - 2:34.37
3rd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 2. 7V-Mike Lehman; 3. 22D-Jeff Young; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 84-Dale Hammaker; 6. 85-Ken Berwager; 7. 88K-Travis Keeney; 8. 24B-Jan Opperman Jr.; DNS - 55-Jimmy Layton. No Time
4th Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 11-TJ Stutts; 2. 12-Blane Heimbach; 3. 6-Brad McClelland; 4. 5-Rusty Pressley; 5. 20-Jon Keller; 6. 30-Steve Clabaugh; 7. 15-Adam Wilt; 8. 84C-Chad Criswell. No Time
1st Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 77-Howie Locke; 2. 12-Mike Bittinger; 3. 56M-Mark Zellers; 4. 23R-Randy West; 5. 74-Michael Dillon; 6. 39-Cory Haas (DNF); 7. 15B-John Burnett (DNF); 8. 6S-Bill Sherman (DNF); DNS - 12J-Matt Beasley, 51N-Nick Palmerino. No Time
2nd Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 30-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 55-Jim Layton; 3. 84-Dale Hammaker; 4. 84C-Chad Criswell; 5. 20-Jon Keller; 6. 88K-Travis Keeney; 7. 85-Ken Berwager; 8. 15-Adam Wilt; 9. 24B-Jan Opperman Jr.. No Time
SPRING THAW 20
Make-up 3/12 Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 3W-Duane Watson; 2. 52-Mike Walls; 3. 31-Ron Schultz; 4. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 5. 22-Nat Tuckey; 6. 2-Dan Zechman; 7. 20-Sam Gallagher; 8. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 9. Y-Mike Slaybaugh; 10. 57-Ed Ashman; 11. 70X-Rick Weaver; 12. 10-Don Waynick; 13. 11-Marshall McMullen (DNF); 14. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); 15. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 16. 07-Bob Stough (DNF); 17. 01-Tim Fake (DNF); 18. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 19. 1E-Greg Emlet Jr. (DNF); 20. 54-Roy Warehime (DNF); 21. 91-Tom Slusser Jr. (DNF); 22. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr. (DNF); 23. 70-Duane Hahn (DNF); 24. 37-Jim Rost (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Sam Gallagher (1-11), Duane Watson (12-20)
Regular Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 31-Ron Shultz; 2. 3W-Duane Watson; 3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. 22-Nat Tuckey; 5. 12-Jake Markey; 6. 70-Duane Hahn; 7. 2-Dan Zechman; 8. 54-Roy Warehime Jr.; 9. 07-Bob Stough; 10. 9-Al Cramer; 11. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 12. 5-Bobby Beard (DNF); 13. 37-Jim Rost (DNF); 14. 91-Tom Slusser Jr. (DNF); 15. 70X-Rick Weaver (DNF); 16. 57-Mike Walls (DNF); 17. 0-Eric McClane (DNF); 18. 21N-Larry Neiderer (DNF); 19. 15-Doug Devilbiss (DNF); DNS - 20-Sam Gallagher, 18-Bob Johnson. No Time
Lap Leaders - Neil Smith (1-4), Ron Shultz (5-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3W-Duane Watson; 2. 70-Duane Hahn; 3. 57-Ed Ashman; 4. 54-Roy Warehime; 5. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 6. 20-Sam Gallagher (DNF); 7. 01-Tim Fake (DNF); 8. 1W-Howard Williams (DNS); 9. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNS); 10. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNS). Time - 2:52.42
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 31-Ron Shultz; 2. 2-Dan Zechman; 3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. 91-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 5. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 6. 5-Bobby Beard; 7. 11-Gregg Messersmith (DNF); 8. 0-Eric McClane (DNF); 9. 37-Jim Rost (DNF); 10. 3-Mike Gladfelter (DNF); 11. 1E-Greg Emlet (DNS). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 9-Al Cramer; 3. 07-Bob Stough; 4. 12-Jake Markey; 5. 70X-Rick Weaver; 6. 18-Bob Johnson; 7. 22-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 8. Y-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 9. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr. (DNF); 10. 10-Don Waynick (DNF); 11. 11R-Jim Rost Jr. (DNF). No Time