ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/26/05 - There are two things that are certain after three weeks of sprint car racing at Lincoln Speedway. The first is that defending champ Fred Rahmer is the man to beat. The second is that he'll start 12th next week. A...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/26/05 - There are two things that are certain after three weeks of sprint car racing at Lincoln Speedway. The first is that defending champ Fred Rahmer is the man to beat. The second is that he'll start 12th next week.
A lucky pill draw put Rahmer on in the inside of row two for the start, up front just enough to steer clear of a ten-car melee that destroyed the sprinters of front row starer Glenndon Forsythe and row four starter Chris Knopp. The crash also took out the sprinters of Lucas Wolfe, Brent Kluge, Rick Lafferty, and Niki Young.
"I'm usually pretty proud of the guys we race with," said Rahmer. "But the last couple nights, it's been almost embarrassing...they race off the fourth corner like there getting paid three-grand to get to the flagman."
"It's pretty upsetting with the cost of the cars. Everybody makes mistakes, but it's been a little ridiculous."
Though he dominated the feature, Rahmer was nearly taken out himself by the cars of Brian Montieth and Jeff Shepard, who got together exiting turn four of lap 11. Rahmer was forced high in turns three and four by the lapped car of Sam Schlosberg, then pitched the car sideways to dive to the bottom of the track to get under the two-car tangle.
"I just look way ahead," said Rahmer once again on missing another potential big accident. "My dad taught me that a long time ago...a little bit of it is getting lucky too."
"I got the lapped car putting me into the fence going in (turn three). I thought I was going to be junk there and got it turned. I was just fortunate and glad to win."
The rest of the race went non-stop, with Rahmer pulling away to a 3.31-second win, his third in three weeks and 137th of his Lincoln career.
Crossing second was Eric Stambaugh, with Josh Wells, Cliff Brian, and Greg Hodnett completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Lance Dewease, Jason Johnson, Mark Smith, Stevie Smith, and Doug Esh.
"Yeah, I look forward to it," said Rahmer upon being told he would start no better than 12th next week. "It's awful easy starting off the front."
"Next week from 12th...I'm going to do what it takes to get to the front because this is the good time of the year."
"I've got to thank everybody at Miller Brothers and Materials Handling Systems," Rahmer added. "We've got so many good sponsors with Media Camping Center...Timmy has the car going absolutely excellent."
"The VRP Shocks make the car so stable. Todd Shaffer has switched to them and now he looks like he is going to be a problem. I just talked to him a little too much I guess. He was really good last night (at Williams Grove)."
"My car was so good in the heat race we were afraid to touch it for the feature," said Rahmer. "We were a little bit off...but starting off the front was the whole deal."
Heats for the 30 "410" sprinters were won by Montieth, Rahmer and Young, with Dewease winning the consolation.
Rod Kistler won an INEX Legends feature that saw five cars battle for the top spot over the second half of the race, crossing a half-carlength in front of Jason Rochelle. Rochelle led twice the race, from lap three to nine and then again on laps 13 and 14. In between, Allen Felix paced the field. Kistler, who started eighth, didn't lead until the final turn.
Finishing third behind Kistler and Rochelle was Felix, with early race leader Ronnie Dunstan fourth and Bill Harris fifth. 2004 national champ Randy Kissinger was also in the hunt for the win until spinning out on backstretch of the final lap.
Heats for the 14 INEX Legends were won by Felix, Kistler and Jason Rochelle.
Six-time 2004 winner Mike Walls saved his best for last as he dove under race leader Craig Wagaman in the final turns to the checkered to pick up his first win of 2005 in the 20-lap thundercar feature.
Walls, who started ninth worked his way through the field as outside frontrow starter Roy Warehime Jr. led the first lap before surrendering the top spot to the fifth-starting Wagaman on the second. Walls worked his way under Warehime for the runner-up spot on the 13th lap and set sail after the leader. In the final two laps Walls switched to the bottom groove and began to close on Wagaman and took his only shot at the lead in the final turns to the checkered. Walls then out-raced Wagaman to the checkered to earn his well-deserved 15th career Lincoln win.
Spring Thaw 20 winner Duane Watson started 11th and finished third, with last week's regularly scheduled thundercar winner Ron Shultz finishing fourth and defending thundercar champ Mike Zeigler Sr. fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Warehime, Nat Tuckey, Doug Devilbiss, Dan Zechman and Howard Williams.
Heats for the 27 thundercars were won by Walls, Tuckey and Zechman, with Hahn winning the consolation.
Next Saturday night, April 2nd, Lincoln will hold one more 6 PM start before moving to 7 PM starts on April 9th. The 410 sprint and thundercar regulars will be joined by the ever-popular Limited Late Models from Silver Spring Speedway next Saturday night, April 2nd.
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 - March 26, 2005
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 88H-Fred Rahmer ($3,000); 2. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 3. 6W-Josh Wells; 4. 13-Cliff Brian; 5. 77-Greg Hodnett; 6. 25-Lance Dewease; 7. 22-Jason Johnson; 8. 1-Mark Smith; 9. 19-Stevie Smith; 10. 30-Doug Esh; 11. 71-Brian Leppo; 12. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 13. 8M-Chris Meleason; 14. 88-Danny Dietrich; 15. 59-Jim Siegel; 16. 47J-Jeff Busby; 17. 12-Jeff Shepard (DNF); 18. 21-Brian Montieth (DNF); 19. 93-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 20. 6K-Chris Knopp (DNF); 21. 10N-Niki Young (DNF); 22. 0-Rick Lafferty (DNF); 23. 29K-Brent Kluge (DNF); 24. 5W-Lucas Wolfe (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Fred Rahmer (1-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 77-Greg Hodnett; 3. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 4. 93-Glenndon Forsythe; 5. 1-Mark Smith; 6. 71-Brian Leppo; 7. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 8. 30-Doug Esh; 9. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 10. 69-Justin Collett. Time - 2:17.71
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 2. 88-Danny Dietrich; 3. 6K-Chris Knopp; 4. 13-Cliff Brian; 5. 0-Rick Lafferty; 6. 29K-Brent Kluge; 7. 26-Pat Cooper; 8. 12-Jeff Shepard (DNF); 9. 58-Aaron Long (DNF); 10. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 10N-Niki Young; 2. 6W-Josh Wells; 3. 22-Jason Johnson; 4. 8M-Chris Meleason; 5. 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 19-Stevie Smith; 7. 25-Lance Dewease; 8. 47J-Jeff Busby; 9. 21T-Kevin Nouse; 10. 71A-Charlie Anderson. No Time
Consolation (10 laps/6 to qualify) 1. 25-Lance Dewease; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 3. 30-Doug Esh; 4. 26-Pat Cooper; 5. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 6. 12-Jeff Shepard; 7. 47J-Jeff Busby; 8. 69-Jason Collett; 9. 71A-Charlie Anderson; 10. 21T-Kevin Nouse; 11. 58-Aaron Long (DNS); 12. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNS). No Time
Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 99-Rod Kistler; 2. 17R-Jason Rochelle; 3. 8-Allen Felix; 4. 7-Ronnie Dunstan; 5. 555-Bill Harris; 6. 1-Craig Rochelle; 7. 888-Wayne Young; 8. 54-Jason Ewing; 9. 7M-Bob Murray; 10. 29G-Lawrence Garrison; 11. 22-Randy Fetterhoff; 12. 12-Zach Dieter; 13. 97-Paul Rochelle; 14. 21-Greg Burd; 15. 81-Bob Moyer; 16. 48-Randy Kissinger; 17. 7R-Jeremy Sheaffer; 18. 4-Paul Fitzsimmons; 19. 88-Andy Lupfer; 20. 661-Dallas Schitler; 21. 2-Kenny Keyton; 22. 37H-Jim Halbert; 23. 48P-Pat McDermott (DNF); 24. Z-Jim Black (DNF); 25. 95-John Shutt (DNF); 26. 91S-Lamar Shaffer (DNF); 27. 48K-Ron Cooper (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders - Ronnie Dunstan (1-2), Jason Rochelle (3-9), Allen Felix (10-12), Jason Rochelle (13-14), Rod Kistler (15)
1st Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8-Allen Felix; 2. 97-Paul Rochelle; 3. 7R-Ronnie Dunstan; 4. 54-Jason Ewing; 5. 91S-Lamar Shaffer; 6. 37H-Jim Halbert; 7. 95-John Shutt; 8. 48K-Ron Cooper; 9. 88-Andy Lupfer (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 99-Rod Kistler; 2. 21-Greg Burd; 3. 555-Bill Harris; 4. 7M-Bob Murray; 5. 1-Craig Rochelle; 6. 48-Randy Kissinger; 7. 661-Dallas Shitler; 8. 29G-Lawrence Garrison; 9. 4-Paul Fitzsimmons. Time - 2:09.69
3rd Heat (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17R-Jason Rochelle; 2. 22-Randy Fetterhoff; 3. 888-Wayne Young; 4. 12-Zach Dieter; 5. 7R-Jeremy Sheaffer; 6. 48P-Pat McDermont; 7. Z-Jim Black ; 8. 81-Bob Moyer; 9. 2-Kenny Keyton. No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 52-Mike Walls; 2. 30-Craig Wagaman; 3. 3W-Duane Watson; 4. 31-Ron Shultz; 5. 91-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 6. 54-Roy Warehime Jr.; 7. 22-Nat Tuckey; 8. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 9. 2-Dan Zechman; 10. 41-Howard Williams; 11. 12-Jake Markey; 13. 70-Duane Hahn; 13. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 14. 07-Bob Stough; 15. 9-Al Cramer; 16. 26-AJ Stroup; 17. 1E-Greg Emlet Jr.; 18. 5-Bobby Beard (DNF); 19. 37-Jim Rost (DNF); 20. 0-Eric McLane (DNF); 21. 20-Sam Gallagher (DNF); 22. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 23. 71-Tom Walls Jr. (DNF); 24. 8-Bill Brown Jr. (DNF).
Lap Leaders - Roy Warehime Jr. (1), Craig Wagaman (2-19), Mike Walls (20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 52-Mike Walls; 2. 5-Bobby Beard; 3. 31-Ron Shultz; 4. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 5. 91-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 6. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 7. 71-Tom Walls; 8. 0-Eric McClane; 9. 61S-Mike Slaybaugh; 10. 9-Al Cramer (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22-Nat Tuckey; 2. 30-Craig Wagaman; 3. 54-Roy Warehime; 4. 3W-Duane Watson; 5. 37-Jim Rost; 6. 26-A.J. Stroup; 7. 01-Tim Fake; 8. 1E-Greg Emlet; 9. 54J-Jimmy Combs (DNF); 10. 66-Richard Fogel (DNF). Time - 2:48.44
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 2-Dan Zechman; 2. 20-Sam Gallagher; 3. 41-Howard Williams; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. 12-Jake Markey; 6. 8-Bill Brown Jr.; 7. 07-Robert Stough; 8. 70-Duane Hahn; 9. 70X-Rick Weaver. Time - 2:50.74
Consolation (6 laps/6 to qualify) 1. 70-Duane Hahn; 2. 71-Tom Walls Jr.; 3. 07-Robert Stough; 4. 0-Eric McClane; 5. 9-Al Cramer; 6. 1E-Greg Emlet Jr.; 7. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 8. 70X-Rick Weaver; 9. 01-Tom Fake (DNF); DNS - 54J-Jimmy Combs, 66-Richard Fogel. No Time