DOUG ESH ENDS OWN WINLESS STREAK & RAHMER'S WIN STREAK AT LINCOLN; Haas wins "358" sprint feature; Walls claims second straight in thundercars ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/9/05 - The streak is over, and Doug Esh is the most popular driver in town. At...
DOUG ESH ENDS OWN WINLESS STREAK & RAHMER'S WIN STREAK AT LINCOLN; Haas wins "358" sprint feature; Walls claims second straight in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/9/05 - The streak is over, and Doug Esh is the most popular driver in town. At least for one night.
The Lancaster speedster passed race-long leader Niki Young with a slider in the third and fourth runs of the eighth lap to take the lead, then held off a rim-riding Brian Montieth and a determined Fred Rahmer over the final laps to score his first win in almost a year in the 25-lap 410 sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. In the process, he ended Rahmer's three-race Lincoln winning streak.
"I saw him coming up on the scoreboard," said Esh after performing his famous top 'wing dance' in victory lane. "I'll tell you what, the guy just doesn't go away."
"I wasn't going to give it to him easy and he came from the back so I knew he had to be pretty good," said Esh of Rahmer. "I'll end it (the streak) for him...you know me and him have this little argument over shocks, and we worked this week pretty hard with Penske and got our shocks pretty good. Maybe we got the right color on tonight."
Sixth-starting Niki Young blasted into the lead coming out of the fourth turn to complete the first lap, with fourth-starting Chris Meleason and eighth-starting Esh in tow.
"He (Young) got away from us there on the start," said Esh. "But I got the car adjusted around a little bit to where I liked it."
Young led the first seven laps before Esh drove under him in lapped traffic exiting turn four of lap eight. While Esh paced the field, the racing from second on back was torrid. Josh Wells passed Young for third on lap 14. At the time, Esh held a 1.03-second lead. Wells ran second until Brian Montieth took his car to the wall to drive around him exiting turn four of lap 23. Rahmer, who started 17th after crossing sixth in his heat, drove through a two-car crash involving Aaron Long and Jason Johnson on lap two as he methodically worked his way to the leader board (third) by lap 20. Rahmer was the other car Montieth drove around on lap 23, but the Miller Brothers No.88H was able to get by Wells for third on the next-to-last lap.
Finishing fifth behind Esh, Montieth, Rahmer, and Wells was Greg Hodnett. Sixth through tenth were Jeff Shepard, Young, 20th-starting Eric Stambaugh, Brian Leppo, and Sam Schlosberg.
"It doesn't show by our t-shirt sales," joked Esh about all his fans that crowded into victory lane. "I think we have a couple fans...I think they're just more happy we beat Fred Rahmer."
" I don't know if they're really my fans. 'Anybody but Rahmer' seem to be my fans tonight!"
"Dennis (Kohler), who used to work with Mark Kinser, has really turned our program around," Esh added. "Now that we got this first win behind us, hopefully there is many more to come."
Chris Meleason was uninjured in a hard flip in turn one of lap 20. The lap two crash between Long and Johnson resulted in a red flag after Long smashed into the inside guardrail exiting the second turn. He also walked away.
Heats for the 25 "410" sprinters were won by Meleason, Esh and Shepard.
Two-time Lincoln champ Cory Haas pulled to within one win of Doug Esh at the top of the all-time Lincoln win list by claiming his tenth career checkered in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature. After failing to make the show on opening night for the 358's, Lincoln handicapping placed Haas on the pole for the start. He grabbed the lead at the drop of the green over fellow front-row starter John Barnett.
But Barnett spun in turn one and collected four other cars, placing Jim Layton on the front row for the restart. Haas again took the lead, and crossed first laps one through ten. But on an 11th-lap restart, Haas drove into the loose stuff on turn four and lost the lead to fifth-starting Billy Dietrich. Dietrich then led two laps before Haas reclaimed the lead on the same spot in turn four on a 13th-lap restart. He led the rest of the way, with Dietrich settling for second, Mike Lehman coming from tenth to finish third, Jim Layton fourth, and Brad McClelland came from 16th to finish fifth. Completing the top-10 were Mike Carber, Chad Trout, Chad Criswell, Adam Wilt and Mike Bittinger.
Haas' win was a fitting birthday present for car owner Mike Barshinger, who turned 50 earlier in the week.
Heats for the 37 "358" sprinters were won by Layton, Haas, Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. and Danny Dietrich. Twin consolations were won by Keith Prutzman and Jon Keller.
Gettysburg's Mike Walls picked up his second win in-a-row in the 20 lap thundercar feature. Walls, who started 10th, worked his way into the top-five by the fourth lap while polesitter Mike Zeigler Jr. raced out front. Third-starting Sam Gallagher took the lead away from Zeigler on the fifth lap while Walls continued his charge to the front by moving into third. Walls slipped around Zeigler on the sixth lap to take over the runner-up spot and immediately set his sights on the leader.
Walls made his race-winning pass on the seventh lap, but the win was anything but certain as Gallagher and fifth-starting Craig Wagaman stayed with the race-leading Walls over the final laps.
Walls made it really exciting in the final turns to the checkered as he slipped sideways, opening the door for Gallagher. But Gallagher actually straightened Walls out when they touched, and then the drag race to the checkered was on with Walls barely hanging on for the win.
The wins was Walls' 16th career win, tying him with Mike Zeigler Sr. for eighth on the all-time thundercar win list.
Wagaman finished third, Doug Devilbiss fourth, and Neil Smith fifth. Completing the top-10 were Ron Shultz, Nat Tuckey, Dan Zechman, Tom Slusser Jr. and Larry Niederer.
Heats for the 31 thundercars were won by Zeigler Jr., Gallagher and Wagaman, with Slusser winning the consolation.
Next Saturday, April 16th, Lincoln will host the same three point division regulars - the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints & Thundercars. Gates will open at 5 PM, with racing action getting underway at 7 PM.
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. 30-Doug Esh ($3,000); 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 4. 6W-Josh Wells; 5. 77-Greg Hodnett; 6. 12-Jeff Shepard; 7. 10N-Niki Young; 8. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 9. 71-Brian Leppo; 10. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 11. 59-Jim Siegel; 12. 6K-Chris Knopp; 13. 29K-Brent Kluge; 14. 93-Glenndon Forsythe; 15. 47J-Jeff Busby; 16. 13-Cliff Brian; 17. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 18. 22-Jason Johnson (DNF); 19. 8M-Chris Meleason (DNF); 20. 88-Danny Dietrich (DNF); 21. 43-Larry Shive (DNF); 22. 7K-Dan Shetler (DNF); 23. 26-Pat Cooper (DNF); 24. 58-Aaron Long (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Niki Young (1-7), Doug Esh (8-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 8M-Chris Meleason; 2. 58-Aaron Long; 3. 77-Greg Hodnett; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 71-Brian Leppo; 6. 7K-Dan Shetler; 7. 88-Danny Dietrich; 8. 29K-Brent Kluge; 9. 43-Larry Shive. Time - 2:27.13
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 30-Doug Esh; 2. 10N-Niki Young; 3. 26-Pat Cooper; 4. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 5. 93-Glenndon Forsythe; 6. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 7. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 8. 47J-Jeff Busby. Time - 2:28.95
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) 1. 12-Jeff Shepard; 2. 6K-Chris Knopp; 3. 22-Jason Johnson; 4. 6W-Josh Wells; 5. 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 7. 13-Cliff Brian (DNF); 8. 98-Mike Lutz (DNF). No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 39-Cory Haas ($1,000); 2. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 3. 7V-Mike Lehman; 4. 55-Jimmy Layton; 5. 6-Brad McClelland; 6. 9C-Mike Carber; 7. 7C-Chad Trout; 8. 84C-Chad Criswell; 9. 15-Adam Wilt; 10. 12-Mike Bittinger; 11. 77-Howie Locke; 12. 22T-Matt Boland; 13. 20-Jon Keller; 14. 35-Steve Owings; 15. 88K-Travis Keeney; 16. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 17. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 18. 15B-John Barnett; 19. 5-Rusty Pressley (DNF); 20. 22D-Jeff Young (DNF); 21. 41-Scott Geesey (DNF); 22. 88-Danny Dietrich (DNF); 23. 84C-Chad Criswell (DNF); 24. 56M-Mark Zellers (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders - Cory Haas (1-10), Billy Dietrich (11-12), Cory Haas (13-20)
1st Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 55-Jim Layton; 2. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 3. 9C-Mike Carber; 4. 15-Adam Wilt; 5. 28-Keith Prutzman; 6. 56M-Mark Zellers; 7. 66N-Nate Hammaker; 8. 27-Jay Galloway; 9. 51N-Nick Palmerino. Time - 2:33.32
2nd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 39-Cory Haas; 2. 5-Rusty Pressley; 3. 7V-Mike Lehman; 4. 12-Mike Bittinger; 5. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 6. 35-Steve Owings; 7. 30-Steve Clabaugh; 8. 11D-Mike Duncan; 9. 12J-Matt Beasley (DNF). Time - 2:33.13
3rd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 23-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 2. 22D-Jeff Young; 3. 15B-John Burnett; 4. 22T-Matt Boland; 5. 77-Howie Locke; 6. 84-Dale Hammaker; 7. 88K-Travis Keeney; 8. 5C-Dan Ciesco (DNF); 9. 87-Alan Krimes (DNF). Time - 2:34.46
4th Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 88-Danny Dietrich; 2. 84C-Chad Criswell; 3. 7C-Chad Trout; 4. 6-Brad McClelland; 5. 20-Jon Keller; 6. 41-Scott Geesey; 7. 24B-Jan Opperman Jr.; 8. 22Z-Jim Callahan Jr.; 9. 28H-Billy Heltzel Jr.; DNS - 64W-Randy Whisler. No Time
1st Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 28-Keith Prutzman; 2. 35-Steve Owings; 3. 56M-Mark Zellers; 4. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 5. 66N-Nate Hammaker; 6. 30-Steve Clabaugh; 7. 27-Jay Galloway; 8. 11D-Mike Duncan; 9. 51N-Nick Palmerino; DNS - 12J-Matt Beasley. Time - 2:38.78
2nd Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 20-Jon Keller; 2. 41-Scott Geesey; 3. 77-Howie Locke; 4. 84-Dale Hammaker; 5. 88K-Travis Keeney; 6. 5C-Danny Ciesco; 7. 24B-Jan Opperman, Jr.; 8. 22Z-Jim Callahan, Jr.; 9. 64W-Randy Whisler; 10. 28H-Billy Heltzel, Jr. (DNS); 11. 87-Alan Krimes (DNS). No Time
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 52-Mike Walls; 2. 20-Sam Gallagher; 3. 30-Craig Wagaman; 4. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 5. 1-Neil Smith; 6. 31-Ron Shultz; 7. 22-Nat Tuckey; 8. 2-Dan Zechman; 9. 91-Tom Slusser Jr.; 10. 21N-Larry Niederer; 11. 5-Bobby Rudisill; 12. 9-Al Cramer; 13. 41-Howard Williams; 14. 07-Bob Stough; 15. 70X-Rick Weaver; 16. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 17. 21Z-Mike Zeigler Jr. (DNF); 18. 12-Jake Markey (DNF); 19. 54-Roy Warehime (DNF); 20. 1E-Greg Emlet Jr. (DNF); 21. 3W-Duane Watson (DNF); 22. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr. (DNF); 23. 34M-Jim Martz Jr. (DNF); 24. 71-Tom Walls Jr. (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Zeigler Jr. (1-4), Sam Gallagher (5-6), Mike Walls (7-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21Z-Mike Zeigler, Jr.; 2. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 3. 22-Nat Tuckey; 4. 9-Al Cramer; 5. 5-Bobby Rudisill; 6. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 7. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 8. 1E-Greg Emlet; 9. 12-Jake Markey (DNF); 10. 54J-Jimmy Combs (DNS); 11. 11R-Jim Rost, Jr. (DNS). Time - 2:48.09
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 20-Sam Gallagher; 2. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 3. 41-Howard Williams; 4. 2-Dan Zechman; 5. 31-Ron Shultz; 6. 07-Robert Stough; 7. 91-Tom Slusser, Jr.; 8. 71-Tom Walls, Jr.; 9. 34M-Jim Martz, Jr.; 10. 01-Tim Fake (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30-Craig Wagaman; 2. 52-Mike Walls; 3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. 3W-Duane Watson; 5. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 6. 54-Roy Warehime Jr.; 7. 37-Jim Rost; 8. 70X-Rick Weaver; 9. 4-Greg Feltch; 10. 0-Eric McClane (DNF); DNS - 66-Richard Fogel. Time - 2:48.15
Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 91-Tom Slusser, Jr.; 2. 34M-Jim Martz, Jr.; 3. 71-Tom Walls Jr.; 4. 12-Jake Markey; 5. 70X-Rick Weaver; 6. 1E-Greg Emlet (DNF); 7. 37-Jim Rost (DNF); 8. 3-Mike Gladfelter (DNF); 9. 4-Greg Feltch (DNF); DNS - 01-Tim Fake, 0-Eric McClane, 66-Richard Fogel, 54J-Jimmy Combs, 11R-Jim Rost Jr.. No Time