Lincoln Speedway Results 97-02-22

Lincoln Speedway opened the sprint car season on the east coast with a small but stellar field of drivers from the Pennsylvania Posse. Cris Eash continued his opening day headaches by collecting Billy Pauch on the first lap of the twenty five...

Lincoln Speedway opened the sprint car season on the east coast with a small but stellar field of drivers from the Pennsylvania Posse. Cris Eash continued his opening day headaches by collecting Billy Pauch on the first lap of the twenty five lap feature. This is the third consecutive opening day that Eash has had problems. Both Eash and Pauch failed to continue.

Fred Rahmer continued his streak of winning the opening day feature by taking the lead on the 13th lap. This is the third consecutive year that Rahmer has won the feature on opening day at Lincoln Speedway.

Heat One Line-Up 1. 15D Brook Weibley 2. 8 Dan Dietrich 3. 92 Brian Gobrecht 4. 2W Jesse Wentz 5. 69K Donnie Kreitz 6. 16 Bill Brian 7. 77 Fred Rahmer 8. 10N Jeff Thompson 9. 16C Cliff Brian

Brian Gobrecht, who has taken over the Gobrecht 92 from brother Kevin, decided to start in the rear. Jesse Wentz did not report for his heat.

On the second lap of the first heat, Rahmer and Bill Brian tangled causing a red flag. Brian's car ended up on its side and Rahmer later said that it was his fault. Bill was able to replace a flat tire and continue. While most of the racing was back in the pack, Brook Weibley opened up a huge lead. Rahmer stormed from the rear, passing Dan Dietrich on the ninth lap of the ten lap heat.

Heat One Results 1. Brook Weibley 2. Fred Rahmer 3. Dan Dietrich 4. Jeff Thompson 5. Donnie Kreitz 6. Cliff Brian 7. Bill Brian 8. Brian Gobrecht

Heat Two Line-Up 1. 17E Cris Eash 2. 1Z Bily Pauch 3. 07 Dave Haight 4. 23S Frankie Kerr 5. 45 Jeff Rohrbough 6. 461 Lance Dewease 7. 43 Larry Shive 8. 12 Kevin Gobrecht

Defending Allstar Champion Frankie Kerr made a fantastic start taking the second position on the start. Eash and Kerr were pulling away from the pack which was being lead by Pauch in third when Kevin Gobrecht spun in turn three. Gobrecht collected Dewease and both drivers were unable to continue.

Heat Two Results 1. Cris Eash 2. Frankie Kerr 3. Jeff Rohrbough 4. Billy Pauch 5. Dave Haight 6. Larry Shive 7. Kevin Gobrecht (DNF) 8. Lance Dewease (DNF)

Feature Line-Up (25 laps) 1. Cris Eash 2. Jeff Thompson 3. Billy Pauch 4. Jeff Rohrbough 5. Donnie Kreitz 6. Dave Haight 7. Dan Dietrich 8. Brook Weibley 9. Larry Shive 10. Fred Rahmer 11. Cliff Brian 12. Frankie Kerr 13. Billy Brian 14. Kevin Gobrecht 15. Brian Gobrecht 16. Lance Dewease

Cris Eash spun in turn two on the first lap collecting Billy Pauch and that ended the day for both drivers. A long red flag period ensued while safety crews removed Pauch's car from atop the car of Eash. Both drivers were unhurt.

On the restart, Kevin Gobrecht caught Rahmer and a fierce battle took place between these drivers. Gobrecht passed Rahmer on the high side in three and four and Freddie returned the favor on the lowside in one and two. Gobrecht and Rahmer swapped positions four times in two laps. Gobrecht made the pass stick and continued to the front when he tangled with Rohrbough on the front straight. Gobrecht did a 360 on the front straight and continued. This incident brought out the yellow flag sending Gobrecht to the rear of the field.

Donnie Kreitz continued to lead while Rahmer worked his way through the field. Lance also worked his way to the front passing Jeff Thompson for third on lap twelve. Rahmer passed Kreitz on lap thirteen and the first three cars pulled away from the field. There was lots of racing back in the pack since several top drivers were sent to the rear of the field for causing yellow flags due to flat tires.

Feature Results (25 laps) 1. 77 Fred Rahmer ($2,500) 2. 69K Donnie Kreitz 3. 461 Lance Dewease 4. 16 Billy Brian 5. 45 Jeff Rohrbough 6. 23S Frankie Kerr 7. 10N Jeff Thompson 8. 07 Dave Haight 9. 16C Cliff Brian 10. 15D Brook Weibley 11. 92 Brian Gobrecht 12. 8 Dan Dietrich 13. 43 Larry Shive 14. 12 Kevin Gobrecht (DNF) 15. 17E Cris Eash 16. 1Z Billy Pauch (DNF)

__ David Reininger's Paper Race http://www.motorsport.com/paper-race

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Series Sprint
Drivers Billy Pauch