Hanover, PA (March 7, 1998) - Steve Siegel drove the Sal Scarpitta owned No. 59 to victory at Lincoln Speedway today to claim his 23rd career victory at the Pigeon Hills oval. Siegel climbs to seventh place on the Lincoln Speedway all time career...
Hanover, PA (March 7, 1998) - Steve Siegel drove the Sal Scarpitta owned No. 59 to victory at Lincoln Speedway today to claim his 23rd career victory at the Pigeon Hills oval. Siegel climbs to seventh place on the Lincoln Speedway all time career victory list, tied with Johnny Mackison Sr..
Starting on the pole, Siegel led all twenty five laps in taking his first victory of the 1998 season.
Jesse Wentz started on the outside of the front row and stayed close to Siegel for the first two laps. As the pair came off turn four on the second lap, Wentz's car slowed and rolled to a stop just past the flagstand, causing the day's first caution period. Wentz was able to continue but later retired and was credited with 21st in the final order.
The racing resumed for two laps when Keith Kauffman spun the No. U2 car all by himself in turn four. Kauffman continued from the rear and fought his way to 14th by the time the checkered fell.
With four laps complete, they lined up for the restart with Siegel at the point, followed by Todd Shaffer, Jeff Shepard, Cris Eash and Sean Michael in fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Tim Shaffer, Kevin Gobrecht, Todd Gracey, Fred Rahmer and Billy Pauch.
Only two more laps were recorded before Dan Jones spun in turn one, bringing out the third and final yellow of the day. Kevin Gobrecht, who started tenth, and found himself seventh after the second yellow, moved to fifth, passing Sean Michael and Tim Shaffer in the two laps under green.
Rahmer and Pauch passed Todd Gracey and lined up eighth and ninth respectively, with Gracey behind them in tenth.
When green replaced yellow, Fred Rahmer continued his charge to the front, engaging in battle with Sean Michael. Rahmer shadowed Michael until just past half distance when he was able to slip by and set his sights on Gobrecht in fifth.
Gobrecht ran solidly in fifth for most of the race. With four laps to go, Rahmer and Gobrecht swapped fifth place twice with Rahmer holding the position for the last two laps.
Although the top three positions remained unchanged for the last sixteen laps of the race, Siegel, Todd Shaffer, and Shepard challenged each other, running nose to tail, as they sliced through lapped trafffic. Shaffer came close to taking the lead several times but Siegel held him off to take the flag to flag victory.
Heat One Results (10 laps/6 qualify/4 draw) 1. Todd Gracey 2. Jeff Shepard 3. Todd Shaffer 4. Jesse Wentz 5. Jeff Thompson 6. Lance Dewease 7. Mark Imler 8. Niki Young 9. Randy Glover Brian Paulus (DNS) Darren Eash (DNS) Time: 2:20.72
Heat Two Results 1. Cris Eash 2. Kevin Gobrecht 3. Tim Shaffer 4. Steve Siegel 5. Fred Rahmer 6. Don Kreitz Jr. 7. Dan Jones 8. Brian Ellenberger 9. Billy Dietrich 10. Larry Shive (DNF) Time: 2:20.31
Heat Three Results 1. Sean Michael 2. Shawn Keen 3. Dan Dietrich 4. Keith Kauffman 5. Billy Pauch 6. Johnny Mackison Jr. 7. Dave Haight 8. Byron Reed 9. Bill Sims 10. Shawn Weaver Time: 2:22.57
Consi Results (10 laps/6 qualify) 1. Dan Jones 2. Mark Imler 3. Dave Haight 4. Byron Reed 5. Bill Sims 6. Niki Young 7. Brian Ellenberger 8. Shawn Weaver 9. Larry Shive 10. Billy Dietrich 11. Randy Glover 12. Brian Paulus Darren Eash (DNS) Time: 2:30.69
Feature Results (25 laps) 1. Steve Siegel 2. Todd Shaffer 3. Jeff Shepard 4. Cris Eash 5. Fred Rahmer 6. Kevin Gobrecht 7. Billy Pauch 8. Sean Michael 9. Tim Shaffer 10. Lance Dewease 11. Dave Haight 12. Don Kreitz Jr. 13. Todd Gracey 14. Keith Kauffman 15. Jeff Thompson 16. Byron Reed 17. Bill Sims 18. Shawn Keen 19. Mark Imler 20. Niki Young 21. Jesse Wentz (DNF) 22. Dan Jones (DNF) 23. Dan Dietrich (DNF) 24. Johnny Mackison Jr. (DNF)
Lap Leaders - Steve Siegel (1-25)
David Reininger - Motorsport News International