ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/7/00 - It was a fitting end to the 2000 season at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night as the driver who has been in a league of his own - Fred Rahmer - won the race named after another driver that was in a league of his own...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/7/00 - It was a fitting end to the 2000 season at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night as the driver who has been in a league of his own - Fred Rahmer - won the race named after another driver that was in a league of his own - Kenny Weld. Rahmer took over the lead after race-leader Sean Michael spun in the fourth turn of the 11th lap, and then held off a determined Johnny Mackison Jr. over the race's final 30 laps to win the season-ending Annual Kenny Weld Memorial for the super sprints. The win, Rahmer's 15th of the year, and the 99th of his career at the Pigeon Hill's oval, was worth $5,160 to win - plus an additional $1,635 in lap money along the way. "To win a race named after Kenny Weld is quite an honor," Rahmer said upon exiting his Al & Betty Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Auction No.77 super sprint. "I could live forever and never be the racer that man was. I appreciate the opportunity they have given us here and am very proud to win this race." "Weld was from the past, but he changed all of racing. He was such an innovator. He was absolutely incredible. He was in a league of his own." Polesitter Jeff Rohrbaugh led the first five laps before giving way to fourth-starting Sean Michael in the third and fourth turns of the sixth lap, with Rahmer (who started third) moving into the runner-up spot on the eighth lap. Michael's great run came to an end in the third and fourth turn of the 11th lap when he lost the handle on the Zemco No.1 sprinter while trying to negotiate lapped traffic - with Rahmer inheriting the lead at that point. Mackison, who started second, moved into second behind Rahmer at that point and stayed with the four-time Lincoln champ throughout the remainder of the race. But Rahmer had enough to fend off Mackison's challenges on numerous restarts and in lapped traffic to take the checkered .75 seconds ahead of the York speedster to record his 29th overall win of the year. "We got a little off base after the heat race where we were not very good," Rahmer said afterwards. "We changed the car around...we were good enough to win, but we were not anything special." "A lot of effort was put into this Weld Memorial and I'm a little disappointed in the other competitors that went down the road," said Rahmer. "Lincoln puts on a good show every week...it looks like they just ran off." "It all comes down to a lot of effort that went into this. Somebody put a lot of time into it and beat the bushes to get these guys to give us some money...and we really appreciate there support." Rahmer was joined by Weld's wife Marietta for victory lane photos. Mackison's efforts did not go unrewarded, as he picked up the $3,000 second place check and earned an additional $725 in lap money. Steve Siegel finished third ($2,000), Keith Kauffman fourth ($1,400), and Brook Weibley fifth ($1,200). Sixth place went to Chris Knopp who earned $1,100 plus an additional $50 for picking up the race's Hard Charger Award after coming from the distant 22nd starting spot. Todd Shaffer finished seventh ($1,000), Bobby Weaver eighth ($900), Todd Hestor ninth ($775), and Jeremy Trout tenth ($675). Super sprint heats were won by Doug Esh and Dave Cordier. Fast time in time trials over the 22-car field was set by Todd Hestor with a one-lap time of 13.505 seconds (99.963 MPH).
Mike Ziegler scored his first victory since March 18th in the 15-lap thundercar feature. Ziegler, who finished a close second in points to track champ Bobby Beard, started 10th and avoided a ten-car crash on the first two turns of the event. Beard was among the competitors unable to continue after the crash. Ziegler grabbed the lead from Ken Berwager on the seventh lap and paced the field the rest of the way. Berwager, who started on the front row, also yielded to Bobby Rudisill on the seventh lap, but reclaimed the spot on lap nine and crossed second. Mike Potts, who started 21st, Nat Tuckey, and Duane Watson completed the top five. It was Ziegler's second win of the year and 10th of his Lincoln career and came by 2.01 seconds. Heats for the 38 thundercars on hand were won by Allen Haines, Mike Ciezobka, Jerry Bingaman, and Berwager. Twin consolation events were won by Steve Clabaugh and Tony Kuhn.
The only remaining events on the 2000 schedule are the annual Lincoln Flea Market on Saturday, November 11th (7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. rain or shine) and the annual Lincoln Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 18th. For flea market space reservations or banquet tickets, call the Sel-Wil, Inc. off-season office at (717) 697-1321. Lincoln has announced that its 2001 season will open with super sprints and thundercars on Saturday, February 24th beginning at 2:00 p.m.
<pre> RACE RESULTS Saturday - October 7, 2000 LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, PA 4TH ANNUAL KENNY WELD MEMORIAL
Super Sprints: Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($5,160); 2. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr. ($3,000); 3. 59-Steve Siegel ($2,000); 4. 7-Keith Kauffman ($1,400); 5. 32-Brook Weibley ($1,200); 6. 6K-Chris Knopp ($1,100); 7. 88-Todd Shaffer ($1,000); 8. X-Bobby Weaver ($900); 9. 7M-Todd Hestor ($775); 10. 7J-Jeremy Trout ($675); 11. 69-Shawn Weaver ($575); 12. 2W-Jesse Wentz ($475); 13. 94-Glenndon Forsythe ($350); 14. 7C-Dave Cordier ($350); 15. 6W-Josh Wells ($325); 16. 43-Larry Shive ($325); 17. 6E-Doug Esh ($325)(DNF); 18. 07-Mike Lutz ($325)(DNF); 19. 17K-Greg Klarr ($325)(DNF); 20. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh ($300)(DNF); 21. 0-Jeff Rohrbaugh ($300 (DNF); 22. 1-Sean Michael ($300)(DNF).
Lap Leaders - Jeff Rohrbaugh (1-5), Sean Michael (6-10), Fred Rahmer (11-40)
1st Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 6E-Doug Esh; 2. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 3. 07-Mike Lutz; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. X-Bobby Weaver; 6. 1-Sean Michael; 7. 69-Shawn Weaver; 8. 7M-Todd Hestor; 9. 7-Keith Kauffman; 10. 10X-Doug Rohrbaugh; 11. 6W-Josh Wells (DNF). Time - 2:24.51
2nd Heat (10 Laps) - 1. 7C-Dave Cordier; 2. 32-Brook Weibley; 3. 7J-Jeremy Trout; 4. 88-Todd Shaffer; 5. 77-Fred Rahmer; 6. 59-Steve Siegel; 7. 17K-Greg Klarr; 8. 0-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 9. 2W-Jesse wentz; 10. 43-Larry Shive; DNS - 6K-Chris Knopp. Time - 2:27.38
Time Trials - 1. Todd Hestor, 7M, 13.505 seconds (99.963 MPH); 2. Steve Siegel, 59, 13.595; 3. Sean Michael, 1, 13.895; 4. Fred Rahmer, 77, 14.055; 5. Johnny Mackison Jr., 65, 14.107; 6. Jeff Rohrbaugh, 0, 14.174; 7. Bobby Weaver, X, 14.294; 8. Jeremy Trout, 7J, 14.332; 9. Shawn Weaver, 69, 14.346; 10. Todd Shaffer, 88, 14.364; 11. Mike Lutz, O7, 14.456; 12. Brook Weibley, 32, 14.477; 13. Doug Esh, 6E, 14.564; 14. Greg Klarr, 17K, 14.568; 15. Glenndon Forsythe, 94, 14.777; 16. Dave Cordier, 7C, 14.828; 17. Keith Kauffman, 7, 14.954; 18. Jesse Wentz, 2W, 14.96; 19. Josh Wells, 6W, 15.061; 20. Larry Shive, 43, 15.15; 21. Doug Rohrbaugh, 10X, 15.806; 22. Chris Knopp, 6K, NT.
Thundercars: Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 21A-Mike Zeigler; 2. 77-Ken Berwager; 3. M1-Mike Potts; 4. 22-Nat Tuckey; 5. 3-Duane Watson; 6. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 7. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 8. 8MD-David Prunkl; 9. 17-Butch Harvey; 10. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 11. 60-Cork Laughman; 12. 95-Allen Cullum; 13. 61S-Kenny Slaybaugh; 14. 61-Mike Ciezobhka; 15. 4-Greg Feltch; 16. 13-Allen Haines (DNF); 17. 6-Tony Kuhn (DNF); 18. 39F-Bill Foard (DNF); 19. 34-Gregg Messersmith (DNF); 20. 100-Mike Ziegler Jr. (DNF); 21. 38-Roy Warehime (DNF); 22. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 23. 5-Bobby Beard (DNF); 24. 25-Sean Herrick (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Ken Berwager (1-6), Mike Zeigler (7-15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 13-Allen Haines; 2. 95-Allan Cullum; 3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. 25-Sean Herrick; 5. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 6. 68-M.R. Teal; 7. 7-Duane Hahn; 8. 9J-Mike Johnson; 9. 67-Randy Doty; 10. 12M-Jake Markey (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 2. 5-Bobby Beard; 3. 3-Duane Watson; 4. 22-Nat Tuckey; 5. 61S-Kenny Slaybaugh; 6. M1-Mike Potts; 7. 60-Cork Laughman; 8. 30-Butch Atland; 9. 19-John McDonough (DNF). Time - 2:56.16
3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 2. 8MD-David Prunkl; 3. 34-Gregg Messersmith; 4. 100-Mike Ziegler Jr.; 5. 38-Roy Warehime; 6. 2-Steve Gantz; 7. 19K-Jerry Keyes; 8. 52-Jim Honaker; 9. X-Bernie Beard (DNF); DNS - 1W-Mike Walls. No Time
4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 77-Ken Berwager; 2. 21A-Mike Ziegler; 3. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 4. 39F-Bill Foard; 5. 6-Tony Kuhn; 6. 17-Butch Harvey; 7. 4-Greg Feltch (DNF); 8. 77H-Tim Hahn (DNF); DNS - 9-Al Crammer. Time - 2:48.81
1st Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 2. 61S-Kenny Clabaugh; 3. M1-Mike Potts; 4. 60-Cork Laughman; 5. 68-M.R. Teal; 6. 30-Butch Atland; 7. 7-Duane Hahn; 8. 19-John McDonough; 9. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); DNF - 67-Randy Doty, 12M-Jake Markey. No Time
2nd Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 6-Tony Kuhn; 2. 38-Roy Warehime; 3. 17-Butch Harvey; 4. 4-Greg Feltch; 5. 2-Steve Gantz; 6. 52-Jim Honnaker; 7. 19K-Jerry Keyes; 8. X-Bernie Beard; DNS - 77H-Tim Hahn, 9-Al Crammer. No Time