Hodnett captures 51st Anniversary show at Lincoln; Zeigler, Sr. wins for second time in three races in thundercar main ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/14/03 - Those who know Greg Hodnett know that a 51-lap feature suits his style just fine. Hodnett kicked...
Hodnett captures 51st Anniversary show at Lincoln;
Zeigler, Sr. wins for second time in three races in thundercar main
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 5/14/03 - Those who know Greg Hodnett know that a 51-lap feature suits his style just fine.
Hodnett kicked off a huge week of sprint car racing in Central Pennsylvania by winning the John Gleim, Jr. Excavating 51st Anniversary Show at Lincoln Speedway Wednesday night.
The win concluded lap after lap of torrid racing action which saw Hodnett start third, claim the runner-up spot from polesitter Donnie Kreitz, Jr. on the second lap, follow race leader Mark Smith for the next 23 laps, drive under Smith to claim the lead exiting turn two of lap 25, and then hold off a determined Fred Rahmer over the second half of the race.
"The guys (crew) have been working really hard," said the winner in victory lane. "Our car hasn't been real great all year, and they just keep workin' on it...we're getting better, still not where we need to be, but we're moving in the right direction, so we're happy for the Apple Dealerships/Cars By Dealers Magazine/York Building Products Kele Maxim,"
"This is one of the best paying races we have all year. That definitely makes a difference in the old bank account, believe me."
Two laps after Hodnett took the point, Rahmer, who started sixth, made the same move in turns one and two to snatch second from Smith in heavy lapped traffic. Shortly thereafter (lap 29), a red flag came out for a fuel stop when a caution flag came out for Brian Leppo and Jerry Parrish on turn four. Leppo was collected by Parrish, who slowed suddenly with a flat tire.
On the restart, Hodnett pulled out to a comfortable lead, increasing his advantage to 1.45 seconds by the time he reached lapped traffic on lap 35. That's when the six-time defending track champ made his move. Over the next few laps, Hodnett moved to the high side to clear traffic. Rahmer dove low in turns three and four to edge in front, actually scored as the leader of lap 38. But then the same thing happened to Rahmer when he caught lapped traffic in the same two turns of lap 39. Hodnett reclaimed the top spot exiting the turn, just before the final caution of the race came out for Chris Knopp, who came to a stop on the backstretch. Hodnett took control after that and led the final 13 laps. His final margin of victory was 81-hundredths of a second.
"The guys on the red (fuel stop) said 'Don't get off the bottom,' and, sure enough, I got to lapped cars, and two of them racing side-by-side, and I kinda' had to do something...It almost cost us," said Hodnett. "We tightened up a little bit on the red...we were on the verge of being a little too tight when the track slowed down that much, but we had a good drive off the turns and had to drive about three-quarters throttle down the straightaways to keep the front end on the ground because of the changes."
"But we could afford that as long as we got through the corners."
"Fred did a great job and came up through nice," Hodnett added. "We took a little chance on softer tires than a lot of guys, and I think it paid off."
"We figured a lot of yellows, and they (the tires) wore down pretty good, but I think on restarts we had a pretty good advantage."
When asked what was going through his mind when the yellow No.88H snatched the lead, Hodnett quipped, "Getting fired!"
Smith ran a solid race throughout to cross third, with 20th-starting Todd Shaffer fourth and Kreitz completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Johnny Mackison, Jr., Sean Michael, Keith Kauffman, Lance Dewease, and Niki Young.
Dewease was running third when he lost the handle and spun out on the second turn of lap 18, bringing out the second of three cautions in the event.
The win, Hodnett's second of 2003 and the seventh of his career in the Pigeon Hills, earned the Memphis, Tennessee driver $5,100.
Sprint heats were won by Glenndon Forsythe, Cris Eash (who blew a motor while running 10th on lap nine), and Leppo, with Kauffman winning the consolation. Fast time in time trials over the 27-car field was set by Kauffman with a one-lap time of 13.318 seconds (101.637 MPH). Kauffman lost a chance at the front row in the feature when he nearly spun out and dropped from a qualifying spot on the last lap of his heat.
It took Mike Zeigler, Sr. almost two years to find victory lane again. This time, it only took less than two weeks. Zeigler started ninth, passed Mike Ciezobka on the sixth lap to grab the top spot, and led the rest of the way to claim the 20-lap thundercar feature.
Son Mike Zeigler, Jr. Led the first lap from his fourth-starting spot, but yielded to polesitter Ciezobka on lap two. Zeigler, driving the No.81, matched Hodnett's margin of victory by taking the checkered .81 seconds ahead of Steve Clabaugh for his 12th career win at the Abbottstown oval. That places him into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time win list.
Ciezobka finished third, with Nat Tuckey and points leader Bernie Beard rounded out the top five.
Heats for the 24 thundercars were won by Doug Devilbiss, Ciezobka, and Chet McCormick.
This Saturday night, May 17th, Lincoln Speedway swings back into action with another three-division show featuring all three point divisions at the Pigeon Hills lightning-fast 3/8th-mile oval. The Cindy Rowe Paintless Dent Removal 410 Sprinters will be joined by the 358 Sprints and Thundercar regulars. Gates will open at 5 PM, with warm-ups taking to the track at 6:30 PM, and the first heat 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.
Wednesday - May 14, 2003
51st Anniversary Race
Feature (51 Laps) - 1. Greg Hodnett ($5,100); 2. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 3. 53-Mark Smith; 4. 88-Todd Shaffer; 5. 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 6. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 7. 1-Sean Michael; 8. 7-Keith Kauffman; 9. 77-Lance Dewease; 10. 10N-Niki Young; 11. 30-Doug Esh; 12. 55S-Billy Sims; 13. 59-Jim Siegel; 14. 31D-Kevin Drury; 15. 32-Brook Weibley; 16. 21-Jerry Parrish; 17. 22-Jason Johnson; 18. 21P-Glenndon Forsythe; 19. 17H-Jason Hagenbuch; 20. 71-Brian Leppo; 21. 19-Stevie Smith (DNF); 22. 6K-Chris Knopp (DNF); 23. 17E-Cris Eash (DNF); 24. 6W-Josh Wells (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Mark Smith (1-24), Greg Hodnett (25-37), Fred Rahmer (38), Greg Hodnett (39-51)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21P-Glenndon Forsythe; 2. 1-Sean Michael; 3. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 4. 53-Mark Smith; 5. 10N-Niki Young; 6. 17H-Jason Hagenbuch; 7. 98-Daryl Stimeling; 8. 31D-Kevin Drury; 9. 7-Keith Kauffman. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash; 2. 59-Jim Siegel; 3. 12-Greg Hodnett; 4. 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 5. 6K-Chris Knopp; 6. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 7. 6W-Josh Wells; 8. 88-Todd Shaffer; 9. 43-Larry Shive (DNF). Time - 2:26.06
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 71-Brian Leppo; 2. 19-Stevie Smith; 3. 77-Lance Dewease; 4. 22-Jason Johnson; 5. 32- Brooke Weibley ; 6. 55s-Billy Sims; 7. 30-Doug Esh; 8. 21-Jerry Parrish. Time-2:25.92
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7-Keith Kauffman; 2. 88-Todd Shaffer; 3. 30-Doug Esh; 4. 6W-Josh Wells; 5. 31D-Kevin Drury; 6. 21-Jerry Parrish; 7. 98-Daryl Stimeling; 8. 43-Larry Shive (DNF). Time - 2:32.58
Time Trials - 1. 7-Keith Kauffman, 13.318 seconds (101.637 MPH); 2. 88H-Fred Rahmer, 13.352; 3. 32-Brook Weibley, 13.375; 4. 10N-Niki Young, 13.468; 5. 12-Greg Hodnett, 13.475; 6. 30-Doug Esh, 13.485; 7. 53-Mark Smith, 13.503; 8. 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr., 13.521; 9. 77-Lance Dewease, 13.539; 10. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr., 13.564; 11. 6K-Chris Knopp, 13.565; 12. 22-Jason Johnson, 13.637; 13. 1-Sean Michael, 13.639; 14. 17E-Cris Eash, 13.659; 15. 71-Brian Leppo, 13.757; 16. 21P-Glenndon Forsythe, 13.781; 17. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.788; 18. 19-Stevie Smith, 13.794; 19. 31D-Kevin Drury, 13.995; 20. 88-Todd Shaffer, 14.020; 21. 55S-Billy Sims, 14.089; 22. 17H-Jason Hagenbuch, 14.133; 23. 6W-Josh Wells, 14.149; 24. 21-Jerry Parrish, 14.265; 25. 98-Daryl Stimeling, 14.634; 26. 43-Larry Shive, 15.181; 27. X-Bobby Weaver, NT.
Feature (20 Laps) -1. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 2. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 3. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 4. 52-Nat Tuckey; 5. X-Bernie Beard; 6. 14-Chet McCormick; 7. 8MD-David Prunkl; 8. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 9. 4-Greg Feltch; 10. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 11. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 12. 15-Doug Devilbiss (DNF); 13. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); 14. 12-Jake Markey (DNF); 15. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 16. 70-Duane Hahn (DNF); 17. 25-Sean Herrick (DNF); 18. 9-Al Cramer (DNF); 19. 34M-Jim Martz Jr. (DNF); 20. 11R-Jim Rost (DNF); 21. 38-Roy Warehime (DNF); 22. 3-Mike Gladfelter (DNF); DNS - 34-Greg Messersmith, 83-Fred Lloyd. No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Zeigler Jr. (1), Mike Ciezobka (2-5), Mike Zeigler Sr. (6-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 2. 3R-Bobby Rudisill; 3. 34-Gregg Messersmith; 4. 10-Steve Clabaugh; 5. 1-Neil Smith; 6. 70-Duane Hahn; 7. 38-Roy Warehime; DNS - 11R-Jim Rost. Time - 2:47.69
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 2. 81-Mike Zeigler, Sr.; 3. X-Bernie Beard; 4. 83-Fred Lloyd; 5. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 6. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 7. 12-Jake Markey; 8. 4-Greg Feltch (DNF). Time - 2:49.63
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 14-Chet McCormick; 2. 52-Nat Tuckey; 3. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 4. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 5. 9-Al Cramer; 6. 9J-Mike Johnson; 7. 8MD-David Prunkl (DNF). No Time