Weekend race summary 2003-10-12

Niki Young wins second of career in Lincoln Sprint finale. Abbottstown, PA, 10/10/03 - It was two years ago (5/19/2001) when Niki Young ended up in the outside front stretch wall the victim of a Fred Rahmer slide job gone bad while only four...

Niki Young wins second of career in Lincoln Sprint finale.

Abbottstown, PA, 10/10/03 - It was two years ago (5/19/2001) when Niki Young ended up in the outside front stretch wall the victim of a Fred Rahmer slide job gone bad while only four laps away from his first career super sprint win.

Though he finally scored his first career win by passing Greg Hodnett late in the race on April 19th of this year, it was Friday night's race-winning pass he had waited two years to make.

Young passed the former seven-time Lincoln champ exiting turn four of the 22nd lap and drove away to a 1.64-second win, his second of the year at Lincoln and third overall this season.

"I've owed that to Fred for a long time, so I think we're even now," said a jubilant Young in victory lane as his family, friends and son looked on. "I knew I was faster than he was...his car didn't look real good."

"I showed him where I was at, and on that last restart, he moved to where I was going. So I had to move to the top and try and get up some momentum to get underneath him before he could chop me off. Everything worked out for us tonight, and this is awesome!"

Young was the fifth and final leader in the final race of the season.

Bobby Weaver started on the outside of the front row and paced the field the first six laps before being victimized by a clean Lance Dewease slider in the third and fourth turns of lap seven. Dewease pulled up lame with a packed wheel while leading on lap 11, handing the lead back over to "Freebird" Bobby Weaver. But during the caution, Weaver came to a stop with power steering and fuel pump problems, handing the lead to polesitter Glenndon Forsythe.

Forsythe led lap 11, but couldn't hold off fourth-starting Fred Rahmer, who made the pass with a low-side move on turn four of lap 12.

Young drove by Forsythe on turns three and four following a 17th lap caution and rapidly closed in on Rahmer.

Rahmer held off repeated Young challenges before Young made his race-winning move on the 22nd lap exiting the fourth turn.

Then with a right-rear tire gradually losing pressure, Rahmer tried in vain to hold off three-time 2003 Lincoln winner Greg Hodnett for second with the Apple Dealerships "Red Rocket" No.12 getting by on the final lap for second place.

Tenth-starting Darren Eash and 11th-starting Brook Weibley completed the top five.

Rounding out the top-10 were Forsythe, Brian Leppo, 23rd-starting Brian Montieth, Eric Stambaugh, and Todd Hestor.

Heats for the 28 sprints were won by Rahmer, Young and Forsythe, with Hestor winning the consolation.

For a second straight year, the thundercar point championship went down to the final race.

Last year, a feature crash cost Steve Clabaugh the points title on the final night. This year, a second-place finish combined with points leader Bernie Beard's 11th-place finish gained Clabaugh his first-ever Lincoln thundercar title.

Clabaugh's championship run culminated a 400-point swing over the final two months of the season, beginning with a two-win night for Clabaugh on August 23rd.

Winner of the race was Duane Watson, who started outside the front row and led all 20 laps. Crossing third behind Clabaugh was Bryan Wagaman, with Dan Zechman and Mike Gladfelter completing the top five.

Watson, retired from racing following the 2002 racing season, was filling in for Bobby Rudisill in the No.3R over the final month of the season. The win was the first of the year and sixth of Watson's career in the Pigeon Hills.

Heats for the 28 thundercars were won by Jim Rost, Mike Ciezobka and Gladfelter.



Greg Hodnett won the 25-lap super sprint portion of the season-ending Fall Fest racing program at Williams Grove Speedway Saturday night for his 22nd overall win of 2003.

Other winners in the features-only program included Blane Heimbach in 358 sprint action, JR Fry in super sportsman and Dave Sokoloski in limited late models.

Hodnett started tenth in the 410 sprint finale and charged into second by the 15th lap. While Hodnett was working his way to the front, Friday night Lincoln winner Niki Young was setting the pace and held nearly a straightaway lead by the time a 17th lap caution closed the field onto the Spring Grove racers bumper.

Hodnett followed Young until his race-winning move exiting the second turn with two laps to go and went on to score his eighth win of the season at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile and earned $3000 for his 22nd career victory here.

Lance Dewease came from 12th starting spot to finish second ahead of Young, Todd Shaffer and Cris Eash. Todd Hestor, Don Kreitz, Mike Erdley, Fred Rahmer and Doug Esh completed the top ten. Fourth-starting Blane Heimbach passed Wade Hendrickson with an outside move off turn two and rolled to his second win of the season in the 20-lap 358 sprint feature. TJ Stutts took second from Hendrickson on the last lap with Chad Trout and Chad Layton rounding out the top five.

JR Fry passed race-long leader Joe Biasi with and outside move exiting turn four of the 15th lap and raced away to the win in super sportsman action over Biasi, Howie Locke, Steve Cannon and Pat Cannon.

Dave Sokoloski picked up his first career limited late model win by passing race-leader Gary Potts at the half way point and held on over the final 10 laps for the inaugural win. The win was Sokoloski's first ever after nearly ten years of competing in the late model division. Bud Witmer charged from his 18th starting position to finish second, with Potts holding on for third, John Ebersole fourth and Carl Graves fifth.


Kevin Nouse and Terry Schaeffer were the big winners in Saturday's Predator Micro-Sprint Nationals at Silver Spring Speedway. Nouse was victorious in 600cc action while Schaeffer took the gold in the 250cc division.

Jimmy Brookens started on the pole and drove out to a huge lead in the 600cc Predator National feature, while seventh-starting Nouse worked his way through the field.

Mechanical problems following a 15th lap caution restart ended Brookens run, handing the lead over to Nouse who was in second at the time.

Nouse went on unchallenged the rest of the way in the 25 lap contest to score the 600cc win over Travis Senter, Drew Heistand, Steve Owings and Duane Harbaugh.

Heistand set fast time over the 57-car 600cc field a lap of 17.626 seconds.

It was Nouse's second win of the weekend.

Nouse then had a shot to win both features as he started second in the 250cc Predator Nationals feature, but spun in turn two on the initial start.

10th-starting Terry Schaeffer charged from the 10th starting spot to pass race-leader Mike Boyer on the fifth lap and then held off all challengers to record the 250cc Predator Nationals win over Keith Woodson, Boyer, Steve Buckwalter and Jim Callahan Jr.

Schaeffer set fast time with a lap of 17.736 seconds over the 100-car 250cc field.


Jason Johnson put together a miraculous, late-race run Saturday at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in Fort Worth, TX on his way to winning his first World of Outlaws Series A-Feature of his career in the "Cheaper Than Dirt Shootout".

Johnson, who started inside the seventh row, raced in the middle of the pack while former boss, series points leader Steve Kinser, battled to maintain the lead over Preliminary Feature winner Daryn Pittman. "The Cajun Sensation" took to the highside of the track with nine laps remaining and started making his way to the front. He executed identical fourth-corner passes of Pittman and Kinser during the 34th and 35th laps respectively and went on to take the checkered flag for his inaugural A-Feature Outlaw win.

Johnson became the 17th driver to win a main event during the World of Outlaws 2003 season. And he became the fifth driver to record his first victory this year. He passed 12 cars, the most of any A-Feature winner in 2003.

Kinser, who opened a 134-point advantage over Danny Lasoski in their battle for the series championship with his second runner-up finish of the weekend.


Daryn Pittman beat Steve Kinser in a fierce battle royal Friday as the World of Outlaws Series opened the Fourth Annual Cheaper Than Dirt Shootout at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in Fort Worth, TX.

Pittman passed Kinser for the lead on the 23rd lap and then overcame three slide moves by the Outlaw series points leader and took the checkered 1.53 seconds ahead to record his first Preliminary Feature victory of the season with Brooke Tatnell finishing third, Shane Stewart fourth and Sammy Swindell fifth.

With the win, Pittman closed to within 14 points of Joey Saldana in their battle for third place in standings.


Pete Green of Weissport picked up the win in the 25 lap URC/ESS Sprint Challenge Championship Saturday night at the Rolling Wheels Raceway IN Elbridge, NY.

It was Green's first win of the season and the third of his career in United Racing Club action.

Green took the lead from race-long leader Tim Hogue with the white flag waiving and went on to claim the victory.

Even though he finished 24th, Dave Ely clinched the 2003 URC Championship, beating out runner-up Trevor Lewis, Curt Michael, Dave McGough and Chris Coyle.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Shane Stewart , Jason Johnson
Teams Williams