Weekend racing summary 2003-07-20

Darren Eash made his comeback into 410 sprint racing complete and memorable in several ways Saturday night as he won the 25 lap Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr. Memorial at Lincoln Speedway. The Ijamsville, Maryland racer drove from his fifth ...

Darren Eash made his comeback into 410 sprint racing complete and memorable in several ways Saturday night as he won the 25 lap Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr. Memorial at Lincoln Speedway.

The Ijamsville, Maryland racer drove from his fifth starting position into second place behind polesitter and race-long leader Chappy Knaack on the ninth lap and then stalked the fellow Maryland racer through lapped traffic and made his winning pass with two laps to go. Eash took the checkered two laps later for his first win of 2003 and the third of his career at the Pigeon Hills oval. The win, to say the least, was an emotional one for the 44 year old driver.

"This race was for the best man in my life - my father," said a exuberant Eash in victory lane. "He's in the hospital and we love him to death...I told him tonight if I win I'd call him and we just got off the phone with him."

"On the 22nd lap I said I'm going for this, this is for my dad...I'm going to get it! And on we went, man, this is awesome."

Eerily, his reference to the 22nd lap meant something more too. Daryl Gohn, one of the Memorial race's namesakes, drove the number 22 sprinter, and, Eash drove to the win this night in an identically numbered 22 sprinter as well.

"Daryl was a heck of a nice guy," reflected Eash. "I remember one night when we were here on the front straightaway and (Daryl) was sad because his dad had just passed away...and then not much later we lost Daryl."

"That's just not right for one family to go through. I know what it's like. My dad had to have open heart surgery on Monday. And I was there all the time. To see your dad there in bed like that just made you cry. This makes it all worthwhile."

Knaack drove his heart out in search of his first career 410 sprint win but with less than five laps to go Eash had turned up the heat and closed on the leader.

Eash was able to get a run on Knaack as they passed under the start-finish line with the two laps-to-go signal being waved and slid under and up in front for the lead exiting the second turn of the 24th lap.

And after the final 17 non-stop laps were complete, Eash was standing proudly in victory lane.

"I got to that one point here coming down the front straightaway that I knew he was going to the top," said Eash on his racing winning move. "I thought about what would Fred, Cris, Lance or any of them guys would do...so I just flied it in there and hoped for the best and that's what happened."

Eash's third career Lincoln win was worth over $2,500 as extra money was added to several finishing positions in the feature and in the heat races earlier in the night, all part of the huge effort by the Gohn family to celebrate the life of two people that meant so much to racing at the Pigeon Hills oval - Daryl Gohn and his father Glenn Gohn - this night at Lincoln.

Knaack hung on for a well-deserved second-place finish and received a huge ovation afterwards by the appreciative fans which filled the grandstand to capacity this night.

Ninth-starting Rahmer finished third, 12th-starting Lance Dewease fourth, and 11th-starting Cris Eash fifth.

Completing the top-10 were Chris Knopp, Doug Esh, Glenndon Forsythe, Josh Wells, and Niki Young.

Dallastown's Cory Haas followed veteran racer Dan Dietrich through the middle stages of the 20 lap 358 sprint feature before slipping under the former super sprint champion with two laps to go to take the lead and raced away to his third win of the season.

12th-starting Dale Hammaker wrestled second from Dietrich in the final laps with Shawn Weaver finishing fourth and Strine fifth.

Sykesville Maryland's David Prunkl picked up his first win of 2003 in the 20 lap thundercar feature. Prunkl, who started third, inherited the lead on the seventh lap after race-long leader Dan Zechman spun out in the first and second turns during a close battle for the top spot. From there Prunkl then had to withstand the charge of Mike Zeigler Jr. who literally rode on Prunkl's bumper over the race's final laps to record his seventh career Lincoln win.

Zeigler Jr. settled for second with Nat Tuckey third, Steve Clabaugh fourth, and points leader Bernie Beard fifth.

OTHER AREA/REGIONAL ACTION

MARK SMITH PICKS UP SECOND WIN AT PORT

Newville's Mark Smith backed-up his first win from a few weeks ago with his second in the 25 lap 410 sprint feature at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night.

Smith drove from his seventh starting spot and passed race-long leader Alan Cole on the eighth lap and led the rest of the way to take the checkered nearly a full straightaway over Cole at the end. Keith Kauffman started ninth and finished in third, Todd Shaffer moved from twelfth starting position to finish fourth and Mt. Wolf's Adrian Shaffer finished fifth.

Wayne Walls of St. Thomas passed race-long leader Dave Kepner on the 13th lap and led the rest of the way to pick up the win in the special $2,000 dollar to win late model feature.

Bill Powell won the 15 lap Pro stock feature over Jim Palm and Jason Zook won his first ever Enduro feature over Butch Renninger.

Port Royal will host the Inaugural Bob Weikert Memorial Race this Wednesday night with the 410 sprints being joined by the pro stocks in the wid-week special event.

An autograph session is planned with former Weikert Drivers starting at 5 PM. Todd Weikert of Weikert's Livestock will give away a hind quarter of beef to a lucky fan. Lynn Paxton and Paul Pitzer will be on hand with a former Weikert race car. The race pays $ 5,000 dollars to win with added lap money.

Port Royal will then will be dark next Saturday night, July 26th, with racing action resuming August 2nd.

BLANE HEIMBACH WINS SELINSGROVE GUNN MEMORIAL

Hometown racer Blane Heimbach made thrilling last-lap pass of Kevin Nouse to take the victory in Saturday night's 30-lap 23rd Annual Jack Gunn Memorial for the 358 sprints at Selinsgrove Speedway. The win was Heimbach's second of the season at Selinsgrove and was worth $1,500 to the winner.

Donnie Schick of Northumberland won his first event of the season in the 20-lap late model feature, Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove won his sixth main event of the season in the regularly scheduled pro stock feature, while Nate Kerstetter of Liverpool won the rescheduled pro stock event from June 14th.

Joey Keister of Middleburg was the winner of the 12-lap roadrunner feature.

DAVE ELY WIN IN URC ACTION THRUSTS HIM INTO SERIES POINT LEAD

West Lawn's Dave Ely picked up his fourth United Racing Club Series win Saturday night at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, DE. And with the win, moved into the season-long series point lead. The win, Ely's fifth of his career in URC action, came over Mike Haggenbottom and Jimmy Martin Jr.

KINSER CROWNED KINGS ROYAL CHAMPION Steve Kinser's 16th World of Outlaws A-feature win of the 2003 season was worth $50,000 as the "King of the Outlaws" picked up his 5th King's Royal victory Saturday night at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH. Pennsylvania star Greg Hodnett finished second.

The win was a hard-earned one for Kinser. Earlier in the night he hit the wall in his heat race and spun. He then restarted at the rear, but was able to climbed back into qualifying position.

Frontrow starter Jason Johnson got the jump off of turn four to take the lead at the outset and led the first four laps before Kinser got by for the lead on lap five.

Hodnett passed Johnson for second place on the 14th lap and then set his sights on Kinser.

A red flag for a Jac Haudenschild with 10 laps to go allowed several car to go to the pits to put new right rear rubber on. They were: Donny Schatz (5th at the time), Tyler Walker (6th at the time), Todd Kane (13th at the time), Kenny Jacobs (14th at the time), Randy Hannagan (15th at the time), Jason Meyers (16th at the time), Sammy Swindell (17th at the time), and Jason Sides (18th at the time). They all then restarted at the year.

Kinser was able to hold on with the tires he started with and outraced Hodnett to the checkered for the win.

"I saw the rubber coming off of turn two earlier in the night and I really wanted to put a little harder tire on," said Kinser afterwards. "But Scott (Gerkin) said that nobody else was going with a harder tire except Jason Johnson, so we stuck with our original game plan, but I was plenty concerned about it...I thought there might be enough left up top that I could get out there and get the lead, and then get back down into the rubber, and that's what we were able to do."

"I knew there late in the race that we were going to be pretty close on the tire, but we had enough to get the job done. I really didn't think anyone could get by me once the rubber was down, and I didn't even want to run up on any lapped cars...I just tried to keep a distance back and not get into any problems there."

HAGER DOMINATES 51-LAP FEATURE FOR FIRST SPORTSMAN WIN SINCE 1998

Greencastle's Danny Hager ended nearly four years of futility in grand fashion by winning the special 51st Anniversary race for super sportsman at Silver Spring Speedway Saturday night.

Hager, who started 12th, tracked down race-long leader Joe Reneker and on lap nine to take the lead. From that point on he the pulled away to nearly a straightaway lead before the race's first caution came out on the 45th of 50 laps.

But Hager was not to be denied this night as he led the final five laps to pick up his first win since 1998, and the 27th of his career win at the Mechanicsburg oval.

Hager's winning efforts earned him $3,000 for the win, and over $645 in lap money.

Jim Shuttlesworth finished second, Frankie Herr third, Pat Cannon fourth and his brother Steve Cannon fifth.

Veteran late model racer John Ebersole passed race leader Mike Spangler on the 13th lap and held on to win his 22nd career limited late model feature. And just like sportsman winner Hager, Ebersole's win was his first since 1998 too.

Hummelstown's Stan Wanner picked up his second straight win in the first of two features for street stocks. Wes Alleman then picked up his second win of the season as well in winning the second street stock feature.

WILLIAMS GROVE RAINED OUT FOR 15TH TIME IN 2003

Racing action at Williams Grove Speedway was rained-out Friday night, July 18th marking the record 15th time that weather has forced Williams Grove to cancel or postpone an event in 2003.

A strong field of 77 open wheel racers jammed the pit area with 37 410 sprints and 40 358 sprints when the rain came.

Williams Grove will host the Summer Nationals sanctioned by the World of Outlaws this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 24th through 26th.

BILLY DIETRICH TAKES FOURTH WIN OF 2003 SEASON;

Asper's Billy Dietrich became the leading feature winner at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night by winning his fourth 358 Sprint feature.

Dietrich passed Tony Strine on the 16th lap and led the rest of the way for the win.

Billy Dietrich's father, Dan, finished second and was followed by Strine, Brian Eichelberger and Brad McClelland.

Zullinger's Jerry Bingaman scored his first win of 2003 in the 20 lap thundercar feature and Emmitsburg, MD's Randy May dominated the street stock feature, leading all 15 laps, for the win to end Chris "Big Daddy" Holston's two-race win streak.

STIMELING AND CHAPMAN BIG WINNERS AT CLINTON COUNTY SPEEDWAY Mother natured avoided the Clinton County Speedway on Friday night, allowing for another full night of auto racing. Daryl Stimeling of Lewistown won his third Super Sprint Car feature event and Jamin Champman of Beech Creek won the mid-summer championship for Super Stocks. Other winners included Kyle Parson of Lewistown in the Pro Stocks, Ethan Rockwell of Lock Haven in the Daredevils and Ray Chamber of Moshannon in the Enduro event.

RAIN FORCES BIG DIAMOND URC POSTPONEMENT

Rain forced the postponement of the scheduled appearance of the United Racing Club Series at Big Diamond Raceway Friday night.

The United Racing Club will return to Big Diamond on August 22nd to make-up the rained-out event.

STEVE KINSER WINS NIGHT BEFORE KINGS ROYAL

Steve Kinser was in the right place at the right time, running second when leader Danny Lasoski crashed on the 12th lap Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH Friday night. Kinser took over the lead from that point and led the rest of the World of Outlaws 30 lap "Night Before the Kings Royal" A-feature for his 15th win of the 2003 season.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Tyler Walker , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Jason Johnson
Teams Williams