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MIKE BITTINGER SCORES CAREER FIRST IN LINCOLN 410 SPRINT MAIN
Three-hour rain delay and lengthy 410 sprint feature force postponement of "358" sprints, thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/2/08 - It was a night like never seen before in the Pigeon Hills.
And when it was over, Abbottstown’s Mike Bittinger was standing on his top wing with a checkered flag in hand after scoring his first-ever sprint car win at Lincoln Speedway.
Bittinger drove around leader Adam Lawrence on a lap 22 restart and drove away to a 1.76-second win in a bizarre race that saw five red flags take out most of the leading contenders. The final restart came after leaders Craig Keel and Cris Eash both collided and flipped in turn two. That the last of the red flags in an event which ended at 2:00 a.m. after a three-hour rain delay caused by two successive thunderstorms just after the gates opened.
"I never drove that hard in my life," said a jubilant Bittinger in victory lane, "I knew on that restart...’Go bonkers, you’re either going to wreck or win.’ It worked out."
Red flags waived three times in the first two laps, first for a double-flip by Bobby Howard and Chris Weiss in turn one on the initial start. The second red flag involved a triple flip by Aaron Ott, Brian Montieth, and A.J. Michael. All told, seven cars were involved. Montieth made repairs during the red and returned to racing, only to spin twice more, once while battling Adam Lawrence for second on lap 14, and then retiring for good with front-end damage on lap 16.
The third red flag came out when race leader Pat Cooper flipped in turn four near the completion of lap two. In between the second and third red flags, second row starters Doug Dodson and "Big Block" Weaver tangled in turn four.
After the Cooper flip, Lawrence assumed the race lead but couldn’t hold off sixth-starting Craig Keel, who drove around the Trailer Guard #5 in turn two. Keel led the remainder of the event until he and Eash got together on lap 22.
Lawrence again assumed the lead, with 15th-starting Nick Schlauch, Jr. second and Bittinger third. The Apex Fence #12 drove around Schlauch in turn two and then took it to the cushion to get around Lawrence for the race lead on turn four.
"I’ve been out here doin’ this stuff for 12 years, but a lot of it was nerves," said Bittinger, "You have some big boys that race here and maybe it helped that some of them weren’t here tonight. I was relaxed and took what I thought I could get and it worked out."
"I want to credit my partner Trevis Tyree (from Apex Fence)," added Bittinger, "He has always stuck behind me. I think he believed in me more than I did. We kept plugging away and he helped me out the best he could. And Shane Smith...this is his motor in the car. It’s a ten-year-old motor!
Niki Young came from 11th starting spot to pass both Schlauch and Lawrence over the final three laps to finish second, with Lawrence settling for third, Schlauch fourth, and Scott Geesey fifth. The only other cars which finished the race were Chad Jumper, John Rudisill, and 23rd-starting Jimmy Reppert. Credited with ninth and tenth were Keel and Eash.
Heats for the 27 "410" Sprints were won by Dodson, Weaver, and Bittinger, with Cory Haas winning the consolation.
The rain delay and lengthy 410 sprint feature forced Lincoln promoters to postpone the remainder of the show. The "358" sprint feature will be made up as part of next Saturday’s three division ARCH Night show.
Heats for the 39 "358" Sprints were won by Cale Griffin, Denny Gross, Austin Reed, and Colt White. Twin consolations were won by Jeff Rohrbaugh and Kevin Nagy.
The make-up date for the thundercar feature is yet to be determined.
Heats for the 24 thundercars were won by Brian Walls, Danny Beard, and Kyle Martin.
Aug 3, 2008, 03:03
RAHMER CLAIMS LINCOLN CAREER WIN #160 IN ANNUAL GOHN MEMORIAL
Aaron Ott wins third in "358" sprints; Brian Walls wins third in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/26/08 - Salfordsville’s Fred Rahmer used his years of experience to dodge the proverbial bullet Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway.
Two red flags and five caution flags over the first three laps of the 25-lap Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Memorial had everyone on edge. Rahmer then methodically drove through the field from his 13th starting spot to chase veteran racer Craig Keel for the lead in the closing laps.
A late-race caution for a stopped Josh Wells with three laps to go was all Rahmer needed, as he slid under the Weedsport, NY racer in the first and second turns on the restart and drove away to a 1.10-second win over Cris Eash to register his milestone 160th career win at the Pigeon Hills oval.
"We changed a left rear tire just before the start, and I think that helped us," said Rahmer in victory lane, "You got those guys starting up front and that makes it tough. It’s tough sleddin’ right now."
A flip by former Gohn Jewelers’ track champ Bobby Weaver in the third and fourth turns started the series of early-race mishaps. Then a four-car tangle on the second lap was followed by a Mike Bittinger end-over-end flip on the restart while running fourth. He collected fifth-place Jeff Busby and Brian Montieth.
Outside frontrow starter Dodson held the top-spot up until that point with polesitter Shawn Weaver in second.
Then on the fourth lap, Cody Darrah slapped the front stretch wall and slowed. The race-leading Dodson suddenly found himself closing quickly on the Red Lion racer and slammed into him in the first and second turns to bring out yet another caution.
Weaver assumed the lead for the restart and Pat Cooper brought out the caution with a spin in the first turn. On the next restart, several cars stacked up at the cone, resulting in Chad Layton and John Rudisill locking bumpers and spinning down the front stretch. Rudisill was done for the night but Layton was able to tag the rear.
The next 19 laps went non-stop, with Weaver holding off numerous challenges by Keel before the Pearl Technologies sprinter took control with a slider in turns three and four of lap 18. Three laps later, 13th-starting Rahmer made the same move in the same turns to snatch second from Weaver.
A familiar Rahmer slider on the restart sealed Rahmer’s sixth Lincoln win of the year.
"Being in first on the restart...you’re always in the victim’s spot," said Rahmer, "I was lucky enough to get it done there. A lot of yellows came out and hurt me. I had passed cars and they didn’t count the lap, and that’s just the way it goes. When it’s your turn it’s your turn, and it was my turn tonight."
Jul 26, 2008, 23:50
NAGY DRIVES BORROWED MOTOR TO LINCOLN “358" SPRINT CAR WIN
Wagaman claims thrilling "358" late model win; Gallagher, Thomas thundercar winners
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/19/08 - Kevin Nagy of East Brunswick, New Jersey, didn’t have the motor to run at Selinsgrove. In fact, lately, he hasn’t had a motor at all.
So he borrowed a motor from sidelined competitor Matt Beasley and came to Lincoln. And Saturday night, it paid off.
Nagy grabbed the lead from his pole starting position, held off a furious mid-race challenge from outside frontrow starting Austin Reed, and then held off a late-race charge by 15th-starting Scott Geesey to pick up his first career Lincoln Speedway win in the 20-lap 358 sprint feature.
Nagy led Reed and sixth-starting Steve Owings from the outset and opened up a 1.57-second lead by the fifth lap. But as he closed on lapped traffic, Reed closed the gap and was side-by-side with the leader at the start/finish line at the half-way point.
A spinning Nicole Bower on the 13th lap brought out the first caution and put a clear track in front of Nagy, who continued to lead when the red came out on the 15th lap for a flipping John Barnett in turn four.
On the restart, Geesey continued his march to the front and squeezed by Reed to move into second. But Nagy was not to be denied , as he held firm out in front to take the checkered by .48-seconds to earn his inaugural win at the Pigeon Hills oval.
Reed settled for third, Owings was fourth, and 17th-starting Adrian Shaffer rounded out the top five.
Completing the top ten were Ricky Stonebraker, 22nd-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh, Jay Galloway, Billy Dietrich and Brian Eichelberger.
Heats for the 41 "358" Sprints were won by Bob Anderson, Nagy, Stonebraker, and Eric Tomecek. Twin consolations were won by Shaffer and Gerard McIntyre Jr..
Jul 19, 2008, 23:59
DOUG ESH CLAIMS JOHN GLEIM, JR. 56TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT LINCOLN
Gallagher wins third and Walls wins second in thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/12/08 - Doug "the Hammer" Esh is on a roll.
A month after missing a Lincoln feature because his team was out of cars, Doug Esh won his second straight Lincoln main and claimed his second big-money win of the weekend in the 30-lap, $5,600-to-win 56th Anniversary Show Saturday night.
Esh started on the pole after fast timer Alan Krimes drew a number six pill for the inversion, and he led every lap, crossing 3.13 seconds in front of points leader Fred Rahmer. It was the second straight night that the Pancho’s Racing Products/Leach Racing #30 and the C&S Lawn & Landscaping/Miler Brothers Chevrolet #51 crossed first and second. Friday night’s Williams Grove win earned Esh $5,000. Counting the PA Speedweek opener, Esh’s winnings in the last two Lincoln features has totaled $12,600.
Esh beat outside front row starter Brian Leppo to the first and second turns at the start and led the field during each of four caution flags over the first six laps. The last 24 laps went non-stop, with Esh hitting lapped traffic by lap 12 and making a number of daring sliders to pass lapped cars.
"You watch the leader board and you know who’s behind you is the best in the business," said Esh in victory lane, "I love racing with that guy (Rahmer). I love beatin’ him more than racin’ with him. But he’s the master in lapped traffic and I knew I had to get through ‘em (lapped cars) and get going and keep my momentum up."
"What an intense race," added Esh, "I knew he had to be with me, but he doesn’t like to run around the top like I typically do. I figured we were okay if we kept the momentum up. I just didn’t want to get messed up in lapped traffic."
Rahmer, who set third-quick time and started fourth in the inversion, was the only car within striking range over the final 24 laps, getting as close as 1.23 seconds on lap 22, but fading over the final five laps.
Jul 12, 2008, 22:51
HAAS CLAIMS WINTERMYER AUTO SALVAGE “358" LINCOLN SPRINT FEATURE
Aaron Eichelberger, Eric Eckert score super sportsman wins;
Gene Knaub and Bobby Beard "358" late model winners
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/5/08 - Lincoln’s all-time "358" sprint car winner added another notch to his belt by claiming the 25-lap, $2,500-to-win Wintermyer Auto Salvage feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. The purse was the largest for the 358 Sprints in Lincoln history, and Clair Wintermyer posted the $2,500 winner’s share and lined up heat sponsors for the event. Mystery Wintermyer (Clair’s wife) also added the $200 Hard-Charger Award.
Dallastown’s Cory Haas, competing at Lincoln in a "358" sprint car for the first time this year, started on the pole, followed outside front row starter Adam Wilt for the first 18 laps, and then pulled a slider on a restart to grab the race lead and take the checkered by 2.33 seconds for his 13th career Lincoln win.
But with passing points used to determine the starting lineup for the feature event, it was his key pass of Jeff Rohrbaugh in his qualifying event that put him at the front of the feature line-up when Billy Dietrich (who tallied the most heat points with 73) pulled a six pill for the inversion.
"We watched that first heat and there was a bunch of yellows and reds, and I told Mike (Barshinger) ‘I guarantee ours goes non-stop.’ If it would have, we wouldn’t have qualified in the heat. I sneaked by Jeff (Rohrbaugh) on the restart and that put us sixth in passing points for the night," said Haas in victory lane.
Only the 19th-lap slider by Haas kept Wilt from scoring his first Lincoln win.
"I just didn’t know where to be when I was running second," said Haas, "Adam Wilt took off and was running really good. I didn’t think I was going to get him. The only chance I had was to fly him down here in one and two on a restart, and it worked. Once I got clean air, it ran pretty good."
Wilt crossed second, with Lincoln points leader Gerard McIntyre, Jr. third, Billy Dietrich fourth, and Danny Dietrich fifth. The Dietrichs passed each other at least a dozen times during the feature event.
Sixth through tenth were Scott Geesey, Dale Hammaker, Glenndon Forsythe, two-time winner Aaron Ott, and Tim Berkheimer. Brian Eichelberger received the $200 hard-charger award from Mystery Wintermyer (Longaberger consultant) for advancing from 22nd starting spot to 15th at the finish.
Jul 5, 2008, 23:59
TIM GLADFELTER BESTS FIELD OF 94 IN LINCOLN 600cc MICRO SPEEDWEEK SHOW
Central PA Legends feature postponed by rain to August 16th
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/29/08 - It was a perfect night for Spring Grove’s Tim Gladfelter in Sunday’s Pennsylvania 600cc Micro-Sprint Speedweek show at Lincoln Speedway.
After winning one of ten heats for the 94 cars on hand, Gladfelter picked pill #1 for the start, saw a caution flag every time he approached lapped traffic, led every lap, and then took the checkered just moments before it began to rain.
Though he led the whole way, Gladfelter’s margin of victory was a slim .22-seconds over second-place Heath Henley of Manheim after a final two-lap dash to the checkered.
"This is without question my biggest win ever," said a happy Gladfelter upon exiting his Trone Outdoor Advertising #69 in victory lane, "
Third through fifth were Trail-Way points leader Brent Marks, Jan Luckenbaugh, and 21st-starting Mike Dicely, who qualified through the "B" Main. Sixth through tenth were Matt Pupello, Shane Lewis, Brock Zearfoss, Timmy Barrick, and Kyle Moody.
Heats for the 94 Micro-sprints were won by Mike Rutherford, Keith Ford, Shawn Siefert, Brock Zearfoss, Jan Luckenbaugh, Tim Gladfelter, Heath Henley, Mark Strickler, Brent Marks and Shane Lewis.
Mike Dicely won the B-Main, Dwayne Gutshall won the C-Main, Joe Robertson won the D-Main, and Ken Miller won the E-Main.
The Central PA Legends feature was postponed by rain and will be made up as part of a triple-header program with the 410 sprints and URC sprints on August 16th.
Heats for the Legends were won by Shane Gladfelter, Andy Lupfer, and 70-year-old guest driver Will Cagle, one of the top modified stars in the Northeast from the 1960's through the 1980's.
Jun 29, 2008, 23:42
ESH CLAIMS 2008 PA SPEEDWEEK OPENER EARLY SUNDAY AT LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
Brian Walls earns career first in Lincoln Thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/28/08 - Doug "the Hammer" Esh took the green flag from wife Kelly and never looked back in scoring the $7,000 win on opening night of the 18th Annual Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek early Sunday morning at Lincoln Speedway.
Esh started on the pole and led every lap of the 9th Annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial after the packed house waited through a 3-hour, 40-minute rain delay which began when a thunderstorm stopped action in the middle of the third heat at 8:45 p.m.
By the time the "410" sprint cars resumed action, it was 12:25 a.m. During the delay, organizers of a fund-raising raffle to benefit the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Fund selected Kelly Esh’s number as the winner of the drawing to determine the honorary starter for the start of the "A" main.
She stood behind the officials in the flagstand for the remainder of the event and watched as her husband was challenged numerous times by Brian Montieth and Fred Rahmer over the middle stages of the race.
Several times between laps 14 and 18, the Premier Auto Works/Auto Locator #21 pulled alongside the leader with Rahmer right behind as the leaders worked through lapped traffic.
The three-car race cooled down after a caution flag was waived for a bizarre turn of events on the front stretch. The string of red lights dropped down dangerously close to the top wings of the sprint cars, and had to be removed before the race could continue.
When the green waived again on lap 19, Esh pulled away to a comfortable lead until the leaders again entered lapped traffic on lap 25. Esh’s .97-second lead on lap 23 evaporated to .66-seconds on lap 26, and a final charge by Montieth over the last two laps reduced the margin of victory to a scant .22-seconds at the end.
Jun 29, 2008, 03:34
RAHMER ENDS EASH WIN STREAK IN LINCOLN “410" SPRINT MAIN
Ott first ‘08 repeat winner in "358" sprints; Gallagher pads points lead with second ‘08 thundercar win
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/21/08 - There’s been a lot of talk this year about Lincoln’s crop of young drivers and the next generation of sprint car superstars.But it’s the veterans who have dominated victory lane in the Pigeon Hills for the past six weeks.
And the master took ‘em to school in the25-lap Lawrence Chevrolet Night"410" sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
Fred Rahmer came from his customary 12th starting spot to track down and pass race-leading Jim Siegel in the third and fourth turns of the 19th lap, then raced away to his fifth win of 2008. With his 159th career Lincoln win, the 10-time track champ ended a resurgent Cris Eash’s three-race win streak.
"I’m just too stubborn to let them beat me," said Rahmer upon exiting his Chad and Jen Clemens-owned C&S Lawn & Landscaping/Miller Brothers Automotive No.51 sprinter in victory lane, "It was tricky racing out there, and I just went where they weren’t...everybody went to the bottom like I always do, and that was the wrong move tonight."
"Tonight I wasn’t going to let starting position beat me," Rahmer added with a smile, "Right now, for whatever reason, everybody is just blocking you running for ninth and the idea is to get to eighth...it makes it a lot tougher but you do what you’ve got to do."
Outside frontrow starter Craig Keel grabbed the lead from polesitter Mike Bittinger at the drop of the green and led the opening laps while fourth-starting Jimmy Siegel flexed his muscles following his Friday night win at Williams Grove Speedway and moved into the runner-up spot on lap five.
Siegel got around Keel for the top spot with a low-side move in the third and fourth turns of lap 15.
But Rahmer was on the move too, and was in fifth spot when a spinning Alan Krimes brought out the caution on the 16th lap.Rahmer passed Nick Schlauch and then Craig Keel for third on the restart, drove around Brian Leppo for second a lap later, and then his sights on Siegel.He snatched the race lead one lap before a caution came out for the spinning cars of Cory Haas and Cody Darrah in the first two turns of lap 20.
Jun 21, 2008, 11:59
EASH WAITS OUT RAIN DELAY AND DEFEATS THE ALL STARS IN A THRILLER
Danny Beard claims first career thundercar win
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/14/08 - Last week, Cris Eash said he was having one of the best nights of his life after winning two 410 Sprint car features on the same night at Lincoln Speedway.
Saturday night, with the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions in town to battle the Pennsylvania Posse, Eash waited out a three hour rain delay and then came out on top of a thriller to win the 30-lap feature event. Eash took the lead from All Star regular Greg Wilson on lap 19 and then held on during the final 11 laps for his 41st career Lincoln victory and sixth career All Star win.
"Man that was awesome," said the Hanover, PA driver following his $5,000 victory. "There towards the end of the race I lost my brakes. But luckily I was running the top and I didn’t need a lot of brakes up there."
Eash started third but jumped into the second spot behind Wilson, who beat fellow front row starter Fred Rahmer into turn one.
Brian Montieth moved Rahmer back to fourth on lap three as Cody Darrah moved into to challenge Rahmer for the fourth spot. Then just as Montieth got under Eash for the runner-up spot, Darrah slowed on the track with a flat tire. Eash held the spot, which would be one of the big breaks of the race.
Wilson maintained the top spot as Eash, Montieth, Rahmer and Doug Esh put on a fantastic battle for top five positions.
Esh blasted from fifth to third on lap 18 just as Eash was racing his way around Wilson for the top spot entering the third turn.
Esh drove by Wilson on lap 20 as Rahmer moved Wilson back another spot a lap later. Wilson faded to fifth on lap 22 when Montieth went into fourth place.
Scott Geesey brought out the final caution of the event on lap 26 when he spun in turn four as Eash had opened up some distance out front.
Rahmer disposed of the lapped car of Alan Krimes on the restart but Eash was up to the challenge and easily picked up the win, his third straight in the Pigeon Hills.
"Darren had this car really good tonight," Eash said of car owner/brother who owns the E & G Classics, Macri Concrete No. 17E. "We’re really on to something. Anytime you beat Fred Rahmer, you feel like you’ve done something."
Jun 14, 2008, 23:59
EASH COMPLETES COMEBACK WITH DOUBLE-WIN NIGHT AT LINCOLN
Dave Ely claims URC Sprint Feature
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/7/08 - "This is one of the best days of my life!"
Hanover’s Cris Eash had not won a 410 sprint feature since September 25th, 2004. Retiring shortly after his last win, Eash announced his retirement to spend more time with wife Amy and the kids. He spent a couple years watching weekly from the grandstands, and eventually returned to his other love - racing.
Saturday night, the former World of Outlaw Rookie of the Year completed the comeback by winning not one, but two features in the same night.
"I have goose bumps right now like it’s my very first race I ever won," said a visibly emotional Eash after scoring Lincoln career win #39 in the remainder of the May 17th show which started the night, "My brother Darren is one heck-of-a mechanic. Sorry my Dad’s not here tonight...he’s in Europe. We came back to have fun doing this deal, and it’s so much more fun with my family."
Eash lined up third with six laps completed, inherited the lead when race leader Cory Haas spun while trying to hold off the E&G Classics #17E on turn four of lap 14, then led the rest of the way to take the checkered .78 seconds ahead of Alan Krimes. Eash became the 8th different Lincoln winner of 2008.
Nick Schlauch, Jr., who graduated earlier in the week from Archbishop Wood High School, crossed third, with Josh Wells and Michael Carber completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Adam Lawrence, Aaron Ott, Niki Young, Chad Jumper, and Bobby Howard.
Career win number 40 came a few hours later, when Eash again took the lead on lap 14 and held off the late-race charges of high-flying "The Edge" Brian Montieth.
"He’s pretty crazy, and he likes to run that wall," said Eash on Montieth’s last lap charge for the lead. "There is really nobody around here that does it better than him...we were just lucky to hold on."
Eash’s final margin of victory was .66 seconds, down significantly from the 5-second lead he enjoyed as he reached lapped traffic with two laps to go. Montieth was featured driver of the night, in a car sponsored by race-night sponsors Premier Auto Works and Auto Locator.
Jun 8, 2008, 00:01