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SHAWN WEAVER WIN RACE, MONTIETH CLAIMS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
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"BIG BLOCK" WEAVER WINS CAREER FIRST, MONTIETH CLAIMS SECOND STRAIGHT LINCOLN TITLE;
Paul Miller takes second tour win in super sportsman;
Wagaman wins second of year in late model finale; Knaub wins second straight title
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 9/5/09 - In a racing career that began as a gopher in the shop of Van May,
Shawn "Big Block" Weaver achieved a life-long goal in winning his first sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
"That was my goal to win," said a jubilant Weaver in victory lane, "I don’t need to win a hundred of ‘em. One is probably good enough and this’ll probably be my last race this year. I figured I’d go home on a high note and we’ll see what we do next year."
After a red flag for a flipping Josh Wells on the front stretch of the initial start, Weaver grabbed the lead at the drop of the green on the restart and led every lap, crossing .75 seconds ahead of eighth-starting and fast-closing Adam Wilt in a non-stop feature that took six minutes, 46.602 seconds.
Wilt took second from polesitter Randy Baughman in turns three and four of lap 12, and at the time was more than three seconds behind the Meadowbrook Auto Sales/Neil Smith Auto Repair/Quick Fix #69. He fell to almost five seconds behind Weaver over the next four laps before beginning his late-race charge.
But Weaver held his line as he and Wilt drove away from the field over the final five laps.
"We started up front, and then Moonie (Moon Byers) told me to make smooth laps and you’re gonna’ drive away from them, and he was right," said Weaver in the middle of one of the largest victory lane crowds in recent years, "This is very special to have Van (May) here. I learned everything I know from him. I never got my picture taken with him in victory lane when he won, but tonight he can get his picture taken with me, and I appreciate it."
There was plenty of action in behind. Two-time winner Danny Dietrich came from 16th starting spot to catch Baughman for third on the final lap, with Baughman settling for fourth and Chad Trout fifth.
Completing the top ten were 12th-starting Brian Montieth, 24th-starting Cody Darrah, 14th-starting Fred Rahmer, Alan Krimes, and Mark Smith.
Montieth’s sixth-place finish combined with Krimes’ ninth-place finish gave Montieth his second straight Lincoln Speedway track title by 25 points on a season long scale of 7-thousand points.
Sep 5, 2009, 23:30
McINTYRE & MONTIETH TWIN 20 WINNERS
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McINTYRE CLAIMS FIRST CAREER 410 SPRINT CAR WIN;
MONTIETH TAKES SECOND OF TWIN 20'S TO HOLD ONTO POINTS LEAD;
Zentmyer holds off Watson to claim first career Lincoln thundercar win
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 8/29/09 - It was a tale of two races at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. And the more things changed, the more they stayed the same.
Defending track champ Brian Montieth didn’t take kindly to being edged by 23rd-starting Fred Rahmer for sixth at the line of the first of Twin 20's for the 410 sprint cars and losing the points lead to second-place finisher Alan Krimes. So he went out and won the second feature.
The irony was that Montieth’s seventh-place finish (eight-thousandths of-a-second behind Rahmer) put Montieth up one row to sixth starting spot for the second feature event.
Montieth passed polesitter Bobby Weaver for third by the end of the fourth lap, then caught Cory Haas for second on a 10th-lap restart. He pulled onto the back bumper of race-long leader Johnny Mackison, Jr. during a 13th-lap caution for a spinning Brian Leppo in turn four, and chased the B&B Metal Refinishing #65 for the next two lap before making the race-winning pass under Mackison coming off turn four of lap 14.
Montieth pulled away to a two and-a-half second lead on lap 17 before entering lapped traffic on the final lap and crossing .81 seconds ahead of Rahmer, who caught Mackison for second on lap 17.
Ninth-starting Cody Darrah got by Mackison for third at the finish line, with Krimes coming from 11th to finish fifth.
The win put Montieth and Krimes back where they started in points at the beginning of the night, with Montieth holding a narrow 10-point lead heading into the final points race of the season next Saturday night.
18-year-old Gerard McIntyre, Jr. scored his first career win in the crash-marred opener.
The crashes started early, with Jim Siegel flipping in turns three and four of the first lap. Siegel collected Rahmer, who tipped onto his side. The crash also took out the Racers Used Part Warehouse #88 of Danny Dietrich, who needed brief medical attention before walking to the pits.
Rahmer was able to return to the starting grid, and came through the field to edge Montieth for sixth at the line. That gave Krimes a brief 15-point lead entering the second feature of the night.
McIntyre, who started sixth, grabbed the lead from polesitter and race-long leader Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. coming off turn two of an 11th-lap restart.
That pass came just before a spectacular crash which saw third-place Doug Esh vault higher than the catch fence in turn two, bringing out the red. Though he was conscious and talking to emergency crews, Esh was taken to York Hospital with an unspecified back injury.
Ott assumed third after the crash. But on the restart, second-place Rittenhouse did a wheelie coming off turn four and came down on Ott, sending the Miller Automotive/Don Ott Racing Engines #25 into a series of flips on the frontstretch, bringing out the red again. Ott was uninjured in the crash.
That put 11th-starting Krimes in the runner-up spot for the restart, but McIntyre was up to the challenge, driving flawlessly over the remaining eight non-stop laps to cross .63 seconds ahead Krimes. Mark Smith, Darrah, and 18th-starting Daryn Pittman completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Rahmer, Montieth; Rittenhouse , Brent Marks and Haas.
Aug 29, 2009, 12:59
LINCOLN FORCED TO CANCEL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE MARCH
Kids Night rescheduled to next Saturday; Points titles going down to the final shows
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 8/21/09 - After reeling off 22 straight racing programs, Lincoln Speedway was forced to bow to the weather Saturday night, August 22nd. With the threat of rain all around the Central Pennsylvania area, Lincoln Speedway promoters Bob and Don Leiby, along with Alan Kreitzer, were hopeful as the a light drizzle began to fall just 15 minutes before the gates were scheduled to open.
With no significant change in the radar after two hours of watching and waiting, the promoters were forced to cancel the racing program.
"Kids Night" has been rescheduled for next Saturday, August 29th. It was also the second of two York County Racing Club Nights on the season, and promoters will check with the club before rescheduling the next club night before season’s end.
The cancellation now reduces the number of 410 sprint car point races remaining in ‘09 to three, two of which will be the "Twin 20's" next Saturday night.
That points chase will likely go down the final laps of the last points race on Fisher Auto Parts Night September 5th. Defending champ Brian Montieth holds a ten-point lead over Alan Krimes entering next Saturday’s Twin 20's.
The 358 sprint cars now have just one event remaining on the season, the 358 Sprint Car Championship to be held on Saturday, September 12th. That puts Dale Hammaker in the driver’s seat for the 2009 "358" sprint point championship. He has a 165 point lead on Glenndon Forsythe heading into the final event. The only other driver who has a mathematical shot at the point title is defending champ Jeff Rohrbaugh, who is 180 points behind Hammaker.
Next Saturday night, August 29th, Lincoln Speedway will hold Twin 20's for the 410 Sprints in the next to last point event in the season-long battle for the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprint Championship. Rounding out the evening’s racing program will be the always thrilling thundercars. It’ll also be Kids Night, with prizes for the kids one-week later than planned. Racing action will get underway at 7 PM, with gates opening at 5 PM and hot laps taking to the track at 6:30 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.
Aug 22, 2009, 19:20
DIETRICH COMES FROM MID-PACK TO CLAIM SECOND ‘09 LINCOLN 410 SPRINT WIN
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Curt Michael scores third career Lincoln URC victory
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 8/15/09 - He might have not know where he was, but the fans did.
And Danny Dietrich took advantage of a late caution to win a three-car battle for the lead and claim his second win of the year in the 25-lap "410" sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
" I don’t even know where I came from," said Dietrich jokingly in victory lane. "At the beginning I thought we were going to be in trouble. We went back and Cory (Haas) and Cris (Eash) passed up like we were sitting still and the next thing you know here comes Alan (Krimes) and the caution comes out. I’m sitting in 10th and thinking we’ll just salvage something out of this. I didn’t feel good at all."
"We went back green and it seems like I was racing with Cris and Alan the whole time and the next thing you know the caution comes out and I’m sitting in third," said Dietrich, "I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t realize where I was."
Actually, Dietrich was in third by the time the final caution of the race came out for a stopped Doug Esh on the backstretch of lap 20. The caution was a bad break for tenth-starting Cory Haas, who had chased down Big Block Weaver and took the lead exiting turn two as the caution flag waved, forcing Haas back to second for the restart.
One lap later, Weaver, Haas, and Dietrich raced three-wide into turn one, with Haas doing a ‘360' and continuing but losing several spots. At the same time, Dietrich took to the cushion to drive around Weaver for the race lead. From there, he drove away to a 2.58-second win over Cris Eash, who passed Weaver for the runner-up spot on the last lap.
Weaver settled for third, with 12th-starting Alan Krimes fourth and 14th-starting Jim Siegel fifth. Completing the top ten were 22nd-starting Brian Montieth, polesitter Ed Aiken (who led the first 10 laps before yielding to Weaver), Haas, Brian Leppo, and Brent Marks.
Heats for the 26 "410" Sprints were won by Todd Rittenhouse Jr., Aikin, and Big Block Weaver, with Esh winning the Consolation.
Aug 15, 2009, 22:50
ECKERT DOMINATES 2ND ANNUAL CHARGIN’ CHARLIE GRINESTAFF MEMORIAL
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Korey Sites claims street stock feature
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 8/12/09 - Lincoln Speedway is Rick Eckert’s house. And he proved it again Wednesday night, even with throttle problems.
Hometown hero Rick Eckert of York helped the Grinestaff family celebrate the race’s namesake by leading all 40-laps of the $7,000-to-win Second Annual Chargin’ Charlie Grinestaff Memorial at Lincoln Speedway Wednesday night.
"I love coming here and watching my nephew (Cody Darrah) run sprint cars," said Eckert after pulling the Raye Vest Racing #24 into victory lane, "I don’t know what happened, but during that first caution, I don’t know if something broke in the throttle linkage in the secondary got stickin’. They were wanting me to slow down during those caution flags, but I was burning the brakes out trying to slow down!"
The Grinestaff Memorial was originally scheduled as race five of seven of the Inaugural Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Speedweek series back on June the 10th, but was postponed due to rain after all the heats and one consolation were in the book.
And with only three cars on hand for the continuation of the second consolation, the consolation was not needed and all that remained was the big 40-lap feature.
Eckert drove from his outside front row starting position into the lead over polesitter Jeff Rine at the drop of the green. Fourth-starting Jason Covert got around Rine for second before the first lap was complete, with third-starting DJ Myers and sixth-starting Booper Bare running fourth and fifth respectively by the end of the opening lap.
Eckert opened up a slim .72-second lead as he was about to enter lapped traffic on the seventh lap when the caution waved for Steve Francis who stopped on the frontstretch.
Eckert continued to lead Covert and Rine through a series of cautions on lap nine for a slowing Scotty Haus and on lap 15 for a stopped DJ Myers, who was running fourth at the time.
Eckert entered lapped traffic on lap 23 as he continued to lead Covert by 1.79-seconds, with Rine still in third. Seventh-starting Josh Richards began pressuring Rine for third on the 20th-lap and on the 23rd lap "Kid Rocket" made the pass to enter the top-three.
The race’s final caution with 15 laps to go for a stopped Jason Miller allowed Covert and Richards one last chance to catch Eckert.
But Eckert got a good restart and gradually began to pull away as the laps wound down. He took the checkered 1.32-seconds ahead of Covert for the $7,000 win, $2,000 of which was added by the Grinestaff family.
Aug 12, 2009, 22:35
MONTIETH CLAIMS SIXTH WIN OF ‘09 IN THRILLING WELDON STERNER MEMORIAL
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McClelland wins feature, Bittinger "Shootout" champ in 358 sprints;
Gallagher winner of championship event for thundercars
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 8/8/09 - "That guy’s an animal."
So said car owner Jerry Parrish as his driver Brian Montieth pulled into victory lane after claiming his sixth Lincoln win of the year in the Sixth Annual Weldon Sterner Memorial for "410" sprint cars Saturday night.
Lincoln’s defending champ reclaimed the points lead after winning a dual with Alan Krimes over the final laps of a thrilling 30-lap feature event.
An inversion of eight following time trials put Montieth in seventh for the start. He advanced to fifth by the end of the first lap and got by fourth-starting Aaron Ott for third on lap four. He was still running there when Aaron Ott struck the outside wall, spun, and collected Doug Esh in turn two of lap nine.
At the time, polesitter Jim Siegel had led every lap and Krimes was running second after spotting the runner-up spot to Ott for the first lap and then reclaiming second on lap two.
Siegel, Krimes, and Montieth ran first through third until lap 16, when Siegel dove low as the leaders were racing through lapped traffic in turns one and two and struck the 11C of Cory Haas, resulting in a Haas flip and a Siegel spin. Also collected in the crash were Mark Smith and Shawn Weaver, who were running fourth and fifth.
"I had a good start," said Montieth in victory lane, "Unfortunately, traffic bit Jimmy this time. I don’t know if Alan was running conservative because of where we are in points, but I learned from Cris (Eash) last year that you just go. I had nothing to lose at that point."
Krimes assumed the lead for the restart, with Montieth on his rear bumper and fast time timer and eighth-starting Brian Leppo third. Though Montieth challenged the leader several times, those three were scored first through third for the next nine laps.
The driver known as "The Edge" stayed on the cushion through the middle of turns three and four, and dove low off turn four to grab the race lead from Krimes as the leaders exited turn four to complete lap 25. Krimes came back to drive alongside the Premier Auto Works/Auto Locator/EZ Go/Bricker’s Fries #21 as the two completed lap 26, and the two passed each other several times in lapped traffic over the next two laps before Montieth finally took charge with two laps to go.
Leppo caught Krimes for second coming off the final turn to the finish, with Krimes settling for third, Cris Eash coming from 16th to finish fourth, and Josh Wells fifth.
Danny Dietrich won the Brian Brenneman Painting and Wallpapering $200 hard charger award, coming from 21st starting spot to cross sixth. Mark Smith came from the back to finish seventh, with Doug Dodson, Johnny Mackison, Jr., and Niki Young completing the top ten.
Montieth’s 15th career Lincoln win was worth $4,000, part of which came from numerous sponsors who worked with Pat Sterner and Don Althoff to organize the Sterner Memorial event.
Aug 8, 2009, 12:59
LAST-LAP CRASH LEADS TO MOODY WIN IN LINCOLN 358 SPRINTS
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Lady driver Erin Statler wins PA Sprint Series 305's; Randy Kissinger takes Central PA Legends
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 8/1/09 - Just when it looked like Lincoln Speedway was going to get its 10th different winner in 10 "358" sprint events in 2009, the leaders collided coming off turn four to the checkered.
That opened the door for Lewisberry’s Kyle Moody to move from third to first for the one-lap dash to the checkered. And Moody didn’t pass the opportunity up as he held of John Barnett and Adrian Shaffer over the final lap to become the first repeat winner in 2009 in the 20-lap 358 sprint feature.
"I was running the car real hard and I felt like I was right there with them," said Moody in victory lane,"Those guys were getting real racey and I didn’t want to bust up the equipment again...we’ve been having bad luck the last two weeks...so I figured I’ll settle for third and be happy."
"Then on the last lap," continued Moody, "I thought, ‘They’re going to hit each other.’ They got into each other...and I’ll take ‘em any way I can have ‘em. Man, it was fun!"
Moody’s unexpected win came after race long leader Derek Sell was trying to hold off Nicole Bower for the win as they raced through the final turns to the checkered. Bower dove low under Sell entering the turns and slid up and crashed into the side of Sell, sending him tumbling as the checkered was quickly replaced by the red flag.
Sell raced into the lead from his outside front row starting spot at the drop of the green with fourth-starting Bower following. After a third lap red flag for a Mike Ressler roll-over in turn 3, sixth-starting Jason Clauss got around polesitter Brie Hershey to move into third place, with fifth-starting Moody following Clauss to move into fourth.
Following a Matt Boland spin on lap 10, Bower began to pressure Sell for the top spot as Moody went to work on Clauss for third. Moody finally worked his way past Class for third on the 14th lap.
As the leaders entered the final turns to the checkered, Bower drove hard into turn three and tried to pull a slider on Sell for the win. But Bower’s sprinter never cleared Sell and collided, sending them both up into the fourth turn wall with Sell rolling over.
Moody led the final lap, with Barnett and Shaffer second and third. Dale Hammaker padded his Lincoln points lead with a fourth-place finish, followed by 11th-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh. Sixth through tenth were Glenndon Forsythe, Clauss, 18th-starting Brad McClelland, 20th-starting Tim Berkheimer, and Hershey.
Aug 1, 2009, 23:59
MATT BOLAND CLAIMS FIRST LINCOLN “358" SPRINT CAR WIN
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Bobby Beard best of talent-laden 358 late model field; Will Walls win thundercar thriller over Gino Comi
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 7/25/09 - Matt Boland took advantage of a spin by the leader to assume the race lead and drive away to his first career Lincoln win in the "358" sprint car feature Saturday night.
Boland’s race-winning move may have come on the first lap, when he drove around third-starting Nicole Bower and second-starting Keith Prutzman to move into second. He was in a solid runner-up spot when leader Derek Sell spun while battling lapped cars in turn two of lap nine.
That put the Dover driver in the lead for the restart, and Boland drove a flawless race the rest of the way to cross 1.82 seconds ahead of 11th-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh. Rohrbaugh was nearly three seconds behind Boland when he drove under Doug Hammaker for second on lap 14. Though he closed on Boland, the defending Lincoln champ was unable to mount a challenge.
"I figured out after a while here at Lincoln that you don’t win until the checkered falls, and I don’t get excited until now!" said a happy Boland upon exiting his Trail Motors/ABC 27 sprinter in victory lane, "This is last year’s car, but we just put it together for this week. This is the first time out with it."
Doug Hammaker completed his best-ever Lincoln run in third, with Prutzman and ninth-starting Kevin Nagy completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Glenndon Forsythe, 13th-starting Adrian Shaffer, Bower, points leader Dale Hammaker (who won one of the consolation events and started 18th), and Eric Tomecek.
Heats for the 37 "358" Sprints were won by Doug Hammaker, Kyle Moody, Boland, and Prutzman, with Jay Galloway and Dale Hammaker winning twin consolations.
Bobby Beard scored his first Lincoln win of the year in the 20-lap "358" late model feature. Like Boland in the sprints, Beard started fourth and moved into the runner-up spot on the first lap. He then drove under polesitter Roy Miller for the lead on lap two and led the rest of the way.
With the win, Beard got a leg up on his fellow competitors in the three-night Lincoln/Williams Grove/ Trail-Way "Shootout" paying a $500 bonus to the race team that has the best combined finishes from all three tracks. The "Shootout" series, sponsored by Staub Brothers, Frankie’s Used Auto Parts, Chaz’s Used Auto Parts, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, and Insinger Performance, will continue next Saturday (8/1) at Williams Grove and conclude at Trail-Way Speedway on Friday, August 14th.
Jul 25, 2009, 23:59
SIEGEL OVERPOWERS FIELD IN CLAIMING LINCOLN 410 SPRINT MAIN
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Trevor Lewis scores first Lincoln URC win
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 7/18/09 - After crashing early and finishing last the previous week, Jimmy Siegel simmered all week thinking about the lost chance in a really fast car. Saturday night, the third generation driver from New Oxford made up for it in grand fashion.
Siegel charged from his ninth starting spot to pass veteran racer Bobby Weaver on a fifth-lap restart for the lead and went unchallenged the rest of the way to earn his first win of the year in the 25 lap 410 sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway.
The third generation driver then held the potential fourth generation Siegel in victory lane - his son Jude.
"This is my son Jude," said Siegel as he introduced his baby son after exiting his N-Line/Orndorf Construction/CH Folf & Sons Feeds #59 in victory lane, "I’ve been wanting to get here to get photos of his first victory lane. He’s here every week, and I guess there’ll be another problem here in a few years!"
"I was bound and determined this week," added Siegel, "I had a really good car last week and I kinda’ put myself in a little bit of a predicament on the start and got banged up. I just had a lot of drive this week. I wanted to come back and win. We had a good chance last week and I let it slip through my fingers."
Polesitter Bobby Weaver held off outside front row starter Shawn "Big Block" Weaver at the drop of the green to hold the top spot until lap three, when Danny Dietrich and Fred Rahmer made contact in turns three and four, resulting in a Dietrich spin. During the caution, 10-time track champion Fred Rahmer’s sprinter was accidently struck by a push truck as Rahmer was entering the pits with a flat right front tire. Rahmer was given time to make repairs and rejoined the field.
Jul 18, 2009, 23:04
DOUG ESH WAITS OUT A LONG NIGHT FOR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
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Billy Dietrich Thrills with final turn win in 358s and Duane Watson gets fifth thundercar win
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 7/11/09 - Doug Esh said he almost forgot how to get victory lane at Lincoln Speedway.
His last win came back on September 20, 2008 and even his rookie teammate beat to him to victory lane this season. But Saturday night, the Lancaster driver came from his 14th starting spot to capture the 25-lap sprint car feature.
Esh’s win came just before midnight as the speedway was hit with rain prior to the night’s events and then a few more small showers kept the track crew working hard to get the speedway into race shape. The delay was over two hours.
"We’ve been bad and I haven’t been driving real good," said Esh, after his 22nd career track win. "You get your head messed up a little bit. It feels like it’s my first win and it seems like forever since I came out here. I almost forgot where to go."
It was almost like a full moon as the Sprint car feature took the green flag at 11pm but several early yellow and red flags turned the race into a marathon.
Jim Siegel got into the first turn wall on the initial start to bring out a yellow and then on the restart, Cris Eash made contact with several cars and spun in turn four. Defending track champion Brian Montieth and one-time feature winner Danny Dietrich were both involved in the melee.
Randy Baughman set the pace on the restart but on lap two, Cody Darrah and Jeff Busby made contact in turn four resulting in a Busby flip. He was not injured.
The red flew on the next lap when Tim Glatfelter got out of shape in turn two, collecting Aaron Ott and Niki Young. Ott’s car rolled in the crash to bring out another red flag.
Baughman continued to set the pace as Esh moved into the top five early and then took third place on lap 11 from Chad Trout.
Esh was making his moves all over the speedway and after a slight bump with Ed Aiken, Esh drove past him for the runner-up spot on lap 17. He then used a slider to steal the lead from Baughman in turn two to lead lap 19.
While Esh appeared to have the race in hand, Trout’s good run ended on lap 23 when he came to a stop on the track.
This set up a two lap shootout with Esh and all-time track win leader Fred Rahmer, who originally lined up 19th in the lineup.
"I’m sure he had one out for me because we’ve been at each other alittle lately," Esh said of Rahmer. "He’s one of the best to ever come out of Central PA and I love to race with him and I love to beat him."
Rahmer didn’t have anything for Esh on the late restart as Esh easily rolled to the win aboard the Trone Outdoor Motorsports, Kinard Trucking, Leach’s Automotive, Benkowitsch Custom Counters No. 39.
Jul 11, 2009, 23:59