Ryan Wilson comes from eighth to claim “358” sprint car win; Walls wins wild thundercar feature
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 4/6/13 – For a driver who once won a dozen races in a row in the Pigeon Hills, the past three years has no doubt seemed like an eternity to Fred Rahmer.
But Lincoln’s ten-time track champ and all-time winner got the monkey off his back in claiming Saturday night’s “410” sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway.
Among those in attendance was famous motorsports journalist Dick Berggren, who was in town for the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing’s spring open house, where he was to deliver the keynote address for the dedication of the museum’s library in the name of Chris Economaki.
“I was talking to Dick here tonight, and he said if I got a little bit more experience, I might be able to drive one of these,” quipped a jubilant Rahmer upon exiting his JMBullion.com/Tru-Line Contractors/Miller Brothers Chevrolet/Trevdin Building Supply #20S in victory lane, “It’s been a long time here, this one was a hard one to get. I haven’t forgotten how to drive. I’m just around good people who believe in me, and that makes all the difference in the world.”
Handicapping put Rahmer ninth in the starting lineup, but J.J. Grasso (who was supposed to start fifth) opted for the rear, moving Rahmer up to seventh. As polesitter Robbie Kendall led the first six laps, Rahmer raced into fourth by the end of the second lap, and he was still running there when fourth-starting Cory Haas took the lead from Kendall on the back stretch of lap seven. Both Adam Wilt and Rahmer passed Kendall to move into second and third respectively on lap 8, and Rahmer drove under Wilt on lapped traffic on lap 11.
Rahmer closed on Haas the next four laps, and made the race-winning pass on the back stretch of lap 16. Sixth-starting Alan Krimes caught Haas for second on lap 18, one lap before the only caution of the event came out for Haas, who hooked the back bumper of the lapped car of invader Mark Cole (of Lebanon, NH), with both cars coming to a stop on the front stretch.
Rahmer and Krimes ran first and second the rest of the way, with Rahmer’s final margin of victory a scant .66 seconds. It was Rahmer’s 168th career Lincoln win, but first since May 1, 2010.
Wilt, eighth-starting Jim Siegel, and ninth-starting Brian Montieth completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Brent Marks, Logan Schuchart, Billy Dietrich, Jason Leffler, and Kendall.
Heats for the 23 “410” Sprinters were won by Montieth, Grasso, and Marks.
Maytown’s Ryan Wilson came from eighth starting spot to claim his second career Lincoln win in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature. Wilson went to the top side to advance to third by the end of the first lap. He caught Chase Dietz for the runner-up spot a lap later, just before the caution came out for a three-car melee on turns one and two.
Wilson around polesitter and race-long leader Austin Hogue exiting turn four of lap five, and led the rest of the way, becoming the third winner in three events this year.
Eric Tomecek also went to the top to come from 12th starting spot into second by lap eight. Though he closed on Wilson in lapped traffic over the second half of the race, he was never able to mount a serious challenge. Tomecek settled for second, with Hammaker coming on strong late to cross third. Hogue was fourth, followed by 19th-starting Tyler Ross.
Sixth through tenth were Jeff Rohrbaugh, Matt Mountz, Jay Galloway, Matt Findley, and Brie Hershey.
Heats for the 25 “358” Sprinters were won by Hogue, Tomecek, and Tim Wagaman, with Ross winning the consolation.
Gettysburg’s Brian Walls picked up his first win of 2013 in winning the 20-lap Thundercar feature. Walls, who started ninth, chased down the race leaders, polesitter Jamie Zentmyer, and seventh-starting Jimmy Combs, to make it a three car battle for the leader by the fourth lap. A couple laps later defending track champ Duane Watson joined them to make it a four-car battle. Combs got by Zentmyer for the lead on the ninth lap, but Watson and Walls were on his bumper.
On the 11th lap, contact between Watson and Combs sent them into a wild spin down the frontstretch, collecting several other cars along the way. Josh Angle took the hardest hit and was pounded by several cars and came to a stop in the middle of the track with fluids draining everywhere.
Walls was able to make it through the crash and assumed the lead on the restart with Zentmyer in second. Watson and Combs were able to restart with damage at the rear.
Walls held off Zentmyer the rest of the way to record his 11th career win at Lincoln Speedway with Zentmyer second, Roy Warehime third, Todd Miller fourth, and Mikey Guise fifth. Completing the top-10 were Combs, Danny Beard, Brian Diehl, Jason Townsend, and Duane Watson.
Heats for the Thundercars were won by Jamie Zentmyer and Duane Watson.
Lincoln will host ARCH NIGHT next Saturday, April 13th at 7 PM start time with the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprinters being joined by the Super Sportsman and 358 Late Models. Gates will open at 5 PM, hot laps at 6:30 PM and racing action getting underway at 7 PM.
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Sat., April 6, 2013
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
Feature (25-Laps) - 1. 20S-Fred Rahmer ($3,200); 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 15-Adam Wilt; 4. 59-Jim Siegel; 5. 21-Brian Montieth; 6. 19M-Brent Marks; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 8. 8-Billy Dietrich; 9. 13-Jason Leffler; 10. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 11. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 12. 11C-Cory Haas; 13. 92-Ryan Smith; 14. 29-Ryan Wilson; 15. 4-John Rudisill; 16. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen; 18. 1080-Jordon Mackison; 19. 6X-Mark Cole (DNF); 20. 44-Joey Hershey (DNF); 21. 95-Hunter Mackison (DNF); 22. 48-Danny Dietrich (DNF); 23. 25-JJ Grasso (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Robbie Kendall (1-6), Cory Haas (7-15), Fred Rahmer (16-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 4-John Rudisill; 3. 8-Billy Dietrich; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich; 6. 92-Ryan Smith; 7. 44-Joey Hershey; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen. Time – 2:20.176
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 25-JJ Grasso; 2. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 3. 59-Jim Siegel; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 5. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 6. 1080-Jordon Mackison; 7. 14-Gerard McIntyre, Jr. (DNF). Time – 2:22.740
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 19M-Brent Marks; 2. 20S-Fred Rahmer; 3. 15-Adam Wilt; 4. 11C-Cory Haas; 5. 13-Jason Leffler; 6. 29-Ryan Wilson; 7. 95-Hunter Mackison; 8. 6X-Mark Cole. Time – 2:22.236
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS 358 SPRINTS
Feature (20-Laps) - 1. 29-Ryan Wilson; 2. 13-Eric Tomecek; 3. 66-Dale Hammaker; 4. 52-Austin Hogue; 5. 5-Tyler Ross; 6. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 7. 94V-Matt Mountz; 8. 27-Jay Galloway; 9. 28-Matt Findley; 10. 97-Brie Hershey; 11. 69-Shane Hoff; 12. 2D-Chase Dietz; 13. 119-Chandler Leiby; 14. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 15. 56M-DJ Montgomery; 16. 23-Chris Arnold; 17. 94-Ted Thomas, Jr.; 18. 76-Doug Deeds; 19. 36-Jesse Deeds; 20. 66A-Cody Fletcher (DNF); 21. 89-Ashley Cappetta (DNF); 22. 65-Niki Young (DNF); 23. 55-Matt Krause (DNF); 24. 21-Scott Fisher (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Austin Hogue (1-4), Ryan Wilson (5-20)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 52-Austin Hogue; 2. 94-Ted Thomas; 3. 69-Shane Hoff; 4. 21-Scott Fisher; 5. 66-Dale Hammaker; 6. 65-Niki Young; 7. 5-Tyler Ross; 8. 36-Jesse Deeds. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 13-Eric Tomecek; 2. 29-Ryan Wilson; 3. 94V-Matt Mountz; 4. 28-Matt Findley; 5. 119-Chandler Leiby; 6. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 7. 55-Matt Krause; 8. 89-Ashley Cappetta (DNF). Time – 2:24.38
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 2. 27-Jay Galloway; 3. 2D-Chase Dietz; 4. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 56M-DJ Montgomery; 6. 23-Chris Arnold; 7. 97-Brie Hershey; 8. 76-Doug Deeds; 9. 10-Zach Euculano (DNF). Time – 2:28.78
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 5-Tyler Ross; 2. 97-Brie Hershey; 3. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 4. 55-Matt Krause; 5. 76-Doug Deeds; 6. 36-Jesse Deeds; DNS – 10-Zach Euculano. Time – 2:33.38
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 2W-Brian Walls; 2. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer; 3. 54W-Roy Warehime; 4. 3-Todd Miller; 5. 83-Mikey Guise; 6. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 7. 60-Danny Beard; 8. 9-Brian Diehl; 9. 72-Jason Townsend; 10. 3W-Duane Watson; 11. 101-Dave Good, Sr. (DNF); 12. 39-Wayne Dutterer (DNF); 13. 33-Josh Angle (DNF); 14. 11-Tom Walls II (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders –Jamie Zentmyer (1-7); Jimmy Combs (8-10); Brian Walls (11-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer; 2. 2W-Brian Walls; 3. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 4. 83-Mikey Guise; 5. 54W-Roy Warehime; 6. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 7. 11-Tom Walls II. Time – 2:42.72
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 3W-Duane Watson; 2. 60-Danny Beard; 3. 3-Todd Miller; 4. 9-Brian Diehl; 5. 72-Jason Townsend; 6. 101-Dave Good, Sr.; 7. 33-Josh Angle (DNF). Time – 2:37.81