Slaybaugh winner in thundercars; Kevin Seigler claims first Lincoln win in street stocks
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 9/13/08 - There’s no substitute for experience.
Carlisle’s Frankie Herr led the first 25 laps and last 18 laps in claiming the $4,000 top prize in the Lawrence Chevrolet Sportsman 100 at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
In doing so, Herr moved alongside retired drivers Larry Jackson and Dwight Leib as the only four-time winners of super sportsman racing’s most prestigious event.
Counting the $455 in bonus lap money, Herr’s winnings were $4,455 on the night.
"I guarantee, this old man ain’t dead yet," quipped Herr in victory lane after one of racing’s most rugged events, "My guys did their job on that red flag, and they really dialed me in. I can’t give them enough credit. You (announcer Wayne Harper) could have driven that car over the last 35 laps!"
An inversion of four put Herr on the pole for the Sportsman 100. He grabbed the lead from Ryan Rupp at the outset and led until third-starting Paul Miller took the race lead on lap 26.
Miller then led the next 39 laps until a pre-determined red came out for drivers to refuel and make adjustments on lap 65. Meanwhile, tenth-starting Bobby Hockenberry was methodically working his way through the field, and he passed Herr for the runner-up spot two laps before the 65th-lap red.
"I wasn’t worried (about third at the break)," said Herr, "We had that break and I told my guys what to do, and they knew what to do. They made this thing a whole lot faster. I knew we had a whole ‘nother feature plus a couple laps, and I thought ‘Hell, this is the best I started this year...third...we can get ‘er done!"
Hockenberry made short work of Miller when the race restarted, driving around the #55 on lap 67. Herr reclaimed second from Miller in turns one and two following a 69th lap caution for Doug Hendricks, one of only ten cars remaining on the lead lap who spun exiting turn two. Herr chased Hockenberry through lapped traffic over the next 13 laps before diving low to grab the race lead for good through turns one and two of the 83rd lap.
Both Hockenberry and Miller began to push in the latter stages of the race, and they tapped wheels on the front stretch of lap of lap 99, allowing ninth-starting Jason Fry to drive by both cars into second.
But by then, Herr was long gone, crossing 4.39 seconds ahead of the Fry #10.
"This is awesome," said Herr of the win, "It’s a really nice feeling to have good people behind you. I’ve been fortunate since I got my own deal started that everybody stepped up and really helped me out. That means a lot to me. I can’t thank them enough. We dedicate this win to my crew chief Randy Raudabaugh’s son Justin. I also want to mention Scott Ball (who served on Herr’s pit crew before being killed in action in Iraq). They won’t be forgotten. They was here tonight watching us, too."
Hockenberry hung on to third, with Miller settling for fourth and two-time "100" winner Rick Eichelberger fifth. The other cars on the lead lap were Carmen Perigo, Jr. sixth, Russ Mitten seventh, and Leroy Martin eighth. Ninth and tenth one lap down were Steve Fannasy and Mike Enders.
Fast time in time trials over the 33-car super sportsman field was set by Danny Hager with a one-lap time of 15.535-seconds (86.901 MPH).
Gregg Foster and Scott Dellinger won the 10-lap qualifiers.
New Oxford’s Mike Slaybaugh picked up his second career win in the 20-lap Thundercar feature. It was an emotional win as Slaybaugh’s father, Kenny, passed away a few weeks earlier after a long bout with cancer.
Slaybaugh, who started 10th, worked his way through the field at the outset while outside frontrow starter Brad Shank grabbed the lead and led the first nine laps.
Slaybaugh, who was working the bottom of the track, suddenly switched to the middle groove while running second following a 10th lap caution restart.
The move paid off as he drove around Shank to take the lead on the 10th lap and then drove away to a 1.67-second win.
David Prunkl,, in action for the first time in 2008, drove a great race to finish second, Justin Mong third, Kyle Martin fourth and Jimmy Combs fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Shank, Gino Comi, Doug Bennett, Josh Ulrich and Ronnie Thomas.
Heats for the 22 Thundercars were won by Danny Beard, Slaybaugh, and Sam Gallagher.
Hallam’s Kevin Seigler led every lap to score his first Lincoln win in the street stocks, with Rodney Clouser, Walt Lemmon, Kevin Wirt, and Kory Sites completing the top five.
Next Saturday night, September 20th at 7 PM, Lincoln Speedway will once again host the Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers Appreciation Race featuring the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Sprints & Thundercar. The Thundercars will run their regularly scheduled racing program and in addition, run their make-up feature from August 2nd. Gates will open at 5 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.
Saturday - September 13, 2008
34TH ANNUAL SPORTSMAN 100
Feature (100 Laps) - 1. 99-Frankie Herr ($4,000); 2. 10-Jason Fry; 3. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 4. 55-Paul Miller; 5. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 6. 2A-Carmen Perigo Jr.; 7. 77-Russ Mitten; 8. 66-Leroy Martin (-1); 9. 11-Steve Fanassy (-1); 10. 07-Mike Enders (-1); 11. 1-John Stehman (-2); 12. 222-Jay Fanassy (-2); 13. 30-Scott Dellinger (-2); 14. 58-Jared Miller (-2); 15. 20-Eric Eckert (DNF); 16. 80-Doug Hendricks (DNF); 17. 93-Jake Raudabaugh (DNF); 18. 32-Stan Wanner (DNF); 19. 95-JR Fry (DNF); 20. 33-Ryan Rupp (DNF); 21. 22-Danny Hager (DNF); 22. 71K-Glenn Keller (DNF); 23. 45-Dave Socks (DNF); 24. 383-Gregg Foster (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Frankie Herr (1-25), Paul Miller (26-66), Bobby Hockenberry (67-82), Frankie Herr (83-100)
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 383-Gregg Foster; 2. 71K-Glenn Keller; 3. 07-Mike Enders; 4. 95-JR Fry; 5. 45-Dave Socks; 6. 147-Lee Taylor; 7. 6-Phil Griffith; 8. 3B-Dan John; 9. 88-Aaron Eichelberger. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 30-Scott Dellinger; 2. 32-Stan Wanner; 3. 77-Russ Mitten; 4. 20-Eric Eckert; 5. 58-Jared Miller; 6. 51-Lyle Strohman; 7. 99G-Scott Grace (DNF); 8. 318-Duaine Smith (DNF); 9. 9G-Smokey Snellbaker (DNF). No Time
Time Trials - 1. 22-Danny Hager, 15.535 seconds (86.901 MPH); 2. 55-Paul Miller, 15.585; 3. 33-Ryan Rupp, 15.613; 4. 99-Frankie Herr, 15.613; 5. 66-Leroy Martin, 15.647; 6. 80-Doug Hendricks, 15.673; 7. 8-Rich Eichelberger, 15.712; 8. 11-Steve Fannasy, 15.733; 9. 10-Jason Fry, 15.741; 10. 25-Bobby Hockenberry, 15.756; 11. 222-Jay Fannasy, 15.759; 12. 2A-Carmen Perigo Jr., 15.783; 13. 1-John Stehman, 15.817; 14. 93-Jake Raudabaugh, 15.902; 15. 383-Gregg Foster, 15.915; 16. 30-Scott Dellinger, 15.919; 17. 71K-Glenn Keller, 15.934; 18. 32-Stan Wanner, 15.941; 19. 88-Aaron Eichelberger, 16.009; 20. 77-Russ Mitten, 16.068; 21. 45-Dave Socks, 16.098; 22. 20-Eric Eckert, 16.108; 23. 07-Mike Enders, 16.145; 24. 99G-Scott Grace, 16.248; 25. 147-Lee Taylor, 16.252; 26. 58-Jared Miller, 16.256; 27. 95-JR Fry, 16.261; 28. 318-Duaine Smith, 16.357; 29. 6-Phil Griffith, 16.387; 30. 51-Lyle Strohman, 16.521; 31. 3B-Dan John, 17.073; 32. 9G-Smokey Snellbaker, 17.173; 33. 5-Dave Berkheimer, NT.
Feature (20-Laps) - 1. 7S-Kevin Seigler; 2. 8-Rodney Clouser; 3. 16-Walt Lemmon; 4. 02W-Kevin Wirt; 5. 121-Kory Sites; 6. 27-Doug Hoffman; 7. 9-Jim Gross; 8. 46-Ed Salisbury; 9. 71-Adrian Barnhardt; 10. 00-Pat McNeil (DNF); 11. 44-Kevin Cook; 12. 56-Lance Grove. No Time
Lap Leaders - Kevin Seigler (1-20)
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 2. 8MD-David Prunkl; 3. 77-Justin Mong; 4. 54-Kyle Martin; 5. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 6. 57-Brad Shank; 7. 33-Gino Comi; 8. 77X-Doug Bennett; 9. 15U-Josh Ulrich; 10. 21-Ronnie Thomas; 11. 93-Mikey Guise; 12. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 13. 61-61-Hurricane Menges (DNF); 14. 20-Scott Fisher (DNF); 15. 25-Sam Gallagher (DNF); 16. 3-Todd Miller (DNF); 17. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer (DNF); 18. 8J-Justin Bittle (DNF); 19. 2W-Brian Walls (DNF); 20. 60-Danny Beard (DNF); 21. 6X-Marcus Groft (DNF); 22. 1E-Greg Emlet, Jr. (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders - Brad Shank (1-2); Justin Mong (3-9); Mike Slaybaugh (10-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 60-Danny Beard; 2. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 3. 21-Ronnie Thomas; 4. 33-Gino Comi; 5. 8J-Justin Bittle; 6. 1E-Greg Emlet, Jr. (DNF); 7. 15U-Josh Ulrich (DNF); 8. 6X-Marcus Groft (DNF). Time - 2:45.47
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 2. 77-Justin Mong; 3. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer; 4. 54-Kyle Martin; 5. 77X-Doug Bennett; 6. 3-Todd Miller; 7. 2W-Brian Walls (DNF). Time - 2:45.25
3rd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 25-Sam Gallagher; 2. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 3. 57-Brad Shank; 4. 8MD-David Prunkl; 5. 61-Hurricane Menges; 6. 93-Mikey Guise; 7. 20-Scott Fisher. Time - 2:39.39