Wagaman sixth winner in six races, Knaub takes title in "358" late models
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 9/18/10 - Frankie Herr has proved he can win big races over the years. Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, Herr left no doubt by becoming the first five-time winner of the prestigious Super Sportsman 100.
Herr inherited the lead on lap 52 when race-leader Carmen Perigo Jr. spun down the front stretch with a flat front tire, and never gave it up from there as he led the final 48 laps to take the checkered 3.94-seconds ahead of Aaron Eichelberger in the annual marathon run.
"I think we can still get ‘er done," boasted Herr upon exiting his No.99 super sportsman in victory lane after 100 long laps, "This is a tough track...but I had a lot of fun and I enjoy these 100-lappers."
And with the win, Herr added his name to the Lawrence Chevrolet Sportsman 100 trophy for the fifth time following his previous wins in 1996, 1997, 2004, and 2008.
Outside frontrow starter Steve Wilbur led the first three laps before polesitter Leroy Martin got by for the lead on lap four. Martin led green and yellow flag laps through lap 14 before third-starting Gregg Foster took over the point.
But Foster’s lead was short-lived, as seventh-starting Perigo drove around the #32 on lap 18.
Perigo looked like the driver to beat as the race approached the half-way point.
Meanwhile, fifth-starting Herr was charging to the front and moved into the runner-up spot on lap 22. He kept pace with Perigo until disaster struck for the leader, whose right front flat tire sent him spinning into the front stretch inside guardrail just beyond the flag stand on lap 52, handing the lead, and ultimately the win, to Herr.
"I came out there at the beginning, and it was a little heavy and I thought ‘It’s going to be a long 100 laps if we’ve got to deal with that.’", said Herr, "My team worked their tails off all night. I told them we needed to be there at the half-way point, and we were pretty close. We had a good game plan."
After the mid-race 10-minute break, sixth-starting Aaron Eichelberger caught 17th-starting Scott Dellinger for the runner up spot on lap 80.
Late in the race, Aaron’s father Rich Eichelberger, a two-time Sportsman 100 winner, passed Dellinger for third with two laps to go, becoming the first father-son team to ever finish in the top three of the same Sportsman 100 event.
"My legs take a beating working the pedals," said Herr on the physical toll of 100 laps. "You wouldn’t think that, but honestly, working the pedals is a chore...but we could roll the middle, top, and bottom, where ever we needed to go. We said before we left the shop we were taking the money tonight...now we’ll party afterwards!"
Dellinger settled for fourth, with 14th-starting Scott Geesey completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were 24th-starting Russ Mitten, 21st-starting Dave Socks, Mike Enders, 20th-starting Paul Miller, and Bobby Hockenberry.
Super Sportsman qualifiers were won by Hockenberry and Geesey, with Duaine Smith winning the last chance race. Smith finished 13th in the "100" despite a spin in his qualifier and two spins in the main event.
Fast time in time trials over the 34-car field was set by Eric Walker with a one-lap time of 15.395-seconds (87.691 MPH) and set a new 1-lap track record, topping the old record of 15.535-seconds set by Danny Hager on 9/13/2008. All told, the top-four qualifiers broke the existing track record.
Craig Wagaman became the sixth different winner in six 2010 Lincoln races in the 20-lap "358" late model feature. Wagaman chased down outside front row starter and race-long leader Pat Beard from his eighth-starting spot to take the lead on lap 11.
He drove away from the rest of the field, with Bernie Beard making a last-lap pass of Chase Billet to finish second.
With his fourth-place finish, Gene Knaub nailed down his second straight track title, followed by Mike Walls in fifth.
Completing the top ten were Bobby Beard, Pat Beard, 18th-starting Travis Mease, Grant Adams, and Shaun Jones.
Heats for the 22 "358" Late Models were won by Billet, Pat Beard, and Bob Stough.
Next Saturday night, September 25th, at 7 PM, Lincoln Speedway will hold it’s prestigious 14th Annual Kenny Weld Memorial for the 410 Sprints. The Thundercars will round out the evening’s racing action as they continue to battle for their track champion. 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, Sept. 18, 2010
36TH ANNUAL LAWRENCE CHEVROLET SPORTSMAN 100
Feature (100 Laps) - 1. 99-Frankie Herr ($4,830); 2. 88-Aaron Eichelberger; 3. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 4. 30-Scott Dellinger; 5. 33R-Scott Geesey; 6. 77-Russ Mitten; 7. 45-Dave Socks; 8. 3B-Mike Enders; 9. 58-Paul Miller; 10. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 11. 222-Jay Fannasy; 12. 66-Leroy Martin; 13. 11S-Duaine Smith; 14. 00-Rick Barr; 15. 64-Stan Wanner; 16. 9K-Steve Wilbur; 17. 88W-Eric Walker; 18. 35-Gary Johnston; 19. 17-Jeff Leisey (DNF); 20. 93-Carmen Perigo, Jr. (DNF); 21. 33-Ryan Rupp (DNF); 22. 32-Gregg Foster (DNF); 23. 91-Lanny Hake (DNF); 24. 99G-Scott Grace (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Steve Wilbur (1-3), Leroy Martin (4-14), Gregg Foster (15-17), Carmen Perigo, Jr. (18-51), Frankie Herr (52-100)
1st Qualifier (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 2. 33-Ryan Rupp; 3. 30-Scott Dellinger; 4. 99G-Scott Grace; 5. 45-Dave Socks; 6. 1-John Stehman; 7. 43-Chad Jumper; 8. 77-Russ Mitten; 9. 71K-Glenn Keller; 10. 07-Dan John; 11. 1-John Stehman. No Time
2nd Qualifier (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 33-Scott Geesey; 2. 00-Rick Barr; 3. 35-Gary Johnston; 4. 58-Paul Miller; 5. 17-Jeff Leisey; 6. 11S-Duaine Smith; 7. 202-Mark Bitner; 8. 10-Jason Fry (DNF); 9. 85-Jared Miller (DNF); 10. 55-John Garman (DNF); 11. 20-Eric Eckert (DNF). No Time
Last Chance Race (10 Laps/2 to qualify) - 1. 11S-Duane Smith; 2. 77-Russ Mitten; 3. 43-Chad Jumper; 4. 71K-Glenn Keller; 5. 1ST-Tom Tomasko; 6. 85-Jared Miller; 7. 07-Dan John; DNS - 202-Mark Bitner, 10-Jason Fry, 55-John Garman, 1-John Stehman, 20-Eric Eckert. Time- 2:43.48
Time Trials - 1. 88W-Eric Walker, 15.395 seconds (87.691 MPH)(New 1-Lap Track Record, old record was 15.535 set by Danny Hager on 9/13/2008); 2. 93-Carmen Perigo, Jr., 15.462; 3. 88-Aaron Eichelberger, 15.462; 4. 99-Frankie Herr, 15.472; 5. 222-Jay Fannasy, 15.608; 6. 32-Gregg Foster, 15.631; 7. 9K-Steve Wilbur, 15.700; 8. 66-Leroy Martin, 15.795; 9. 8-Rich Eichelberger, 15.802; 10. 64-Stan Wanner, 15.814; 11. 3B-Mike Enders, 15.829; 12. 91-Lanny Hake, 15.875; 13. 25-Bobby Hockenberry, 15.881; 14. 33R-Scott Geesey, 15.893; 15. 1ST-Tom Tomasko, 15.905; 16. 00-Rick Barr, 15.956; 17. 33-Ryan Rupp, 15.961; 18. 35-Gary Johnston, 15.993; 19. 43-Chad Jumper, 15.998; 20. 20-Eric Eckert, 15.998; 21. 99G-Scott Grace, 16.020; 22. 17-Jeff Leisey, 16.092; 23. 45-Dave Socks, 16.123; 24. 55-John Garman, 16.139; 25. 1-John Stehman, 16.160; 26. 10-Jason Fry, 16.164; 27. 30-Scott Dellinger, 16.205; 28. 58-Paul Miller, 16.218; 29. 71K-Glen Keller, 16.250; 30. 85-Jared Miller, 16.297; 31. 77-Russ Mitten, 16.435; 32. 11S-Duaine Smith, 16.524; 33. 07-Dan John, 17.277; 34. 202-Mark Bitner, 16.782.
358 LATE MODELS
Feature (20 laps) - 1. 30-Craig Wagaman; 2. X-Bernie Beard; 3. 22-Chase Billet; 4. 1-Gene Knaub; 5. 1W-Mike Walls; 6. 81S-Bobby Beard; 7. 7-Pat Beard; 8. 116-Travis Mease; 9. 64-Grant Adams; 10. 117-Shaun Jones; 11. 17G-Mike Goodwin; 12. 18-DJ Mease; 13. 50-Jason Smith; 14. 9W-Steve Weikel; 15. 07-Bob Stough; 16. 19Z-Cam Zeigler (DNF); 17. 4GT-Gary Potts (DNF); 18. 21B-Travis Beaver (DNF); 19. 14-Tyler Horst (DNF); 20. 78-John Ebersole (DNF); DNS - 17-Jake Lettick, 10H-Fred Harden. No Time
Lap Leaders - Pat Beard (1-10), Craig Wagaman (11-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 22-Chase Billet; 2. 64-Grant Adams; 3. 81S-Bobby Beard; 4. 17G-Mike Goodwin; 5. 17-Jake Lettick; 6. 14-Tyler Horst; 7. 50-Jason Smith; 8. 10H-Fred Harden (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 7-Pat Beard; 2. 4GT-Gary Potts; 3. 117-Shaun Jones; 4. 1W-Mike Walls; 5. 21B-Travis Beaver; 6. 78-John Ebersole; 7. 19Z-Cam Zeigler (DNF). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 07-Bob Stough; 2. X-Bernie Beard; 3. 30-Craig Wagaman; 4. 1-Gene Knaub; 5. 18-DJ Mease; 6. 116-Travis Mease; 7. 9W-Steve Weikel. Time - 2:18.13