Mike Walls closes out 2006 with 3rd thundercar win; Neil Smith earns first career thundercar track title
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/21/06 - The last time Fred Rahmer and Al Hamilton stood in victory lane together was the Kenny Weld Memorial in 2001. On Saturday night at Lincoln, they celebrated together again, at least for one night.
One race after crawling into the Hamilton No.77 in a much talked-about ride switch with Greg Hodnett, Rahmer led the first lap from his front row starting spot, followed polesitter Michael Carber for seven laps, and then reclaimed the lead for good on the final (ninth-lap) restart to score his 148th career win in the Pigeon Hills.
"At the beginning there, I wanted to get the lead," explained Rahmer in victory lane, "But he got it, and I just sort of saved the tires until we came to lapped traffic. Mike (Carber) is an excellent racer and a great driver."
"Any race named after Kenny Weld is a great race," added Rahmer, "He didn’t just call up on the phone and order parts. He created parts and a whole new way of racing. I am absolutely thrilled to win a race in his honor."
Rahmer’s final margin of victory was 1.57 seconds, but it was the ongoing race for second that had the large crowd’s attention over the final 32 non-stop laps.
Carber ran second after Rahmer’s race-winning pass until 11th-starting Greg Hodnett pulled the slider to move into the runner-up spot in turns three and four of lap 15. Carber didn’t give up and dogged Hodnett over the next 17 laps before invader Dale Blaney, who started eighth, slid past for second on lap 33.
A lap later, Blaney closed on Hodnett as Alan Krimes and 20th-starting Lance Dewease joined the fray.
Over the final five laps, all four drivers battled for second. Blaney got by Hodnett for second on lap 37, and a lap later, Dewease charged past both Hodnett and Blaney to advance from fourth to second. All four cars actually closed on Rahmer over the final five laps.
Dewease received the D&D Septic hard charger award for his runner-up finish, with Blaney crossing third, Hodnett fourth in the Jim and Sandy Kline No.22, and Krimes fifth. Completing the top ten were Chad Layton, 2006 track champ Doug Esh, Carber, Brian Montieth, and Todd Shaffer.
Counting lap money, the winner’s share for the Weld Memorial was $7,680.00. The win, Rahmer’s fifth of the year at Lincoln and 12th overall in 2006, moved the Salfordville driver to within two wins of Steve Smith on the all-time career win list at Lincoln.
The win also kept Rahmer in the lead with one race remaining in the Speed Dawg Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Point Series. With Hagerstown’s "Octoberfest" remaining, Rahmer’s points lead over Dewease is 2,156 to 2,125.
"I want to thank Al, all the guys, and all my sponsors...Miller Brothers, Material Handling Systems, Jeff Durr...Jim and Sandy Kline for the ride they gave me all year," said Rahmer, "I just figured I had to do something different. Greg’s really driving hard, and they’re a great team. It should be interesting next year."
Though he eluded to 2007, he would not comment on his plans.
Sprint car heats were won by Dewease, Josh Wells, Blaney and Keith Kauffman. Hodnett won the B-Main. Setting fast time in time trials over the 41-car field was Krimes, with a one-lap time of 13.378-seconds (100.912 MPH).
Gettysburg’s Mike Walls drove into the lead on the opening lap of the 20-lap thundercar finale and held-off a determined Nat Tuckey to pick up his 3rd win of 2006. A series of first lap crashes helped Walls advance from his originally scheduled ninth starting spot to start third and took full advantage of the opportunity by gettign by frontrow starters Choya Young and Rick Weaver on the opening lap to take the lead.
From there 11th-starting Nat Tuckey drove quickly to the front as well, along with eighth-starting Craig Wagaman to move into second and third place respectively on the fifth lap. But Walls was up to the task in what could be his last thundercar race and drove away over the final laps to take the checkered .56-seconds ahead for his 21st career win. Afterwards Walls announced he was hoping to be racing late models in 2007.
Duane Watson, who entered the evening second in the points by 105 points to Neil Smith in the 2006 finale drove hard to finish fourth.
But the evening belonged to Hanover’s Neil Smith as he came on late to finish fifth and lock up his first-ever thundercar track title.
Completing the top-10 were Al Cramer, Rick Weaver, Sam Gallagher, Robert Bopst and David Prunkl. Only 10 cars remained at the conclusion of the 20-lap finale.
Heats for the 37 thundercars were won by Smoke Christine, Tuckey, Walls and Greg Emlet Jr.. Twin consolations were won by Bob Bare and Gino Comi.
Lincoln Speedway will host it’s annual Racers Flea Market on Saturday, November 11th from 7 AM to 2 PM.
Then on Saturday night, November 18th, Lincoln will hold its Annual Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn Holidome in York, PA.
Tickets are limited to the first 400 on a first-come first-serve basis and can be ordered from Sel-Wil, Inc., 7073 Carlisle Pike, Box 162, Carlisle, PA, 17015, or by calling (717) 796-2001. The deadline to order tickets is the day of the Racers Flea Market.
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Saturday - October 21 2006
10TH ANNUAL KENNY WELD MEMORIAL
Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer.($5,000); 2. 25-Lance Dewease; 3. 2-Dale Blaney; 4. 22-Greg Hodnett; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 12-Chad Layton; 7. 30-Doug Esh; 8. 69-Michael Carber; 9. 21-Brian Montieth; 10. 88-Todd Shaffer; 11. 7-Keith Kauffman; 12. 59-Jim Siegel; 13. 71-Brian Leppo; 14. 47J-Jeff Busby; 15. 39-TJ Stutts; 16. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 17. 6W-Josh Wells; 18. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 19. 93-Brook Weibley; 20. 18-Ryan Bohlke (DNF); 21. 6-Chris Knopp (DNF); 22. 89-Cody Darrah (DNF); 23. 7C-Dave Cordier Jr. (DNF); 24. 4H-Todd Hestor (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Fred Rahmer (1), Michael Carber (2-8), Fred Rahmer (9-40)
Top Flight Wings 1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 25-Lance Dewease; 2. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 3. 12-Chad Layton; 4. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 5. 30-Doug Esh; 6. 87-Alan Krimes; 7. 63-Mike Walter; 8. 47-Bill Kimmel; 9. 29-Chris Weiss; 10. 3B-Randy Baughman (DNF); DNS - X-Bobby Weaver. Time - 2:21.28
Wings Unlimited 2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 6W-Josh Wells; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 7C-Dave Cordier Jr.; 4. 93-Brook Weibley; 5. 77-Fred Rahmer; 6. 47J-Jeff Busby; 7. 11C-Cory Haas; 8. 30C-Steve Clabaugh; 9. 45-AJ Michaels; 10. 10N-Niki Young (DNF). No Time
Wes Sensenig’s Quality Meats 3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 2-Dale Blaney; 2. 18-Ryan Bohlke; 3. 69-Michael Carber; 4. 6-Chris Knopp; 5. 4H-Todd Hestor; 6. 12B-Mike Bittinger; 7. 43-Doug Dodsen; 8. 22-Greg Hodnett; 9. 8-Rich Eichelberger (DNF); 10. 22Z-Kyle Pruitt (DNF). Time - 2:25.41
In Memory of Kevin Gobrecht 4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 7-Keith Kauffman; 2. 39-T.J. Stutts; 3. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 4. 88-Todd Shaffer; 5. 71-Brian Leppo; 6. 69-Justin Collett; 7. 89-Cody Darrah; 8. 51-Karl Baker; 9. 121-Judi Bates; 10. 40-Mike Kostic. No Time
B-Main (12 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 22-Greg Hodnett; 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 47J-Jeff Busby; 4. 89-Cody Darrah; 5. 10N-Niki Young; 6. 12B-Mike Bittinger; 7. X-Bobby Weaver; 8. 121-Judi Bates; 9. 30C-Steve Clabaugh; 10. 47-Billy Kimmel; 11. 63-Mike Walter; 12. 69-Justin Collett; 13. 51-Karl Baker; 14. 40-Mike Kostic; 15. 45-A.J. Michael; 16. 11C-Cory Haas (DNF); 17. 29-Chris Weiss (DNF); 18. 22Z-Kyle Pruitt (DNS); 19. 8-Rich Eichelberger (DNS); 20. 3B-Randy Baughman (DNS); 21. 43-Doug Dodson (DNS). No time.
Time Trials - 1. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.378 seconds (100.912 MPH); 2. 47J-Jeff Busby, 13.504; 3. 22-Greg Hodnett, 13.519; 4. 88-Todd Shaffer, 13.525; 5. 4-Eric Stambaugh, 13.537; 6. 77-Fred Rahmer, 13.556; 7. 69-Michael Carber, 13.563; 8. 71-Brian Leppo, 13.610; 9. 12-Chad Layton, 13.610; 10. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.631; 11. 2-Dale Blaney, 13.693; 12. 39-TJ Stutts, 13.698; 13. 30-Doug Esh, 13.707; 14. 7C-Dave Cordier, 13.725; 15. 18-Ryan Bohlke, 13.757; 16. 7-Keith Kauffman, 13.762; 17. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.772; 18. 93-Brook Weibley, 13.773; 19. 4H-Todd Hestor, 13.774; 20. 121-Judi Bates, 13.791; 21. 25-Lance Dewease, 13.801; 22. 6W-Josh Wells, 13.806; 23. 6-Chris Knopp, 13.817; 24. 70-Sam Schlosberg, 13.838; 25. 63-Mike Walter, 13.847; 26. 11C-Cory Haas, 13.884; 27. 22Z-Kyle Pruitt, 13.913; 28. 89-Cody Darrah, 13.917; 29. X-Bobby Weaver, 13.921; 30. 10N-Niki Young, 13.931; 31. 8-Rick Eichelberger, 14.011; 32. 69C-Justin Collett, 14.047; 33. 3B-Randy Baughman, 14.068; 34. 30C-Steve Clabaugh, 14.080; 35. 12B-Mike Bittinger, 14.122; 36. 51-Karl Baker, 14.323; 37. 47-Billy Kimmel, 14.636; 38. 45-AJ Michael, 15.095; 39. 43-Doug Dodson, 15.104; 40. 40-Mike Kostic, 15.393; 41. 29-Chris Weiss, 15.512.
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 22-Nat Tuckey; 3. 30-Craig Wagaman; 4. 3W-Duane Watson; 5. 1-Neil Smith; 6. 9-Al Cramer; 7. 70X-Rick Weaver; 8. 80S-Sam Gallagher; 9. 8B-Robert Bopst; 10. 13X-David Prunkl; 11. 60-Danny Beard (DNF); 12. 21-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 13. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 14. 07-Bob Stough (DNF); 15. 21N-Larry Niederer (DNF); 16. 5-John Rudisill (DNF); 17. 17-Choya Young (DNF); 18. 1E-Greg Emlet Jr. (DNF); 19. 11-Jim McBee (DNF); 20. 01-Tim Fake (DNF); 21. 8-Bob Allen (DNF); 22. 35-Smoke Christine (DNF); 23. 76-Bob Bare (DNF); 24. 33-Gino Comi (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Walls (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 35-Smoke Christine; 2. 30-Craig Wagaman; 3. 3W-Duane Watson; 4. 60-Danny Beard; 5. 76-Bob Bare; 6. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 7. 4-Greg Feltch; 8. 01-Tim Fake; 9. 7J-Nick Julius; 10. 35C-Dave Crone. Time - 2:46.17
2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 22-Nat Tuckey; 2. 70X-Rick Weaver; 3. 21-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 5. 5-John Rudisill; 6. 67-Bobby Rudisill; 7. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 8. 27-Seth Kearchner; 9. 129-John Hansen (DNS). No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 8-Bob Allen; 3. 1-Neil Smith; 4. 13X-David Prunkl; 5. 7-Mark Scott; 6. 11-Jim McBee; 7. 6-Justin Mong; 8. 1F-Brian Walls; 9. 61-Randy Menges. Time - 2:46.03
4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 1E-Greg Emlet Jr.; 2. 17-Choya Young; 3. 9-Al Crammer; 4. 07-Bob Stough; 5. 33-Gino Comi; 6. 81S-Sam Gallagher; 7. 54-Kyle Martin; 8. 8B-Robert Bopst; 9. 4R-Jason Watson. Time - 2:47.58
1st Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 76-Bob Bare; 2. 5-John Rudisill; 3. 01-Tim Fake; 4. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 5. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 6. 4-Greg Feltch; 7. 27-Seth Kearchner; 8. 67-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 9. 7J-Mick Julius (DNF); 10. 35C-Dave Crone (DNF). Time - 2:04.50
2nd Consolation (6 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 33-Gino Comi; 2. 11-Jim McBee; 3. 81S-Sam Gallagher; 4. 8B-Robert Bopst; 5. 7-Mark Scott; 6. 4J-Jason Watson; 7. 61-Randy Menges; 8. 54-Kyle Martin; 9. 6-Justin Mong (DNF); 10. 1F-Brian Walls (DNF). No Time