Aug 10, 2008, 01:28
Criswell scores first ever Lincoln win in "358 sprints; Rohrbaugh "Shootout" champ;
Denny Gross wins first race in 11 years in "358" sprint makeup from last Saturday;
Brad Shank earns career first in $600-to-win thundercar championship race

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/9/08 - Hanover’s Cris Eash celebrated taking over the points lead in style Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway.

After a disappointing finish last week, Eash took no chances this week. Eash who started eighth, laid back and watched Shawn Weaver and Pat Cooper battle back and forth for the lead over the first seven laps. Then Eash methodically got around Weaver for second on lap seven and then got around Cooper exiting the second turn of lap eight to take the lead.

From there, the former track champion cruised out in front, patiently picked his way through heavy lapped traffic in the latter stages, and took the checkered 2.27 seconds ahead of Weaver to record his fourth win of 2008 in the 25 lap 410 Sprint Feature.

"I sure wish I could have gotten that win last week," said Eash in reference to his crash with Craig Keel while battling for the win last week, "We’d be sitting pretty in the points, but we’ll take it...you never know what could happen these last few point races."

Eash was reflecting on the points he could have gained on Fred Rahmer in last week with the 10-time track champion and then point leader racing elsewhere. With Rahmer and several other local racers in Knoxville competing the Nationals, this night’s race was only worth 100 show-up points to all those who competed at Lincoln.

As it stands with only four point races remaining, Eash is the new point leader with 6,065 points. Brian Montieth is only five points behind in second, Niki Young is 55 points back in third, and Rahmer is 85 points back in fourth.

The win for Eash was the 42nd of his career at Lincoln, sixth on the all time win list.

Weaver settled for second, with Brian Montieth coming from tenth to finish third, Alan Krimes fourth, and Cory Haas fifth. Sixth through tenth were 12th-starting Lucas Wolfe, 17th-starting Niki Young, Nick Schlauch, Jr., Cooper, and Scott Geesey.

Heats for the 25 "410" Sprints were won Haas, Cooper, and Shawn Weaver.

Second-generation racer Chad Criswell caught polesitter and race-long leader Jeff Rohrbaugh in lapped traffic and went on to score his first career Lincoln win in the regularly-scheduled 20-lap "358" sprint feature.

Criswell started on the outside row and spotted Rohrbaugh the race lead over the first 11 laps. Criswell went to the top side to pass both the lapped car and Rohrbaugh as the three cars exited turn four of lap 12. He led the rest of the way, with eighth-starting Brad McClelland getting by Rohrbaugh for the runner-up spot on lap 16, just before a red flag came out for the flipping cars of Gerard McIntyre, Jr. and Matt Boland in turn one of lap 17. Criswell, McClelland, and Rohrbaugh ran first-through-third over the final four laps, with Billy Dietrich coming from 12th-starting spot to cross fourth and Nate Hammaker fifth.

Rohrbaugh’s third-place finish combined with his win at Trail-Way on Friday night earned him his second Trail-Way/Lincoln "Shootout" championship in the last three years. Brad McClelland and Tim Wagaman were second and third in the two-night "Shootout," sponsored by York Floor Racing, DS Diversified Services, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Insinger Racing Fuels, Delco Signs, and Don Ott Racing Engines.

Heats for the 41 "358" Sprints were won by Nicole Bower, McIntyre, Adrian Shaffer, and Tim Wagaman. Twin consolations were won by Austin Reed and Steve Owings.

Earlier in the evening, Denny Gross started on the pole and led every lap to score his first "358" sprint win in 11 years in the make-up feature from last Saturday night.

Gross started on the pole and dominated the early stages of the race while many of the division’s top drivers were working their way from the back of the pack. But it got interesting at the end.

Jeff Rohrbaugh started 14th and closed quickly on Gross after getting by Colt White for second on the 18th lap. What had been a substantial lead dwindled to less than a carlength at the finish.

White, Austin Reed, and Craig Myers completed the top five.

18 year old Brad Shank of Gettysburg ran the race of his career as he battled 3-time winner Brian Walls lap-after-lap and finally was able to make the pass for the lead on the 23rd lap and held on to pick up his first career Lincoln Speedway thundercar win in the special 25-lap $600-to-win Thundercar Championship race.

Outside frontrow starter Shawn "Sleeper" Miller led the first lap before polesitter Scott Yount took over on lap two. Shank, who started sixth, grabbed the lead on the fifth lap, only to have three-time winner Brian Walls get by on the seventh. But Shank never gave up and as the laps wound down began to close on the lead and raced him side-by-side several laps before making his race-winning move on the 23rd lap.

With the win, Shank became the seventh different winner in 15 events in thundercar action in 2008 and also added his name as the 80th different winner in thundercar history.

Walls settled for second, with Mikey Guise third, Gino Comi fourth and Yount fifth. Completing the top-10 were Mike Slaybaugh, Jimmy Walker, Miller, Danny Beard and Jamie Zentmyer.

Heats for the 24 thundercars were won by Walls, Jimmy Combs, and Miller, with Beard winning the consolation.

Next Saturday night, August 16th it will be Pepsi Night at Lincoln Speedway at 7:30 PM. The Cindy Rowe Auto Glass 410 Sprinters will be joined once again by the traveling United Racing Company (URC) Sprinters and the Pennsylvania INEX Legends. Gates will open at 5:30 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.

Saturday - August 9, 2008
Abbottstown, PA
(25 Laps) - 1. 17E-Cris Eash ($3,000); 2. 69-Shawn Weaver; 3. 21-Brian Montieth; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 11C-Cory Haas; 6. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 7. 10N-Niki Young; 8. 38N-Nick Schlauch Jr.; 9. 26-Pat Cooper; 10. 45-Scott Geesey; 11. 59-Jim Siegel; 12. 25-Chad Layton; 13. 4-John Rudisill; 14. 6W-Josh Wells; 15. 3B-Randy Baughman; 16. 15-Adam Wilt; 17. 28-Chad Jumper; 18. 49-Bobby Howard; 19. 71X-Bill Stine; 20. 36W-Jim Walters; 21. 73-Lonnie Ryan (DNF); 22. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 23. 5-Adam Lawrence (DNF); 24. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders - Shawn Weaver (1-3), Pat Cooper (4-7), Cris Eash (8-25)

1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 25-Chad Layton; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 28-Chad Jumper; 5. 5-Adam Lawrence; 6. 4-John Rudisill; 7. 73-Lonnie Ryan; 8. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF). No Time

2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 26-Pat Cooper; 2. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. X-Bobby Weaver; 6. 10N-Niki Young; 7. 3B-Randy Baughman; 8. 15-Adam Wilt. No Time

3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 69-Shawn Weaver; 2. 45-Scott Geesey; 3. 17E-Cris Eash; 4. 38N-Nick Schlauch Jr.; 5. 6W-Josh Wells; 6. 49-Bobby Howard; 7. 71X-Bill Stine; 8. 36W-Jim Walters. No Time

(20-Laps) - 1. 84C-Chad Criswell; 2. 6-Brad McClelland; 3. 7V-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 5. 66N-Nate Hammaker; 6. 45-Kevin Nagy; 7. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 8. 1-Tim Wagaman; 9. 66-Dale Hammaker; 10. 11T-Eric Tomecek; 11. 15B-John Barnett; 12. 34-Austin Reed; 13. 99M-Kyle Moody; 14. 75-Nicole Bower; 15. 50B-Tim Berkheimer; 16. 11D-Mike Duncan; 17. 99-Joe Trone Jr.; 18. 9-Craig Laudermilch; 19. 91-Scott Geesey (DNF); 20. 16-Gerard McIntyre Jr. (DNF); 21. 22T-Matt Boland (DNF); 22. 16M-Craig Myers (DNF); 23. 35-Steve Owings (DNF); 24. 28-Keith Prutzman (DNF). No Time

Lap Leader - Jeff Rohrbaugh (1-11), Chad Criswell (12-20)

1st Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 75-Nicole Bower; 2. 66-Dale Hammaker; 3. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 4. 91-Scott Geesey; 5. 34-Austin Reed; 6. 9-Craig Laudermilch; 7. 97-Brie Hershey; 8. 13-Jenn Yinger (DNF); 9. 07-Billy Schoffstall (DNF); DNS - 23-Todd Rittenhouse Jr., 81B-Bob Anderson. No Time

2nd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 16-Girard McIntyre Jr.; 2. 15D-John Barnett; 3. 84C-Chad Criswell; 4. 28-Keith Prutzman; 5. 99-Joe Trone Jr.; 6. 11D-Mike Duncan; 7. 88-Danny Dietrich (DNF); 8. 15-Adam Wilt (DNF); 9. 6S-Bill Sherman (DNF); 10. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF). No Time

3rd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 2. 7V-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 3. 66-Dale Hammaker; 4. 50-Tim Berkheimer; 5. 35-Steve Owings; 6. 11T-Eric Tomecek; 7. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 8. U1-Bill Heltzel Jr. (DNF); 9. 5X-Ricky Stonebraker (DNF); DNS - 65-Cale Griffin. No Time

4th Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 1-Tim Wagaman; 2. 6-Brad McClelland; 3. 45-Kevin Nagy; 4. 22T-Matt Boland; 5. 4U-Nathan Berwager; 6. 16M-Craig Myers; 7. 99-Kyle Moody; 8. 01A-Denny Gross; 9. 45-Colt White; DNS - U1-Billy Heltzel III. No Time

1st Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 34-Austin Reed; 2. 11D-Mike Duncan; 3. 99-Joe Trone Jr.; 4. 9-Craig Laudermilch; 5. 97-Brie Hershey; 6. 88-Danny Dietrich (DNF); DNS - 13-Jenn Yinger, 15-Adam Wilt, 07-Billy Schoffstall, 6S-Bill Sherman, 5T-Glenndon Forsythe. Time - 2:43.14

2nd Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 35-Steve Owings; 2. 16M-Craig Myers; 3. 99M-Kyle Moody; 4. 11T-Eric Tomecek; 5. 55-Brian Eichelberger; 6. 4U-Nathan Berwager; 7. 45-Colt White; 8. 01A-Denny Gross; 9. U1-Billy Heltzel, Jr. (DNF); 10. 5X-Ricky Stonebraker (DNS). Time -2:47.58

Make-up 8/2 Feature (20-Laps) - 1. 01A-Denny Gross ($1,000); 2. 7V-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 3. 45-Colt White; 4. 34-Austin Reed; 5. 16M-Craig Myers; 6. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe; 7. 50B-Tim Berkheimer; 8. 4U-Nathan Berwager; 9. 6-Brad McClellan; 10. 91-Scott Geesey; 11. 66-Dale Hammaker; 12. 5X-Ricky Stonebraker; 13. 84C-Chad Criswell; 14. 22T-Matt Boland; 15. 55E-Brian Eichelberger; 16. 16-Gerard McIntyre; 17. 75-Nicole Bower; 18. 1-Tim Wagaman; 19. 45N-Kevin Nagy; 20. 9-Craig Laudermilch ; 21. 28H-Billy Heltzel; 22. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 23. 65-Cale Griffin; 24. 81B-Bob Anderson

Lap Leader - Denny Gross (1-20)

(25-Laps) - 1. 57-Brad Shank ($600); 2. 2W-Brian Walls; 3. 93-Mikey Guise; 4. 33-Gino Comi; 5. 1X-Scott Yount; 6. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 7. 11-Jimmy Walker; 8. 61-Sleeper Miller; 9. 60-Danny Beard; 10. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer; 11. 15-Dave Reever, Jr.; 12. 77-Justin Mong (one lap down); 13. 25-Sam Gallagher (DNF); 14. 7M-Doug Bennett (DNF); 15. 21-Ronnie Thomas (DNF); 16. 9-Al Crammer (DNF); 17. 6M-Joe Racine (DNF); 18. 20-Scott Fisher (DNF); 19. 44-A.J. Parson (alternate-DNF); 20. 54J-Jimmy Combs (DNF); 21. 1E-Greg Emlet, Jr. (DNF): 22. 54-Kyle Martin (DNF); 23. 35C-Davey Crone (DNF); DNS - 00-Barry Rinehart, 76-Bob Bare. No Time

Lap Leaders - Shaun Miller (1), Scott Yount (2-4), Brad Shank (5-6), Brian Walls (7-22), Brad Shank (23-25)

1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 2W-Brian Walls; 2. 1X-Scott Yount; 3. 57-Brad Shank; 4. 15-Dave Reever, Jr.; 5. 21-Ronnie Thomas; 6. 35C-Davey Crone; 7. 44-A.J. Parson; 8. 7M-Doug Bennett (DNF); 8. 54-Kyle Martin (DNF). No time.

2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 2. 33-Gino Comi; 3. 93-Mike Guise; 4. 76-Bob Bare; 5. 20-Scott Fisher; 6. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer (DNF); 7. 60-Danny Beard (DNF); 8. 1E-Greg Emlet, Jr. (DNF). No time.

3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 61-Shawn "Sleeper" Miller; 2. 9-Al Crammer; 3. 00-Barry Rinehart; 4. 6M-Joe Racine; 5. 11-Jimmy Walker; 6. 25-Sam Gallagher; 7. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 8. 77-Justin Mong. No Time

Consolation (6 laps/6 to qualify) - 1.60-Danny Beard; 2. 54-Kyle Martin; 3. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 4. 7M-Doug Bennett; 5. 77-Justin Mong; 6. 1E-Greg Emlet Jr.; 7. 44-AJ Parson. No Time

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