Sep 8, 2008, 00:45
Bobby Beard wins Inaugural Grinestaff Memorial, Knaub claims title in Lincoln 358 Late Models;
Gino Comi takes third of year in thundercars

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 9/7/08 - In a night of championships, it was Yorkís Adrian Shaffer leading all 25 laps of the $1,500-to-win 358 Sprint Championship race for his first win of 2008.

And it was West Yorkís Jeff Rohrbaugh taking home the coveted track Keizer Aluminum Wheels track championship by posting a fourth place finish in the final point race of the season. It was Rohrbaughís first ever title in the Pigeon Hills.

Shaffer grabbed the lead from his outside frontrow starting position with polesitter Glenndon Forsythe and fourth-starting Frankie Herr following.

A wild flip by Mike Duncan on the backstretch of the eighth lap stopped the action. Duncan was conscious after the crash, but transported to the trauma center at York hospital with a possible neck injury. No further reports on his condition were available.

On the restart, Herr got around Forsythe to move into second with Rohrbaugh, who started fifth, getting by Forsythe a lap later to move into third.

A Craig Myers flip in turns one and two stopped the action on the 13th lap. Myers was okay.

Shaffer held off Herr on the restart as seventh-starting Aaron Ott passed Rohrbaugh to move into third.

Herr began to pressure Shaffer as they approached lapped traffic on lap 20, but a spin by Danny Dietrich in turn four brought out the caution and gave Shaffer a clear track with five laps to go.

Shaffer then held off Herr and Ott over the final laps to pick up his fifth career win by .91-seconds.

"Itís been getting to where I was starting to run out of tries," said Shaffer in victory lane, "Friday night we started on the front row with Glenndon and he drove away, and I thought it was going to happen again tonight. Iím just glad I got the jump on him and had a clean track the whole race."

Rohrbaugh held off Pat Cannon in the end to finish fourth and in the process claimed the 2008 track title.

"Itís pretty remarkable," said Rohrbaugh of his track title in victory lane, "Lincolnís tough. Everybody in the top ten except my nephew (Tim Wagaman) missed a race. Itís a tough have to take your lumps...itís just unfortunate for Gerard that he had to take his tonight."

"Iím happy to be here," continued Rohrbaugh, "You had 46 cars here tonight, and 30 of them could have won. Adrian did a heck-of-a job tonight...he was taking his lumps in the middle of the summer...and I would like to congratulate him and his team. I told the team that if I won the Lincoln championship Iíd retire, but I think weíll come back and try to defend it next year."

Completing the top-10 were Scott Geesey, Billy Dietrich, Adam Wilt, TJ Stutts, and Nicole Bower.

The night began with Rohrbaugh holding a slim 25-point lead over Gerard McIntyre Jr. and a 190-point advantage over third-place Geesey.

In the first heat, McIntyre was on his way to the win and a potential good starting spot for the 25-lap championship feature, when it all went away on the final lap as his motor exploded out the bottom of the oil pan on the final lap, ending his night and shot at the track title.

And with only a 120-point difference between winning and last place, all Rohrbaugh had to do was start the championship feature and the title was his.

358 Sprint heats were won by Danny Dietrich, Geesey, Dale Hammaker, and Forsythe. Cannon won the B-Main. Fast time in time trials over the 46-car field was set by Aaron Ott with a one-lap time of 14.393-seconds (93.796 MPH).

Former Lincoln thundercar champ Bobby Beard took home the $1,850 winnerís share in the inaugural Charginí Charlie Grinestaff Memorial for the 358 late models. The Grinestaff family, with the help of several sponsors, provided $1,000 and Lawrence Chevrolet an extra $100 to the normal $750 to win.

Gene Knaubís eighth-place finish locked up the 2008 Lincoln track title.

Beard started fourth in the feature event, and watched third-starting Craig Wagaman, seventh-starting Jerry Bard, and ninth-starting Mike Walls duke it out for the lead during the early stages of the race.

Wagaman led lap one and Walls led laps two through nine. Beard got around Wagaman for third on lap five and caught Bard for the runner-up spot on lap nine. One lap later, Beard took the race lead and paced the field the rest of the way.

Walls crossed second, with 12th-starting Tyler Armstrong finishing third, Kyle Lear coming from 24th starting spot to claim the hard-charger $100 bonus and 3-foot high trophy, and Bard settling for fifth. Sixth through tenth were 22nd-starting Ashley Barrett, Fred Harden, Knaub, Matt Nailor, and 19th-starting Dave Sokoloski.

Heats for the 45 "358" Late Models were won by Mike Walls, Nailor, Wagaman, and Cory Hauck. Twin consolations were won by Chaz Walls and Barrett.

Gino Comi caught Danny Beard on lap 16and scored his third win of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature.

Polesitter Josh Ulrich led the first lap before spinning in turn two of lap two. Danny Beard assumed the race lead and stayed there until yielding to Comi on lap 16.

Eighth-starting Larry Neiderer crossed third, with Sam Gallagher coming from the back after stopping on the track during a caution flag to finish fourth and Brian Walls fifth. Completing the top ten were Justin Mong, Mike Slaybaugh, Will Walls, Mikey Guise, and Brad Shank.

Heats for the 21 Thundercars were won by Mong, Brian Walls, and Comi.

The August 2nd thundercar make-up feature originally scheduled for Saturday night was rescheduled yet again to September 20th.

Next Saturday night, September 13th at 7 PM, Lincoln Speedway will host the 34th Annual Lawrence Chevrolet Sportsman 100. Joining them will be the Street Stocks (Williams Grove Rules) and Thundercars. Gates will open at 5 PM, with racing action getting underway at 7 PM.

To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at 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.

Sunday - September 7, 2008
Abbottstown, PA
(25 Laps) - 1. 21-Adrian Shaffer ($1,500); 2. 99H-Frankie Herr; 3. 25-Aaron Ott; 4. 7V-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 3-Pat Cannon; 6. 91-Scott Geesey; 7. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 8. 15-Adam Wilt; 9. 2T-TJ Stutts; 10. 75-Nicole Bower; 11. 84C-Chad Criswell; 12. 66-Dale Hammaker; 13. 45-Kevin Nagy; 14. 50B-Tim Berkheimer; 15. 99M-Kyle Moody; 16. 88-Danny Dietrich; 17. 81B-Bob Anderson; 18. 27-Jay Galloway; 19. 5X-Ricky Stonebraker; 20. 1-Tim Wagaman (1st Alt.); 21. 65-Cale Griffin; 22. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe; 23. 16M-Craig Myers; 24. 11D-Mike Duncan. No Time

Lap Leaders - Adrian Shaffer (1-25)

1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 88-Danny Dietrich; 2. 25-Aaron Ott; 3. 84C-Chad Criswell; 4. 99H-Frankie Herr; 5. 81B-Bob Anderson; 6. 1-Tim Wagaman; 7. 67-Jason Cherry; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 9. 16-Gerard McIntyre Jr. (DNF); 10. 13-Jen Yinger (DNF); 11. 01A-Denny Gross (DNF). No Time

2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 91-Scott Geesey; 2. 15-Adam Wilt; 3. 16M-Craig Myers; 4. 75-Nicole Bower; 5. 50R-Tim Berkheimer; 6. 28-Billy Heltzel Jr.; 7. 59-Tim Stallings (DNF); 8. 99-Joe Trone Jr. (DNF); 9. 51N-Nick Palmerino (DNF); 10. 97-Brie Hershey (DNF); 11. 77-Derek Locke (DNF). Time - 2:32.61

3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 66-Dale Hammaker; 2. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 3. 21-Adrian Shaffer; 4. 66N-Nate Hammaker; 5. 5X-Ricky Stonebraker; 6. 27-Jay Galloway; 7. 50-Jimmy Strausbaugh; 8. 3-Pat Cannon; 9. 6S-Bill Sherman; 10. 99M-Kyle Moody (DNF); 11. 55E-Brian Eichelberger (DNF). No Time

4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe; 2. 45-Kevin Nagy; 3. 7V-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 65-Cale Griffith; 5. 11D-Mike Duncan; 6.2T-T.J. Stutts; 7. 99K-Cody Keller; 8. 11T-Eric Tomecek; 9. U1-Billy Heltzel III (DNF); 10. 34-Austin Reed (DNF); 11. 28-Keith Prutzman (DNF); 12. 33T-Todd Spangler (DNS). No time.

B-Main (12 Laps/4 to qualify to Feature) - 1. 3-Pat Cannon; 2. 2T-TJ Stutts; 3. 99M-Kyle Moody.; 4. 27-Jay Galloway; 5. 1-Tim Wagaman; 6. 28-Billy Heltzel III; 7. 67-Jason Cherry; 8. 50-Jimmy Strausbaugh; 9. 11T-Eric Tomecek; 10. 99K-Cody Keller; 11. 6S-Bill Sherman; 12. 01A-Denny Gross; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart (DNF); 14. 59T-Tim Stallings (DNF); 15. 34-Austin Reed (DNF); DNS - 99-Joe Trone Jr., 28-Keith Prutzman, U1-Billy Heltzel Jr.. No Time

Time Trials - 1. 25-Aaron Ott, 14.393 (93.796 MPH); 2. 15-Adam Wilt, 14.605; 3. 3-Pat Cannon, 14.612; 4. 7V-Jeff Rohrbaugh, 14.615; 5. 99H-Frankie Herr, 14.615; 6. 75-Nicole Bower, 14.645; 7. 21-Adrian Shaffer, 14.685; 8. 5T-Glenndon Forsythe, 14.705; 9. 16-Gerard McIntyre Jr., 14.719; 10. 91-Scott Geesey, 14.732; 11. 8D-Billy Dietrich, 14.733; 12. 2T-TJ Stutts, 14.789; 13. 88-Danny Dietrich, 14.800; 14. 16M-Craig Myers, 14.870; 15. 99M-Kyle Moody, 14.894; 16. 65-Cale Griffin, 14.929; 17. 81B-Bob Anderson, 14.936; 18. 99-Joe Trone Jr., 14.987; 19. 66-Dale Hammaker, 15.016; 20. 45N-Kevin Nagy, 15.071; 21. 84C-Chad Criswell, 15.095; 22. 50B-Tim Berkheimer, 15.100; 23. 5X-Ricky Stonebraker, 15.188; 24. 34-Austin Reed, 15.197; 25. 13-Jen Yinger, 15.285; 26. 51N-Nick Palmerino, 15.289; 27. 27-Jay Galloway, 15.295; 28. 28-Keith Prutzman, 15.300; 29. 01A-Denny Gross, 15.346; 30. 77-Derek Locke, 15.378; 31. 66N-Nate Hammaker, 15.390; 32. 11D-Mike Duncan, 15.404; 33. 1-Tim Wagaman, 15.441; 34. 28H-Billy Heltzel Jr., 15.482; 35. 50-Jimmy Strausbaugh, 15.490; 36. 99K-Cody Keller, 15.496; 37. 67-Jason Cherry, 15.564; 38. 97-Brie Hershey, 15.743; 39. 6S-Bill Sherman, 15.866; 40. U1-Billy Heltzel III, 15.896; 41. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.062; 42. 59T-Tim Stallings, 16.602; 43. 33T-Todd Spangler, NT; 44. 55E-Brian Eichelberger, NT; 45. 22T-Matt Boland, NT; 46. 11T-Eric Tomecek, NT.

(25 laps) - 1. 81S-Bobby Beard ($1,850); 2. 1W-Mike Walls; 3. 84-Tyler Armstrong; 4. 151-Kyle Lear; 5. 26-Jerry Bard; 6. 75X-Ashley Barrett; 7. 10H-Fred Harden; 8. 1-Gene Knaub; 9. 19-Mat Nailor; 10. 11-Dave Sokoloski; 11. 17G-Mike Goodwin; 12. 54-Roy Warehime Jr.; 13. 08-Zack Kauffman; 14. 7X-Scott Fisher; 15. 07-Bob Stough; 16. 21J-John Baker (DNF); 17. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 18. 1M-Roy Miller (DNF); 19. 0-Larry Bear (DNF); 20. 21-Cory Hauck (DNF); 21. 99W-Chaz Walls (DNF); 22. 51-Barry Lear Sr. (DNF); 23. 21Z-Cam Zeigler (DNF); 24. 116-Travis Mease (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders - Craig Wagaman (1), Mike Walls (2-9), Bobby Beard (10-20)

1st Heat (10 laps/5 qualify) - 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 1-Gene Knaub; 3. 84-Tyler Armstrong; 4. M1-Roy Miller; 5. 07-Bob Stough; 6. 18-Travis McClelland; 7. 4M-John Moser Jr.; 8. 21T-Ronnie Thomas; 9. 21D-Derrick Zirkle; 10. U10-Bud Witmer; 11. 99C-Cody Lear; 12. 99W-Chaz Walls. No Time

2nd Heat (10 laps/5 qualify) - 1. 19-Matt Nailor; 2. 116-Travis Mease; 3. 10H-Fred Harden; 4. 0-Larry Baer; 5. 08-Zack Kauffman; 6. 69-Justin Ehrhart; 7. X-Bernie Beard; 8. 7X-Scott Fisher; 9. 17-Jake Lettick (DNF); 10. 41-Rick Holsen (DNF); 11. 64-Grant Adams (DNF). No Time

3rd Heat (10 laps/5 qualify) - 1. 30-Craig Wagaman; 2. 51-Barry Lear Sr.; 3. 26-Jerry Bard; 4. 54-Roy Warehime Jr.; 5. 11-Dave Sokoloski; 6. 9W-Steve Weikel; 7. 75X-Ashley Barrett; 8. 14-Kyle Saylor; 9. 7-Pat Beard (DNF); 10. 2R-Scott Richwine (DNF); 11. 2M-Chad Myers (DNF). No Time

4th Heat (10 laps/5 qualify) - 1. 21-Cory Hauck; 2. 21J-John Baker; 3. 81S-Bobby Beard; 4. 21Z-Cam Ziegler; 5. 17G-Mike Goodwin; 6. 7L-Mike Leonard; 7. 21B-Travis Beaver; 8. 35-Smoke Christine; 9. 6X-Daryl Groft (DNF); 10. 151-Kyle Lear (DNF); 11. 18M-DJ Mease (DNF). No Time

1st Consolation (10 laps/2 qualify) - 1. 99W-Chaz Walls; 2. 7-Scott Fisher; 3. 41-Rick Holsen; 4. 99C-Cody Lear; 5. 4M-John Moser Jr.; 6. 64-Grant Adams; 7. 21D-Derrick Zirkle (DNF); 8. X-Bernie Beard (DNF); 9. 69-Justin Ehrhart (DNF); 10. 21T-Ronnie Thomas (DNF); 11. 18-Travis McClelland (DNF); 12. 17-Jake Lettick (DNF); 13. U10-Bud Witmer (DNF). No Time

2nd Consolation (10 laps/2 qualify) - 1. 75X-Ashley Barrett; 2. 151-Kyle Lear; 3. 18-DJ Mease; 4. 14-Kyle Saylor; 5. 6X-Daryl Groft; 6. 7L-Mike Leonard; 7. 35-Smoke Christine; 8. 9W-Steve Weikel; 9. 21B-Travis Beaver; 10. 2M-Chad Myers; 11. 7-Pat Beard; 12. 2R-Scott Richwine. No Time

(20-Laps) - 1. 33-Gino Comi; 2. 60-Danny Beard; 3. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 4. 25-Sam Gallagher; 5. 2W-Brian Walls; 6. 77-Justin Mong; 7. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 8. 01-Will Walls; 9. 93-Mikey Guise; 10. 57-Brad Shank; 11. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer; 12. 61-Sleeper Miller; 13. 15U-Josh Ulrich; 14. 54-Kyle Martin; 15. 21W-Donnie Klinedinst; 16. 1E-Greg Emlet, Jr.; 17. 15-Dave Reever, Jr.; 18. 21-Ronnie Thomas; 19. 20-Scott Fisher; 20. 1X-Scott Yount (DNS); 21. 77X-Doug Bennett (DNS). No time.

Lap Leaders - Josh Ulrich (1); Danny Beard (2-15); Gino Comi (16-20)

1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Justin Mong; 2. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 3. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 4. 1E-Greg Emlet, Jr.; 5. 15-Dave Reever, Jr. (DNF); 6. 1X-Scout Yount (DNF); 7. 21-Ronnie Thomas (DNF). No Time

2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 2W-Brian Walls; 2. 25-Sam Gallagher; 3. 15U-Josh Ulrich; 4. 54-Kyle Martin; 5. 61-Sleeper Miller; 6. 57-Brad Shank; 7. 01-Will Walls (DNF). No Time

3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 33-Gino Comi; 2. 93-Mike Guise; 3. 60-Danny Beard; 4. 20-Scott Fisher; 5. 21W-Donnie Klinedenst; 6. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer (DNF); 7. 77X-Doug Bennett. No Time

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