Sep 20, 2008, 23:48
Brian Walls, Doug Bennett thundercar winners

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA , 9/20/08 - Doug Esh seems to always be at his best when the big money is on the line.

And it was no different at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night, as he drove around polesitter and race-long leader Lucas Wolfe in turns three and four of lap eight and drove away to his fourth win of the year in the $4,000-to-win Hank Gentzler Manufacturers Appreciation Race.

Esh started third when faster timer Wolfe drew the "0" pill for the inversion of the feature field.

He followed Wolfe and second-starting Jim Siegel for the fist five laps before getting by Siegel for the runner-up spot on lap five. It took only three laps for Esh to erase Wolfe’s .75-second lead, and he was one and-a-half seconds in front of Siegel when the only caution of the race came out for a torsion bar on turn two of lap 18.

"We were pretty good all night," said Esh in victory lane, "Dennis (Kohler) had the car real good and Dick (Leach) had the motor running real nice. You know, starting behind Lucas there...he’s run with the best and has become one of the best...I just felt like we had a little bit better car all night long. He was quick in time trials but we were able to race pretty good in the heat race.’

"We didn’t realize we weren’t allowed to put new tires on for the feature, so we ended up putting scuffs on," said Esh, "I wasn’t too comfortable running out there starting third, but it all worked out."

Siegel caught Wolfe for second on lap 10, and ran there the rest of the race, crossing 3.25 seconds behind the Pancho’s Racing Products/Leach family #30.

Ten-time track champ Fred Rahmer came from 13th-starting spot to catch Wolfe for third on lap 20, but couldn’t catch the leaders. Cody Darrah passed Wolfe for fourth on lap 21 and finished there, with Wolfe settling for fifth.

Sixth through tenth were Cris Eash, Niki Young, Justin Henderson in his first-ever Lincoln run, track 2008 Lincoln champ Brian Montieth, and Lance Dewease.

It was Esh’s 21st career win in the Pigeon Hills. Counting the $2,300 prize packages doled out by Hank’s Performance Products to all cars qualifying for the Manufacturers Race and $50 for finishing third in his heat, Esh’s winnings totaled more than $6,300 on the night. The value of manufacturers’ products and services distributed to competitors by Hank’s Performance Products was more than $58,000.

"I think this Gentzler race is awesome," continued Esh, "Hank put the whole thing together and Denise keeps it going. I know she does a ton of work."

After Esh talked in victory lane, Denise Gentzler confirmed there will be a 21st Annual Manufacturers Race at Lincoln in 2009.

Heats were won by Chad Layton, Alan Krimes (driving the Trone Outdoor #39), Brian Leppo, and Darrah. Cory Haas won the B-Main. Fast time in time trials over the 38-car 410 sprint field was set by Lucas Wolfe with a one-lap time of 13.043 seconds(103.504 MPH).

Former Hagerstown standout Doug Bennett picked up his first career Lincoln Speedway Thundercar win in the regularly scheduled 20-lap feature.

Bennett, who started outside the frontrow, grabbed the lead from polesitter Jamie Zentmyer at the drop of the green and then held off a hard-charging Brian Walls from the second lap to the end for the win by 1.32 seconds and became the ninth different winner in thundercar action in 2008.

Justin Mong finished third, Larry Neiderer fourth and Scott Fisher fifth. Completing the top-10 were David Prunkl, Josh Ulrich, Dave Reever Jr., Zentmyer, and Brad Shank.

In the make-up feature from August 2nd Brian Walls grabbed the lead grabbed the lead from outside frontrow starter Mikey Guise on the second lap and held off Danny Beard the entire distance to register his fourth win of 2008.

Point leader Sam Gallagher finished third, Bennett fourth, and Jimmy Combs fifth. Completing the top-10 were Brad Shank, Larry Niederer, Gino Comi, Mike Guise, and Justin Mong.

Heats for the 21 Thundercars were won by Beard, Bennett, and Walls.

Next Saturday night, September 27th, Lincoln Speedway will be dark as Williams Grove hosts its annual Morgan Hughes Williams Grove National Open.

The following Saturday night, October 4th, Lincoln Speedway will hold its 12th Annual Kenny Weld Memorial featuring the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass 410 Sprints as they race 40 laps while going after the $5,000 top prize. Joining then will be the thundercars who are still going after precious points in the battle for their track championship which will go down to the final race of the season. Time trials will get underway at 6:30 PM, with gates opening at 4:30 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.

Saturday - September 20, 2008
Abbottstown, PA
(25 Laps) - 1. 30-Doug Esh ($4,000); 2. 59-Jim Siegel; 3. 51-Fred Rahmer; 4. 89-Cody Darrah; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 6. 17E-Cris Eash; 7. 10N-Niki Young; 8. 22Z-Justin Henderson; 9. 21-Brian Montieth; 10. 30C-Lance Dewease; 11. 7M-Mark Smith; 12. 25-Chad Layton; 13. 25O-Aaron Ott; 14. 11C-Cory Haas; 15. 38N-Nick Schlauch Jr.; 16. 71-Brian Leppo; 17. 43-Doug Dodson (Alt.); 18. 47J-Jeff Busby; 19. 3B-Randy Baughman; 20. 4-John Rudisill; 21. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF); 22. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 23. 22-Greg Hodnett (DNF); DNS - 39-Alan Krimes, 45-AJ Michael. No Time

Lap Leaders - Lucas Wolfe (1-7), Doug Esh (8-25)

York Excavating Heat 1 (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 25-Chad Layton; 2. 51-Fred Rahmer; 3. 10N-Niki Young; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 5. 25O-Aaron Ott; 6. 11C-Cory Haas; 7. 12-Mike Bittinger; 8. 4-John Rudisill; 9. 70-Sam Schlosberg. Time - 2:22.095

Wings Unlimited Heat 2 (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 39-Alan Krimes; 2. 30C-Lance Dewease; 3. 59-Jim Siegel; 4. 22-Greg Hodnett; 5. X-Bobby Weaver; 6. 23-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 7. 38N-Nick Schlauch Jr.; 8. 0-Andy McKisson; 9. 43-Doug Dodson (DNF). Time - 2:26.710

York Excavating Heat 3 (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 71-Brian Leppo; 2. 7M-Mark Smith; 3. 30-Doug Esh; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 3B-Randy Baughman; 6. 15-Adam Wilt; 7. 6W-Josh Wells; 8. 26-Pat Cooper; 9. 61-Chris Wainwright; 10. 28-Ryan Smith (DNF). No Time

Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat 4 (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 89-Cody Darrah; 2. 47J-Jeff Busby; 3. 21-Brian Montieth; 4. 45-A.J. Michael; 5. 22Z-Justin Henderson; 6. 45-Scott Geesey; 7. 65-Johnny Mackison, Jr.; 8. 5-James Chesson; 9. 55Z-Mark Zimmerman; 10. 71X-Bill Stine (DNS). Time - 2:32.610

B-Main (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 12-Mike Bittinger; 3. 4-John Rudisill; 4. 38N-Nick Schlauch Jr.; 5. 43-Doug Dodson; 6. 45-Scott Geesey; 7. 23-Todd Rittenhouse Jr.; 8. 6W-Josh Wells; 9. 15-Adam Wilt; 10. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 11. 26-Pat Cooper; 12. 0-Andy McKisson; 13. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 14. 55Z-Mark Zimmerman; 15. 5-James Chesson (DNF); DNS - 28-Ryan Smith, 61-Chris Wainwright. Time - 2:37.731

Wings Unlimited Time Trials - 1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.043 seconds (103.504 MPH); 2. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.078; 3. 30-Doug Esh, 13.087; 4. 22Z-Justin Henderson, 13.230; 5. 10N-Niki Young, 13.272; 6. 30C-Lance Dewease, 13.272; 7. 17E-Cris Eash, 13.306; 8. 89-Cody Darrah, 13.319; 9. 11C-Cory Haas, 13.320; 10. 39-Alan Krimes, 13.339; 11. 71-Brian Leppo, 13.353; 12. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.374; 13. 51-Fred Rahmer, 13.389; 14. 22-Greg Hodnett, 13.424; 15. 7M-Mark Smith, 13.451; 16. 45-AJ Michael, 13.469; 17. 25-Chad Layton, 13.472; 18. 43-Doug Dodson, 13.542; 19. 3B-Randy Baughman, 13.577; 20. 47J-Jeff Busby, 13.583; 21. 12-Mike Bittinger, 13.601; 22. X-Bobby Weaver, 13.691; 23. 26-Pat Cooper, 13.702; 24. 5-James Chesson, 13.757; 25. 4-John Rudisill, 13.761; 26. 38N-Nick Schouch Jr., 13.774; 27. 15-Adam Wilt, 13.775; 28. 45L-Scott Geesey, 13.776; 29. 25O-Aaron Ott, 13.817; 30. 23-Todd Rittenhouse, 13.877; 31. 28-Ryan Smith, 13.901; 32. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr., 14.015; 33. 70-Sam Schlosburg, 14.083; 34. 0-Andy McKisson, 14.142; 35. 61-Chris Wainwright, 14.455; 36. 55Z-Mark Zimmerman, 14.735; 37. 6W-Josh Wells, 17.944; 38. 71X-Bill Stine, NT.

Regularly Scheduled Feature
(20 Laps) - 1. 77X-Doug Bennett; 2. 2W-Brian Walls; 3. 77-Justin Mong; 4. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 5. 20-Scott Fisher; 6. 8MD-David Prunkl; 7. 15U-Josh Ulrich; 8. 15-Dave Reever, Jr.; 9. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer; 10. 57-Brad Shank; 11. 93-Mikey Guise; 12. 61-"Sleeper" Miller; 13. 8J-Justin Bittle; 14. 6M-Joe Racine; 15. 54J-Jimmy Combs (DNF); 16. 25-Sam Gallagher (DNF); 17. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 18. 33-Gino Comi (DNF); 19. 21X-Kyle Martin (DNF); 20. 60-Danny Beard (DNF); 21. 44-AJ Parsons (DNS). No Time

Lap Leaders - Doug Bennett (1-20)

1st Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 60-Danny Beard; 2. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 3.25-Sam Gallagher; 4. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer; 5. 93-Mikey Guise; 6. 61-"Sleeper" Miller; 7. 33-Gino Comi (DNF). Time - 2:40.17

2nd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 77X-Doug Bennett; 2. 77-Justin Mong; 3. 20-Scott Fisher; 4. 8MD-David Prunkl; 5. 15U-Josh Ulrich; 6. 8J-Justin Bittle; 7. 21X-Kyle Martin (DNF). Time - 2:41.52

3rd Heat (8 Laps) - 1. 2W-Brian Walls; 2. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 3. 57-Brad Shank; 4. 21N-Larry Neiderer; 5. 15-Dave Reever, Jr.; 6. 6<-Joe Racine (DNF); DNS - 44-AJ Parson. No Time

Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1.

8/2 Make-up Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 2W-Brian Walls; 2. 60-Danny Beard; 3. 25-Sam Gallagher; 4. 77X-Doug Bennett; 5. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 6. 57-Brad Shank; 7. 21N-Larry Niederer; 8. 33-Gino Comi; 9. 93-Mikey Guise; 10. 77-Justin Mong; 11. 15U-Josh Ulrich; 12. 15-Dave Reever Jr.; 13. 61-Hurricane Menges; 14. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 15. 21X-Kyle Martin (DNF); 16. 6M-Joe Racine (DNF); 17. 81J-Jamie Zentmyer (DNF); 18. 20-Scott Fisher. No Time

Lap Leaders - Mike Guide (1), Brian Walls (2-20)

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