Oct 14, 2006, 23:59

Carl Billet class of limited late model field; Zeigler Jr. Wins first of year in Thundercars

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/14/06 - It’s been quite a year for Hagerstown’s Dave Socks. After entering 2006 without a career feature victory, Socks followed first-ever wins at Williams Grove and Susquehanna Speedway Park with a win in the 20-lap super sportsman season finale at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

Tour points handicapping placed Socks sixth for the start. After a three-car tangle in turns one and two of the original start and a three-car crash which took out tour points leader Craig Morrow on lap two, Socks advanced to third behind front-row starter Danny Hager and polesitter Brian Boughter. The next 16 laps went non-stop, with Socks getting around Boughter for second on lap six and grabbing the race lead from Hager in turns three and four of lap 12.

Socks’ lead was two and-a-half seconds when the red came out for a flipping Jim Shuttlesworth on turn four of the 18th lap. Before the cars could come to a stop, fifth-place Frankie Herr rolled his sportsman on the backstretch, ending his bid for the season-long super sportsman tour series championship. Neither driver was injured, but both drivers were done for the night.

Socks paced the field through one more caution flag on lap 19, and pulled away to a .78-second win over a charging Rich Eichelberger, who came from 11th starting spot.

Eichelberger’s second-place run, combined with crashes involving Morrow, Herr, and John Stehman and Paul Miller’s fourth-place finish, was just enough to vault Eichelberger from fifth to the top in season points.

Eichelberger’s second career super sportsman tour championship came by five points over Miller (1055 to 1050), with Morrow third (970), Herr fourth (960), and Stehman fifth (935). It was Eichelberger’s first tour championship since the first-ever tour in 1989.

Third through fifth in the feature were Hager, Miller, and Boughter, with Russ Mitten, Ryan Rupp (who started 24th), Carmen Perigo, Jr., Glenn Keller, and Kevin Yingst completing the top ten.

Heats for the 35 Super Sportsman were won by Boughter, Steve Wilbur, Herr, and Eichelberger, with Gregg Foster and Duaine Smith winning twin consolations.

After drawing pill #0 for the invert, York Haven’s Carl Billet took advantage of a heads-up start to lead every lap of the limited late model feature.

Billet was lucky in more ways than one. A first-lap crash exiting turn four of the first lap led to a Les Hare flip and stacked up a total of 17 cars. Three of the cars at the back stopped because the track was completely blocked and were permitted to restart behind the cars who were not involved. One of them was Colby Frye, was started 18th and finished sixth.

Despite leading every lap, Billet could not shake the #8 of Mike Shoemaker of Heston, who ran second most of the way. Shoemaker did yield to Scott Richwine on lap 11, but Richwine pulled up lame with a flat tire three laps later.

Billet’s final race with the #2M team ended in a .88-second win over Shoemaker, with Darryl Burkholder third, Carl Graves fourth, and Arlin Brougher fifth. Sixth through tenth were Frye, Fred Harden, Pat Beard, Chuck Yingling, and 24th-starting Kyle Saylor.

Heats for the 37 Limited late models were won by Billet, Shoemaker, Richwine, and Cory Hauck, with Pat Beard and Frye winning twin consolations.

Mike Zeigler Jr. shot from his sixth starting spot into the lead on the opening lap of the 20-lap thundercar feature and held off all challengers to pick up his first win of 2006. The win was the 14th of his career, moving him into a 10th-place tie with Nat Tuckey on the all time win list. He also became the 11th different winner in thundercar action in 2006.

Eighth-starting Bob Stough raced Zeigler hard the entire way, but had to settle for second by .47-seconds and held off a hard-charging Nat Tuckey who settled for third.

10th-starting Sam Gallagher finished fourth and David Prunkl finished fifth.

Completing the top-10 were Duane Watson, Al Crammer, Smoke Christine, Gino Comi and Bob Allen.

Watson’s sixth place finished, coupled with point leader Neil Smith’s 14th place finish allowed Watson to close with 105 points with only one race remaining.

Heats for the 29 thundercars were won by Comi, Watson and Tuckey, with Beard winning the consolation.

Next Saturday night, October 21st Lincoln Speedway will close-out the 2006 racing season with the rescheduled 10th Annual Kenny Weld Memorial for the 410 Sprints. The 2006 Season Finale will also include the thundercars who will be finishing out there season-long battle for the thundercar championship.

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 - October 14 2006
Abbottstown, PA
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 45-Dave Socks; 2. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 3. 55-Danny Hager; 4. 58-Paul Miller; 5. 15-Brian Bougher; 6. 77-Russ Mitten; 7. 33-Ryan Rupp; 8. 2A-Carmen Perigo Jr.; 9. 9G-Glenn Keller; 10. 100-Kevin Yingst; 11. 14-Chris Reed; 12. 24-Jason Fry; 13. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 14. 5-Dave Berkheimer; 15. 66-Leroy Martin (DNF); 16. 71K-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 17. 1-John Stehman (DNF); 18. 59-Steve Wilbur (DNF); 19. 11-Steve Fannasy (DNF); 20. 99-Frankie Herr (DNF); 21. 22H-Jim Shuttlesworth (DNF); 22. 29-Gregg Foster (DNF); 23. 80-Craig Morrow (DNF); 24. 318-Duaine Smith (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders - Danny Hager (1-11), Dave Socks (12-20)

1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 15-Brian Bougher; 2. 66-Leroy Martin; 3. 24-Jason Fry; 4. 58-Paul Miller; 5. 14-Chris Reed; 6. 3B-Mike Enders; 7. 71K-Bobby Weaver; 8. 30-Scott Dellinger; 9. 99G-Scott Grace. Time - 2:10.17

2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 59-Steve Wilbur; 2. 22H-Jim Shuttlesworth; 3. 55-Danny Hager; 4. 1-John Stehman; 5. 29-Gregg Foster; 6. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 7. 888-Jerry Wolfe; 8. 41-Dave Ort; 9. 00-Rick Barr. Time - 2:11.05

3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 99-Frankie Herr; 2. 45-Dave Socks; 3. 2A-Carmen Perigo Jr.; 4. 5-Dave Berkheimer; 5. 100-Kevin Yingst; 6. 9G-Glenn Keller; 7. 55X-David Finch; 8. 32-Smokey Snellbaker (DNF); 9. 91-Lanny Hake (DNF). No Time

4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 2. 11-Steve Fannasy; 3. 77-Russ Mitten; 4. 80-Craig Morrow; 5. 318-Duaine Smith; 6. 64-Stan Wanner; 7. 33-Ryan Rupp; 8. 07-Billy Schoffstall. Time - 2:12.00

1st Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 29-Gregg Foster; 2. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 3. 14-Chris Reed; 4. 71K-Bobby Weaver; 5. 30-Scott Dellinger; 6. 3B-Mike Enders; 7. 00-Rick Barr; 8. 888-Jerry Wolfe; 9. 99G-Scott Grace; 10. 41-Dave Ort; 11. 41-Dave Ort. Time - 2:12.05

2nd Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 318-Duaine Smith; 2. 100-Kevin Yingst; 3. 9G-Glenn Keller; 4. 33-Ryan Rupp; 5. 07-Billy Schoffstall; 6. 55X-David Finch (DNF); 7. 64-Stan Wanner (DNF); 8. 32-Smokey Snellbaker (DNF); 9. 91-Lanny Hake (DNF). No Time

Feature (20-Laps) - 1. 2M-Carl Billet; 2. 8-Mike Shoemaker; 3. 2-Darryl Burkholder; 4. NINE-Carl Graves; 5. 21B-Arlin Brougher; 6. M1-Colby Frye; 7. 10-Fred Harden; 8. 7-Pat Beard; 9. 91-Chuck Yingling; 10. 14-Kyle Saylor; 11. 1K-Bruce Kane; 12. 8-Tim Fedder (DNF); 13. 17-Brad Kling (DNF); 14. 2J-Shaun Jones (DNF); 15. 2-Scott Richwine (DNF); 16. 21H-Cory Houck (DNF); 17. 0-Larry Baer (DNF); 18. 28-Mike Spangler (DNF); 19. 23-Bobby Beard (DNF); 20. X-Bernie Beard (DNF); 21. 116-Travis Mease (DNF); 22. 25B-Tommy Blackwell (DNF); 23. 8-Les Hare (DNF); 24. 14-John Moser, Jr. (DNF). No time.

Lap Leaders - Carl Billet (1-20)

1st Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 2M-Cark Billet; 2. 2-Darryl Burkholder; 3. 8-Les Hare; 4. 8B-Tim Fedder; 5. 7-Pat Beard; 6. 0-Larry Baer; 7. 69-Justin Erhart; 8. 116-Travis Mease; 9. 02-Jeremy Knoll. No Time

2nd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 8-Mike Shoemaker; 2. 23B-Tommy Blackwell; 3. 1K-Bruce Kane; 4. 91-Chuck Yingling; 5. NINE-Carl Graves; 6. 9W-Steve Weikel; 7. 18-DJ Mease; 8. 33-Bob Minnich; 9. 51-Barry Lear. No Time

3rd Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 2-Scott Richwine; 2. 23-Bobby Beard; 3. 14-John Moser Jr.;4. X-Bernie Beard; 5. M1-Colby Frye; 6. W-Bryan Wagaman; 7. 17-Brad Kling; 8. 14R-Kyle Saylor; 9. 3-Wayne McClelland. No Time

4th Heat (8 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 21H-Cory Hauck; 2. 2J-Shaun Jones; 3. 21B-Arlin Brougher; 4. 10H-Fred Harden; 5. 73-Mike Duck; 6. 28-Mike Spangler.; 7. 5-Pete Green; 8. 78G-Mark Grey; 9. 5X-Tomo Kirkpatrick (DNF); 10. 19Z-Mike Zeigler, Sr. (DNF). No Time

1st Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify)- 1. 7-Pat Beard; 2. NINE-Carl Graves; 3. 0-Larry Baer; 4. 116-Travis Mease; 5. 9W-Steve Weikel; 6. 51-Barry Lear; 7. 69-Justin Erhart; 8. 18-DJ Mease; 9. 33-Bob Minnich (DNF); DNS - 02-Jeremy Knoll. No Time

2nd Consolation (8 Laps/4 to qualify)- 1. M1-Colby Frye; 2. 28-Mike Spangler; 3. 17-Brad Kling; 4. 14-Kyle Saylor; 5. W-Bryan Wagaman; 6. 5-Pete Green; 7. 73-Mike Duck; 8. 78G-Mark Grey; 9. 3-Wayne McClelland (DNS); 10. 5X-Tom Kirkpatrick (DNS); 11. 19Z-Mike Zeigler, Sr. (DNS). No time.

(20 Laps) - 1. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 2. 07-Bob Stough; 3. 22-Nat Tuckey; 4. 81S-Sam Gallagher; 5. 13x-David Prunkl; 6. 3W-Duane Watson; 7. 9-Al Crammer; 8. 35-Smoke Christine; 9. 33-Gino Comi; 10. 8-Bob Allen; 11. 21-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 12. 67-Randy Doty; 13. 27-Seth Kearchner; 14. 30-Neil Smith; 15. 7X-Tony Rose; 16. 70X-Rick Weaver (DNF); 17. 7M-Marshall McMullen (DNF); 18. 129-John Hansen III (DNF); 19. 60-Danny Beard (DNF); 20. 54J-Jimmy Combs (DNF); 21. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 22. 37-Jim Rost (DNF); 23. 5-John Rudisill (DNF); 24. 11-Jim McBee (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders - Mike Zeigler Jr. (1-20)

1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 33-Gino Comi; 2. 13X-David Prunkl; 3. 81S-Sam Gallgher; 4. 129-John Hanson; 5. 37-Jim Rost; 6. 7M-Marshall McMullen; 7. 9J-Jason Davis; 8. 21T-Ronnie Thomas (DNF); 9. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 10. 11-Jim McBee (DNS). No Time

2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 3W-Duane Watson; 2. 30-Craig Wagaman; 3. 07-Bob Stough; 4. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 5. 70X-Rick Weaver; 6. 21`-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 7. 61-Frankie Topper; 8. 60-Danny Beard (DNF); 9. 35-Smoke Christine (DNF); 10. 35C-Dave Crone (DNF). No Time

3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22-Nat Tuckey; 2. 7X-Tony Rose; 3. 21A-Mike Zeigler Jr.; 4. 9-Al Crammer; 5. 61M-Mike Slaybaugh; 6. 5-John Rudisill; 7. 27-Seth Kearchner; 8. 67-Randy Doty (DNF); 9. 8-Bob Allen (DNF). No Time

Consolation (6 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 60-Danny Beard; 2. 35-Smoke Christine; 3. 11-Jim McBee; 4. 8-Bob Allen; 5. 27-Seth Kearchner; 6. 67-Randy Doty; 7. 61-Frankie Topper; 8. 35C-Dave Crone; 9. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); DNS - 9J-Jason Davis, 21T-Ronnie Thomas, 4-Greg Feltch. No Time

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