PA (May 15) -- Fred Rahmer won the 50-lap 50th Anniversary Show at
Lincoln Speedway to extend Team-Hoosier's record at the track to 10-0
on the season. It was Rahmer's 115th win at the historic facility that
was celebrating 50 years of continuous racing. In keeping with the
theme of the night, Rahmer collected $5,050 for the win. The Hoosier
tire brand continued to dominate with the top 12 drivers crossing the
finish line in the 50-lap feature riding Hoosier tires.
Twenty-nine cars were on hand for qualifying--26 of
them used Hoosier tires. Impressively, the top 18 qualifying times
were recorded by drivers on Hoosiers. Steve Seigel was the fastest
qualifier at 13.467 seconds or 100.245 mph. Rounding out the list of
top ten qualifiers were Lance Dewease, Greg Hodnett, Sean Michael,
Brook Weibley, Keith Kauffman, Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Fred Rahmer, Doug
Esh and Johnny Mackison in second through tenth, respectively.
All three preliminary 10-lap heat races were won by
Hoosier-shod drivers. Todd Shaffer, Billy Pauch and Cris Eash each
captured wins in their respective heats using a pair of Hoosier D10's.
The B-main was yet another win for Team-Hoosier as Brook Weibley
captured the 12-lap win also on a pair of D10's.
In the 50-lap feature, Keith Kauffman took the lead at
the drop of the green flag. Kauffman led until lap 22, when he and
Donnie Kreitz, Jr., who were running first and second at the time,
tangled with the two spinning cars of Jerry Parrish and Mike Erdley.
Kreitz was unable to continue while Kauffman was forced to rejoin the
rear of the field on the restart.
Greg Hodnett was the beneficiary of the leader's
misfortune and assumed the race lead. Hodnett, on a D12/D15 set-up,
led until lap 37, when Fred Rahmer moved into the lead after passing
Hodnett on the low side of the track in turn two.
Rahmer, using a Hoosier RD12/D12 combination, then had
to contend with Lance Dewease (on a D12/D15 set-up) the final ten
circuits before taking the win by a slim .22 second margin.
Ironically, Rahmer and Dewease swapped rides at the beginning of the
season and neither driver has been slowed by the transition. The win
was Rahmer's third of the season at Lincoln placing him one win ahead
of Lance Dewease, Keith Kauffman and Greg Hodnett.
With the win, Rahmer collected $5,050. Dewease
finished in second place followed by Greg Hodnett, Cris Eash, and
Billy Pauch in third through fifth, respectively. Chris Knopp, Keith
Kauffman, Brook Weibley, Todd Shaffer and Johnny Mackison rounded out
the top ten.
Bobby Weaver and Mark Smith finished eleventh and
twelfth giving Team-Hoosier claim to the top 12 spots in the night's
Hoosier Open Wheel Dirt Product Manager Neil Cowman
attended the event and reported the details for this report. Cowman
also commented, "A 50-lap race is a marathon compared to the
usual 25-35 lap races we normally see run. This was a good opportunity
for me to see our tires perform under longer race
Cowman added, "This is my old stomping ground. I
grew up around here and spent a lot of time at Lincoln Speedway. It
was great to be here for this historic event and get a chance to talk
to several of my 'old' racing buddies."
Cowman will remain in the Pennsylvania area to attend
both nights of Outlaw competition at Williams Grove Speedway on
Thursday and Friday, as well as, the one-night program at Hagerstown,
MD on Saturday.