Fred Rahmer ended a Lincoln win dry spell by claiming his 147th career win, but it was Alan Krimes who had the best night with a second and a first in the Central Maryland Pools Twin 20’s for the “410” sprint cars at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
The Denver driver started beside Rahmer on the inside of row five when Rahmer picked the #10 pill for the inversion to start the second feature. He assumed fifth for a second-lap restart when Rahmer came to a stop with front-end damage after striking the back of Niki Young’s mount on the back stretch of the second lap. Rahmer, who won the first of the Twin 20’s, was done for the rest of the night.
During the caution, third-place Doug Esh (who came from eighth to third on the first lap), came to a stop with ignition problems on turn one, ending his night.
All the while, polesitter Sam Schlosberg (who finished tenth in the first feature), was leading. He paced the field for the first ten laps before Krimes raced around him in lapped traffic exiting turn four of lap 11.
One lap earlier, Krimes did the same thing to second-place Brian Montieth to grab the runner-up spot.
After gaining the lead, Krimes raced away to an impressive 4.48-second win, his second in three weeks and the second of his career (both coming at Lincoln in 2006). Meanwhile, several drivers joined the battle for second, with seventh-starting Chad Layton coming on late to pass Schlosberg on lap 19 and cross second. Schlosberg hung on for third, with Brian Leppo and Niki Young completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Bobby Weaver, Montieth, Josh Wells, Cory Haas, and Steve Clabaugh (who finished tenth in both events).
“Ever since we put this car together, we’ve been getting around this place super fast,” said Krimes of the car and motor put together by his dad (Larry) and uncle, “The first race Rahmer got by me and I knew whoever got to the front first was probably going to win it.”
“This car comes off the corners like a rocket ship,” continued Krimes, “I just pulled it as hard as I could getting out of the turns. It makes my job a lot easier. When we put this new car together, it was like turning on a light switch.”
Winless in the Pigeon Hills since claiming his third win in four weeks back on May 20th, Rahmer wasted little time getting to the front in the first feature. Scheduled to start 12th, Rahmer slid up a row when Michael Carber stopped on the track with an unlocked steering wheel as the cars were lining up to begin the first feature. Carber lost his sixth starting spot and went to the rear.
The J&S Fabrication/Macri Concrete/Miller Brothers Chevrolet #22 used the top and middle of the track to sort through heavy traffic, and was up to third by the time an early red flag came out for a five-car crash that involved the flipping Mike Bittinger on lap three. Bittinger, making his Lincoln 410 debut in the CMP/KC Automotive/Scott’s Signs #12, was uninjured.
Rahmer drove around polesitter Billy Kimmel on the third-lap restart, then slid under race-long leader Brian Leppo to move to the post entering turn three of lap four. Rahmer stayed on the low side to lead the rest of the way, despite heavy pressure from ninth-starting Alan Krimes over the second half of the race. Krimes, riding the cushion through every turn, drove side-by-side with Rahmer on each end of the speedway between laps 12 and 18 until Rahmer used lapped cars to his advantage and cross 1.14-seconds ahead of Krimes.
“We were fortunate to move up a row at the start, but we have a lot of work to do yet,” said Rahmer in victory lane, “I’ve been supplied with everything we need to win, and I just haven’t been getting the job done. Hopefully, we can get things going and get turned around here.”
“Alan was very quick. I knew that, and saw him coming on the bottom, and that’s why I went to the bottom there,” added Rahmer, “He’s been running exceptionally well, and obviously Doug (Esh) been driving superb.”
Krimes settled for second, with 11th-starting Doug Esh crossing third, Chad Layton fourth, and Niki Young fifth (the first of two top five finishes on the night). Leppo, Montieth, Wells, Schlosberg, and Clabaugh completed the top ten.
It was Rahmer’s fourth win at Lincoln, tenth ’06 win overall, and 147th career win at Lincoln, pulling him to within three of Steve Smith’s all-time win record.
Heats for the 27 “410 sprints were won by Leppo, Esh and Carber, with Eric Stambaugh winning the consolation.
Dover’s Gene Knaub found his way back to victory lane for a seventh time this year in the 20-lap thundercar feature, run between the sprint car 20-lappers.
Knaub started fifth and passed outside front row starter David Prunkl on lap nine. He led the rest of the way, with points leader and 12th-starting Neil Smith coming through the field to cross second, 11th starting Nat Tuckey third, Prunkl settling for fourth, and 14th starting Sam Gallagher fifth. Sixth through tenth were Duane Watson, Mike Slaybaugh, Danny Beard, Bob Stough, and Bob Bare.
Heats for the 24 thundercars were won by Prunkl, Knaub and Watson.
Next Saturday night, August 12th, it will be YORK COUNTY RACING CLUB NIGHT with $2 off general admission tickets to all card-holding club members. All three point divisions will be in action – the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints & Thundercars. Gates for the evening’s racing action will open at 5:30 PM, with racing action getting underway at 7:30 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.
RACE RESULTSSaturday – August 5, 2006
CENTRAL MARYLAND POOLS NIGHT
1st Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 22-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 30-Doug Esh; 4. 12-Chad Layton; 5. 10N-Niki Young; 6. 71-Brian Leppo; 7. 21-Brian Montieth; 8. 6W-Josh Wells; 9. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 10. 30C-Steve Clabaugh; 11. 11C-Cory Haas; 12. X-Bobby Weaver; 13. 89-Cody Darrah; 14. 22Z-Kyle Pruitt; 15. 47-Bill Kimmel; 16. 26-Pat Cooper; 17. 79-Davey Sammons; 18. 47J-Jeff Busby (DNF); 19. 21M-Danny Murray (DNF); 20. 59-Jim Siegel (DNF); 21. 69-Michael Carber; 22. 7E-Jonathan Eriksen (DNF); 23. 4-Eric Stambaugh (DNF); 24. 12B-Mike Bittinger (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Bill Kimmel (1-2), Brian Leppo (3), Fred Rahmer (4-20)
2nd Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 87-Alan Krimes ($2,500); 2. 12-Chad Layton; 3. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 4. 71-Brian Leppo; 5. 10N-Niki Young; 6. X-Bobby Weaver; 7. 21-Brian Montieth; 8. 6W-Josh Wells; 9. 11C-Cory Haas; 10. 30C-Steve Clabaugh; 11. 89-Cody Darrah; 12. 47J-Jeff Busby; 13. 59-Jim Siegel; 14. 69-Michael Carber; 15. 22z-Kyle Pruitt; 16. 26-Pat Cooper; 17. 3J-Judd Shepard (Alt.); 18. 55-Phil Weinsteiger Jr. (Alt.); 19. 79-Davey Sammons; 20. 47-Bill Kimmel; 21. 01-Rick Horn (Alt.)(DNF); 22. 21M-Danny Murray (DNF); 23. 30-Doug Esh (DNF); 24. 22-Fred Rahmer (DNF); DNS – 7E-Jonathan Eriksen, 12B-Mike Bittinger, 4-Eric Stambaugh. No Time
Lap Leaders – Sam Schlosberg (1-10), Alan Krimes (11-20)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 71-Brian Leppo; 2. 26-Pat Cooper; 3. 10N-Niki Young; 4. 21B-Brian Montieth; 5. 7E-Jonathan Eriksen; 6. 70-Sam Schlosberg; 7. 21M-Danny Murray; 8. 79-Davey Sammons; 9. 4-Eric Stambaugh (DNF). Time – 2:21.97
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 30-Doug Esh; 2. 47-Bill Kimmel; 3. 12-Chad Layton; 4. 30C-Steve Clabaugh; 5. 6W-Josh Wells; 6. X-Bobby Weaver; 7. 11C-Cory Haas; 8. 01-Rick Horn; 9. 22Z-Kyle Pruitt. Time – 2:28.39
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 69-Michael Carber; 2. 47J-Jeff Busby; 3. 22-Fred Rahmer; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 59-Jim Siegel; 6. 89-Cody Darrah; 7. 3J-Judd Shepard; 8. 12B-Mike Bittinger; 9. 55-Phil Weinsteiger, Jr. (DNF). No time.
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3. 79-Davey Sammons; 4. 12B-Mike Bittinger; 5. 22Z-Kyle Pruitt; 6. 21M-Danny Murray; 7. 3J-Judd Shepard (DNF); 8. 55-Phil Weinsteiger Jr. (DNF); 9. 01-Rick Horn (DNF). No Time