GIBSONTON, FL -- When the All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars invade Stanley Kolan's East Bay Raceway Nov. 1-2-3 for their season ending trio of races, a new car and driver combination will be on hand aiming for the $30,000 top prize.
GIBSONTON, FL -- When the All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars invade Stanley Kolan's East Bay Raceway Nov. 1-2-3 for their season ending trio of races, a new car and driver combination will be on hand aiming for the $30,000 top prize. Salfordville, Pennsylvania's Fred Rahmer will be aboard the Joe Harz No. 88h for all three nights of action. Rahmer, one of the most successful drivers on the Central Pa. circuit, recently picked up the ride after vacating the Al Hamilton No. 77. In addition, Joe Harz confirmed Tuesday evening that Rahmer will be his full time driver for the 2002 season. The newest owner-driver combination in the country is currently preparing in their Elmer, NJ headquarters for East Bay's big race. Rahmer has a total of 17 career All Star feature wins, and the Harz machine won two All Star features this season, at Bedford Speedway and at Lincoln Speedway. But a strong contingent of All Star regulars will be on hand to try and keep Rahmer from victory lane. Kenny Jacobs, Chad Kemenah, Danny Smith, Dean Jacobs, Greg Wilson, Travis Rilat, Rodney Duncan, Mike Wagner and Rob Chaney will also be gunning for Saturday night's big winner's check. McCarl, of Pleasant Hill, Iowa is the winningest sprint car driver in the nation for the 2001 season so far. In his Wesmar powered Eagle, owned by his wife Lori, and wrenched by Glenn Freeland, McCarl has racked up 21 feature wins and, in the best year of his career, has captured the Knoxville 360 Nationals title, his third straight Knoxville Raceway championship, his fourth track title at Huset's (SD) Speedway and he came home third in the 1200# Knoxville Nationals and fifth in the Knoxville Nationals. "I'm due at East Bay," McCarl said. "This has got to be my year. I've been close at East Bay but never won the big race there." McCarl also moonlights as a race promoter. He and his partner Bill McCrosky will promote two events at Oskaloosa, IA Speedway in August 2002, preceding the Knoxville Nationals. McTwo Promotions will present the Front Row Challenge for winged 410 sprints, paying either $5,000 or $50,000 to win on Monday Aug. 5. Then, a historical event will be presented on Tues. Aug. 6 as McTwo presents the richest first place prize in non-wing sprint car history, $30,000 to win for the SCRA non-wing sprints on Tuesday evening. The three-day East Bay show will pay a total purse of $113,740, with Thursday and Friday's preliminary features paying $4,000 to win and $400 to start. Saturday's finale will pay $30,000 to win and $500 to take the green in the A Main. An open competition show for 360 sprints will also be run all three days. Each evening will be a complete racing program. Saturday's East Bay finale will decide the All Star 2001 points championship, which currently shows Kenny Jacobs ahead of Chad Kemenah by a mere 16 markers. In addition, the 360 sprint winner will receive $10,000. Also on tap for the weekend is a Teenage National Challenge Race in the 360 class for young up and coming sprint car drivers. For more information, contact the All Stars at (386) 756-9225 or go to allstarsprint.com or www.eastbayraceway.com.