Rahmer Caps Unbelievable Year With Octoberfest Victory McKenzie, TN -- Fred Rahmer and the Joe Harz Racing team concluded an incredible sprint car season this past Sunday afternoon in fine style by winning the $10,000-to-win 50-lap sprint car ...
Rahmer Caps Unbelievable Year With Octoberfest Victory
McKenzie, TN -- Fred Rahmer and the Joe Harz Racing team concluded an incredible sprint car season this past Sunday afternoon in fine style by winning the $10,000-to-win 50-lap sprint car feature in the annual Octoberfest event at Hagerstown Speedway. It marked the 34th time this season, Rahmer pulled the #88h J&J into victory lane eclipsing his career-best victory total.
"We certainly knew coming into this season that we should win more than we did last year," said Rahmer, who won five feature events in 2003. "I didn't think we'd be breaking records, but we knew we had a great team, incredible owner, great equipment and a driver ready to compete at the highest level. Everyone worked really hard and we did the best we could every night. We're of course looking forward towards next year and trying to do it again next year."
With 34 wins this year, Rahmer beat his own personal record of 33 wins in a season, which he accomplished in 1998. From 1998 through this year he's claimed 140 sprint car wins all in J&J Auto Racing sprint cars.
"Everyone at J&J is extremely proud of what Fred and the Joe Harz Racing team accomplished this year," said Jack Elam, president and founder of J&J Auto Racing. "It takes an entire team effort to have an incredible season like this. Joe, Fred, Timmy, Bill, Wop, Jeff and Nate all worked their tales off to win as much as they did. We have a lot of respect for those guys and they represented J&J very well this year. We're fortunate to have a number of great customers and hope that all of them can experience the type of success the #88h team had this year."
Here's how he reached victory lane 34 times:
The first win of the season came for Rahmer on February 21st as he claimed his sixth season opener victory at Lincoln Speedway and his second came on April 10th also at Lincoln. The month of May was memorable as Rahmer picked up his third win of the season May 8th and concluded the month by winning Lincoln Speedway's 52nd Anniversary race. The win was his fourth of the season and 300th behind the wheel of a sprint car. The following night, he drove the Joe Harz Racing #88h J&J to victory in the World of Outlaws event at Williams Grove Speedway. That win marked his 400th career win including his wins in other racing divisions. He made it three wins in four nights two nights later picking up his sixth win of the season at Lincoln Speedway on May 29.
In the month of June, Rahmer and the team continued to pick up victories beginning with the Jan Opperman Memorial at Susquehanna Raceway Park on June 6th. Another feature win at Lincoln on June 12th pushed his win total to eight and the following week, he claimed the second feature of the Twin 20's program at Williams Grove Speedway. He reached double figures in wins the next night at Lincoln racing from ninth to claim the win. On June 24th, eleven was the lucky number as "Fast Freddy" charged from 11th starting position in the #88h J&J to claim his 11th win of the season. Three nights later he picked up his first victory in the Pennsylvania Speedweek event at Grandview Speedway, earning his 20th career Speedweek victory. He concluded the month of June with his 13th win of the season racing from 10th to claim the Silver Springs PA Speedweek show.
The month of July began with the final four PA Speedweek races and Rahmer picked up the Mitch Smith Memorial at Williams Grove on July 2nd giving him 14 on the season and 57 career wins at "the Grove". His consistency earned him his eighth PA Speedweek crown and four nights later he returned to victory lane at Susquehanna Raceway Park. Two nights later, he made a thrilling last lap pass of Doug Esh at Lincoln Speedway to earn victory number 16. Another Williams Grove feature win came on July 16 and the team reached 18 wins at Port Royal on July 28th.
As the calendar turned to August, the #88h J&J continued to dominate the action. Rahmer won on three consecutive nights winning at Susquehanna, Williams Grove and at Lincoln on August 7th when he picked up his 21st victory of the season. Rahmer and the Joe Harz Racing team traveled to Iowa for the Knoxville Nationals and earned a front starting spot in the $125,000-to-win Superbowl of Sprint Car racing. His 11th place finish in the Nationals was the best of his career and the team returned to Pennsylvania searching for more wins. He won a make-up feature on August 18th before reeling off six consecutive wins from August 22nd to September 2nd. In that stretch, he won the York County Nationals, defeated the All-Stars at Lincoln to earn his seventh career All-Star triumph, and clinched the King of the Hill series crown.
After racing from 12th to second at Williams Grove on September 3rd, Rahmer was back in victory lane the following night winning the Bobby Abel Memorial at Lincoln Speedway. The wins continued in early September as Rahmer scored win number 30 by taking the first of the Triple 20's at Williams Grove Speedway on September 5th. He collected his 31st win of the season at Port Royal in the opener of the annual Tuscarora 50 event. On September 16th, Rahmer clinched the Susquehanna Raceway Park championship by winning the feature from his sixth starting position. A third place finish on September 26th at Selinsgrove Speedway allowed Rahmer to claim the track championship.
The month of October started with Rahmer finishing second and third in the National Open weekend at Williams Grove Speedway and by doing so locked up his fifth career Williams Grove track championship. Rahmer tied his career-best win total with victory number 33 on October 9th as he won a wild 40-lap Kenny Weld Memorial to claiming his 13th win of the season at Lincoln, winning at least 10 features in one season at Lincoln for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. Rahmer capped the season with his first Octoberfest victory at Hagerstown Speedway on October 31st charging from the back of the field to win the 50-lap race and earn his 34th triumph of the season.