David Reininger -- motorsport.com Abbottstown, PA (June 24, 2000) -- Fred Rahmer earned his seventh victory of the season at Lincoln Speedway tonight, winning the inaugural Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Race. Tonight's 30-lap feature, which paid...
David Reininger -- motorsport.com
Abbottstown, PA (June 24, 2000) -- Fred Rahmer earned his seventh victory of the season at Lincoln Speedway tonight, winning the inaugural Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Race. Tonight's 30-lap feature, which paid $5,000 to the winner, was the first race in the Keystone Pretzels Pennsylvania Speedweek.
Rahmer was scheduled to start on the fourth row, but Keith Kauffman spun on the second attempt to start the race, moving Rahmer up one row. Kauffman collected Lance Dewease, ending his night early. Dewease rejoined at the rear of the field and was never a factor in the race.
At the end of one lap, Rahmer was fifth, just behind James Chesson. Rahmer and Chesson crossed the line side by side as they completed lap three with Rahmer gaining the advantage in the next turn.
With five laps complete, Jeff Rohrbaugh spun in the No. 29 Weikert Livestock car causing the first of six caution periods during the race. Sean Michael lined up at the point for the restart followed by Steve Siegel, Don Kreitz Jr., Rahmer and Chesson.
Never one to waste time, Rahmer quickly cleared Kreitz in the first set of turns and set his sights on the lead.
Michaels drove the black Zemco car to the rim in turn three while Siegel dove low to challenge. Seeing a hole in the middle of the track, Rahmer, sliced between the pair briefly taking the lead. Michaels managed to drive back under Rahmer off turn four to lead lap six.
Rahmer passed Michaels in the next set of turns to lead the final 24 laps of the race. Michaels held the second position until lap twelve when a stuck throttle caused him to make hard contact with the Turn four wall. He was unhurt.
"With this Speedweek deal you've got to capitalize when it's on your home track," said Rahmer, the defending track champion. "We were able to do that. I love representing Lincoln, whether it's an All-Star show or an Outlaw show - I absolutely love racing here."
The Kevin Gobrecht Memorial honored the New Oxford, Pennsylvnia driver killed last September during a World of Outlaws race. Kevin's brother, Brian Gobrecht, who drives the family-owned No. 92 sprint car, presented Rahmer with his trophy in victory lane. "Kevin had a lot of respect for Fred. He looked up to Fred. They had some good battles, they didn't give each other anything. It was nice to see Fred come out on top. It was good race"