Selinsgrove, PA - 9/18/99 - It was the fastest night in the history of Selinsgrove Speedway with one-lap, five-lap, and eight-lap track records broken during the course of the 17th Annual Selinsgrove National Open - sometimes more than once. In...
Selinsgrove, PA - 9/18/99 - It was the fastest night in the history of Selinsgrove Speedway with one-lap, five-lap, and eight-lap track records broken during the course of the 17th Annual Selinsgrove National Open - sometimes more than once. In the end it was only fitting that Salfordsville' s Fred Rahmer set a record of his own as he won the 17th edition of the Selinsgrove National Open in convincing fashion for a record-breaking fourth time at the Snyder County half-mile.
Rahmer made a high-side move around Todd Shaffer in the third and fourth turns following a 13th-lap caution restart to take the lead and then led the rest of the way to win the super sprint finale and become the first person in history to win the coveted Selinsgrove National Open title four times.
"I'll tell you what, Moon (Byers) really had the car working," said Rahmer upon exiting his winning Al Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Auction/Cindy Rowe No.77 sprinter. "Whatever Moon does to the car here I wouldn't even tell my kids if I did know because it is unbelievable fast."
"There isn't one of the top-five or ten cars here that if their driver was in this car he would have won...because it was sure operating tonight. This car here is absolutely...it would take a hell of a car to beat it and I don' t care who would be driving it."
At the outset of the 30-lap $5,000-to-win event polesitter and early eight-lap track record holder Bryan Gobrecht grabbed the lead at the drop of the green with outside frontrow starter Todd Shaffer, third-starting Greg Hodnett, fourth-starting Randy Wolfe and sixth-starting Jeff Shepard in tow.
Shaffer cut into Gobrecht's half-second lead as they headed into lapped traffic on the sixth lap and made a pass for the lead exiting the second turn of the 10th lap.
Meanwhile Rahmer, who started fifth, began to make his move to the front as he passed Shepard, Hodnett and Gobrecht to move into second place when the first caution flag of the night for the sprints came out on the 13th lap when James Chesson rolled to a stop in the fourth turn with a flat right rear tire.
On the restart Rahmer was glued to Shaffer's bumper and made his race-winning pass around the Millerstown speedster in the third and fourth turns of the 13th lap.
"One thing that helped me out in the beginning of the race was that it was a long green period," said Rahmer. "And if I do anything good as a race driver it's run traffic and I just got a couple breaks and went where they didn't."
"I know without the restart it would have been tough to pass Todd (Shaffer). I went in right on (Shaffer's) right rear and I always know I can trust him and I was right on him. I didn't know that I could pass him to tell you the truth. Moon's got the car running so good and the Don Ott engine is running so good...we're just so glad to win."
Rahmer quickly open-up a 1.32 second lead over Shaffer when the second caution flag waved on the 17th lap for Gobrecht who shredded a right-rear tire and came to a stop on the backstretch.
On the restart Rahmer quickly open-up a 2.21 second lead over Shaffer, Hodnett, Shepard and Dave Ely and appeared to be well on his way to the win.
But it wasn't over yet as the final caution of the night waved on the 24th after Glendon Forsythe and Dave Ely tangled on the backstretch. The caution then was changed to a red for fuel with all crew members allowed to do anything to the cars they wanted under the stoppage of action - with the exception of changing tires.
But no one could touch Rahmer over the final six laps as he took the checkered 4.39 second ahead of Shaffer after 30 laps to record his eighth win of the year at Selinsgrove - and the 45th of his career.
"I couldn't be happier," said Rahmer. "It was a good group of cars here and with all those track records...16.4 around Selinsgrove is operating."
"I don't know if I want to go that fast but we went fast enough to start up front and we were able to win."
Greg Hodnett has to settle for third, with Shepard, Shepard and Lance Dewease completing the top-five.
"They had the track so fast tonight," Rahmer exclaimed "Between the air being good, it got a little cooler and they had the track absolutely so fast...I wouldn't want to race here every week on conditions like that."
"You're zipping around there and I'll tell you if something happens it's going to be trouble. Tonight the track was absolutely beautiful. All the heat races nobody could pass because everybody was so fast. It made it so tough."
The win was also Rahmer's area-leading 23rd win of 1999.
Completing the top-10 were Todd Hestor, Keith Kauffman, Shawn Keen, Randy Wolfe and P.J. Chesson.
All three heats were run under the old track record at the time with Brian Gobrecht, Randy Wolfe and Todd Shaffer claiming the wins. It was Wolfe's eight-lap time of 2:20.05 in the second heat that was the fastest eight-laps in Selinsgrove history up until that time.
But then Lance Dewease put the eight-lap track record in the books for good as he set his second track record of the evening in winning the B-Main in a new eight-lap record time of 2:17.98.
Gobrecht then kept the record-breaking streak intact by setting a new five-lap track record in winning the dash with a time of 1:27.72.
Starting off the record-setting evening was Dewease as he was the first driver to take time in time trials over the 26-car field with his one-lap time of 16.436 seconds breaking the one-lap track record. That time then stood the rest of the way for fast time honors as well. But in the end, a total of three drivers bettered the old track record of 16.835 seconds set by Keith Kauffman on 7/4/99 during the Pennsylvania Speedweek Show - they were Dewease, Greg Hodnett (16.466) and Todd Hestor (16.753).
Polesitter Dave Brouse grabbed the lead over Joey Kiester at the drop of the green in the special 15 lap Pro Stock Championship. Brouse held back the race-long challenges of Kiester to notch his third pro stock feature win of 1999.
Pro Stock heats were won by Scott Dorman and Kyle Bachman.
RACE RESULTS Saturday - September 18, 1999 SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY Selinsgrove, Pa. 17TH ANNUAL ALEXANDER FAMILY DEALERSHIPS NATIONAL OPEN
National Open (30 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($5,000); 2. 88-Todd Shaffer ($2,500); 3. 12-Greg Hodnett ($1,600); 4. 1-Jeff Shepard ($1,300); 5. 88H-Lance Dewease ($1,100); 6. 7M-Todd Hestor ($900); 7. 7-Keith Kauffman ($800); 8. 53-Shawn Keen ($600); 9. 75W-Randy Wolfe ($950); 10. 76-P.J. Chesson ($500); 11. 32-Brook Weibley ($475); 12. 10-Len Thompson ($450); 13. 17-Alan Cole ($425); 14. 29-Von McGee ($420); 15. 8-Mike Walters ($415); 16. 30-Daryl Stimeling ($400); 17. 17K-Glendon Forsythe ($400); 18. 117-Mike Erdley ($400)(DNF); 19. 77E-Dave Ely ($400)(DNF); 20. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr. ($400)(DNF); 21. 92-Bryan Gobrecht ($400)(DNF); 22. 22-James Chesson ($400)(DNF); 23. 3-Bob Bennett ($400)(DNF); 24. 77T-Jess Thomas ($400)(DNF); 25. 07-Curt Michael ($400)(DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Bryan Gobrecht (1-9), Todd Shaffer (10-12), Fred Rahmer (13-30)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 92-Brian Gobrecht; 2. 1-Jeff Shepard; 3. 32-Brook Weibley; 4. 77-Fred Rahmer; 5. 29-Von McGee; 6. 3-Bob Bennett; 7. 30-Daryl Stimeling; 8. 88H-Lance Dewease (DNF); 9. 22-James Chesson (DNF). Time - 2:20.20
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 75W-Randy Wolfe; 2. 12-Greg Hodnett; 3. 07-Curt Michael; 4. 77E-Dave Ely; 5. 117-Mike Erdley; 6. 17K-Glendon Forsythe; 7. 76-P.J. Chesson (DNF); 8. 7-Keith Kauffman (DNF). Time - 2:20.05
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 88-Todd Shaffer; 2. 17-Alan Cole; 3. 53-Shawn Keen; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 10-Len Thompson; 6. 77T-Jess Thomas; 7. Mike Walter; 8. 7M-Todd Hestor (DNF); DNS - 17B-Troy Whitesel. Time - 2:20.60
Dash (5 Laps) - 1. 92-Brian Gobrecht; 2. 88-Todd Shaffer; 3. 12-Greg Hodnett; 4. 75W-Randy Wolfe; 5. 77-Fred Rahmer; 6. 1-Jeff Shepard; 7. 77E-Dave Ely; 8. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr. Time - 1:27.72 (New 5 lap track record - old record was 1:27.94 set by Cris Eash on 9/19/92)
B-Main (8 Laps/6 to qualify/top-3 gets time back) - 1. 88H-Lance Dewease; 2. 7M-Todd Hestor; 3. 22-James Chesson; 4. 7-Keith Kauffman; 5. 76-P.J. Chesson; 6. 8-Mike Walter; 7. 30-Daryl Stimeling; DNS - 17B-Troy Whitesel. Time - 2:17.98 (New 8-lap track record - old record was 2:20.05 set by Randy Wolfe on 9/18/99)
Time Trials - 1. Lance Dewease, 88H, 16.436 seconds (New 1-lap track record - old record was 16.835 by Keith Kauffman on 7/4/99); 2. Greg Hodnett, 12, 16.466; 3. Todd Hestor, 7M, 16.753; 4. Fred Rahmer, 77, 16.861; 5. Dave Ely, 77E, 16.893; 6. Johnny Mackison Jr., 65, 16.919; 7. Jeff Shepard, 1, 16.964; 8. Keith Kauffman, 7, 17.039; 9. Len Thompson, 10, 17.066; 10. James Chesson, 22, 17.079; 11. P.J. Chesson, 76, 17.121; 12. Shawn Keen, 53, 17.146; 13. Brook Weibley, 32, 17.236; 14. Randy Wolfe, 75W, 17.273; 15. Todd Shaffer, 88, 17.299; 16. Brian Gobrecht, 92, 17.423; 17. Curt Michael, 07, 17.445; 18. Alan Cole, 17, 17.572; 19. Bob Bennett, 3, 17.635; 20. Mike Erdley, 117, 17.730; 21. Jess Thomas, 77T, 17.948; 22. Von McGee, 29, 18.092; 23. Glendon Forsythe, 17K, 18.496; 24. Mike Walter, 8, 18.821; 25. Daryl Stimeling, 30, 19.054; 26. Troy Whitesel, 17B, NT.
Pro Stock Championship:
Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 6-PAK-Dave Brouse; 2. 00-Joey Kiester; 3. 99-Kyle Bachman; 4. 07-Tim Krape; 5. 8-Doug Hendricks; 6. 12-PAK-Gary Kerstetter; 7. 115-Troy Miller; 8. 66-Scott Dorman; 9. 85-Scott Dunham; 10. 11-Jake Buck; 12. 48-Matt Drum; 13. XR7-Jerry Blauch; 14. 98-Tracker; 15. 77X-Tom Krape; 16. 24M-William Mitch; 17. 22-Kevin Spigglemyer; 18. 37-Bob Baumgardner; 19. 44-Bruce Drum; 20. 70-Matt Johnson (DNF); 21. 19-Donnie Murphy (DNF); 22. 25-Gerald Kratzer (DNF); DNS - 77-Billy Shipman Jr. No Time
Lap Leaders - Dave Brouse (1-15)
1st Heat (5 Laps) - 1. 66-Scott Dorman; 2. 25-Gerald Kratzer; 3. 8-Doug Hendricks; 4. 00-Joey Kiester; 5. 28-Dave Inch; 6. 12-PAK-Gary Kerstetter; 7. 22-Kevin Spigglemyer; 8. XR7-Jerry Blauch; 9. 44-Bruce Drum; 10. 77X-Tom Krape; 11. 24M-William Mitch; DNS - 37-Bob Baumgardner. No Time
2nd Heat (5 Laps) - 1. 99-Kyle Bachman; 2. 07-Tim Krape; 3. 6-PAK-Dave Brouse; 4. 115-Troy Miller; 5. 70-Matt Johnson; 6. 19-Donnie Murphy; 7. 85-Scott Dunham; 8. 11-Jake Buck; 9. 48-Matt Drum; 10. 98-Tracker; 11. 77-Billy Shipman (DNF). Time - 2:21.52 (New 5 lap track record - old record was 2:21.27)