RAHMER RACES TO VICTORY AT WILLIAMS GROVE By Kendra Jacobs Mechanicsburg, PA (May 5) Early evening showers made for an early morning race event at Williams Grove Speedway. The wet night and long morning didn't stop Fred Rahmer from taking home...
RAHMER RACES TO VICTORY AT WILLIAMS GROVE
By Kendra Jacobs
Mechanicsburg, PA (May 5) Early evening showers made for an early morning race event at Williams Grove Speedway. The wet night and long morning didn't stop Fred Rahmer from taking home the Gumout Racing Series victory.
"â€œI want to thank Al and American Racer Tires. They did a good job for us all night. We were pretty good. I'm just glad that everyone stuck it out. This was a marathon tonight," Rahmer said after he pulled his Al Hamilton owned #77 sprinter into victory lane at approximately 3 a.m.
Hotlaps for the night's event started at 7:45. Ronald Laney in the red #52 hit the track as the night's first qualifier, only to be stopped due to heavy rainfall. The rain delay lasted approximately three and a half hours before the first set of hotlaps were once again pushed out onto the track at 11:15.
Rahmer pulled out into an early lead at the start of the night's "A" main, followed by Randy Kinser, Dave Ely, Paul McMahan and Ricky Logan. Ely ducked low on lap two, but had no luck in getting around the red #77.
Lap four saw the first caution of the night as Jeremy Trout spun to a stop. During the yellow, Johnny Mackison also stopped due to a flat tire.
At the restart it was Rahmer, Kinser, Ely, McMahan, and Logan. Rahmer again jumped ahead. Kinser lost the second place position to Ely at the green.
Another yellow was dropped on lap six, as fifth place Ricky Logan slowed to a stop with a flat tire. The tire was changed, and Logan restarted on the tail. Don Kreitz Jr. then moved up to the fifth position.
By lap ten the top five running cars had spread out on the racetrack. Rahmer still with a sizable lead. McMahan acquired the third place position on lap 11 by passing Kinser. The following lap saw Kreitz also get around the #14 of Kinser. The battle for sixth position heated between Jeff Shepard and Craig Dollansky.
On lap 14 the leader began approaching lapped traffic. This traffic helped Ely and McMahan to close in on Rahmer.
Dollansky passed Kinser for fifth position on lap 17. Easily passing through lapped traffic, Rahmer extended his lead over Ely and McMahan.
Dollansky continued to move through the field. On lap 20 he got around Kreitz for fourth position.
Lap 22 saw Ely close in on Rahmer. Ely ducked low but couldn't get around the leader. Kinser fell back to seventh, allowing Shepard to move into sixth position.
Kreitz got back around the #7 of Dollansky just as the yellow fell for Johnny Mackison who was stopped in turn three.
At the restart it was Rahmer, Ely, McMahan, Kreitz and Dollansky. Without the lapped traffic, Rahmer created a nice lead on Ely.
Dollansky and Kreitz swapped positions again on lap 25. Kenny Jacobs passed Kinser moving Jacobs into seventh position. Keith Kauffman, who started 19th, passed Frankie Kerr for tenth position. Shepard moved around Kreitz to secure the fifth position.
With two laps to go, Dollansky suffered flat tire, which consequently pulled him into the guardrail in turn four.
At the restart, McMahan went high trying to get around Ely. Ely pulled in closer to Rahmer, with McMahan trying desperately to get around them Rahmer stayed ahead of the pack and won his first Gumout Racing Series Event.
Jeff Shepard finished in fourth position, with Kreitz finishing fifth. Jacobs crossed in sixth, with Kauffman, Kinser, Michael, and Kerr rounding out the top ten.
Qualifying for the second Gumout Racing Series event began at midnight with Kenny Jacobs taking home the Huggins Fast Time Award with a time of 17.485.
Rahmer set a new five lap record during the Weld Racing Dash. His time of 1.28.62, beating the old five-lap record of 1.29.78 set by Steve Kinser in 1997.
Sean Michael won the Hank's Performance Products "B" Main. Bill Brian Jr. won the night's "C" Main event.
During the rain delay several drivers were forced to leave the racetrack, including Billy Wilburn. Wilburn had to be in Charlotte early Saturday morning to leave for Richmond, Virginia with the rest of Rusty Wallace's crew. Mark Richard, Chris Knopp, Chris Strait, and Darren Eash also took themselves out of the running.