RAHMER TAKES KNOXVILLE NATIONALS OPENER IN J&J KNOXVILLE, IA - Fred Rahmer leads the nation in sprint car victories and Wednesday's win in the opening night of the 45th annual Knoxville Nationals was the first of his legendary career at historic...
RAHMER TAKES KNOXVILLE NATIONALS OPENER IN J&J
KNOXVILLE, IA - Fred Rahmer leads the nation in sprint car victories and Wednesday's win in the opening night of the 45th annual Knoxville Nationals was the first of his legendary career at historic Knoxville Raceway. Rahmer raced the #88h Joe Harz Racing J&J sprinter to victory after starting fourth.
Rahmer admits that luck is a big part of succeeding the season's biggest race.
"I'm pretty happy tonight. When you come once a year to the toughest event, the odds of winning are slim to none," said Rahmer. "We were lucky enough to sneak in tonight."
"There's more luck involved in this race than any race we go to all year. If you draw a bad number, you're in trouble. If you draw a bad heat, you're in trouble. If you do good in time trials, you're in the back and in trouble. You need more luck here than any race we run all year long. You just hope all the stars line up when it's your time."
Rahmer made the most of his opportunities on this night.
"Everybody always says Steve Kinser is the luckiest guy in the world, but he's always in position if the first car drops out. I surely didn't want to see Steve crash. My car felt the best I've ever felt here. It's a shame we didn't have our good motor in. We clogged a nozzle in warm-ups. The other motor is tons better than this one."
Other Notable J&J performances at the Nationals:
Donny Schatz was the second fastest qualifier in the 55-car field aboard his #15 ParkerStore J&J. After winning the "B" feature, Schatz charged from 21st to finish sixth. Schatz ranks third overall in qualifying points with 470.
Stevie Smith finished the "A" feature event in eighth place after starting 23rd. Smith drove his #19 RAACE Foundation J&J past 15 cars and after qualifying seventh, earned 453 points placing him seventh overall.
Australian racer Skip Jackson raced his #2au J&J from 24th to 11th in the 25-lap feature event. Jackson ranks ninth in overall points.