Michael, Wilson, and Rahmer Claim Checkers in J&J's McKENZIE, TN - For most racers weekends in October mean time is running out on the racing season so Curt Michael, Rick Wilson and Fred Rahmer made of the most of being on the track and added...
Michael, Wilson, and Rahmer Claim Checkers in J&J's
McKENZIE, TN - For most racers weekends in October mean time is running out on the racing season so Curt Michael, Rick Wilson and Fred Rahmer made of the most of being on the track and added wins to their season total. Michael claimed a victory on the Syracuse Mile, Wilson won at Rolling Wheels Raceway, and Rahmer scored the Kenny Weld Memorial at Lincoln Speedway.
Curt Michael dominated to the second annual Empire Super Sprint (ESS)/United Racing Club (URC) Shootout on the Syracuse Mile for his 12th career URC victory. Michael drove #99 BK Leasing J&J, which is owned by Kathy and Pat Palladino, to a flag-to-flag $6000 victory. Michael started third, but took the lead on a restart after a first lap accident took out two drivers from the top four.
"I got a good run to take the lead and then I just tried to keep the car fast and stable for the rest of the race," said Michael, who calls Ocean View, DE, home. "The car was just absolutely perfect, you just don't know how comfortable I was out there. I was running hard but I still had more left. I didn't see or hear anyone behind so I kept a steady pace."
Rick Wilson led all 25 laps on Saturday night at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park and won the ESS/United Racing Club (URC) Challenge Series event. The win for the former DIRT 358 modified great was his first ever with the ESS organization which came with a $2500 top prize rewarding his efforts.
"This win means so much to me and my owner (Charlie Price)," said Wilson, who drove the #27g Price Paving J&J to victory. " Charlie is going asphalt racing next year so this was our last race together. Charlie and his entire family have been great friends to me and my family. We have been racing with ESS for three years now and have had so many second place finishes. To finally get that win with the best from two clubs on hand really makes this special for all of us. I'll keep on running the sprinter, I just love these things and I hope I can do some more winning in the years to come."
Fred Rahmer made his last Lincoln ride in the #77 Hamilton Motorsports J&J a memorable one, picking up his 13th Lincoln win of the season in the 40-lap Kenny Weld Memorial Saturday night.
Rahmer started on the pole and led the first two laps before yielding to Lance Dewease, who took the Joe Harz's #88h to the post from laps 3 through 22. Rahmer did retake the lead on lap 16, but his pass was negated when a yellow flag flew. On lap 23, Rahmer put a slider on Dewease, who will drive the #77 next season, and took the lead for good. Keith Kauffman joined the J&J parade in the top three and passed Dewease for second while driving the Middleswarth #7 J&J. Kauffman worked his way to second while Dewease held on with a broken shock to finish fourth. Todd Hestor, who is Kauffman's teammate in the Middleswarth #7m J&J, finished sixth allowing J&J runners to capture four of the first six positions.
"I want to thank Al and Betty, Colleen (Clark), Moon (Byers), and Richie (Wagaman) for putting up with me all these years," said Rahmer following his second straight and fourth overall Weld Memorial victory and the 112th win of his career win at Lincoln. "I've won nine track titles and I don't know how many features with the Hamiltons. Al and I have had five great years here. We're still friends, but it was time to make a change."
Other News -
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws competed in "NASCAR Country" this weekend at the Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway. Donny Schatz scored finishes of third and second in the #15 ParkerStores J&J. On Friday night, he charged from ninth to third and in Saturday's finale, he was closing on leader Steve Kinser in traffic before a late yellow ended his bid for victory. Andy Hillenburg was a hard charger on Saturday coming from 21st to finish ninth in his #2 Luxaire J&J. WoO Gumout points leader, Daryn Pittman, was also in action in his #3 Winneabago Motorsports/Gaerte Engines J&J. The Oklahoma driver has clinched the Gumout drivers point championship and will claim the team points crown by simply making the "A" feature on Tuesday in the finale at Lakeside Speedway near Kansas City.