Gumout: PA weekend summaries

18TH-LAP PASS SECURES 7TH WIN IN 8 RACES FOR RAHMER AT LINCOLN Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer picked up his second win of the weekend by claiming the 25-lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Rahmer, hot off his win in the...

18TH-LAP PASS SECURES 7TH WIN IN 8 RACES FOR RAHMER AT LINCOLN

Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer picked up his second win of the weekend by claiming the 25-lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

Rahmer, hot off his win in the World of Outlaws Gumout series opener at Williams Grove the night before, caught leader Josh Wells exiting the second turn of the 18th lap and then pulled away over the remaining six laps to take the checkered in a non-stop 25-lap feature time of six minutes, 46.24 seconds.

"I'm just glad to be standing here again," said the happy winner upon exiting his Al and Betty Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Auction/Cindy Rowe Auto Glass sprinter in victory lane, "Josh Wells was running a real good race. I've been telling you there are a lot of new guys running real well, and a lot of good people standing behind them - or they wouldn't be running that good."

Rahmer's pass for the lead came when Wells got boxed in behind a lapped car on the second turn.

Asked about that after the race, Rahmer said, "The one thing my dad taught me when I first started was that the car right in front of you can't hurt you. You've got to look way ahead. That's helped me quite a bit over the years. We're just fortunate. I have more experience than him, and he led for a long time. I'm sure he's going to win his share."

Finishing second 5.43 seconds behind Rahmer at the checkered was Steve Siegel, who slid under Wells as the two passed under the white flag. Wells, in his best ever Lincoln run, finished third, with brothers Cris and Darren Eash completing the top five. Early race leader Billy Sims finished sixth, with Johnny Mackison Jr., Cliff Brian, Niki Young, and Chris Knopp rounding out the top ten.

Lancaster's Doug Esh became the third winner in as many races in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature. Esh, piloting the Larry Lamey No.88X, started on the outside of the front row and battled Tim Hershey for the race lead over the first half of the race before pulling away for the win.

Abbottstown's Bernie Beard came from 17th starting spot to win his third race of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Beard steered clear of several crashes in front of him to pass both Craig Wagaman and Steve Clabaugh as they were battling for the lead on lap 15.

Lincoln Speedway swings back into action next Saturday night, May 5th, with the first of two visits by the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Series. Joining the All Stars will be the thundercars, along with a visit by 2001 Ms. Motorsports Mandy Fenstermacher. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with hot laps at 7 p.m., and time trials commencing at 7:30 p.m.

RAHMER PICKS UP FIRST WILLIAMS GROVE WIN IN GUMOUT SERIES OPENER

Finishing second or third is good. But winning is better. Just ask Fred Rahmer.

After finishing second or third the past few weeks at Williams Grove Speedway, Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer knew the wins would come. The Salfordsville speedster, chasing a record-tying fifth straight Williams Grove track title, watched six different winners emerge in seven races. And he wasn't one of them.

Would the wins come soon enough? That question was answered Friday night.

Rahmer slid under two-time Grove winner Lance Dewease in the first and second turns of the 17th lap for the lead and then held off the Mont Alto racer the rest of the way to win the special 30-lap $5,000-to-win World of Outlaw Gumout Series season opener.

"Last week I left here last week feeling real good and also real disappointed, so that made me run just a little harder" Rahmer said upon exiting his Al & Betty Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Action No.77 sprinter in victory lane. "Lance got the lead and I thought, ‘Uh-oh, here we go again."

The win was also Rahmer's 45th career Williams Grove victory, tying him with Donnie Kreitz Jr. for the top-spot as the all-time winningist driver at the historic Mechanicsburg oval.

Rahmer got the opening he needed on the 16th lap and slid under Dewease in the first and second turns and pulled up in from of the Mont Alto racer with the lead exiting the second turn.

Rahmer was able to keep his distance in the end to take the checkered .91 seconds ahead of Dewease to pick up his first Grove win of the season and became the seventh different winner in eight races at the Mechanicsburg half-mile this season.

Coming on strong at the end was sixth-starting Donnie Kreitz Jr. as he battled with Kauffman for third place. Kreitz was able to wrestle away third place from Kauffman, but there wasn't enough laps for the Sinking Spring's racer. Kauffman was forced to settle for fourth place, with 14th-starting Cris Eash coming on at the end to finish fifth.

DEWEASE TROUNCES GUMOUT SERIES AT PORT ROYAL

Fayettesville's Lance Dewease upheld the honor of the Pennsylvania Posse Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway in picking up the win against the invading World of Outlaw Gumout Series. The $5,000 win was Dewease's 73rd career win and his first win of the season at the historic Juniata County oval.

Keith Kauffman used his outside front row starting spot to grab the lead at the drop of the green with Dewease making his race-winning move on the fifth lap. Dewease to the win by a half straightaway over Kauffman. Todd Shaffer rode home third followed by Todd Hestor and Todd Gracey, who has announced he will follow the Gumout series this season.

"My motor was cold at the start and I about got run over when it didn't take off," said the winner in victory lane. "We didn't change the car after the Dash...it worked great on the bottom. We had a slow start here this year. It's tough on these young Outlaw drivers to come in here and beat us. We'll be running next Saturday at Lincoln with the All-Stars."

Mifflintown driver Gary Beward snared the lead from Jason Schmidt with two laps to go in the 12-lap pro stock feature to pick up his seventh career speedway win.

STUTTS UNSTOPPABLE IN SELINSGROVE SPRINTS

T.J. Stutts of Etters appears to be almost unstoppable at Selinsgrove Speedway, posting his fourth win of the season at the track in the 25 lap 358 sprint feature Saturday night.

Stutts made a breathtaking move on the 18th lap around Brian Buckwalter entering turn three for the lead and drove away to a 1.28 second win over Chad Layton. Jim Nace finished third for the second week in a row, while Tom Fraschetta and Buckwalter completed the top five.

Stutts is now four-for-five in Sprint Car racing at the Snyder County oval.

Jeff Rine of Danville recorded his second consecutive win in the 20 lap late model feature, while Matt Drum was awarded the win in the 12-lap Pro Stock feature. Second-place starter Drum was awarded the win in the 12 lap pro stock feature following the disqualification of Kyle Bachman, Gerald Kratzer, and Troy Miller.

LAST LAP PASS GIVES FRANKIE HERR FIRST SUPER SPORTSMAN WIN

Carlisle's Frankie Herr made a last lap pass of Danny Hager and Carmen Perigo Jr. to win his first feature super sportsman feature of the 2001 season.

When race leader Joe Reneker was forced to the pits under caution with a flat tire on the final lap, Herr made the most of his opportunity to go from third to first on the final thrilling lap.

"I figured Perigo would try to hold Hager back on the bottom, so that is why I figured the top would be open," Herr said in victory lane. "When (Reneker) got the flat, I thought ‘we could win this baby.' I knew the top was going to be wide open and we were pretty good up there."

Herr drove right to the cushion in turns three and four on the restart and took second from Hager before the flagstand. Herr would then pass Perigo on the cushion in turns one and two for the lead and the win. Perigo beat Hager by inches for second. Beaver and Cannon completed the top five.

Defending late model champion Jason Covert of Middletown passed Scott McCann on the outside of turn four coming for the checkered flag to win the 20-lap late model feature.

Defending street stock champion Scott Dellinger and Tim Fedder battled for the lead throughout the final 10 laps of the 20-lap event with the leaders making contact exiting turn four on the final lap as Dellinger used to low side of the speedway to take the win the feature over Fedder.

DAVEY JOHNSON WINS STANLEY SCHETROMPF MEMORIAL

Davey Johnson of Greensburg, PA started seventh and worked his way past Brian Birkhofer on lap 34 and never looked back as he captured the Renegade STARS Racing Series sanctioned 20th Annual Stanley Schetrompf Memorial at Hagerstown Speedway Saturday night. Johnson pocketed $6,000 for the 50-lap event.

"The car felt good, Brian Birkhofer and a couple other Rocket Cars in front were good too, but we were just a little bit better," said Johnson. "I knew Brian was good there in the beginning, but we started taking a different line and the car was good, so we took advantage of it while we could. Brian was running strong but we needed the win though."

In other action, Marvin Winters captured his fourth win in the 20-lap late model sportsman feature, Mike Warrenfeltz made it two in a row in the 4-cylinder pure stock feature and Josh Angle recorded his third win in the 4-cylinder pure stock main event.

LASOSKI TAKES OVER WORLD OF OUTLAW TOP SPOT WITH KNOXVILLE WIN

Danny Lasoski of Dover, MO passed Friday night's Preliminary Feature winner Craig Dollansky on the fifth lap and raced away to his second A-Feature win of the season in the 30 lap Pennzoil World of Outlaw A-Feature at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IO.

With the win, Lasoski's third overall in 2001, Lasoski moved to the top of the year-long World of Outlaw point series by just one point over Mark Kinser. Dollansky settled for second and was followed by Steve Kinser, Mark Kinser, and Andy Hillenburg.

DOLLANSKY BEATS MCMAHAN IN KNOXVILLE PRELIM

While the World of Outlaws Gumout Series opened its second season in Pennsylvania, the series' best two drivers from a year ago shined brightly in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' preliminary program Friday at Knoxville Raceway.

Defending Gumout Series champion Craig Dollansky won his second Preliminary Feature of the season, leading all 25 laps and beating 2000 runner-up Paul McMahan under the checkered flag by .3 seconds.

BIRTHDAY BOY CHAD KEMENAH SCORES ALL STAR WIN AT FREMONT

It was a hometown victory Saturday night at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, OH, for Chad Kemenah in the 40 lap All Star feature. Kemenah earned $6,000 in front of a standing room only crowd as Fremont opened its 2001 season. The win was a wild one over a hard charging Byron Reed and early leader Greg Wilson.

"That was a great race," Kemenah exclaimed from victory lane after high fiving his chassis builder Tommy Sanders. "I've always wanted to win an All Star show here."

BLOOMQUIST BREAKS UDTRA SLUMP WITH GAFFNEY WIN

Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN passed UDTRA point leader Rick Eckert of York for the lead with three laps to go, and went on to post his first United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series win of the season Saturday night at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC.

Throughout most of the 50-lap $10,000-to-win event, it was a classic wheel-to-wheel battle between two of the nation's best dirt late model talents that kept the 8,000 race fans, the second largest crowd in the 44-year history of Cherokee Speedway, on their feet.

Running just inches apart, Bloomquist passed Eckert for the lead on lap 37 in turn three of the ½-mile high-banked clay oval, but the move was negated by a caution flag. Bloomquist picked up where he left off after the restart, and passed Eckert in the same spot, with the same move on lap 48.

WENDELL WALLACE WINS COCHRAN $10,000 COCHRAN, GA – Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR made the right tire choice, and made it stick on the start. He led all 50 laps to pick up the $10,000 top prize on Friday night in the United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series event in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Cochran Speedway in Cochran, GA.

UDTRA point leader Rick Eckert of York, PA took the third place and was also the fast qualifier among the 32 entrants with a lap 15.918 seconds for an average speed of 90.464 miles per hour. With the finish Eckert extended his point lead over Steve Francis of Ashland, KY to 41 points.

-DR

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Series Sprint , Stock car , World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Scott Bloomquist , Rick Eckert , Brian Birkhofer , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Steve Francis , Chad Kemenah
Teams Williams