FATHERLY ADVICE PROPELS RAHMER TO RECORD-TYING NINTH STRAIGHT; ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/20/98 - It's advice from his late father that has propelled Fast Freddy Rahmer to the top of the sprint car world. And he used it...
FATHERLY ADVICE PROPELS RAHMER TO RECORD-TYING NINTH STRAIGHT;
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/20/98 - It's advice from his late father that has propelled Fast Freddy Rahmer to the top of the sprint car world. And he used it again Saturday night to tie Steve Smith's 20-year-old win streak record on the eve of Father's Day Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway.
Rahmer's ninth straight Lincoln win came after the Salfordville driver barely steered clear of a crash that nearly stopped his win streak that has continued in the Pigeon Hills since March. Rahmer, who started 12th, cautiously navigated through a seventh-lap crash in the first and second turns, and then eventually passed a determined Cris Eash on the 16th lap to take the lead and cruise to his record-tying victory. "When I first started racing, my dad told me that the car right in front of you will never hurt you, but it will be the ones about three ahead," said Rahmer, "I've always looked way ahead, and I saw the crash before I was in the corner. Sometimes you can't make all that of an evasive action, but I did the best I could. I was just looking ahead, and thank got for my dad." "Tonight we got nine (wins). It doesn't seem like that big a deal, but I'm glad it's over. Even if we don't win next week this has been quite an honor. It's pretty incredible that we've won nine in-a-row. Again it's a just goes to this team. I had Moon make some changes under the red there and it made my car a lot better...I wasn't real good before that. I got lucky again tonight. Next week it will be just like coming to get one. I'm going to come and gas the hell out of it." Commenting on the fact that he's closing in on Kenny Weld (third with 71) and Bobby Allen (second with 73), Rahmer said "I have so much respect for all those guys ahead of me. Just to be mentioned in the same sentence with them guys is more than I ever thought I'd accomplish, and I truly, truly mean that. It's a great honor to be amongst them guys." Eash grabbed the lead from brother Darren on a seventh-lap restart, just after Dave Ely and Danny Jones spun out while racing for second. That was the crash that nearly took out Rahmer, but he threaded the needle between them and the wall and restarted fifth. Eash built a sizable 1.92-second lead when the caution and subsequent red flag for fuel came out on lap 11. On that restart, Rahmer, who was running fourth, passed Tim Shaffer for third in the first and second turns and caught Darren Eash to move into second on the third and fourth turns. At the time, Rahmer was three-quarters of a second behind. At the time, Eash looked to be in control. But the caution flew for a final time on lap 16 for Brian Paulus and Jesse Wentz, who spun on opposite sides of the track. Rahmer tracked down Eash and made the race-winning pass on the next lap. "Cris (Eash) was really good tonight, but we got lucky. I sort of knew he was going to the bottom on that restart but I was able to get a run on him in one and two and I sailed him three and four and did what we had to do," explained Rahmer. Steve Siegel methodically worked his way through the field (from his 10th starting spot) to cross third, with Shaffer and Darren Eash completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Johnny Mackison, Jr., Sean Michael (who came from the rear following a flat tire on the seventh lap), Chris Knopp, Jesse Wentz, and Brook Weibley. Heats for the 27 super sprints were won by Jeff Rohrbaugh, Siegel, and Wentz.
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS SATURDAY - JUNE 20, 1998 SUPER SPRINTS Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($2,500); 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 59-Steve Siegel; 4. 12-Tim Shaffer; 5. 7E-Darren Eash; 6. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 7. 88-Sean Michael; 8. 48-Chris Knopp; 9. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 10. 32W-Brook Weibley; 11. 8J-Danny Jones; 12. 8-Dan Dietrich; 13. 6-Eric Mathiot; 14. 2C-Mike Dillman; 15. 94-Glendon Forsythe (DNF); 16. 3H-Kevin Higgins (DNF); 17. 28-Brian Paulus (DNF); 18. 12B-Brian Montieth (DNF); 19. 77E-Dave Ely (DNF); 20. 4L-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF); 21. 25-Todd Gracey (DNF); 22. 11D-Mike Duncan (DNF); 23. 16-Bill Brian Jr. (DNF); 24. 8D-Billy Dietrich (DNF). No Time Lap Leaders - Danny Jones (1), Darren Eash (2-6), Cris Eash (7-15), Fred Rahmer (16-25) 1st Heat (10 Laps\6 to qualify) - 1. 4L-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 77-Fred Rahmer; 4. 8J-Danny Jones; 5. 3H-Kevin Higgins; 6. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 7. 2C-Mike Dillman; 8. 12B-Brian Montieth (DNF); DNS - 32G-Randy Glover. No Time 2nd Heat (10 Laps\6 to qualify) - 1. 59-Steve Siegel; 2. 77E-Dave Ely; 3. 48-Chris Knopp; 4. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 5. 25-Todd Gracey; 6. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 7. 11D-Mike Duncan; 8. 6-Eric Mathiot; DNS - 10N-Dave Haight. Time - 2:32.08 3rd Heat (10 Laps\6 to qualify) - 1. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 2. 12-Tim Shaffer; 3. 7E-Darren Eash; 4. 88-Sean Michael; 5. 32W-Brook Weibley; 6. 8-Dan Dietrich; 7. 28-Brian Paulus; 8. 16-Bill Brian Jr.; 9. 43-Larry Shive (DNF). Time - 2:33.56 358 SPRINTS Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 6E-Doug Esh; 2. 77-Greg Leiby; 3. 50-Mark Richard; 4. 30-Cris Eash; 5. 59-Mike Lehman; 6. 22-James Chesson; 7. 88-Terry Leininger; 8. 6F-Bill Fannasy; 9. 34-Bob Camilli; 10. 22J-Joe Ilg; 11. 55-Scott Ausherman; 12. 9C-Bill Case Jr.; 13. 53R-Andy Rhoads; 14. 18-Moon Mullen; 15. 80-Todd Reed; 16. 31D-Kevin Drury; 17. 00-Elmer Stoltzfus (DNF); 18. 4-Eric Stambaugh (DNF); 19. 53-Pieron Reasner (DNF); 20. 81-Bob Beidleman (DNF); 21. 5-Bob Hagan (DNF); 22. 7-Dave Gable Jr. (DNF); 23. 27-Larry Jackson (DNF); 24. 46-Chad Layton (DNF). No Time Lap Leaders - Pieron Reasner (1-2), Doug Esh (3-20)