Williams Grove Pennsylavania, Sept 12, 1997 Fast Freddy Rahmer showed his prowess in traffic to take tonight's 25 lap Super Sprint feature at Williams Grove Speedway and all but wrap up the season championship. Heat action was clean and ...
Williams Grove Pennsylavania, Sept 12, 1997
Fast Freddy Rahmer showed his prowess in traffic to take tonight's 25 lap Super Sprint feature at Williams Grove Speedway and all but wrap up the season championship.
Heat action was clean and competitive. The only serious incident in the four heats was when Bob Howard (49) rolled to a stop on the front stretch after a torque tube broke and hit his ankle. The red was brought out while Bob got out of his car and walked to the ambulance to have his ankle attended. Transfers from the four heat races (10 laps, 4 transfer, three handicapped to first 12 in main) were:
Heat 1: 461 Lance Dewease, 30 Daryl Stimeling, 55 Mike Wagner, 2$ Tim Kuhn Heat 2: 17E Cris Eash, 77T Jess Thomas, 77 Fred Rahmer, 10N Jeff Thompson Heat 3: 29 Bill Brian Jr, 88X Sean Michael, 1 Billy Pauch, 53 Shawn Keen Heat 4: 16C Cliff Brian, 15D Brook Weibley, 7X Kevin Gobrecht, 88 Todd Shaffer
With 41 Super Sprints in the back gate, the field was filled by four cars from each of two consolation races. There was a scary moment on the eighth lap of the second consolation as Dave Haight (07) had a spectacular flash fire under the hood along the front straight. He spun the car to a stop in turn 1, where the fire went out on its own. On the restart, Spider Thomas (77X) and Bob Bennett (3) tangled in turn 4, with Bennett over the wall and Thomas winding up on his side. Neither driver was hurt. Transfers from the consolation races (10 laps, 4 transfer) were:
Consi 1: 17 Alan Cole, 45 Jeff Rohrbaugh, 69K Don Kreitz Jr, 59 Steve Siegel Consi 2: 10 Len Thompson, 8 Dan Dietrich, 2W Jesse Wentz, X Bobby Weaver
The feature began with fourth place starter Bill Brian Jr., in the 29 Weikert Livestock car, moving to the lead. Kevin Gobrecht, now in the the family-owned 7X, and Fred Rahmer, in his red Manheim Auction 77, moved forward from their eighth and twelfth starting positions. The race's only yellow came out after nine laps, when Jess Thompson's 10N slowed and stopped on the backstretch. By then, Gobrecht and Rahmer had moved into second and third. They were followed by Daryl Stimeling (30), Brook Weibley (15D), Billy Pauch (1), Sean Michael (88X), Cris Eash (17E), Lance Dewease (461) and Mike Wagner (55) in the top ten.
After the green flag fell, Gobrecht worked on Brian for a few laps then took first. As Rahmer worked on Brian for second, Gobrecht built a comfortable lead. By the time Fred took second, Kevin's lead was over half a straightaway, and it looked like the G-man had checked out for good. As the leaders began lapping the field on the seventeenth lap, however, Gobrecht's lead began to evaporate. The gap closed. On lap 20 Gobrecht got caught behind a cluster of three lapped cars coming out of turn 2 and Rahmer went around the outside.
While Gobrecht and Rahmer were chasing each other at the front, Billy Pauch and Todd Shaffer moved up from their 10th and 18th starting positions to finish third and fourth. Early leader Bill Brian finished fifth, ahead of Lance Dewease and Brooks Weibley.
The winner's circle interview was delayed until after completion of the 25 lap, $1200 to win, 358 championship feature race, won by Ron Kramer. With almost 100 cars present (41 Super Sprints and 56 358's), the show was running late, and Rahmer graciously deferred to getting the last race in. Afterwards, Rahmer said that considered himself to be fortunate to win, and that if it had not been for the traffic he would not have caught Gobrecht.
Feature Lineup (25 laps, $3000 to win):
77T Jess Thomas 30 Daryl Stimeling 15D Brook Weibley 29 Bill Brian Jr 16C Cliff Brian 55 Mike Wagner 88X Sean Michael 7X Kevin Gobrecht 17E Cris Eash 1 Billy Pauch 461 Lance Dewease 77 Fred Rahmer 2$ Tim Kuhn 10N Jeff Thompson 53 Shawn Keen 88 Todd Shaffer 17 Alan Cole 10 Len Thompson 45 Jeff Rohrbaugh 8 Dan Dietrich 69K Don Kreitz Jr 2W Jesse Wentz 59 Steve Siegel X Bobby Weaver
1. 77 Fred Rahmer 2. 7X Kevin Gobrecht 3. 1 Billy Pauch 4. 88 Todd Shaffer 5. 29 Bill Brian Jr 6. 461 Lance Dewease 7. 15D Brook Weibley 8. 88X Sean Michael 9. 55 Mike Wagner 10. 69K Don Kreitz Jr 11. 30 Daryl Stimeling 12. 16C Cliff Brian 13. 17E Cris Eash 14. 10 Len Thompson 15. 45 Jeff Rohrbaugh 16. 59 Steve Siegel 17. 2W Jesse Wentz 18. 53 Shawn Keen 19. 77T Jess Thomas 20. 2$ Tim Kuhn 21. 10N Jeff Thompson 22. 8 Dan Dietrich 23. X Bobby Weaver 24. 17 Alan Cole
Ken Plotkin - Motorsport News International