MECHANICSBURG, PA., 6/24/00 - It just keeps getting better and better. Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer became the third different driver in three straight races to tie Lynn Paxton's all-time win mark at Williams Grove Speedway Friday...
MECHANICSBURG, PA., 6/24/00 - It just keeps getting better and better. Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer became the third different driver in three straight races to tie Lynn Paxton's all-time win mark at Williams Grove Speedway Friday night by scoring his sixth win of the year at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile in the 25 lap super sprint feature. Rahmer, who started eighth, slipped under race-long leader Mike Wagner in the third and fourth turns following a ninth-lap caution restart and then raced away to his record-tying 43rd career win at the Grove. "If Donnie (Kreitz) beats it, or I beat it, it could be Kauffman's record to beat," said Rahmer in victory lane on the possibility of breaking the all-time record held for 17 years by Lynn Paxton. "It would be quite an accomplishment...I'd be proud to break it." "We got lucky tonight, the Don Ott engine ran real good, this J&J car with McCreary Tires was running good." With the win, Rahmer is now tie with Donnie Kreitz Jr. and Keith Kauffman atop the all-time win chart with 43 wins. And with his sixth win at Williams Grove so far this season, it ties Rahmer's personal record for wins in a season at the Grove. "I think this is the most wins I've ever had here and it's only June," said Rahmer on his sixth win of the season at Williams Grove. "Pennsylvania makes for some tough racing and it elevates everybody's program and it just gets tougher and tougher. But I've got to thank Al Hamilton for giving me good stuff to race and all the guys that work on the car do a great job." Polesitter Mike Wagner grabbed the lead over outside frontrow starter Shawn Keen at the drop of the green and paced the field through the first eight laps. Meanwhile Rahmer was charging through the field and had moved into second place by the eighth lap when the caution waved for a spinning Jimmy McBee in the third and fourth turns. On the restart Rahmer shot to the bottom of the third and fourth turns and slid up in front of Wagner for the lead. And it was a lead he would never relinquish. A caution on the 17th lap put Skip Jackson on Rahmer's bumper and for a moment the Australian racer looked like he might slide under Rahmer on the restart in the first and second turns. But Rahmer simply powered away on the exit of the turn. Then a caution on the 24th lap saw the top-10 cars of Todd Shaffer, Lance Dewease, and Steve Siegel tangle in the fourth turns - followed by the red flag for a fuel stop with only two laps to go. But Rahmer was not to be denied this night as he easily led the final two laps to take the checkered 1.76 seconds ahead of a late-surging Len Thompson for his 12th overall win of the year. Jackson settled for third and was followed by Keith Kauffman and Dave Ely in fourth and fifth respectively. Completing the top-10 was Shawn Keen, Todd Hestor, James Chesson, Alan Cole, and Cris Eash. Heats for the 37 super sprinters on hand were won by Rahmer, Thompson, Siegel, and Hestor. Twin consolations were won by Chesson and Kreitz.
Jeremy Gardner won the 20 lap 358 feature over Doug Esh and Tim Hershey to become the sixth different winer out of six races held for the limited sprint division so far this season. Heats for the 47 limited sprinters on hand were won by Kevin Welch, Alan Krimes, Esh, and Gardner. Winning twin consolation events was Eric Stambaugh and Darren Eash.
Friday - June 24, 2000
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
Feature (25 laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($3,000); 2. 10-Len Thompson; 3. 53K-Skip Jackson; 4. 7-Keith Kauffman; 5. 77E-Dave Ely; 6. 53-Shawn Keen; 7. 7M-Todd Hestor; 8. 22-James Chesson; 9. 07-Alan Cole; 10. 17E-Cris Eash; 11. 69-Tyler Walker; 12. 10N-Jimmy McBee; 13. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 14. 88H-Lance Dewease; 15. 4L-Josh Wells; 16. 7R-Steve Siegel; 17. 88-Todd Shaffer; 18. 12-Tyler Walker; 19. 99-Danny Jones; 20. 55-Mike Wagner; 21. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 22. 16-Cliff Brian; 23. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 24. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh; DNS - 1NZ-Kerry Jones. No Time
Lap Leaders - Mike Wagner (1-8), Fred Rahmer (9-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer; 2. 53K-Skip Jackson; 3. 88H-LanceDewease; 4. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 6. 94-Glendon Forsythe; 7. 32-Brook Weibley (DNF); 8. 81-Bob Beidleman (DNF); 9. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr. (DNF); DNS - 33-Ron Kramer. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 10-Len Thompson; 2. 55-Mike Wagner; 3. 77E-Dave Ely; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 22-James Chesson; 6. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 7. 623-Todd Bertolini; 8. 15-Bill Case Jr.; 9. 1-Sean Michael. No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 7R-Steve Siegel; 2. 53-Shawn Keen; 3. 88-Todd Shaffer; 4. 99-Danny Jones; 5. 10N-Jimmy McBee; 6. 7X-Dale Lasko; 7. 85-Mike Dillman (DNF); 8. 1NZ-Kerry Jones; DNS - 16-Cliff Brian. No Time
4th Heat (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 7M-Todd Hestor; 2. 7-Keith Kauffman; 3. 07-Alan Cole; 4. 4L-Josh Wells; 5. 40-Ed Fischl; 6. 12-Tyler Walker (DNF); 7. 11-Mike Erdley (DNF); 8. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr. (DNF); DNS - 6-Chris Knopp. No Time
1st Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 22-James Chesson; 2. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 3. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 4. 94-Glenndon Forsythe; 5. 623-Todd Bertolini; 6. 15-Bill Case Jr. (DNF); DNS - 32-Brook Weibley, 81-Bob Beidleman, 65-Johnny Mackison Jr., 1-Sean Michael, 33-Ron Kramer. No Time
2nd Consolation (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 2. 12-Tyler Walker; 3. 16-Cliff Brian; 4. 1NZ-Kerry Jones; 5. 10N-Jimmy McBee; 6. 7X-Dale Lasko; DNS - 40-Ed Fischl, 85-Mike Dillman, 11-Mike Erdley, 6-Chris Knopp. No Time
Feature (20 laps) - 1. 57J-Jeremy Gardner; 2. 6E-Doug Esh; 3. 56V-Tim Hershey; 4. 18W-Kevin Welch; 5. U1-Chad Layton; 6. 8H-Dan Dietrich; 7. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 8. 11S-Duaine Smith; 9. 88-Danny Jones; 10. 33-Billy Albright.
Heat Winners - Kevin Welch, Alan Krimes, Doug Esh, Jeremy Gardner
Consolation Winners - Eric Stambaugh, Darren Eash