The Keystone Cup series is history, and history repeated itself.
Fred Rahmer won the title for the second year in a row earlier this week. I could tell Rahmer was happy and proud of his accomplishment after Monday night’s race at Port Royal. Rahmer had a sheepish grin on his face that left me feeling he accomplished what he had planned to.
Maybe there was that mid-life satisfaction of knowing that he still has it. No one who watched Monday’s Port Royal feature would doubt it. Rahmer took care of business. He needed a win to clinch the title. Jeff Shepard had to finish second or third to prevent it.
Brian Leppo started the race as the points leader. Leppo’s title hopes ended when he flipped on lap seven. Shepard was far enough back that a top-three finish wasn’t likely.
It didn’t happen, and Rahmer won the event and the title. The extra money due Rahmer is around $2,000. Rahmer was proud of what he accomplished.
“This place is fast,” the veteran driver said. “I don’t think I could take this place on a weekly basis at 50 years old.”
Yet more often than not, Rahmer accomplishes what he has to when the time comes. Mark Smith ran a great race Monday at Port Royal. He came up a little short to Rahmer at the finish. Smith was caught behind lapped cars and gave up at least 100 yards of track to Rahmer. Had he cleared traffic, he may have had a shot to regain the lead.
It never happened. Rahmer was home free. The pair excited the crowd with their run through the field. While it was exciting, it also was a little scary.
Officials announced they have rescheduled a Challenge at the Port night for June 14. Additional sponsors have been secured and more are being sought.
The next challenge race will pay at least $4,000 to win, with at least $100 to win for each heat race. Those numbers may grow as time moves by. The June 14 date is the same night Lincoln Speedway hosts the All Star Circuit of Champions.
T.J. Winegardner of Pearson, Fla., is racing in central Pennsylvania and working part time out of a local Juniata County shop. Winegardner looks like he may develop into a good driver here in the Keystone State.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup cars race at Dover this weekend. The Best Buy 400 will be carried live on Fox starting at 1:30 p.m. Martin Truex Jr. is the defending race champion. Kasey Kahne seems to have caught fire after his holiday at Charlotte, N.C. Kahne became the first driver since Jimmie Johnson in 2003 to win both the All-Star race and Coca-Cola 600 in the same season. Kahne snapped a 52-race winless streak. The Cup cars come to Pocono next on June 8.
Until next week, get out and enjoy a race. Until then, please drive safely!
Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.