Checkers go to Krimes at the Grove

MECHANICSBURG – Alan Krimes scored a $4,000 victory in the sprint car feature at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night.

Krimes, of Denver, Pa., started on the pole and got the jump on second starter Rick Lafferty at the start of the 25-lap main event for the sprint cars.

Krimes began to build a large lead over the rest of the field. Don Kreitz Jr. began to find some speed using the inside groove of the race track as he took fifth from Brent Marks and began to challenge Greg Hodnett for fourth.

The first caution flag of the race flew on lap nine when Eric Riggins Jr. spun against the outside turn four fence.

This erased Krimes’ huge lead and brought the field back to his tail.

Hodnett drove under Dewease for third on the restart as Lafferty took a look under Krimes for the lead. Kreitz would get under Dewease and then Hodnett to take over third spot with 12 laps completed.

Krimes once again began to build his lead, racing the cushion as Lafferty and Kreitz ran the low groove. They began to catch the leader with 16 laps completed.

Lafferty was right on Krimes’ tail as they raced off turn two, but the caution flag flew on lap 17 for a three-car crash in turn four involving Cory Haas, Chad Layton and Pat Cannon.

Following the restart, Lafferty was once again all over Krimes for the lead. However, Krimes blocked the bottom groove entering turn three to maintain the top spot. Fred Rahmer moved into fifth on the restart.

Two more laps were completed before the caution flag flew again for Adam Wilt’s stopped sprinter in turn three.

Krimes got a better restart using the bottom and was able to pull Lafferty as Rahmer passed Hodnett and Kreitz to move into third.

Krimes would score his third career Grove win and first of the season over Lafferty, Rahmer, Kreitz and Hodnett. Danny Dietrich, Lance Dewease, Marks, Steve Buckwalter and Brian Montieth completed the top 10.

“Somebody was telling me to move down,” said Krimes about the late-race restart. “I was going to move down anyway because I saw Lafferty’s nose down there. I was getting slower around the top. Once I moved down, I felt pretty good.”

Hodnett set fast time over the 31-car field with a lap of 17.112. The 10-lap heat races were won by NASCAR driver and rising racing superstar Kyle Larson, Buckwalter and Ryan Taylor. Gerard McIntyre Jr. won the consolation.