Krimes victorious at the Grove
MECHANICSBURG – Alan Krimes turned in a dominating performance to win the sprint car feature at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night.
His second win of the season and fourth of his career at the Grove was worth $4,000.
“From the middle of the corners and driving off, I think we’re as good if not better than anybody else,” Krimes said. “If we could get a little more right rear stick entering into the corner, I think we’re going to be tough to be beat. We were good tonight. I was passing people and didn’t even know I was leading until I looked at the board. I thought, ‘man that was quick starting seventh.'”
Adam Wilt started second and grabbed the early race lead off turn two from Nicole Bower and Pat Cannon. Ryan Taylor blasted under Bower and Cannon in turn three to take second.
Krimes, of Denver, started seventh and an inside move by Bower off turn four moved him up to fourth. Fred Rahmer started 10th and was on the move early as well. He was up to fifth in four laps.
Wilt led by a half-straightaway and maintained that lead over the field until they reached lapped traffic with 10 laps completed.
Krimes was getting faster as he gained on Smith and Taylor. Wilt ducked low and off the cushion as he tried to lap Rick Lafferty.
Krimes was getting great runs off the bottom of turn two, allowing him to pass Smith and then Taylor on the next lap.
He closed quickly on Wilt in heavy lapped traffic and was on his bumper as they crossed under the flagstand with 13 laps completed.
Krimes was locked down on the bottom and was making up time. He got a great run off the second corner and drove by Wilt for the lead on the backstretch.
Rahmer was making strides toward the front as well. He passed Mark Smith to take the fourth spot as Krimes completed lap 14 as the leader. Rahmer passed Taylor off turn four to take over third with 10 laps to go. He then passed Wilt on the backstretch to take over the runner-up spot, but was well behind the leader and had four lapped cars to pass as Krimes made good time through traffic.
The red flag flew with 18 laps completed when Danny Dietrich flipped in between turns one and two. He was okay.
Only one lapped car was between the leaders for the restart. Krimes got a good restart and Rahmer was able to clear the lapped car off turn two. Brent Marks passed Wilt to take over third.
Krimes was smooth and straight off the corners and increased his lead over Rahmer during the final seven laps to score the $4,000.
“Me and Rahmer like similar race tracks and we drive similar lines,” Krimes said. “I wasn’t quite as good after the red. I don’t know if the tire gave up or what. It was still good enough. I was real good on the top of three and four and I wasn’t going to move anywhere until I saw somebody and I never saw anybody.”
Rahmer settled for a runner-up finish and his 42nd consecutive top 10 finish. He also increased his point lead. Marks, Wilt and Smith completed the top five.
Donnie Kreitz, Ryan Smith, Chad Layton, Taylor and Greg Hodnett rounded out the top 10. Taylor and Hodnett both did 360-degree spins on the final lap and kept going.
Rahmer, Hodnett and Smith won the 10-lap heat races for the 26-car field. Australian racer James McFadden won the consolation.
Adrian Shaffer passed Billy Johns off the fourth corner on lap 14 and went on to win the 358 sprint car feature. Austin Hogue moved in on Shaffer in the closing laps, but couldn’t make the pass. Johns, point leader Kevin Nouse and Nathan Berwager completed the top five.