Rahmer grabs Gunn victory

MECHANICSBURG – Fred Rahmer said he wanted to go out on top of the sprint car world when he retires at the end of this season.

He is well on his way.

Rahmer’s sixth overall win of 2013 came during the Jack Gunn Memorial at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night. His second Grove win of the season was worth $6,000 and extended his points lead with two months of racing left.

The win was the 89th of Rahmer’s career at the Grove. That is first all-time.

Donnie Kreitz grabbed the lead from Rahmer to start the 30-lap main event. The first caution flag flew on lap two when Jacob Allen stopped on the frontstretch and Danny Dietrich stopped in turn two.

Rahmer blasted under Kreitz entering turn three following the restart and narrowly cleared the front of Kreitz’s car to take the lead.

“It was ugly to be honest with you,” Rahmer said. “I thought I was closer. If it wouldn’t have been Donnie, we probably would have been in a crash. The motor was cold and it didn’t work the first couple of laps. It got warmed up and it ran a lot better. Donnie’s such a great driver and if you let him get away, you might not get another chance. I figured I had to take it.”

Rahmer began to pull away as Adam Wilt closed on Kreitz with nine laps completed. Alan Krimes moved into the picture with 15 laps completed as he drove by Wilt and into third. Wilt would get back around Krimes a few laps later as Rahmer checked out on the field and led by a straightaway.

Krimes got back around Wilt again and then drive by Kreitz into the runner-up spot with eight laps to go as Rahmer had a huge lead and easily was passing slower cars.

Rahmer’s big lead got erased with four laps remaining when Ryan Wilson jumped the cushion and hit the third turn fence bringing out the caution flag.

Rahmer had been fast around the top all night long and went back there again on the restart. It was clear Krimes was fast on the bottom and he closed on Rahmer. He was within striking distance off turn two.

But, Rahmer took the inside line away in the third turn and again in turn one. Krimes went to the middle, but wasn’t as fast.

“I was watching the board and when I seen the 87 (Krimes), I knew he started seventh and he’s a catfish like I am and I figured if he was coming up through, the only way he was doing it was on the bottom,” Rahmer said. “I ran one lap around the top and tried to get a good corner. I seen him a little bit and figured I’d better go on defense. That’s the problem when you’re leading, you don’t know, and you can’t move around because if you do and somebody passes you, then you’re a horse’s (behind).”

He pulled away over the final laps to score the win over Krimes, Kreitz, Lance Dewease and Logan Schuchart.

Wilt, Cory Haas, who started 16th, Stevie Smith, Greg Hodnett and Brian Montieth rounded out the top 10.

Rahmer set fast time over the 29-car field with a lap of 17.014. Schuchart, Brian Leppo and Ryan Smith won the 10-lap heat races. Ryan Wilson won the B-main.