Smith earns 1st owner win for Fred Rahmer
MECHANICSBURG – Fred Rahmer won 90 sprint car features at Williams Grove Speedway during his Hall of Fame Career.
Rahmer retired from driving at the end of last season and only a few months into owning sprint cars, he has his first car owner victory thanks to Stevie Smith.
Smith, a native of New Oxford, earned $4,000 for his 26th career Grove win giving Rahmer, along with Dave Pritchard, their first Grove win as car owners.
“It’s so nice to be able to win races again,” said Smith. “This is a great racecar. That’s the best idea Fred’s ever came up with when he asked me to drive this car. It didn’t take very long to decide. It’s a really good opportunity and I’m glad to be a part of it. Fred’s a great owner. He understands the sport. That’s the cool thing. He just says ‘go out and do your best.’ That’s all a driver can do.”
Overall, it was Smith’s second win of the season driving for Rahmer after beating the World of Outlaws at Lincoln Speedway nine days ago.
“I knew he was the only choice I had to do what we wanted to do,” said Rahmer. “He’s a great guy to be around and that’s just a bonus on top of his driving ability. I couldn’t be happier. I’m glad for Stevie. It helps me out as a team owner for my boys.”
Gerard McIntyre Jr. started on the pole and led the first lap. Smith passed the leader off the top of turn two to take the lead.
Lance Dewease started sixth and was charging toward the front. He got by McIntyre to quickly take over the runner-up spot. Fifth starter Donnie Kreitz’s car was working well on the bottom and took over third.
Dewease dropped to the bottom in turns one and two as Kreitz closed. Kreitz’s brakes were glowing red as he chased Dewease for the runner-up spot.
The first yellow flag of the race flew with eight laps completed when Brock Zearfoss stopped in turn four.
Smith, now from Broken Arrow, Okla., had been running along the cushion, but went to the bottom on the restart in turn one. Dewease took a shot at Smith in turn three, but couldn’t make the pass and then had to deal with Kreitz.
Kreitz worked hard on Dewease for second and finally secured the spot with a pass off turn four with 12 laps completed.
Smith raced low in turns one and two and around the cushion in turns three and four. Kreitz’s brakes were red hot again as he tried to close.
“I really like running the top,” said Smith. “I tried to be smart. I knew the top was getting a long way around and I was losing time in the middle of one and two. I moved down and it felt better. At the beginning, I think the top was better. It let me get comfortable and get the wing where I wanted it. The car was working really good. These guys are great.”
Smith scored the win over Kreitz, Dewease, Greg Hodnett and Lucas Wolfe. Alan Krimes, Danny Dietrich, McIntyre Jr. and Ryan Wilson rounded out the top 10.
Smith extended his point lead with the win, but Rahmer said in victory lane, they would not run every race and try to win the championship.
Mechanicsburg’s Lucas Wolfe set fast time over the 24-car field with a lap of 17.236 seconds. The 10-lap heat races were won by Glenndon Forsythe, Dietrich and Austin Hogue.
In the 305 sprint feature, Eric Parker held off Mark Watkins for the win. Mike Wagner II, Tyler Bear and Kody Lehman completed the top five.
Mark Watkins, Alex Schanz, Clair Wintermyer and Jake Waters won the eight-lap heats.