Round 7 of Speedweek rained out

PORT ROYAL — Round seven of the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek series was rained out Thursday night at Port Royal Speedway.

The series will continue tonight at Williams Grove Speedway for the $10,000 winnings in the Mitch Smith Memorial. The series concludes this weekend returning to Port Royal Saturday for a 30-lap, $5,000 winnings main event and then on to Selinsgrove Speedway Sunday for the Jan Opperman/ Dick Bogar Memorial, which also pays $5,000 to winner for 30 laps.

Up until Thursday night, the series had good weather in completing the first six shows. The series completed all but one show the last two seasons and both of those rain outs came at Grandview.

On the strength of a win and two runner-up finishes, Freddie Rahmer leads the point standings with 796 points. He won the series opener last Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway and has finished second in the past two events including a march from 18th Tuesday night at Grandview and Wednesday night at Hagerstown after leading the first 26 laps. Rahmer’s Hall of Fame father, Fred, has the most Speedweek championships with 13 and most wins with 30. Should Freddie hold on to the series title, they would join Steve and Stevie Smith as father/son champions of the series. Smith won the first back in 1991 and Stevie won it two years ago.

Defending series champion Danny Dietrich is second in points with 771. He won the Lincoln race last Saturday. He has a third and a fifth place so far as well. Last year, Dietrich clinched the title with a win at Selinsgrove in the finale. He’s also the defending Smith Memorial winner.

Lucas Wolfe, a two-time series champion including 2014, is third with 739 points. Wolfe won Port Royal’s race last season and has three wins there this season. He has a third and a pair of fourth place runs.

Australian James McFadden (593) and Brock Zearfoss (587) complete the top five in points. McFadden has a best finish of third and Zearfoss a runner-up.

Three-time winner and NASCAR cup series point leader Kyle Larson is sixth in points, but is done with Speedweek. Larson had never won a Sprint car race in central Pa. However, Larson made up for that and more winning three straight including Path Valley, Lincoln and Grandview. He was 11th in his final appearance at Hagerstown.

TJ Stutts, who set fast time in the last three races, is seventh in points. Alan Krimes, Dale Blaney and Greg Hodnett round out the top 10 in points.

A total of 74 different drivers have raced in at least one Speedweek race including four drivers from Australia who are spending the summer racing in the states.

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