Rahmer uses late surge to win at Williams Grove
MECHANICSBURG — Much like his father did years ago, Freddie Rahmer used a late-race restart to his advantage to win the 25-lap sprint car feature Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
Rahmer’s third Grove win of the season was worth $4,080. It was his third win in the past four features.
Rahmer lined up third for a restart with five laps to go. He passed Lucas Wolfe in the first turn and then passed race-long leader Kody Lehman coming off turn four.
He pulled away from there winning his ninth career Grove feature by 2.2 seconds.
“I knew we had a pretty good shot starting fifth on this type of race track,” Rahmer said. “We got to third and in a good spot, but then I wheelied on that restart. I had a good restart, but lost the front end a little bit. That was ugly. I was going all sorts of directions. I really didn’t drive good until the last five or eight laps. It wasn’t pretty, but we got another win at the Grove. It’s a long year. We’ll keep after it. We’re starting to get some rhythm going here.”
Kody Lehman started on the pole and drove into the lead over Rodney Westhafer, Antony Macri and Rahmer.
Rahmer took third spot, but Macri returned the pass and then passed Westhafer for second. Rahmer also passed Westhafer.
Lehman completed lap 10 as the leader by only .023. Macri passed him for the lead in turn one, but the yellow came out when TJ Stutts stopped on the backstretch.
Rahmer popped a wheelie on the restart and Wolfe passed him. Rahmer regained his composure and got back to Wolfe and they swapped the spot again as Macri continued to challenge Lehman for the lead.
Macri finally got the lead as they raced off turn two, but the yellow flag flew again negating the pass for the second time. Macri’s bid for a win ended as he stopped on the frontstretch with engine problems.
Lehman led Wolfe, Rahmer, and 13th starting Brian Montieth with five laps to go. Lehman controlled the restart, but Adrian Shaffer spun in turn three.
On the restart, Rahmer went one lane higher than Wolfe entering turn one and passed him. He used the same line coming off turn four to take the lead.
“We ran third enough so I figured I was going to do something,” Rahmer said. “I just rolled off his right rear. If you can beat them to the center of the corner, you can carry the speed off. Once I got the lead, I went back to the bottom.”
From there, Rahmer controlled the final laps. Wolfe, Lehman, Montieth and point leader Danny Dietrich completed the top five. Kyle Moody, Dylan Cisney, Kyle Reinhardt, Cory Haas and Steve Buckwalter rounded out the top 10.
Lehman, Westhafer and Moody won heat races for the 27 cars.
In the 100-lap main event for the USAC Silver Crown cars, it was Chris Windom passing Justin Grant for the lead on the opening lap.
While Windom controlled the race, four cars raced for second including Grant, Austin Nemire, Brady Bacon and Grove sprint car regular Steve Buckwalter, who started eighth.
Bacon and Buckwalter passed Nemire as Windom streaked away following a yellow. Buckwalter passed Bacon for third and then took second from Grant on lap 38. He was 3.4 seconds behind Windom.
A lap 43 yellow erased Windom’s lead. Four-time series champion Kody Swanson was up third.
Buckwalter took the lead, but Grant passed him back. Buckwalter went lower than Grant into turn one taking the lead.
Swanson took second with 18 laps to go with Buckwalter in control, but the yellow flew. Buckwalter held Swanson off, but another yellow flew with 11 laps to go.
Windom took second from Swanson and on the final lap got into the back of Buckwalter entering turn one and spun him out.
Windom slowed on the final lap and Bacon took the lead and the $8,000 win. Swanson, Grant, Mike Haggenbottom and Eric Gordon completed the top five.