Rahmer wins Hagerstown, takes points lead
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Freddie Rahmer took the lead from Lucas Wolfe and went on to win the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek race Thursday night at Hagerstown Speedway.
Rahmer’s win in the Johnny Grum Memorial was worth $5,000 and gave him the series points lead with two events remaining. He leads Wolfe by 10 points.
It was Rahmer’s seventh win of the season, second career during Speedweek and first of his career at Hagerstown.
It was much better than his first Speedweek race at Hagerstown a few years ago when he flipped over the front stretch fence and into the pit area.
“Besides that, we’ve been good the other times we’ve been here,” Rahmer said. “We almost won here the year before last, but I slipped up off the bottom and let Lance (Dewease) by.”
“In the feature, we got good once it cleaned off and I moved down the race track,” Rahmer said. “My car got a tick better, but I think those guys slowed down a lot. The top started to give up. Once we got to lapped cars, I started to move down further and further and it stuck. I knew it was time to go. It was worth a shot. At one point, I was fifth and all the cars were in one corner.”
Robbie Kendall started on the pole with Wolfe to his outside. It was Kendall getting the jump as Wolfe settled into second. Rahmer started fourth and was into third.
Wolfe and Rahmer swapped the runner-up spot with Wolfe getting it back. Danny Dietrich challenged Rahmer and took third off turn four.
Kendall built a 2-second lead, but Wolfe began to slowly chip away at it as they began lapping slower cars.
By lap seven, Wolfe had cut the lead in half. Brandon Rahmer blew up entering turn one and hit the fence bringing out the only yellow flag of the 30-lap main event.
Wolfe tried the bottom as they raced into turn one. Kendall was racing on a super-fast cushion and was able to maintain the top spot as they raced off turn two.
Rahmer actually fell back another spot to fifth following the restart as Cory Eliason got by him.
Kendall’s lead was 1.163 at the half-way point.
Kendall began lapping cars again, but got bottled-up behind two cars racing for position. This allowed Wolfe to close quickly. They both raced low into the first turn, but Wolfe was able to get lower than Kendall taking the lead off turn two on lap 20.
Eliason had passed Dietrich and then got Kendall for second. Rahmer got by Kendall as well and then Dietrich. An inside move by Eliason got him into second.
He drove under Wolfe for the lead and took it in turns one and two on lap 25.
They both went low the next time around, but Wolfe couldn’t stick the inside like Rahmer could.
Brock Zearfoss spun bringing out the yellow with two laps to go. Rahmer got a great restart and cruised to the win by 1.303 seconds over Wolfe.
“Once I got by Lucas, I don’t know how good I was. I had to keep it as smooth as I could. I slowed down a little too much. After the restart, I thought we were fine in clean air. We’ve been pretty fast. I got crashed at Grandview and didn’t do a good job at Lincoln Monday night, but we’ve been in the hunt most nights. Tomorrow is a big race and we’re going to try to win that and see where we sit for Saturday.”
“He found the right spot,” Wolfe said. “I wasn’t quite good enough to go down there with much confidence. I had the speed at the top for the first two-thirds. It was losing a bit and took a long time to get off the top of two. I thought it was going to take a very good car to get me because I thought I had enough speed in three and four. That was the case for him. He did the right things and made it happen.”
Eliason finished third and Dietrich fourth. Anthony Macri started 13th and finished fifth. James McFadden, Rico Abreu, Kendall, Dylan Cisney and Logan Wagner rounded out the top 10.
Abreu set quick time with a lap of 15.601. Wolfe, Dietrich and Kendall won the heat races for the 22 cars.
With thunderstorms in the area, the show was moved along quickly and completed at 9:25.
Rahmer leads the points with 807 to Wolfe’s 797. Dietrich is third with 733. Macri is fourth with 676 and Lance Dewease fifth with 663. Dewease led the points going into the night, but opted not to race. He had won the past three Speedweek races at Hagerstown.
Speedweek moves to Williams Grove tonight for the $12,000 to win Mitch Smith Memorial and concludes Saturday at Port Royal Speedway with the Greg Hodnett Classic paying $7,027.