Rahmer named winner as race stopped early

MECHANICSBURG — Freddie Rahmer was declared the winner of the Billy Kimmel Memorial for the Sprint cars Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, a show marred by a fatal front-stretch crash with two laps remaining in the sprint car feature.

Robbie Kendall and Anthony Macri got together on the inside of the track near the flag stand. The contact sent Kendall’s car flipping and over the fence and into the pit area landing on top of a push truck.

Both Macri and Kendall were okay, but a person standing on the back of the push truck was hit and killed.

The race was called official with 23 laps completed. Rahmer, of Salfordville, earned $3,800 for his fourth Grove win of the season and eighth overall in a car owned by his father.

The 358 sprint feature was postponed to a later date. Doug Hammaker and Dylan Norris won the 358 heat races.

Alan Krimes and Chad Trout won the heat races and shared the front row for the 25-lap main event. Trout grabbed the lead at the drop of the green, but Krimes shot by him off turn two taking over the top spot.

Rahmer moved into second and Cory Haas into third.

The yellow flew with four laps completed for track point leader Danny Dietrich. His car was sitting the wrong direction against the third turn fence with a flat left rear tire and other damage. His car was towed to the pits and he was done for the night.

Rahmer ducked inside of Krimes in turn one on the restart, but Krimes’ momentum off the cushion kept him out front. Kyle Moody passed Brian Montieth and Trout moving into fourth.

The yellow flew again with seven laps completed.

Krimes controlled the restart and pulled away from Rahmer, Haas and Moody as they blasted around the cushion.

Krimes had to duck off the cushion to miss the slower car of Barry Shearer entering turn three. He made the pass as Rahmer closed at the half-way point.

Krimes had to go low again to lap a car in turns three and four. Rahmer did as well keeping pace with the leader with eight laps to go.

Rahmer ducked low on Krimes entering turn one and slid in front of him taking the lead. Rahmer pulled away as he passed slower.

Rahmer was in control when the front stretch crash occurred. He was declared the winner over Krimes, Haas, Montieth and Moody. Trout, Rodney Westhafer, Jeff Halligan, Kody Lehman and T.J. Stutts rounded out the top 10.

“We changed some stuff around to try to get better when the track’s a little faster,” Rahmer said. “Tonight, it hurt me early, the way the curb was, I was a little tight. Then when we got to traffic, I moved down and I was really good down there. We learned some stuff. It was pretty good. We weren’t bad.”

With Dietrich not finishing the race, Rahmer also closed the gap in the point standings. He won the title in 2016.