Freddie Rahmer on the Last Lap for First Win
ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. (September 5, 2015) – It’s impossible to describe the last two laps of Saturday’s “410” sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway.
To simplify the shock that left a packed house in awe, Freddie Rahmer came from fourth to first in a wild last lap to score his first career “410” sprint car win, coming on the heels of brother Brandon’s first career win one week earlier.
“I knew I had a shot there, but coming through the last corner, that was a little close,” said Rahmer, “I don’t know why it took so long to get going, but I can’t tell you how bad I wanted this, and it means a lot.”
Billy Dietrich started outside of polesitter Tim Wagaman and led all but the last lap.
Freddie Rahmer took second from Wagaman on lap three and chased Dietrich for the next 15 laps. That’s when tenth-starting and 2015 Lawrence Chevrolet track champ Brian Montieth (who claimed the title in warmups) grabbed the runner-up spot from Rahmer with six laps to go.
Then enter 11th-starting Danny Dietrich, who was charging through the field and grabbed the third spot from Rahmer with two laps to go. As Montieth, Rahmer, and Danny Dietrich crossed under the white flag, Rahmer was sandwiched between the two in a three-car battle for second in heavy lapped traffic.
Montieth slid high in turns one and two and nearly collected Danny Dietrich, with Rahmer sliding under both cars for second heading up the backstretch. He then slid under Billy Dietrich to take the lead in the final turns.
“I saw Montieth at one point. Last week I screwed up when he got to me. It wasn’t his fault. I stepped on it,” said Rahmer of the action around him during the final lap, “But I knew the bottom was coming in. I was waiting for lapped cars, and I didn’t know if I was going to get them. I just ran in hard the last lap and it worked out. Montieth got me off of four and I thought he would have hit the bottom for sure. I don’t know if he slid across or what he did, but it worked out for us.”
All top four cars crossed under the checkered flag within nine-tenths of a second of each other.
Billy Dietrich was second, with Montieth third and Danny Dietrich fourth.
J.J. Grasso ran in the top five the entire race and finished fifth, with Jimmy Siegel, Austin Hogue, Robbie Kendall, Alan Krimes, and 19-starting Chase Dietz completing the top ten.
“Brandon’s win last week bothered me a little bit, but that’s part of it,” said Rahmer, “I want to thank my parents and Moon (Byers), Stevie (Smith), Keith…all the guys that help. It’s pretty awesome!”
Heats for the 31 410’s were won by Hogue, Siegel, and Wagaman, with Dietz winning the consolation.
Fawn Grove’s Matt Campbell scored his second win of the year in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature. Campbell drew the pole and led every lap. His win, combined with Doug Hammaker’s third-place finish, closed Campbell to within five points of Hammaker for the 2015 Keiser Aluminum Wheels track title with next week’s race the last points race of the season.
Hammaker, who lost a torsion stop on the first lap, claimed the weekend Trail-Way/Lincoln “358” sprint shootout after finishing fourth at Trail-Way Friday night, and held on to the Lincoln points lead by getting around Chandler Leiby for second on lap 11. Kevin Nouse caught Hammaker for the runner-up spot on lap 17.
Jeff Halligan came on late to finish fourth, with 12th-starting Adrian Shaffer crossing fifth. Sixth through tenth were Leiby, 16th-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh, Ashley Cappetta, Matt Findley, and 20th-starting Ryan Higgins.
Heats for the 24 358 Sprints were won by Findley, Hammaker, and Leiby.
The final points tally for the Trail-Way/Lincoln Shootout saw Jeff Rohrbaugh finish second for the two nights, followed by Jeff Halligan, Dwight Leppo, and Mike Bittinger.
(Photo courtesy of Racing Photos by Tony De Seta)
Saturday, September 5, 2015
J.L. Howard Memorial
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
410 SPRINT FEATURE FINISH (25 laps) – 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 2. 8-Billy Dietrich; 3. 21-Brian Montieth; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich; 5. 37-JJ Grasso; 6. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 7. 52-Austin Hogue; 8. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 9. 87-Alan Krimes; 10. 44-Chase Dietz; 11. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 12. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 13. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 14. 69-Shane Hoff; 15. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 16. 35-Steve Owings; 17. 99M-Kyle Moody; 18. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 19. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 20. 75-Nicole Bower; 21. 8C-Brian Carber (DNF); 22. 49-Bradley Howard (DNF); 23. 5-Tyler Ross (DNF); 24. 45-Kevin Nagy (DNF).
Lap Leaders – Billy Dietrich (1-24), Freddie Rahmer (25)
410 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. 52-Austin Hogue; 2. 37-JJ Grasso; 3. 8-Billy Dietrich; 4. 99M-Kyle Moody; 5. 69-Shane Hoff; 6. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 7. 44-Chase Dietz; 8. 5-Tyler Ross; 9. 3B-Randy Baughman; 10. 49-Bradley Howard; 11. 91-David Quackenbush. No Time
410 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. 59-Jim Siegel; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich; 3. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 45-Kevin Nagy; 6. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 7. 75-Nicole Bower; 8. 10-Zach Eucalano; 9. 15M-Bobby Mazingo; 10. 11C-Cory Haas (DNF). No Time
410 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 4. 2w-Glenndon Forsythe; 5. 35-Steve Owings; 6. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 7. 8C-Brian Carber; 8. 5X-Colby Womer; 9. 74-Bob Gutshall; 10. 21K-Kyle Pruitt. No Time
410 Sprint Consolation Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 44-Chase Dietz; 2. 8C-Brian Carber; 3. 5-Tyler Ross; 4. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 5. 75-Nicole Bower; 6. 49-Bradley Howard; 7. 5X-Colby Womer; 8. 10-Zach Eucalano; 9. 15M-Bobby Mazingo; 10. 91-David Quackenbush; 11. 3B-Randy Baughman; 12. 74-Dwayne Gutshall; DNS – 11C-Cory Haas. No Time
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS 358 SPRINTS
358 SPRINT FEATURE FINISH (20 laps) – 1. 16-Matt Campbell ($1,300); 2. 1J-Kevin Nouse; 3. 66-Doug Hammaker; 4. 45H-Jeff Halligan; 5. 27S-Adrian Shaffer; 6. 119-Chandler Leiby; 7. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 8. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 9. 28-Matt Findley; 10. 13-Ryan Higgins; 11. 97-Brie Hershey; 12. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 13. 23-Chris Arnold; 14. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 15. 12-Mike Bittinger; 16. 71M-Bill Stine; 17. 35-Tyler Esh; 18. 4-Dwight Leppo; 19. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 20. 00-Chris Frank; 21. 23J-Jake Eldreth; 22. 17-Cole Young (DNF); 23. 19-Troy Wagaman, Jr. (DNF); 24. 5A-Brian Allman (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Matt Campbell (1-20)
358 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. 28-Matt Findley; 2. 16-Matt Campbell; 3. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 4. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 5. 12-Mike Bittinger; 6. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 7. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 8. 00-Chris Frank (DNF). Time – 2:26.53
358 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. 66-Doug Hammaker; 2. 97-Brie Hershey; 3. 4-Dwight Leppo; 4. 1J-Kevin Nouse; 5. 71M-Bill Stine; 6. 17-Cole Young; 7. 13-Ryan Higgins; 8. 5A-Brian Allman (DNF). No Time
358 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps/6 qualify) – 1. 119-Chandler Leiby; 2. 19-Troy Wagaman, Jr.; 3. 45H-Jeff Halligan; 4. 27S-Adrian Shaffer; 5. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 6. 23J-Jake Eldreth; 7. 35-Tyler Esh; 8. 23-Chris Arnold. Time – 2:27.94