posted April 28, 2001 09:05 AM
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
World of Outlaw Gumout Series Season Opener
RAHMER PICKS UP FIRST WILLIAMS GROVE WIN IN GUMOUT SERIES OPENER
MECHANICSBURG, PA, 4/27/01 - Finishing second or third is good. But winning
is better. Just ask Fred Rahmer.
After finishing second or third the past few weeks at Williams Grove
Speedway, Salfordsville's Fred Rahmer knew the wins would come. The
Salfordsville speedster, chasing a record-tying fifth straight Williams
Grove track title, watched six different winners emerge in seven races. And
he wasn't one of them.
Would the wins come soon enough? That question was answered Friday night.
Rahmer slid under two-time Grove winner Lance Dewease in the first and
second turns of the 17th lap for the lead and then held off the Mont Alto
racer the rest of the way to win the special 30-lap $5,000-to-win World of
Outlaw Gumout Series season opener.
"Last week I left here last week feeling real good and also real
disappointed, so that made me run just a little harder" Rahmer said upon
exiting his Al & Betty Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Action No.77 sprinter in
victory lane. "Lance got the lead and I thought, 'Uh-oh, here we go again."
"We were just able to get thru lapped traffic. I don't know if I was any
better after the red. I'll tell you that with Lance behind me I was running
as hard as I could."
The win was also Rahmer's 45th career Williams Grove victory, tying him
with Donnie Kreitz Jr. for the top-spot as the all-time winningist driver at
the historic Mechanicsburg oval.
"You can come here all year and not win a race - it's just tough," Rahmer
added "Then you get into the points deal and you start 11th, 12th, or
whatever...it just makes it tough.
"Tonight we timed bad. We were not running as good as we should have, but
we got lucky in the heat, and here we stand. It's all just a matter of luck
and putting the whole thing together. The guys did a good job for me
tonight. Don Ott always gets our engines running better than anybody.
American Racer Tires, I haven't run anything else for the last five or six
years, and I'm just happy to be associated with them."
The first caution came out before the first lap was in the books when
10th-starting James Chesson spun in the first and second turns.
Polesitter Sean Michael grabbed then lead at the drop of the green for the
complete restart with third-starting Dewease, outside frontrow starter Keith
Kauffman, fourth-starting Shawn Keen and Rahmer in tow.
Rahmer, who started fifth, drove around Keen for fourth place on the second
lap as Dewease pressured Michael for the lead. Dewease then got around the
Allentown racer in the first and second turns for the top spot on the third
lap and quickly opened up a 2.33 second lead by the fourth lap.
Meanwhile Rahmer was trying to keep pace and slipped around Kauffman for
third on the fifth lap with Keen sticking to his bumper to move into fourth.
Rahmer then shot around Michael for the runner-up spot on the sixth lap as
Dewease widen his margin to 3.13 seconds.
Lapped traffic on the eighth lap allowed Rahmer to quickly close the gap on
the race-leading Dewease as they darted through the backmarkers.
Rahmer then got the opening he needed on the 16th lap and slid under
Dewease in the first and second turns and pulled up in from of the Mont Alto
racer with the lead exiting the second turn.
But Dewease wasn't about to concede defeat. Dewease looked high, and then
low, over the next few laps in heavy lapped traffic in an attempt to regain
the lead. But as the non-stop laps clicked off, Rahmer slowly began to widen
his lead to a full second with 10 laps to go.
"Lance is probably the cleanest driver who ever drove a race car,:" said
Rahmer. "When his car is on, he's one of the most tactical drivers in
Pennsylvania...I'm sort of just a guy that gases her up and goes."
"Lance, when he's working, he's tough to beat...he's going to be tough all
year," Rahmer added. "Last week Sean Michael had the Zemco car going really
good too. It's going to be a long year. I can't imagine that there's a fan
here that didn't enjoy that show."
On the 23rd lap Gumout Series regular Kyle Sauder brought out the 30-lap
features' only break in the action when he flipped his sprinter softly in
the first and second turns.
A closed red flag was then called for, preventing crew members from working
on there cars.
Rahmer enjoyed a one-car cushion for the restart with a lapped car between
Dewease and himself. Rahmer quickly pulled away on the restart as Dewease
worked to clear himself of the backmarker and opened up a 1.32 second lead
with five laps to go.
But Dewease wouldn't go down quietly and began to close on the leader with
two laps to go. With no lapped traffic to deal with, Rahmer was able to
keep his distance in the end to take the checkered .91 seconds ahead of
Dewease to pick up his first Grove win of the season and became the seventh
different winner in eight races at the Mechanicsburg half-mile this season.
"It feels good," Rahmer said. "We've been pretty good here the past few
weeks but last week was probably the best race I ever lost...but I sure
didn't want to loose."
Lance (Dewease) did a heck of a good job. He's running really good this
year. I pride myself for having a sense of awareness of what's going on the
track the last few laps. But last week I couldn't even tell you what track I
Coming on strong at the end was sixth-starting Donnie Kreitz Jr. as he
battled with Kauffman for third place. Kreitz was able to wrestle away third
place from Kauffman, but there wasn't enough laps for the Sinking Spring's
"It was his night to win," said Rahmer on the late-race charge of Kreitz.
"When the track gets to 19 or 20 second laps - he's the man here. He's the
master, Kreitz and Mr. Brown, getting that car real good. But tonight it was
30 laps and that's all that counts and we were here first."
Kauffman was forced to settle for fourth place, with 14th-starting Cris
Eash coming on at the end to finish fifth.
Completing the top-10 were Michael, a resurgent Shawn Keen, Dave Ely (who
started ninth), P.J. Chesson (started 12th) and 16th-starting Darren Eash.
"We've been running plenty good, but we've got a good group of car owner in
Central Pennsylvania making the drivers look good," said Rahmer. "I'm lucky
to have Al (as a car owner)."
"Joe Harz is probably one of the best people ever to own a race car. Donnie
Kreitz's car is fast. There's a whole group of them. We're just very
fortunate. We've been second or third here the last three or four weeks.
You're eventually going to win. I wasn't feeling real good not getting one
(a win) and Bev (Thompson) gets to writing that I'm not winning and that
hurts a little bit. But it gets me up in the seat and run a little harder."
Heats were won by Michael, Sauder, Dewease, and Kauffman. Daryn Pittman won
the B-Main. Fast time in time trials over the 36-car field was set by Curt
Michael, who was the first car to take time, with a one-lap time of 17.082
Friday - April 27, 2001
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
World of Outlaw Gumout Series Season Opener
Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer ($5,000); 2. 88H-Lance Dewease
($3,000); 3. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr. ($2,000); 4. 7-Keith Kauffman ($1,800);
5. 17-Cris Eash ($1,600); 6. 1-Sean Michael ($1,400); 7. 53-Shawn Keen
($1,300); 8. 29-Dave Ely ($1,200); 9. 76-P.J. Chesson ($1,100); 10.
30-Darren Eash ($1,050); 11. 88-Todd Shaffer ($1,000); 12. 25-Todd Gracey
($800); 13. 7S-Jason Sides ($700); 14. 12-Greg Hodnett ($600); 15.
3-Daryn Pittman ($600); 16. 22M-Mark Smith ($500); 17. 8H-Johnny Herrera
($500); 18. 32-Brook Weibley ($500); 19. 52-Ron Lamey ($500); 20. 0-Rick
Lafferty ($500); 21. 3B-Bob Bennett ($500)(Prov.); 22. 461-Curt Michael
($500); 23. 2S-Kyle Sauder ($500); 24. 22-James Chesson ($500); 25.
97-Phil Gressman ($500). No Time
Lap Leaders - Sean Michael (1-2), Lance Dewease (3-16), Fred Rahmer (17-30)
1st Heat (8 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 1Z-Sean Michael; 2. 461-Curt Michael; 3.
25-Todd Gracey; 4. 97-Phill Gressman; 5. 88-Todd Shaffer; 6. 7S-Jason Sides;
7. 32-Brook Weibley; 8. 10C-Jeremy Campbell; 9. E7-Lynton Jeffrey. No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 2S-Kyle Sauder; 2. 22-James Chesson; 3.
12-Greg Hodnett; 4. 8H-Johnny Herrera; 5. 76-P.J. Chesson; 6. 52-Ron Laney;
7. 7M-Todd Hestor; 8. 07-Cliff Brian; 9. 15-Jay Reichert. Time - 2:27.27
3rd Heat (8 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 88H-Lance Dewease; 2.77-Fred Rahmer; 3.
29-Dave Ely; 4. 30-Darren Eash; 5. 0-Rick Lafferty; 6. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 7.
3-Daryn Pittman; 8. 10N-Chris Knopp; 9. 18-Brian Carlson. No Time
4th Heat (8 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 7-Keith Kauffman; 2. 53-Shawn Keen; 3.
69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 4. 22M-Mark Smith; 5. 17-Cris Eash; 6. 3-Mike Goodman;
7. 10-Len Thompson; 8. 3B-Bob Bennett; 9. 7X-Raymond Shank. No Time
1st Dash (5 Laps) - 1-Sean Michael; 2. 88H-Lance Dewease; 3. 77-Fred
Rahmer; 4. 461-Curt Michael; 5. 29-Dave Ely; 6. 97-Phil Gressman. Time -
2nd Dash (5 Laps) - 1. 7-Keith Kauffman; 2. 53-Shawn Keen; 3. 69-Donnie
Kreitz Jr.; 4. 2S-Kyle Sauder; 5. 22-James Chesson; 6. 76-P.J. Chesson.
Time - 1:36.45
B-Main (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 3-Daryn Pittman; 2. 7S-Kyle Sauder; 3.
52-Ron Laney; 4. 32-Brook Weibley; 5. 10N-Chris Eash; 6. 3-Mark Goodman; 7.
17B-Troy Whitesel; 8. 10-Len Thompson; 9. 7M-Todd Hestor; 10. E7-Lynton
Jeffrey; 11. 18-Brian Carlson; 12. 10C-Jeremy Campbell; 13. 3B-Bob Bennett;
14. 15-Jay Reichert; 15. 7X-Raymond Shank; 16. 07-Cliff Brian. No Time
Time Trials - 1. 461-Curt Michael, 17.082 seconds; 2. 76-P.J. Chesson,
17.095; 3. 88H-Lance Dewease, 17.190; 4. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr., 17.245; 5.
1Z-Sean Michael, 17.297; 6. 12-Greg Hodnett, 17.321; 7. 29-Dave Ely,17.361;
8. 17-Cris Eash, 17.434; 9. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.450; 10. 22-James Chesson,
17.455; 11. 30-Darren Eash, 17.538; 12. 53-Shawn Keen, 17.581; 13. 97-Phil
Gressman, 17.585; 14. 2S-Kyle Sauder, 17.592; 15. 3-Daryn Pittman, 17.595;
16. 7-Keith Kauffman, 17.599; 17. 25-Todd Gracey, 17.609; 18. 8H-Johnny
Herrera, 17.633; 19. 77-Fred Rahmer, 17.638; 20. 22M-Mark Smith, 17.645; 21.
32-Brook Weibley, 17.686; 22. 52-Ron Laney, 17.726; 23. 10N-Chris Knopp,
17.753; 24. 3-Mike Goodman, 17.776; 25. 88-Todd Shaffer, 17.866; 26.
07-Cliff Brian, 17.947; 27. 17B-Troy Whitesel, 18.036; 28. 10-Len Thompson,
18.058; 29. E7, Lynton Jeffrey, 18.235; 30. 7M-Todd Hestor, 18.241; 31.
0-Rick Lafferty, 18.287; 32. 3B-Bob Bennett, 18.389; 33. 10C-Jeremy
Campbell, 18.396; 34. 15-Jay Reichert, 18.863; 35. 18-Brian Carlson, 18.930;
36. 7X-Raymond Shank, 19.011.