We have probably all heard someone say “I’d rather by lucky than good” at some time or another.
Young Freddie Rahmer has just two career wins in a 410 sprint car and already he has experienced both ends of that spectrum.
In both cases, young Freddie has gone from fourth to first in the blink of an eye. Last September when Rahmer claimed his first career sprint car win, he was involved in a tight battle for the lead. He ran second most of the race, but slipped to fourth at the flag stand to start the final lap. He rebounded to pass all three drivers in front of him on that final lap and score the win.
Last Saturday night at Lincoln, the good luck part came into play, big time. Rahmer had started eighth and was running in fourth as the laps wound down. His brother, Brandon, was leading the race. Brandon and Freddie are the male parts of the “Rahmer Triplets.” Sister Chessy doesn’t drive a race car, but is often seen at the races.
On the 20th lap of Saturday’s sprint feature at Lincoln, third-place runner Austin Hogue of Dover appeared to suffer a blown engine, but did get the car out of the way and off the track. At the same time, Brandon Rahmer and York’s Adam Wilt were battling for the lead while trying to negotiate lapped traffic. They tangled and both spun out. Suddenly, young Freddie had again gone from fourth to first in the blink of an eye.
Freddie went on to win the race for his second career Lincoln win. He just needs 167 more to catch Lincoln’s career win leader, his father, Fred Rahmer.
While Freddie Rahmer had some luck on his side Saturday evening, he’s been running well all year. In fact, at this early part of the season, Freddie is the point leader at Williams Grove and in the thick of Lincoln’s point chase. Again, the standard in those categories was set by his father. Fred Rahmer owns nine Williams Grove championships and 11 at Lincoln.
Amazing Eichelberger: Veteran racer Rich Eichelberger is just amazing.
Saturday night at Susquehanna Speedway, the Dillsburg driver won the super sportsman feature. Friday at Williams Grove, Eichelberger had a strong run going in the 358 sprint feature until he was sidelined by mechanical problems with just two laps remaining.
Eichelberger is well past his 60th birthday and keeps plenty busy during the week running his business, Lobar, Inc. On weekends he goes racing. He’s been doing that regularly since 1970.
Over the years, he’s done quite well with the racing. His super sportsman win Saturday was the 88th of his career. Only the legendary Gary Wolford has won more super sportsman races. Eichelberger has also won a handful of times in both the 358 sprints and the limited late models. He’s had some great runs in 410 sprints as well.
No wonder announcer Dave Hare introduces Eichelberger as simply, “The Legend.”
Frustration ends for Cannon: Pat Cannon, who lives in Etters in Fairview Township, won Friday’s sprint car feature at Williams Grove.
It marked his first win of the season and perhaps the end to some frustrating times for Cannon and the Highlands Tire team.
A champion in both the super sportsmen and the 358 sprints, Cannon has been used to dominating, but the past couple of years have included some lean times for the popular racer.
The win was just the second in the last two years for Cannon. In the 358 sprints, he’s the area’s career win leader with 85. In super sportsman competition, he's won 15 times.
Shaffer nearly gets two wins: Adrian Shaffer almost had two wins last weekend in the 358 sprints.
He took the lead late at Williams Grove and went on to victory. At Lincoln, he led from the start and appeared to have things well in hand until a miscue on the 14th lap saw him doing a complete 360 spin. Shaffer kept going and lost just one spot — the lead. He finished second to Jeff Rohrbaugh.
Rohrbaugh’s win was his 14th at Lincoln in the 358 sprints, which puts him in sole possession of first place in that class there. Rohrbaugh, of West York, has also won at Lincoln in the 410 sprints and the semi-late class. In his career, Rohrbaugh has won 43 358 sprint races, fifth overall in the area.
This weekend: Williams Grove hosts the sprints and super sportsmen on Friday, while Trailway has the 358 sprints, 600cc micro sprints, limited stocks and street stocks.
Saturday, Lincoln hosts the sprints, super sportsmen and street stocks, while Port Royal has the sprints, late models, econo late models and Xtreme stocks.
Selinsgrove opens its regular season Saturday with the 360 sprints, late models and pro stocks, while Hagerstown has the late models, late model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and e-mods.
Susquehanna has its first double-race weekend of the year. Saturday, the 305 sprints join the limited late models, road warriors and Legends. On Sunday, the sprint cars return to Susky for a program that includes the 410s and the 358s.
1966: Just two races were scheduled for this weekend in 1966, and when Susquehanna was rained out, Wrightsville’s Bobby Abel ventured to Hagerstown and scored the win. Abel drove his own Gohn Jewelers No. 2 to the win to become the area’s first repeat winner of the season.
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East driver is listed with point total and series wins.
1. Greg Hodnett 258 3
2. Brian Montieth 195 1
3. Freddie Rahmer 160 1
4. Doug Esh 132
5. Danny Dietrich 125
6. Brent Marks 124
7. Alan Krimes 116
8. Cory Haas 111
9. Steve Buckwalter 110 1
10. Aaron Ott 100 1
11. Mark Smith 92
12. Mike Wagner 90
13. Adam Wilt 87
14. Lucas Wolfe 77
15. Dylan Cisney 70
16. Gerard McIntyre Jr. 69
17. T.J. Stutts 67
18. Jim Siegel 66
19. Billy Dietrich 64 1
20. Brock Zearfoss 61
21. Rick Lafferty 60 1
22. Glenndon Forsythe 55
23. Pat Cannon 50 1
23. Kasey Kahne 50 1
25. Ryan Taylor 48