HOUSEHOLDER: Two area racing giants tied for lead in career sprint wins at Williams Grove

  • Two drivers are tied for the all-time lead in career sprint wins at Williams Grove.
  • Fred Rahmer and Lance Dewease each have 90 career Williams Grove sprint-car wins.
  • Rahmer is retired, meaning that Dewease will likely pass him on the list sometime this year.

With all the hoopla over Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek last week, there was only enough space to merely mention the tie for the lead in all-time wins at Williams Grove Speedway.

Let’s take a closer look now.

Lance Dewease will be among those honored this weekend at Port Royal Speedway during the running of the Tuscarora 50. The event will pay $50,000 to the winner.

In the Mitch Smith Memorial Race at Williams Grove during Speedweek, Lance Dewease scored his 90th career Grove sprint-car win. That win places Lance in a tie with Fred Rahmer for the all-time win lead at the Grove.

The tie goes even deeper than that. Both drivers have also scored one win in other divisions at the Grove.  Dewease owns one ARDC midget win at the Grove, while Rahmer won a 358 sprint feature there as well. So both drivers have 91 career Williams Grove wins.

Considering that the track opened in May of 1939, and has been in continuous operation since then (except during World War II), holding the all-time win mark at the Grove is quite an accomplishment. That two of the area’s greatest drivers of all-time are tied right now is rather amazing.

Rahmer is retired from driving, but his son won Friday’s feature. Dewease is going strong and will likely take over the top spot on the list sometime this season.

Fred Rahmer. FILE PHOTO

Rahmer’s first win at the Grove came in a United Racing Club feature a year before he started racing sprint cars full time. That was 1985. Dewease won his first feature at the Grove in 1992. Rahmer retired after his win in the 2013 Williams Grove National Open. Both drivers have a handful of URC wins in their win totals, but would still be far ahead of their rivals without them.

Only in point titles does Rahmer hold an advantage, 9-6.


Hodnett wins Sunday at BAPS: Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett won the 30-lap sprint-car feature at BAPS Motor Speedway on Sunday evening.

Hodnett’s $3,500 win came over Lucas Wolfe, who challenged on several occasions during the closing stages of the race.

Invader Cale Conley finished third, with Dillsburg’s Anthony Macri and Gerard McIntyre Jr. in the top five.

Rounding out the top 10 were Lewisberry’s Kyle Moody, Dan Shetler, Tyler Ross, Shawn Burke and James McFadden.

In the 25-lap super-sportsman feature, second-generation driver Justin Foster scored his first career win. Foster’s win came over Lewisberry’s Scott Dellinger. Timmie Barrick finished third, with Kenny Edkin and Frankie Herr in the top five.

Rounding out the top 10 were Jay Fannassy, Davey Walsh, Matt Ondek, Garrett Williamson and Chase Gutshall.

Outlaws invade this week: The World of Outlaws return to the area this week for action at Lincoln and Williams Grove speedways.

Since the entire May Outlaw tour in the area was washed out, this will mark the Outlaws' first local visit of the season.

For the adventurous, the Outlaw tour actually starts Tuesday at Lernerville in the western part of the state. Lernerville has a Wednesday rain date.

The Outlaws then move to Lincoln on Thursday evening. Lincoln wasn’t originally on the schedule for this Outlaw swing, but since May’s event was rained out, it has been added to the July tour.

Williams Grove hosts the Summer Nationals on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Other races this weekend: On Friday, Trailway Speedway hosts the 358 sprints, 270cc micro sprints, street stocks and limited stocks.

At Path Valley Speedway Friday, the wingless super sportsmen will race in a challenge series with the United States Auto Club wingless 360 sprints.

Port Royal Speedway and Lincoln take Saturday off for the Outlaws at the Grove, but other tracks will be in action.

BAPS Motor Speedway hosts the super sportsman series, plus the Summer Series for the 358 sprints. Street stocks and the Classic Series cars also race there.

Selinsgrove Speeway's Saturday show features the 360 sprints and a Moonshine Camo Route 35 Challenge series race for the late models. Pro stocks and roadrunners also compete.

Hagerstown has the Red Ninninger Memorial Race for the late models, plus late-model sportsmen, pure stocks and hobby stocks.

YCRC meeting: The York County Racing Club will host a general membership meeting this Wednesday at the club hall in Zions View. The meeting starts at 7:30, with dinner served beforehand.

The guest speakers for the meeting will be late-model racing legend Jim Bernheisel and his son, current late-model star Bryan Bernheisel, who won Saturday at Selinsgrove.

1984: This weekend’s action on the local circuit actually started for some local teams on Wednesday evening at the Sharon (Ohio) Speedway for an All Star show. It was at that race where Doug Wolfgang scored his first win while driving for legendary local car owner Bob Weikert in the No. 29. Wolfgang would make it official on the local circuit with a Saturday win at Port Royal in Weikert’s car.

The Friday show at Williams Grove was the 23rd win of the season for Keith Kauffman in Al Hamilton’s No. 77.

Saturday at Lincoln, Meme DeSantis would drive the Joe Harz No. 88 to his second win of the season, while at Selinsgrove the winner was George Bischoff, who scored his second local win of the season in the No. 3B.

Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at