DIRT TRACK RACING: Freddie Rahmer wins at Lincoln
- Freddie Rahmer earned his second career sprint car victory on Saturday at Lincoln Speedway.
- Rahmer's triumph at Pigeon Hills oval was worth $3,200.
- Steve Buckwalter won Saturday's sprint car race at Port Royal Speedway.
Young Freddie Rahmer came away with his second career sprint car win after a wild feature at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday evening.
Rahmer’s first win of the season was worth $3,200.
Rahmer’s brother, Brandon Rahmer, started from the pole position and took the early lead in the event, which saw a second-lap accident take out contenders Brian Montieth and Danny Dietrich. As his brother was working his way forward from the eighth starting spot, Brandon Rahmer continued to lead until the fateful 20th lap of the 25-lap race. On that lap, third-place runner Austin Hogue, of Dover, appeared to blow an engine at almost the same time as Brandon Rahmer and York’s Adam Wilt tangled while battling for the lead while racing through lapped traffic With the top three drivers out of contention, that turned the lead over to Freddie Rahmer, who held command the rest of the way.
York’s Cory Haas finished second, with Gerard McIntyre Jr. in third. Alan Krimes and York’s Glenndon Forsythe completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Robbie Kendall, Jimmy Siegel, Billy Dietrich, Scott Fisher and Tyler Ross.
The 358 sprint feature was just as wild. Hellam’s Adrian Shaffer outgunned York’s Jeff Rohrbaugh on the start and held the lead until the 14th lap. That’s when Shaffer did a complete 360-degree spin exiting turn four. Shaffer never came to a stop and pulled out of the spin, but lost the lead to Rohrbaugh. With 17 of 20 scheduled laps completed, while the field was under caution for a multi-car crash in the first turn, heavy rain and strong winds hit the speedway, and the race was declared complete. Rohrbaugh scored the win over Shaffer, with Kyle Denmyer, Chandler Leiby and Cody Fletcher in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Doug Hammaker, Dillsburg’s Chris Arnold, Spring Grove’s Dwight Leppo, Tyler Esh and Brent Shearer.
The Legend car feature was postponed. The Legends will return to Lincoln in late April.
Buckwalter triumphs at Port Royal: Steve Buckwalter claimed his first win of the season in Saturday’s 25-lap sprint car feature at Port Royal. Buckwalter’s fifth career Port win was worth $3,200.
On the initial start of the feature event, Tyler Bear spun from the front row, but all other cars avoided contact. However, a brief rain shower halted the action for 20 minutes at that point. When the race restarted, Logan Wagner was able to outgun Buckwalter from the front row. Wagner led 14 laps before Buckwalter sneaked by in lapped traffic. Later on that same lap, Wagner appeared to lose an engine. From that point, Buckwalter led Lucas Wolfe to the finish, with Mike Wagner in third. Brent Marks and Mark Smith completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett, Doug Esh, Ryan Taylor, T.J. Stutts and Dylan Cisney.
Mike Lupfer led all 22 laps to win the late model feature over two-time winner Andy Haus. Nick Dickson, Dover’s Billy Wampler and Waylon Wagner completed the top five.
Two laps into the 305 sprint feature, a drenching rain shower hit the track, causing a multi-car crash that saw Cale Reigel’s car flip over the third-turn guardrail. No one was injured, but the completion of the event has been postponed until the 305 sprints return to the Port later this season.
Dillsburg's Eichelberger shines at Susquehanna: Longtime racer Rich Eichelberger, of Dillsburg, scored his first win of the season in Susquehanna’s super sportsman feature Saturday.
For the 60-plus-year-old Eichelberger, the win was his first of the season, but the 88th of his super sportsman career.
Chad Criswell was awarded second spot when apparent second-place finisher Timmie Barrick’s car failed post-race tech. Lewisberry’s Scott Dellinger, Russ Mitten and Tony Jackson completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Camp Hill’s Rick Barr, Jay Fannasy, Gregg Foster, Wellsville’s Scott Geesey and Mike Enders.
Randy Stoudt topped the limited late models, with Dover’s Gene Knaub in second. Another Dover area driver, Chase Billet, was third, followed by Ralph Morgan Jr. and Matt Murphy.
In the street stock feature, York’s Jason Townsend was the winner over Manchester’s Mike Potts, Josh Bloom, Jim Palm and Manchester’s Eddie Richards.
Cannon victorious at Grove: Fairview Township’s Pat Cannon raced to his first win of the season in Friday’s 25-lap sprint car feature at Williams Grove. Cannon collected $3,600 for the victory.
Pole-sitter Brick Zearfoss grabbed the early lead and held Cannon at bay for the first half of the race. Cannon took over the top spot on the 13th lap and had to fend off a late-race challenge from Alan Krimes for the win. Krimes finished second, with Doug Esh in third. Zearfoss and Brian Montieth completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Freddie Rahmer, Spring Grove’s Tim Glatfelter., Steve Buckwalter, Mark Smith and Danny Dietrich, who came back from a flat tire on the ninth lap.
Hellam’s Adrian Shaffer won the Grove’s first 358 sprint race of the season for the third year in a row. Shaffer started sixth and took the lead from Dillsburg’s Chris Arnold on the 19th of 20 laps. Doug Hammaker slipped by Arnold on the final lap for second, with Arnold, Kevin Nouse and York’s Glenndon Forsythe in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Chandler Leiby, Matt Findley, Lewisberry’s Jordan Givler, Nyle Berkes and David Holbrook.
Anderson excels at Hagerstown: Andy Anderson raced to the late model win at Hagerstown on Saturday evening.
Anderson led the whole distance in the non-stop event. Matt Cosner edged Gary Stuhler in a race-long battle for second, with Scott Palmer and Jamie Lathroum in the top five.
Craig Parrill won the pure stock event.
The late model sportsman feature was halted by rain after six laps, and the remainder of the program, featuring the hobby stocks and All American Outlaws, was postponed.
Outlaws race has York County flavor: Friday’s World of Outlaws event in Watsonville, California, had a strong York County flavor.
Outlaw point leader, Brad Sweet, a California native, was the winner in a Kasey Kahne car wrenched by West York’s Lee Stauffer. Hanover drivers Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen finished second and third, respectively.
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