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Freddie Rahmer closes out 2020 area dirt-track season with breakthrough sprint win at BAPS

BRYAN HOUSEHOLDER
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Freddie Rahmer is seen here in a file photo. Rahmer won the 2020 local sprint finale at BAPS Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Freddie Rahmer closed out the local outdoor racing season with his first career BAPS Motor Speedway 410 sprint win on Saturday.

The Sprint Showdown victory at the northern York County track for the third-generation driver was worth $5,000. Rahmer's father, Fred, won 32 times at BAPS.

Polesitter Lance Dewease led the first lap of the 30-lap feature before his fellow front-row starter, Dillsburg’s Anthony Macri, took over the top spot. Macri would hold sway until third-starter Rahmer slipped by on the 12th lap. 

From that point on, Rahmer would hold the lead, although at times it was slim. Some late-race moves through lapped traffic eased Rahmer’s way to the victory. While the traffic was helpful for Rahmer, it proved Macri’s downfall. In the closing laps, first Shane Stewart and then Hanover’s Logan Schuchart would get past him. 

In the end it was Rahmer over Stewart, Schuchart, Macri and Dewease. Rounding out the top 10 were Tyler Ross, Hanover’s Jacob Allen, Brent Marks, York’s Chase Dietz and Kyle Reinhardt.

Dietrich wins overall title: The race for the Champion Racing Oil Central Pennsylvania Sprint Series title took many twists and turns during the event.

Macri needed a top-two finish for any shot at the crown. Point leader Danny Dietrich had to finish sixth or better to deny Macri any chance. 

Macri took an early lead, but Dietrich quickly came from his 14th starting spot to sixth and then fifth. A restart near mid-race saw Dietrich tangle with Lucas Wolfe and drop from competition. Macri appeared solidly in second with the title within his grasp until the closing laps, when he slipped two spots. 

In the end, Dietrich secured the title by just seven points over Marci, 1,256-1,249. Rahmer was third at 1,157.

Maresca takes modified feature: The 358 modified feature was a real thriller. 

Michael Maresca pulled off some real heroics at the two-thirds mark of the 30-lap race for the $3,000 victory. 

Veteran Frank Cozze and third-generation driver Billy Pauch Jr. went at it tooth and nail for the lead during the first part of the race, with Cozze leading the first and second laps and laps 12-23, while Pauch led from laps 3-11. 

The lead duo were still side by side racing for the lead when Maresca made a three-wide move to grab the top spot on the 24th lap. Maresca went on to win over Pauch Cozze, Danny Bouc and Ryan Watt.

Wes Kellison won the small-car enduro and Brandon Guyer was the big-car enduro winner.

Reach Bryan Householder at sports@yorkdispatch.com.