Rahmer has successful weekend
By Dottie Bird
For the Mirror
MECHANICSBURG — Freddie Rahmer made it back-to-back wins in 410 sprint competition at the Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, taking $4,080 for his third oval win of the season.
The 100-lap USAC Silver Crown main saw seven caution flags slow the race pace with Chris Windom taking the early lead from the outside of the front row.
Windom was chased by polesitter Justin Grant for the first 37 laps before Pennsylvania USAC’s Steve Buckwalter motored into second after running a slow and steady pace to the front from the eighth starting spot.
Buckwalter followed Windom until a lap 47 restart when he was able to bolt underneath for control. Buckwalter was able to pull away from Windom during the ensuing laps as USAC point leader Kody Swanson came to second on lap 82 with the leader over two seconds ahead.
After a restart with 11 laps to go, Swanson made a bid for the win only to come up short while also jumbling the field in the second turn that saw Brady Bacon zip through the cluster for the second spot while Windom got by Swanson for third.
Windom then jumped past Bacon to reassume second and apply pressure to the leader but Buckwalter had the race in hand with four laps to go.
However Windom proved rather ungraceful in his bid to steal the win with under a lap to go as he attempted to drive through the leader in the first turn.
The result saw Buckwalter spin out, forcing a green-white-checker run to the finish in which Windom ended up popping a tire just after taking the white flag.
This allowed Bacon to blast by and take his first-ever career USAC Silver Crown victory, worth $8,000.
It would have also been Buckwalter’s first career USAC Silver Crown win.
PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY: Tyler Courtney ad-mired Bryan Clauson but that admiration was more like a big brother. As a young up-and-coming driver, Courtney walked into the Clauson racing shop looking for an opportunity and advice. What he got was a mentor, a friend and an inspiration. Not just on the track, but off the track as well. Whether it was advice about different tracks, driving styles or day to day things, Clauson was always there guiding the young driver along the way.
“He taught me so much and I always have considered him more of a brother then anything,” Courtney said. “Mostly he taught me to stay humble and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be the man I am today without his guidance and help.” That’s what made losing him so hard when Clauson passed away following an accident in 2016.”
Clauson would have been proud of the performance Courtney put on Saturday night as he bested Chris Windom and CJ Leary in dominating fashion to pick up the USAC Eastern Storm feature event presented by www.sprintcarunlimited.com at Port Royal Speedway by 3.150 seconds.
Lucas Wolfe came from the 9th starting spot to claim his first Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Car feature event victory of the season at the Port Royal Speedway.
Bedford Speedway: Andy Haus spent 20 laps in hot pursuit before rallying late to score the late-model win at the Bedford Speedway Friday night.
In other action, George Dixon went pole-to-pole in the limited event, as did Dalton Ritchey in the pure stock race, while Drake Troutman and Ryan Peer came from the pack to score wins in pure stock and four-cylinder action.
Lincoln Speedway: Danny Dietrich has seen success in central Pennsylvania and pretty much wherever he travels in 2019, leading the area’s drivers with eight wins on the season going into this past Saturday night.The results were no different when Dietrich stopped by the Pigeon Hills to race on Saturday.
After a hot start to the season with wins in March and April, he was due for another win. With a 10th starting spot in the make-up feature from May 25, he worked his way through the field for his third win of the season.
Steve Owings didn’t complete a lap in the make-up feature held earlier in the night. With pole starting spot for the regularly scheduled feature Owings had the opportunity to turn his night around.
Mark Rickrode started on the pole of the 20-lape feature. After an impressive run in the heat race, Gene Wrightstone started on the outside of the front row. Both drivers on the front row were running in the Modified Class. John Marks lined up seventh for the feature start and was the highest starting driver in the Sportsman Class.
Selinsgrove Speedway: Jason Shultz defeated a star-studded field of Patriot 360 sprint cars to win the $2,271 top prize in the 25-lap Joe Whitcomb Memorial Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Shultz, driving the Horstcraft Millworks No. 29, recorded his third win of the year and was also the night’s Fast Tees Fast Qualifier over the 25-car field with a lap time of 16.726, a new track record for the 360 sprint cars.
Andy Haus made a late-race pass for his $2,000 win in the 25-lap super late model race. Haus became the seventh different late model feature winner in as many races at the speedway this season.
Shaun Lawton wired the pro stock field for his second win in a row in the division’s 15-lap race, while Dustin Snook returned to victory lane for the first time in two years in the 12-lap roadrunner feature.
Jennerstown Speedway: This past Saturday night, the Jennerstown Speedway Complex began with an on-track autograph session, with an opportunity for all fans in attendance to get a photo taken with their favorite drivers.
The evening concluded with a pair of photo finishes, including one of the closest finishes in Jennerstown Speedway history. Zane Ferrell earned his career first victory by .001 seconds over Barry Awtey in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model Division.
Meanwhile, Pete Rech edged Anthony Aiello at the line for his third win of the season in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds. Also celebrating his career first win in Stoneu’s Beer Victory Lane was Chase Payton in the Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers. Sophomore driver Jeremy Shaffer picked up his first win of the season in the Tunstall Auto & Truck Repair Street Stocks, and Evan Nibert picked up his second win of 2019 in the Somerset Trust Company Fast-N-Furious Four-cylinders.