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Fred Rahmer Tuffs It Out For AG Night Sprint Victory, Bob Fannasy Wins Sportsman Tour Feature, Jason Schmidt Gains Second of Season in Pro-Stocks
A very sick and tired Fred Rahmer of Salfordviile made one of his infrequent trips to AG Night Thursday at Port Royal Speedway. It was Fast Freddie’s ninth career win at Port and worth $2,500.
Lance Dewease led the first eight laps before the third starting Rahmer dove under Dewease in heavy lapped traffic coming out of turn two.
With Rahmer now in front and driving the Al Hamilton #77, Dewease stayed close while Mike Wagner was pushed into the front stretch wall on lap 16. Mike was OK but had heavy damage to the front end of his sprinter.
Over the last nine circuits Rahmer tooled on to the win over Keith Kauffman as Dewease came to a halt in turn three out of commission. Coming home third was Jeff Shepard followed by Greg Hodnett and Todd Shaffer who started 18th.
The next five were Shawn Keen, Todd Hestor, P.J. Chesson, Dewease and a disgruntled Len Thompson. The heats went to P.J. Chesson, Dewease and Rahmer while Randy Wolfe won the consi.
A very weak Rahmer said, ‘I am sick. The car was so good. I think a torsion stop break. Lance got to the lapped traffic first and I got around him. 1 didn’t think I would make it to the finish, that yellow flag helped."
The always-exciting Super Sportsman made their annual trek up Route 322 to the Port producing a great race.
Craig Morrow took off in the lead and led the whole way in the 20 lap main despite having Mark Smith near from the fourth lap on.
Unfortunately for Morrow when he crossed the scales after the race his car was found light and he was regulated from first to an 18th finish.
Meanwhile, Smith running second slowed on the front stretch coming down to the checkers handing second to Tour Point Leader Bob Fannasy who recorded the win after Morrow was found light.
Fannasy in his Pepsi One / Lisi Texaco / Joey Gravino Body Shop #1 was the surprise winner followed by Smith, Matt Ondek, Pat Cannon and Steve Wilbur.Rounding out the top ten were Donnie Beaver, Jr., Danny Hager, Bill Heckert, Ron Janney and Bob Gutshall, Jr. Morrow, Heckert and Frankie Herr won the heats. The Consi went to John Stehman.
The winner said, "This is a pretty good race car. After Mark slowed I thought 1 had won, then I saw Craig Morrow so I figured we finished second. I like to race at this track because I’ve won here before."
Jason Schmidt of Lewiston grabbed the lead on the third lap of the Pro-Stock feature from Jim Palm to capture his second feature win of the season.
Schmidt who started tenth in his blue Royer’s Demolition #2 held off the repeated challenges of Palm to win his fifth career finale. Palm had a great run, but fell short finishing ahead of Point Leader Tim Krape, Tom Krape and Jason Davis.
Port Pits: There were 28 Sprints, 31 Super Sportsman and 18 Pro-Stocks present. New first timers for the year in the sprint ranks were Bob Beidleman, Vince Snyder, Jimmy Carr in the Dyer # 461 and Cowboy Jim Kennedy. Von McGee qualified in his heat, but cooked a motor in the process. Sportsman racer Russ Mitten went up In a wall of smoke in his heat race. On Saturday Aug. 29th, the Sprints, the Hub City Qualifier for Late Models, Pro-Stocks, Kids Rig Wheel, Big Foot and Bicycle Races will be run a t 7 PM.
Sprints Feature: Fred Rabmer, Keith Kauffman, Jeff Shepard, Greg Hodnett, Todd Shaffer, Shawn keen, Todd Hestor, P.J. Chesson, Lance Dewease, Len Thompson, Rod George, Randy Wolfe, Jimmy Carr, Todd Gracey, Dave Hahn, Will Cramer, Bob Beidleman, Pierron Reasner, Jess Thomas, Chris Strait, Ron Kramer, Mike
Wagner, James Chesson, Rod Stroup. (D.N.Q.) Von McGee, George KuIp, Jim Kennedy, Vince Snyder.
Super Sportsman Feature: Bob Fannasy, Mark Smith, Matt Ondek, Pat Cannon, Steve Wilbur, Donnie Beaver, Jr., Danny Hager, Bill Heckert, Ken Janney, Bob Gutahall, Jr., George Riden, Gerry Strawier, Rich Eichelberger, Howie Locke, Carmen Perigo, Jr., Frankie Herr, John Stehman, Craig Morrow (Lite), Leroy
Martin, Bob Howard, Steve Cannon, J. R. Fry, Jim Shuttlesworth, Keith Prutzman. (DNQ) Joe Rennecker, Tracy Templin, Brian Rhodes, Tom Haxall, Billy Schoffstall, Danny Willey, Russ Mitten.
Pro-Stock Feature: Jason Schmidt, Jim Palm, Tom Krape, Tim Krape, Jason Davis, Gary Laughlin, Todd Snook, Scott Dorman, Mark Auker, Bob Bertasavage, Brian Henry, Tracker, Scott Bargo, Bill Powell, Dick Shoop, Corey Kepner, John Wert, Jr. (DNS) Glenn Miller.