FREDDIE RAHMER FOURTH TO FIRST IN
LAST LAP TO CLAIM FIRST CAREER WIN
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/5/2015 – It’s impossible to describe the last two laps of Saturday’s “410” sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway.
To simplify the shock that left a packed house in awe, Freddie Rahmer came from fourth to first in a wild last lap to score his first career “410” sprint car win, coming on the heels of brother Brandon’s first career win one week earlier.
“I knew I had a shot there, but coming through the last corner, that was a little close,” said Rahmer, “I don’t know why it took so long to get going, but I can’t tell you how bad I wanted this, and it means a lot.”
Billy Dietrich started outside of polesitter Tim Wagaman and led all but the last lap.
Freddie Rahmer took second from Wagaman on lap three and chased Dietrich for the next 15 laps. That’s when tenth-starting and 2015 Lawrence Chevrolet track champ Brian Montieth (who claimed the title in warmups) grabbed the runner-up spot from Rahmer with six laps to go.
Then enter 11th-starting Danny Dietrich, who was charging through the field and grabbed the third spot from Rahmer with two laps to go. As Montieth, Rahmer, and Danny Dietrich crossed under the white flag, Rahmer was sandwiched between the two in a three-car battle for second in heavy lapped traffic.
Montieth slid high in turns one and two and nearly collected Danny Dietrich, with Rahmer sliding under both cars for second heading up the backstretch. He then slid under Billy Dietrich to take the lead in the final turns.
“I saw Montieth at one point. Last week I screwed up when he got to me. It wasn’t his fault. I stepped on it,” said Rahmer of the action around him during the final lap, “But I knew the bottom was coming in. I was waiting for lapped cars, and I didn’t know if I was going to get them. I just ran in hard the last lap and it worked out. Montieth got me off of four and I thought he would have hit the bottom for sure. I don’t know if he slid across or what he did, but it worked out for us.”
All top four cars crossed under the checkered flag within nine-tenths of a second of each other.
Billy Dietrich was second, with Montieth third and Danny Dietrich fourth.
J.J. Grasso ran in the top five the entire race and finished fifth, with Jimmy Siegel, Austin Hogue, Robbie Kendall, Alan Krimes, and 19-starting Chase Dietz completing the top ten.
“Brandon’s win last week bothered me a little bit, but that’s part of it,” said Rahmer, “I want to thank my parents and Moon (Byers), Stevie (Smith), Keith…all the guys that help. It’s pretty awesome!”
Heats for the 31 410’s were won by Hogue, Siegel, and Wagaman, with Dietz winning the consolation.