Freddie Rahmer Outruns Tim Shaffer For Port Royal All Stars Nite Before The 50

Hodnett surrenders point title to Wagner, Rine wins late model main and crown

PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Salfordville’s Freddie Rahmer won his first career Port Royal Speedway sprint car main in the All Star Circuit of Champions Night Before The 50 on Friday night at the historic oval.

Rahmer’s win came only after holding off the repeated attempts of Tim Shaffer to steal the victory, worth $5,000. 

The race for the 2018 sprint car track title took a cataclysmic turn for point leader Greg Hodnett during the event when he destroyed his car in the first dash race and then was forced to turn to a back up car, which refused to fire for the feature event.

This saw Hodnett forfeit any feature points he may have earned and saw Logan Wagner secure the 2018 track title in what was a drastic turn of events during the affair.

The super late model main saw Danville’s Jeff Rine surge to his fifth win of the season, which in turn secured him a first-ever Port Royal track title.

Shaffer and Rahmer began the 30-lap Night Before The 50 event on the front row but the first start was called back when fourth starter Trey Strarks stopped on the track.

Shaffer, of Aliquippa, zoomed into the lead on the ensuring start with Rahmer and Ryan Smith giving chase.

Shaffer entered traffic on the seventh tour of the event and Rahmer was close enough to strike, which he did on the ninth lap.

The pair raced back to the stripe with Rahmer taking an inches advantage at the line, the equivalent of .008 seconds to be exact.

Seconds later, the caution flag unfurled, bunching the field with Shaffer taking a stab to reclaim the to spot on the restart.

Shaffer got another chance for a turn one dive for the lead on another restart with 12 away but again Rahmer had just enough momentum around the top of the turns to pull back ahead of Shaffer onto the backstretch.

Traffic again became a factor on the 18th lap but again the yellow flag slowed the hectic pace with 10 laps to go.  .

The restart saw Shaffer again making a swoop for control only to watch Rahmer jet back around while Ryan Smith and Lance Dewease raced for third and fourth respectively.

The race was one lap from the finish when a final yellow flag appeared that then turned to red for refueling.

And again, Shaffer let it all hang out on the green-white-checker restart only to again come up short, giving Rahmer his first Port Royal win in what has been only limited career starts at the track.

Rahmer’s margin of victory was .830 seconds over Shaffer, Smith, Brock Zearfoss and Dewease.

Sixth through 10th went to Lucas Wolfe, Brian Brown, Paul McMahan, Aaron Reutzel and Logan Wagner.

Reutzel also destroyed a car in a tandem flip with Hodnett in the first dash and he too competed in the main in a back up car, moving from 23rd starting spot up to ninth, to earn the Hard Charger Award.

Heats went to Jared Esh, Reutzel, Robbie Kendall,  Rahmer and Anthony Fiore.

Dashes went to Shaffer and Rahmer with Rahmer setting a new four-lap track record in the second dash, posting a time of 1:03.956. 

Gio Scelzi won the B Main and set a new 12-lap track record of 3:15.726.

The C Main was won by Mike Wagner.

Lance Dewease set overall fast time with a lap of 15.347 seconds.

There was 46 cars in competition.

The 22-lap super late model main saw Bryan Bernheisel lead from the pole to enter traffic with a commanding advantage on the ninth tour.

The first caution flag of the race appeared on lap 10 with Gene Knaub, Jeff Rine and Dylan Yoder following for the restart.

But the restart saw Bernheisel jump the cushion and bite the outside turn two fence, taking himself out of the race.

This handed the lead to Knaub who watched as Rine jetted by on the ensuring restart to take command. 

Yoder blasted under Knaub for second on the 14th lap in an effort to keep his title hopes alive after entering the race as the point leader.

But Rine would drive uncontested to his fifth win of the season and his first place finish was enough to sneak by Yoder for the point lead and resulting track crown.

Yoder finished second in the feature by .833 seconds and second in the point’s chase.

After starting 17th, Andy Haus raced up to third, followed by Ralph Morgan Jr. and Kyle Lee.

Sixth through 10th went to Knaub, Roy Deese Jr., Tim Smith  Jr., Marvin Winters and Shaun Jones.

Heats went to Morgan, Hayes Mattern and Bernheisel.

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Results:

9/7/18

410 Sprints:

 

Qualifying

Group (A)

  1. 21-Brian Brown, 15.450; 2. 1-Logan Wagner, 15.506; 3. 3G-Carson Macedo, 15.645; 4. 33-Jared Esh, 15.663; 5. 13-Paul McMahan, 15.804; 6. 3H-Matt Campbell, 15.936; 7. 35-Tyler Esh, 15.936; 8. 27S-Adrian Shaffer, 16.080; 9. 14-Tony Stewart, 16.145; 10. 20-Ryan Taylor, 16.155

 

Group (B)

  1. 69K-Lance Dewease, 15.347; 2. 11-Ryan Smith, 15.423; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.434; 4. 44-Trey Starks, 15.450; 5. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 15.623; 6. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 15.645; 7. 70-Dave Blaney, 15.890; 8. 12w-Troy Fraker, 16.977; 9. 39-Eric Parker, 99.180

 

Group (C)

  1. 27-Greg Hodnett, 15.523; 2. 71-Gio Scelzi, 15.538; 3. 11T-TJ Stutts, 15.669; 4. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 15.701; 5. 39H-Cory Haas, 15.720; 6. 35S-Justin Henderson, 15.744; 7. 44H-Joey Hershey, 15.788; 8. 7K-Cale Conley, 15.923; 9. 75-Nicole Bower, 15.991

 

Group (D)

  1. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 15.572; 2. 2-AJ Flick, 15.621; 3. 49x-Tim Shaffer, 15.660; 4. 51R-Freddie Rahmer, 15.746; 5. 55-Mike Wagner, 15.767; 6. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 15.798; 7. 29-Jason Shultz, 15.887; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri, 15.916; 9. 1R-Kyle Reinhardt, 15.926

 

Group (E)

  1. 5-Dylan Cisney, 15.608; 2. 38-Steve Buckwalter, 15.692; 3. 21M-Brian Montieth, 15.761; 4. 91-Anthony Fiore, 15.820; 5. 5T-Tyler Reeser, 15.864; 6. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 16.086; 7. 73B-Brett Michalski, 16.182; 8. 51-John Garvin, 16.315; 9. 47K-Kody Lehman, 16.514

 

Heat #1 – Group (A) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

  1. 33-Jared Esh [1]; 2. 3G-Carson Macedo [2]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 4. 1-Logan Wagner [3]; 5. 13-Paul McMahan [5]; 6. 3H-Matt Campbell [6]; 7. 35-Tyler Esh [7]; 8. 20-Ryan Taylor [10]; 9. 27S-Adrian Shaffer [8]

 

Heat #2 – Group (B) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

  1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 2. 44-Trey Starks [1]; 3. 11-Ryan Smith [3]; 4. 69K-Lance Dewease [4]; 5. 24-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 6. 10H-Chad Kemenah [6]; 7. 70-Dave Blaney [7]; 8. 39-Eric Parker [9]; 9. 12W-Troy Fraker [8]

 

Heat #3 – Group (C) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

  1. 55K-Robbie Kendall [1]; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett [4]; 3. 11T-TJ Stutts [2]; 4. 35S-Justin Henderson [6]; 5. 71-Gio Scelzi [3]; 6. 39H-Cory Haas [5]; 7. 7K-Cale Conley [8]; 8. 44H-Joey Hershey [7]; 9. 75-Nicole Bower [9]

 

Heat #4 – Group (D) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

  1. 51R-Freddie Rahmer [1]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [2]; 3. 4-Brock Zearfoss [4]; 4. 2-AJ Flick [3]; 5. O7-Gerard McIntyre [6]; 6. 1R-Kyle Reinhardt [9]; 7. 29-Jason Shultz [7]; 8. 55-Mike Wagner [5]; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri [8]

 

Heat #5 – Group (E) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

  1. 91-Anthony Fiore [1]; 2. 21M-Brian Montieth [2]; 3. 5-Dylan Cisney [4]; 4. 38-Steve Buckwalter [3]; 5. 5T-Tyler Reeser [5]; 6. 22-Brandon Spithaler [6]; 7. 73B-Brett Michalski [7]; 8. 51-John Garvin [8]; 9. 47K-Kody Lehman [9]

 

Dash #1 (4 Laps)

  1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6]; 2. 91-Anthony Fiore [1]; 3. 3G-Carson Macedo [5]; 4. 21M-Brian Montieth [2]; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett [4]

 

Dash #2 (4 Laps)

  1. 51R-Freddie Rahmer [1]; 2. 44-Trey Starks [2]; 3. 11-Ryan Smith [6]; 4. 33-Jared Esh [4]; 5. 55K-Robbie Kendall [5]; 6. 69K-Lance Dewease [3]

 

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer

  1. 55-Mike Wagner [1]; 2. 44H-Joey Hershey [2]; 3. 27S-Adrian Shaffer [7]; 4. 75-Nicole Bower [6]; 5. 12W-Troy Fraker [9]; 6. 20-Ryan Taylor [3]; 7. 51-John Garvin [4]; 8. 39-Eric Parker [5]; 9. 47K-Kody Lehman [8]

 

B-Main (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

  1. 71-Gio Scelzi [1]; 2. 24-Lucas Wolfe [2]; 3. 13-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah [6]; 5. 5T-Tyler Reeser [5]; 6. O7-Gerard McIntyre [3]; 7. 1R-Kyle Reinhardt [8]; 8. 39H-Cory Haas [7]; 9. 3H-Matt Campbell [9]; 10. 29-Jason Shultz [11]; 11. 70-Dave Blaney [12]; 12. 7K-Cale Conley [13]; 13. 35-Tyler Esh [14]; 14. 55-Mike Wagner [16]; 15. 73B-Brett Michalski [15]; 16. 22-Brandon Spithaler [10]; 17. 44H-Joey Hershey [17]

 

A-Main (30 Laps)

  1. 51R-Freddie Rahmer [2]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1]; 3. 11-Ryan Smith [5]; 4. 4-Brock Zearfoss [11]; 5. 69K-Lance Dewease [9]; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe [19]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [10]; 8. 13-Paul McMahan [20]; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel [23]; 10. 1-Logan Wagner [14]; 11. 3G-Carson Macedo [22]; 12. 35S-Justin Henderson [17]; 13. 5-Dylan Cisney [12]; 14. 11T-TJ Stutts [13]; 15. 55-Mike Wagner [25]; 16. 33-Jared Esh [7]; 17. 10H-Chad Kemenah [21]; 18. 21M-Brian Montieth [6]; 19. 91-Anthony Fiore [3]; 20. 2-AJ Flick [15]; 21. 70-Dave Blaney [24]; 22. 5T-Tyler Reeser [26]; 23. 55K-Robbie Kendall [8]; 24. 38-Steve Buckwalter [16]; 25. 44-Trey Starks [4]; 26. 71-Gio Scelzi [18];

 

DNS: 27-Greg Hodnett [27]

 

 

Late model feature, 22 laps: 1. 1 Jeff Rine, 2. Dylan Yoder, 3. Andy Haus, 4. Ralph Morgan Jr., 5. Kyle Lee, 6. Gene Knaub, 7. Roy Deese Jr., 8. Tim Smith Jr., 9. Marvin Winters, 10. Shaun Jones, 11. Robbie Black, 12. Dave Brouse Jr., 13. Reese Masiello, 14. Chad Myers, 15. Austin Berry, 16. Mike Lupfer, 17. Hayes Mattern, 18. Bryan Bernheisel, 19. Coleby Frye, 20. Matt Parks, 21, Jeff Johnson

 

DNS: Scott Flickinger, Kody Lyter, Jim Yoder