Montieth Wins, Rahmer Is Champion
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Brian Montieth won the battle and Fred Rahmer won the war on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
Montieth won the final 25-lap sprint car feature of the season and Rahmer, who is retiring from driving, earned his ninth track championship by a mere five points.
In the 358 sprint feature Chase Dietz led every lap and held off Kevin Nouse for the victory.
Justin Barger started on the pole of the 25-lap 410 sprint main and would lead early over Brock Zearfoss while Montieth started the race in ninth spot.
Montieth was up to third applying heavy pressure for second when Zearfoss jumped the cushion in the second corner and nearly flipped his car before continuing down the backchute only to stop in the third corner.
This set up the first restart of the race with 14 laps completed and although Montieth had been on a ripping tear around the ovals cushion before the break, Barger was up to the challenge when action resumed.
Meanwhile, the race within the race for track titlist saw Greg Hodnett, who started behind Fred Rahmer, racing ahead of him in ninth with Rahmer 11th.
Hodnett moved to seventh on the restart while Rahmer got moved back one more spot by Danny Dietrich.
And then Hodnett was poised to pick off a few more cars when Gerard McIntyre Jr. saw his motor let go ahead of the battle for champion, causing the cars of Adam Wilt and Brent Marks to pile up and give Hodnett an inside hit as they all burst onto the scene.
Hodnett spun his car but kept going before the race was stopped for the accident.
The final nine laps of the race then went non-stop with Hodnett appearing no worse for the wear and Rahmer beginning to pick up his pace.
Back at the front of the field, Bargers top, outside wing panel began caving in as he continued to thwart Montieth’s efforts until the two-to-go point.
Montieth got around Barger for the lead in the third corner as the pair raced toward the stripe but Barger turned his car and reclaimed the lead off of the fourth corner.
But Montieth pulled the trigger for good in the first and second turns to take the lead with under a mile to race and record his second win of the season at the track and ninth overall of the season.
Eighth-starter Logan Schuchart came on late for second, relegating Barger to third at the finish.
Hodnett crossed the line in fourth with Jacob Allen in fifth.
Danny Dietrich was sixth with Rahmer seventh, which was good enough to earn a ninth track crown albeit by the slimmest possible margin of five markers.
The balance of the top 10 went to Dave Ely, Lance Dewease and Pat Cannon.