Former Big Diamond Speedway Modified Star Fred Rahmer Earns $5,000 With Keystone Cup 410 Sprint Car Victory Monday; Ryan Smith Wins First ARDC Main of 2011

Date: 5/31/2011 9:38:27 AM

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Former Big Diamond Speedway Modified Star Fred Rahmer Earns $5,000 With Keystone Cup 410 Sprint Car Victory Monday; Ryan Smith Wins First ARDC Main of 2011
MINERSVILLE, PA - Welcome back, Fred Rahmer.

Rahmer, of Salfordville, Pa., was a dominant force at Big Diamond Speedway as a small-block Modified racer in the 1980s, winning 22 feature events (sixth on the all-time win list) and three track championships (1982, '83 and '85). On Monday, Rahmer returned to Big Diamond Victory Lane following the 30-lap Keystone Cup 410 Sprint Car event.

Rahmer, 53, earned $5,000 and clinched the mini-series Keystone Cup crown in a dominant performance leading from green to checkered.

Ryan Smith, meanwhile, drove to his first victory of the season in the accompanying 25-lap ARDC Midget headline event.

The open wheel Memorial Day doubleheader attracted the largest crowd of the season to the Schuylkill County clay oval. Sprint Cars returned to Big D for the first time since 2007 for the event.

Rahmer turned the quickest lap during time trials, won the night's first heat race and picked the pole in the CJB Motorsports No. 51. He wasted little time taking command of the event from the outset. Fifth-starter Daryn Pittman charged into third place on the opening lap. By the fourth circuit, Pittman completed the pass of Aaron Ott for second and began his pursuit of Rahmer.
Pittman, of Owasso, Okla., chased Rahmer for the remainder of the main - pulling within a car-length on lap 23 - but settled for runner-up pay in the Heffner Racing No. 27. East Berlin, Pa.'s Ott guided the Al Hamilton No. 77 to third, followed by Stevie Smith (New Oxford, Pa.) in the locally fielded Zemco No. 1 and Chad Layton (Harrisburg, Pa.) in the Middleswarth Potato Chips No. 7.
"We've been getting better every week," Rahmer said following his victory after a slow start to 2011. "Eventually I knew we'd turn it around. Now, I can't wait to keep racing."
Rahmer and Texas driver Sam Hafertepe Jr. split the 410 Sprint Car heat events.
Rahmer took the Keystone Cup crown by 95 points via his Big Diamond triumph.
Drivers from six states (Pennsylvania, Texas, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and California) participated in the Sprint Car portion of the program.
Kunkletown, Pa.'s Smith righted his recent struggles in the Jerry Steward-owned No. 33 Midget during the 25-lap main for ARDC. Starting third, the versatile Smith shot into the lead on the opening lap with a three-wide pass in turn two.
Steve Buckwalter, who rolled off the grid in 14th starting spot, charged toward to the methodically. A two-time ARDC victor this season, Royersford, Pa.'s Buckwalter arrived in second place on lap 16. However, he could not chase down Smith, whose weekend started off poorly on Friday night at Penn Can (Pa.) Speedway when he was unable to start the main event.
"We struggled the last couple weeks and had some problems," Smith said. "It worked out for us tonight. I saw the 0 (Buckwalter) on the scoreboard in second, so I knew I had to pick it up a little bit."
Tim Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) raced from dead last - 20th position - to finish third, taking the final podium position with two laps remaining. Steven Bull and Dusty Heistand completed the front five. Billy Pauch Jr., a Big Diamond 358-Modified racer, was involved in an opening-lap skirmish and had raced back into the top five when mechanical issues slowed the Burke Trucking No. 54 on lap 14.
ARDC heat winners were Parker Evans, Smith and Mark Gilmore.
Kelly Bensinger of Higgins, Pa., performed a live rendition of the national anthem and kids took part in a Big Wheel Race during the intermission period. Fans enjoyed a number of giveaways during the evening as well.
Racing resumes on Friday (June 3) at 8:15 p.m. with The Station House 358-Modifieds (qualifying and 25-lap feature), U.S.S. Achey Sportsman (qualifying and 20-lap feature) and Wooden Keg Tavern Roadrunners (qualifying and 20-lap feature). Gates open at 5 p.m.
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Keystone Cup 410 Sprint Car Feature Finish (30 laps): FRED RAHMER ($5,000), Daryn Pittman, Aaron Ott, Stevie Smith, Chad Layton, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Mark Smith, Justin Henderson, Sam Schlossberg, Ryan Kissinger, Greg Hodnett, Mike Walter Jr., Tyler Walker, Mark Ide, Lance Dewease.
Did Not Start: Billy Schoffstall, Frank Cozze.
ARDC Midget Feature Finish (25 laps): RYAN SMITH, Steve Buckwalter, Tim Buckwalter, Steven Bull, Dusty Heistand, Parker Evans, Bruce Buckwalter Jr., Drew Heistand, Brenden Bright, Brett Arndt, Alex Bright, Mark Gilmore, Greg Fitzpatrick, Billy Pauch Jr., Shane Penny, P.J. Gargiulo, Nick Wean, Joe Butera, Shawn Jackson, Keith McIntyre.
Did Not Start: Steve Drevicki, Dave Shirk, Steve Craig.

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