Fred Rahmer
Fred Rahmer

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Fred Rahmer extended his string of consecutive top-10 finishes to 31 last weekend.

But, even though that string includes two World of Outlaws races, and three All Star races, Rahmer may face his toughest challenge yet over the next couple of weeks in his efforts to continue that streak.

That's because the 23rd annual Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek begins Friday at Williams Grove. This year Speedweek will consist of nine races in 10 days. Of course, Speedweek is probably Rahmer's favorite time of the year. He is a 13-time and defending champion of the series, and has won 30 times in the 148 Speedweek races.

His next closest challengers to the title as "King of Speedweek" are Thomasville's Greg Hodnett with 22 wins and three point titles, and Lance Dewease with 19 wins and three point titles.

Speedweek has been contested every year since 1991, with 148 races at 12 different tracks. There have been 28 different winners.

This year Speedweek kicks off on Friday night at Williams Grove. In the past the Grove has raced on Friday, but not as a part of Speedweek. Personally, I can't believe it's taken that long to add that race as a part of the series.

The Grove's Friday show will include a 25-lap feature that pays $5,000 to the winner. The SpeedSTRs will also be a part of the show.


Speedweek moves to Lincoln on Saturday for a 30-lap feature that also offers $5,000 to win. The All-American Outlaws are a part of that show.

Sunday the series moves to the coal region for action at Big Diamond Raceway. Again, it's a 30-lap feature with $5,000 to the winner. Big Diamond's roadrunners are also on that card.

Monday is the only night off, and then things move to Grandview on Tuesday, July 2, for a 35-lap feature on Grandview's high-banked bull ring, with another $5,000 to the winner.

Wednesday, July 3, Speedweek moves a few miles "South of the Border" to Hagerstown. Again, it's a 30-lap feature with $5,000 for the winner. The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will be on hand with a vintage racing exhibition.

Things heat up on Thursday, July 4, when Speedweek comes back to Lincoln for the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Race. Again, this one is a 30-lap feature, but it offers $7,000 to the winner. The Central Pennsylvania Legends Series will also compete.

Friday, July 5, it's back to Williams Grove, this time for the 30-lap Mitch Smith Memorial, and a $10,000 payday for the winner. The All-American Outlaws and fireworks are part of this program.

Saturday, July 6, Speedweek moves to Port Royal for a 30-lap feature that offers $5,000 to win. The pro stocks and an enduro dash complete that show.

Speedweek wraps up Sunday, July 7, at Selinsgrove for the running of the Jan Opperman Memorial Race. The 30-lap feature will offer $5,000 to the winner. The super-sportsman series will also be part of the program.

Nearly $250,000 is on the line for the local sprint-car racers over the 10-day series.


OTHER RACES: While Speedweek takes top billing, it's not the only game in town. There is plenty of other racing this weekend as well.

Friday at Trailway, the 358 sprints are joined by the 600cc micro sprints, limited stocks and street stocks.

Williams Grove is also in action Saturday, with the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks, while Port Royal gives the sprints time off Saturday for Lincoln, it will be in action. On the slate this week are Twin 15s for the late models, 305 sprints, pro stocks and an enduro dash.

Selinsgrove offers the Firecracker 30 for the 358 sprints Saturday, with the late models, pro stocks and roadrunners also in action.

Hagerstown offers up the 48th annual Johnny Roberts Memorial race for the late models on Saturday. The 35-lap race is sanctioned by the Three States Flyers Series. The late-model sportsmen, pure stocks and hobby stocks also compete.

Susquehanna Speedway Park hosts the Steel Block Bandits late-model series on Saturday evening. The street stocks, Xtreme stocks, road warriors and minivans also compete.

1968: This weekend was a busy one back in 1968 as well. One Friday show, five Saturday shows and three Sunday shows made up the card.

Friday at Williams Grove, it was Lynn Paxton in victory lane for the fifth time overall that season. Paxton drove the Emrich Chevy No. 1 to his second Grove win of the season, and his fourth win in three weeks.

Saturday, Lincoln opened its show with a make-up feature, and then had a regular program as well. Gus Linder drove the Mickey Banas No. 69 to his fourth local win of the season in the opener, while Bobby Abel drove his new orange-and-blue No. 2 to his first win of the season in the nightcap.

At Selinsgrove on Saturday, Ray Tilley scored his 15th win of the season in the Bud Grimm No. 88, while over at Port Royal it was Mitch Smith getting his sixth win of the season in the Regester Chevy No. 6.

Down at Winchester on Saturday, Irvin King scored his first win of the season in his familiar red-and-white No. 86.

Jennerstown rounded out the Saturday slate, and then came right back to race on Sunday as well. The results were the same, as Muss Weyandt scored both wins with his No. 2.

At Susquehanna on Sunday Bobbie Adamson drove Wilbur Hawthorn's No. 35 to his only career Susky win. It was his sixth win of the season.

At Hagerstown on Sunday, Bobby Abel scored his second win of the weekend and the season.

Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sports@yorkdis