FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
SEPTEMBER 4, 2016
STEVIE SMITH WINS BILLY KIMMEL MEMORIAL AT WILLIAMS GROVE
Frankie Herr Wins 28th Career Super Sportsman Feature at WG.
MECHANICSBURG, PA – Stevie Smith doesn’t visit Williams Grove Speedway
too often for regular handicap shows, but he was in the field Sunday
night for the Billy Kimmel Memorial and he made the most of it by
picking up the $4,300 win in Fred Rahmer’s No. 51.
“It has been tough this year,” said Smith. “We just haven’t been able to
get out here (victory lane). It feels good to get back to victory lane.
Fred is a great car owner. It’s nice to be a part of this.”
Rodney Westhafer –who had his sprinter painted like the Kimmel No. 47 –
started on the pole and drove into the lead to start the 25-lap main
event over Cory Haas, who slid to second starting spot after Eric
Tomecek failed to start.
Westhafer reached lapped traffic with seven laps completed and a 1.198
second lead. He slipped a little on the cushion in turn two allowing
Haas to close.
Westhafer and Haas would get by the lapped car and Haas challenged for
the lead once again.
Smith was originally scheduled to start eighth, but moved up to sixth.
He’d take third from Ryan Smith just before the first caution flag of
the event on lap 11 for a slowing Austin Burke in turn four.
Westhafer pulled away as Smith worked Haas for second. An inside move
off turn two got Smith the spot on lap 13. He was 1.701 seconds behind.
He slowly gained on the leader, but when Westhafer tried to duck low on
a lapped car, Smith closed dramatically.
Westhafer went low off turn two to lap Nicole Bower as Smith worked the
top groove. The next time through the turns, Smith went low and drove by
off the corner to take the lead with three laps to go.
“When you’re running second or third, you just go the opposite direction
or take a chance, but when you’re leading you’re trying to hold onto the
lead and sometimes that’s a disadvantage,” said Smith. “The caution came
out and bunched us first three up. I had just passed two in the same
corner. It was a good night tonight.”
Westhafer tried to get under a lapped car in turn three and lost control
spinning across the track collecting fourth running Ryan Smith and fifth
running Brock Zearfoss with three laps to go. Nobody was hurt.
Smith controlled the restart although Haas stayed with him. As they
headed for the checkers, the yellow flag flew instead for Zearfoss who
spun in turn two.
An uneventful final lap saw Smith take the win over Haas, Hodnett,
Lincoln track champion Alan Krimes and Doug Esh. Lucas Wolfe, Brian
Montieth, Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer and Tim Glatfelter rounded out
the top 10.
Dietrich, Hodnett and Montieth won the sprint car heats.
In the companion 20-lap super sportsman feature, it was Kenny Edkin
starting on the pole grabbing the early race lead. Nine time track
champion Frankie Herr moved into second with 10 laps to go. Herr would
pass Edkin on the frontstretch with six laps to go. He would go on to
pick up his 28th career super sportsman win at the Grove.
Edkin, Scott Dellinger, Scott Geesey and Jay Fannasy completed the top
five. Paul Miller, Russ Mitten, Rich Eichelberger, Davey Walsh and Steve
Fannasy rounded out the top 10.
Herr, Dellinger and Geesey won the super sportsman heats.
Sprint Car Feature (25 laps): 1. Stevie Smith. 2. Cory
Haas. 3. Greg Hodnett. 4. Alan Krimes. 5. Doug Esh. 6. Lucas Wolfe. 7.
Brian Montieth. 8. Danny Dietrich. 9. Freddie Rahmer. 10. Tim
Glatfelter. 11. Chase Dietz. 12. Chad Trout. 13. Ryan Smith. 14. Carl
Bowser. 15. Brock Zearfoss. 16. Nicole Bower. 17. Troy Fraker. 18.
Rodney Westhafer. 19. AJ Flick. 20. Steve Buckwalter. 21. Kyle Pruitt.
22. Austin Burke. 23. George Streaker.
DNS: Eric Tomecek.
Super Sportsman (20 laps): 1. Frankie Herr. 2. Kenny
Edkin. 3. Scott Dellinger. 4. Scott Geesey. 5. Jay Fannasy. 6. Paul
Miller. 7. Russ Mitten. 8. Rich Eichelberger. 9. Davey Walsh. 10. Steve
Fannasy. 11. Tony Jackson. 12. Justin Foster. 13. Teddy Thomas. 14. Rick
Barr. 15. Bruce Buckwalter. 16. Lanny Hake. 17. Russ Lebo. 18. Troy
Hockenberryy. 19. John Stoll Jr. 20. Gregg Foster. 21. Dave Berkheimer.
22. Dave Conrad.