Mother Nature was kind to two area speedways on Saturday as gorgeous weather greeted fans at Lincoln and Hagerstown speedways.
Unlike last week's season opener at Lincoln where fans sat in 30 degree and blustery temperatures, this week temperatures soared into the 70s for a great day of racing that saw Fred Rahmer capture the 25-lap 410 Sprint car feature.
The win was the 162nd time Rahmer won at Lincoln and his 399th career Sprint car win.
He took the lead from Cody Darrah on the 17th lap and never looked back in his win over Darrah, Chad Layton, Pat Cannon and Chris Knopp, with Keith Kauffman, Mark Smith, Alan Krimes, Niki Young and Aaron Ott completing the top 10.
After two straight cancellations, Hagerstown Speedway was able to kick off its 2009 racing season as Richie Pratt Jr. and Josh Richards scored feature wins.
Pratt led all 30 laps to win the Big Block Modified event over Brett Hearn, Ryan Godown, Jimmy Phelps and Mike Colsten.
Richards, my pick to win the World of Outlaws Late Model championship this season, led all 30 laps of the Late Model feature, winning over Big Cove Tannery's Frankie Plessinger, Gary Stuhler, DJ Myers and Jim Yoder, with Alan Sagi, Jared Miley, Andy Anderson, Donald Lingo and Dylan Yoder completing the top-10 finishers. Marvin Winters finished 13th, while Tyler Hershey did not qualify.
Both Pratt and Richards earned guaranteed starting spots in the season-ending Octoberfest 350.
Lincoln returns to action Saturday with the 410 Sprints joined by the 358 Sprints in the final day race of the year, while the Small Block Modifieds join the late models at Hagerstown on Saturday. Port Royal Speedway has a Sunday season opener of 410 Sprints on the schedule.
That's it for this week and as always, e-mail reaches me at Bvores@aol.com.