MECHANICSBURG: Car owner Fred Rahmer had a determined message before racing started Sunday at Williams Grove Speedway.
"Don't count us out."
Rahmer's driver, Stevie Smith, echoed those sentiments. Not with words, but with the way he performed on the speedway.
Smith made a rare appearance at the Grove this season and blasted his way to victory in the 25-lap Billy Kimmel Memorial. His 36th career victory at the speedway was worth a $4,300 payday.
"He's so cool," Smith said of Rahmer. "It's nice coming to the track and knowing everyone is behind you.
"It's been tough this year. We just haven't been able to get out here enough, and I told the guys it's great to be back here and back in Victory Lane. It's just nice to be a part of this."
Smith caught a small break at the beginning of the event when front-row starter Eric Tomecek couldn't start. It moved Smith from eighth to sixth before a lap was ever completed in the main event.
Rodney Westhafer got the jump on Cory Haas and led the way. Ryan Smith settled into third, with Smith taking fifth on Lap 5.
The frontrunners caught the back of the field on Lap 8. It allowed Haas to close on Westhafer and make a bid for the lead.
Haas tried to duck under Westhafer in Turn 4 on Lap 10, but the leader nailed the cushion and nosed ahead. Smith hit the bottom of Turn 2 perfect and drove past Ryan Smith on the backstretch for third.