Two separate news sources within the Pennsylvania racing community have indeed confirmed “Fast Freddie” Rahmer plans to step away from sprint car racing at the conclusion of the 2013 racing season. When asked by PennLive news after his plans began to leak to the media, Rahmer had this to say “I had no desire for this. They didn’t throw a party for me when I came in, and they sure as hell don’t need one when I leave. All I wanted to do was race until the last race and go away and say nothing.”
Fred’s career in open wheel sprint car racing has been spectacular, to say the least. The list of accomplishments under Rahmers’s belt is truly astonishing. What some may not realize however, is that Fred had great success in open wheel modified stock cars before he made the move to sprint cars. From 1978 – 1985 Rahmer accumulated 99 feature wins in a modified, along with 7 track championships.
Rahmer entered the world of sprint car racing in 1986 making his mark immediately by earning rookie of the year honors at Williams Grove Speedway and then Lincoln Speedway in 1987. Since then the Salfordville driver has earned a staggering 417 sprint car wins, 33 series championships and 25 track championships. “Fast Freddie” is the all-time feature win leader in central Pennsylvania so it came as no surprise that he was recently named the #1 sprint car driver over the past 30 years by Pennlive. Not of all his wins have been on Pennsylvania clay though, Fred has feature wins in 11 different states and Australia. Rahmer was inducted in the Knoxville hall of fame in 2009 during his first year of eligibility.
The list goes on and on, and Freddie remains humble. He hopes to pass that trait to his children, 2 of which have also began racing careers. “A lot of guys have helped me. I just never gave up, and that’s what I’m trying to teach my boys. I never quit and that has paid off.”
Freddie is truly one of the greats, even at 55 years old he has not finished outside of the top ten in a feature event in 2013. How does one decide to step away while stringing 42 consecutive top ten finishes together? “When it rains out and you don’t care, that’s a good indication,” Rahmer said. “I was very lucky to drive for good people. I always appreciated what everybody has done for me.”