Remembering the ‘Pink Panther’; Dietrich sweeps the twins in their twenties

Posse puts on a show during the All-Stars visit.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — A sea of ​​pink swept through the Pigeon Hills on Saturday.

It has been nine years since the racing community lost a racer, a manufacturer and a family man. Kramer Williamson of Palmyra, Lebanon County found success in whatever he put behind the wheel.

“My dad was very humble and did not recognize himself as one of the best. Now, looking at his legacy and what he’s done for drag racing in the area, it’s amazing to see. It was everything in his life. This whole store was the life of him,” said Felecia Williamson, Kramer’s daughter.

Williamson built his own race cars from scratch. Not only did he race with the best, but the 2008 National Sprint Car Hall of Famer was one of the best in the business. A true member of the Pennsylvania Posse, he beat the World of Outlaws in their first sanctioned National Open at Williams Grove in 1978 and won races in three different countries.

“There are a lot of ‘OGs’ in the sport that you have to respect and they did a lot of things their way, it was a lot harder back then. There’s a younger generation that we have to keep up to date and appreciate the past on what they had to do,” said Kurt Williamson, Kramer’s son.

Racing was always a family treat in the Williamson household. They didn’t take vacations because they were always on the track, together.

“My dad was a very talented man in both driving and manufacturing and he was also a great family man. He made sure to bring his family into his love and allowed my mom, brother and I to fall in love with racing,” said Felecia Williamson.

But, a question that is on the minds of most who never got to see Kramer’s career, what gave the ‘Pink Panther’ its nickname?

How about the pink mustang you had in high school?

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“In those days, you had Black Bandit, Pink Panther and Pocket Rocket,” Kurt said.

The last car Kramer built raced at Williams Grove the night before his accident. It wasn’t easy for the Williamsons to get back on the track, let alone get back to the track where the accident occurred, at Lincoln Speedway.

“It is still difficult. There are definitely the moments you have on the court,” Felecia Williamson said.

As Sharon, Kramer’s widow, remembers her late husband, she is in a fight of her own. An autoimmune disorder attacked her kidneys during the 2019 world finals. She has been on dialysis for three years and is currently waiting on the transplant list.

“Mom loves coming to the races. Nothing more Kurt and I could wish for her is to be at the races with us. It’s like I said, a family thing for us. So, we’re trying to get him a kidney as soon as we can,” Felecia said.

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The third annual Kramer Klash worked in two ways: remembering a hall of famer while also giving back to drivers.

Kramer’s son, Kurt, works for Buch Motorsports. The driver behind the No. 13, Justin Peck, has been contending for that win at Kramer Klash, coming this close in 2021.

But first, Friday night, break out the brooms for the Pa. Posse, they sweep the All-Stars at the Grove. Danny Dietrich swept the twins 20 with Brent Marks and Lance Dewease trading second and third in both races.

For Lincoln on Saturday night, it wouldn’t be a Kramer Klash without Kramer’s daughter, Felecia, taking a few laps around the track in the latest car she built.

The family brought a bit of pizzazz to the board draw. How about a trike race to find out the board alignment? They even involve young fans.

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Winning three in a row before the Grove, Peck picked up his first Kramer Klash, racing the Old Town in honor of his crew member Kurt’s late father Kramer.

An emotional week for the team winning at Bridgeport where Jason Leffler lost his life racing in 2013 and now Lincoln.

Anthony Macri had hoped to be in the No. 11 Sam McGee Motorsports this week to replace Parker Price-Miller as he is out of action following an injury at Knoxville. Marci was victorious on Sunday at Bedford. He won last and finished second on the track three years ago. Definitely a track that Macri feels comfortable on.

Special prizes for the Kramer Klash 2022:

$500 QuickTime from Hamm-Reilly Enterprises

$50 cash from WC Eshenaur & Son and a $100 BMRS certificate for each heat race winner

$500 WC Eshenaur & Son Last Lap Pass prize to anyone who makes a last lap pass to win at A Main

$200 JimBob Designs Slightly Below Average Award (slowest qualifying car to go through its heat race)

$100 BMRS certificates for the last finisher in the heat race

· $100 BMRS certificate for the winner of B-Main

$100 BMRS certificate for the first non-qualifier in the B-Main

Hoosier Tire Certificate for Dash Winner

$500 for the Hard Charger in Bobby Gerhart’s A Main

$273 for second place

$173 for 3rd, 7th, 13th, 17th and last place

$100 Kear’s Speed ​​Shop Certificate for 4th place

$73 for fifth place

Bell bag and hat for the highest level bell athlete

$50 K1 RaceGear Certificates for top K1 athletes

· 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers will receive a certificate from Maxwell Industries and Penske Racing Shocks

· The winner receives a custom-made Pink Panther trophy from the Williamson family along with a pink cake!

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