It’s the storybook ending that everyone wanted to see.
It took 28 years but Fred Rahmer finally conquered the Williams Grove National Open after dominating the rain-delayed event that ended Sunday morning at Williams Grove Speedway.
In what he says will be his final World of Outlaws-sanctioned National Open race, the Salfordville driver traded the lead with Steve Buckwalter during the first 13 laps before Rahmer took control for good and drove away from the field to post his firstever National Open and the $50,000 payday that went along with it.
Rahmer started on the front row of the main by virtue of making the dash inversion, and on a night where passing was at a minimum due to tacky track conditions from a late afternoon storm, Rahmer was home free out front after taking the lead from Buckwalter.
Only a Lap 25 fuel stop allowed anyone to get close to the driver of the Rob Sell owned No. 20, but over the final 15 laps, Rahmer extended his lead to nearly a straightaway to score the win in front of what was announced as the largest crowd in the history of Williams Grove Speedway.
Daryn Pittman’s runnerup finish all but clinched the 2013 World of Outlaw point championship. Pittman holds a 57-point advantage heading into the final three events of the season. It’s his first season driving for Kasey Kahne Racing. Pittman earned $12,000 for the runner up finish.
Lance Dewease finished in the third spot after having not qualified for Friday night’s feature, while Paul McMahan finished fourth over Craig Dollansky.
Buckwalter, whose motor was running on seven cylinders during the entire night, finished sixth over 13th starter Greg Hodnett, David Gravel, Joey Saldana and 21st starter Donny Schatz.
Don Kreitz Jr. won the Friday night National Open preliminary with a last lap pass on Danny Dietrich in a race that was possibly the best race of the season.
Kreitz and Dietrich were followed by Brian Montieth, Donny Schatz, Greg Hodnett, Steve Buckwalter, Rahmer, Brian Leppo, Adam Wilt and Dale Blaney.
Selinsgrove Speedway ended its season with Twin 20s for 410 Sprints on Sunday when Logan Schuchart and Justin Barger scored the wins.
Schuchart won the first main over Chad Layton, Brock Zearfoss, Steve Buckwalter and Blane Heimbach, while Lafferty took the second main over Justin Barger, Heimbach, Schuchart and Jacob Allen.