Retiring Rahmer Finally Wins National Open

Fred Rahmer (center) shares the podium with Daryn Pittman (right) and Lance Dewease. (Julia Johnson photo)
Fred Rahmer (center) shares the podium with Daryn Pittman (right) and Lance Dewease. (Julia Johnson photo)

Rahmer started second in Rob Sell’s sprinter and grabbed the lead from polesitter Steve Buckwalter as they raced off turn two. Buckwalter, however, pulled a huge slider on Rahmer in turn three and would lead lap one.

He stayed close and when Buckwalter jumped the cushion in turn four trying to lap a car, “Fast Freddie” drove by and into the lead with nine laps completed.

The battle for the lead wasn’t over as Buckwalter blasted right back under Rahmer and to take the lead again. The first caution flag flew on lap 13 when Steve Kinser blew an engine and slowed on the frontstretch.

Following the restart, Rahmer used the inside off turn four to grab the lead from Buckwalter. He slammed the door as they entered turn one to secure the top spot.

Rahmer ran right through the middle of the corners and increased his lead over Buckwalter and Lance Dewease with 22 laps completed.

Chad Layton brought out the caution flag with 15 laps to go. The race was stopped to refuel the cars.

Rahmer had a straightaway lead when he reached lapped traffic with eight laps to go, but the traffic didn’t slow him down.

He lapped cars with ease and cruised to the biggest win of his Hall of Fame career. World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series point leader Daryn Pittman, Dewease, Paul McMahan and Craig Dollansky completed the top five.

“That’s probably the happiest second I’ve had this year,” said Pittman. “We’ve had a lot of disappointing seconds. It was a good run for us and we gained some points.”

“We gave it everything we had,” said Dewease. “We just couldn’t get the car quite right in the feature. Fred was just way too good. I’m really happy for him.”

Buckwalter, Greg Hodnett, David Gravel, Joey Saldana and second-place WoOpoint man Donny Schatz completed the top 10.

Saldana set fast time with a lap of 17.192 seconds.