Fred Rahmer added the missing jewel to his crown on Saturday night, actually early Sunday morning, as he drove to his first career Williams Grove National Open victory.
The $50,000 victory added a win in the only big local race that had eluded the soon-to-be retired 55-year-old legend. This year marked his 28th try at the event.
The win was Rahmer's seventh of the season, the 420th sprint-car win of his career and the 519th overall win of his career. It was also the richest victory of Rahmer's career.
Rahmer started second, battled pole-sitter Steve Buckwalter on the first lap, then settled into second before taking the lead from Buckwalter on the ninth of 40 laps. Buckwalter regained the lead on the 10th lap and held sway until Rahmer took over for good on lap 14.
As Rahmer took the white flag to start the final lap, Williams Grove's largest crowd in more than 20 years rose to its feet and cheered him to the victory.
The racing program was delayed more than two hours by an early-evening rain shower, and didn't end until 12:45 a.m. Sunday.
World of Outlaws point leader Daryn Pittman finished second, with Lance Dewease in third. Paul McMahan and Craig Dollansky completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Buckwalter, Thomasville's Greg Hodnett, David Gravel, Joey Sladana and Donny Schatz.
Another Grove veteran, Donnie Kreitz Jr. held up the Posse honor on Friday night by winning the thrilling 25-lap feature. Kreitz collected $8,000 for his last-lap victory over Danny Dietrich.
Buckwalter again led early in the race, fending off Dietrich for the first 16 laps. Kreitz then passed Dietrich for the lead on the first turn of the last lap. Dietrich finished second with Brian Montieth in third. Hodnett and Schatz completed the top five.
Rounding out the top 10 were Buckwalter, Rahmer, Brian Leppo, York's Adam Wilt and Dale Blaney.
Snyder wins at Trailway: Jesse Snyder won the 600cc micro-sprint portion of Saturday's Kevin Gobrecht Memorial race at Trailway.
Snyder won over Mike Rutherford, David Holbrook, Luke Thomas and Shane Lewis.
Rutherford came back to win the 270cc micro-sprint feature over Bill Laughman, Jim Still, Robert Blumenshine and Zach Fouse.
Bob Stough was the legends winner over Chris Transeau, Etters' Chris McKinney, York's Bill Diehl and Scott Spindle.