This Saturday, Lincoln Speedway will present "Fred Rahmer's Last Call," in what is expected to be Rahmer's final race.
The "Last Call" will be a 25-lap race with time trials and heat races setting the field.
Many of the things surrounding the race will be connected to Rahmer's career. Fast time will pay $169, to honor Rahmer's 169 career Lincoln wins. The feature will pay $4,519, $4,000 from Lincoln and $519 from Miller Brothers Chevrolet, which is also sponsoring the fast-time award. The $519 represents Rahmer's 519 career wins. Each lap of the feature will pay $35 to the leader, since this is Rahmer's 35th year of driving race cars.
The 358 sprints and thundercars will also be on Lincoln's program. The show, Lincoln's final event of the season, carries a Sunday rain date. Port Royal has canceled its scheduled race for this Saturday to allow everyone who wants to honor Rahmer to attend the event.
Last Saturday's third-place finish at Lincoln secured the Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Central Pennsylvania point title for Rahmer. With four races remaining, Rahmer holds a 245-point lead over Greg Hodnett. The winner of each race gets 50 points, so Rahmer clinched with his finish Saturday.
There is one more order of business on Rahmer's plate before the "Last Call." Rahmer is leading Hodnett by just 35 points in the chase for the Williams Grove point title this season. Friday is Williams Grove's final point race of the season for both the sprint cars and the 358 sprints.
Rahmer would like nothing better than to end his final year with the Grove title added to the Lincoln and Speedway Motors crowns. His title at Lincoln this year was his 11th there, and his Speedway Motors crown is his 13th overall crown in the area. Should he claim the Grove title it would be his ninth there. Hodnett is gunning for his third Grove title.
Kevin Nouse has a pretty secure lead in the 358 sprint chase at the Grove.
In other racing action this weekend, Susquehanna Speedway Park will host the Miller Racing Parts Fall Classic on Friday and Saturday evenings. This event also has a Sunday rain date.
Friday's show has qualifying for the street stocks and Xtreme stock cars, with a full program for the classic cars. Saturday it's feature time for the street stocks and Xtreme stocks, while the mini stocks have a full program.
Grandview's Thunder on the Hill Series concludes on Saturday with the Halloween Party. The racing event presents features only for the Grandview modifieds and sportsman modifieds, URC 360 sprints, ARDC midgets and Legends.
Trailway hosts its annual Kart Klassic on Saturday with a Sunday rain date.
MORE RAHMER: Got a chance to chat with Fred Rahmer a little bit before Saturday's races at Lincoln as he reflected back on his storybook win at the Williams Grove National Open.
Rahmer said that the thing that most impresses him is the fact that many of the World of Outlaws drivers came to the scales at the post-race weigh-in to express their congratulations.
He also noted that he got a surprise visitor about midweek, who stuck around to share victory lane at the National Open.
Many years ago when Rahmer went west to compete in the winter TV series of races at Canyon Raceway in Arizona, he became close friends with California superstar Brent Kaeding. They have kept in touch all these years, but Rahmer admits being quite surprised when Kaeding, known as "the King of California" in sprint-car circles, showed up on his doorstep one morning just before the Open. Kaeding stuck around to ride the siderail of Rahmer's car from the scales to victory lane after Rahmer's big win.
SPEEDWAY MOTORS/ CHAMPION RACING OIL SERIES: While Rahmer wrapped up the Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil crown on Saturday night, the rest of the top-10 positions can still change.
Hodnett is pretty secure in second with a 128-point advantage over Lance Dewease, but there are still 200 points available.
There is a less than two-race drop in points for all but one of the remaining top-10 positions. The biggest difference is between Danny Dietrich in seventh and Logan Schuchart in eighth, which is 163 points.
The Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Series awards points for top-10 finishes in all of the local races. It's interesting to note that at this point in the season 90 different drivers have scored top-10 finishes in the area, and earned points in the series.
REMAINING RACES: The local season is winding down, but there are still a number of races after this coming weekend.
There are two tracks racing on Saturday, Oct. 26. Williams Grove hosts the Fallfest, with features only for the sprints, 358 sprints, super sportsmen and limited-late models. Susquehanna has the Candy Bowl that afternoon with the ARDC midgets, 600cc micro sprints, sportsman modifieds, sidewinder micro sprints, Legends and thundercars in action.
Susquehanna also hosts the Turkey 200 enduros on Saturday, Nov. 2. There will be a 100-lap enduro for the eight-cylinder stocks, a 100-lap enduro for the combined four- and six-cylinder stocks, plus classic cars and minivans.
Susquehanna wraps up the local season with the final showdown on Saturday, Nov. 16. This one features a big sprint-car race that offers $10,001 to win in honor of promoters Todd and Rhonda Fisher's 10th year, and the 358 sprints.
1968: Only one race on this weekend in 1968, and that was Sunday afternoon at Williams Grove.
Bobbie Adams drove Wilbur Hawthorn's No. 35 to his 11th victory of the season in that show. Ray Tilley finished second, with J.D. Leas, Lynn Paxton and Bobby Allen in the top five.
-- Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.