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September 20, 2013

Shawn Wood's Inside Track column: Rahmer gives fans one final memory

Fred Rahmer's drive to a near win last Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway showed that the retiring Hall of Famer still has it.

Rahmer has 54 410 sprint car wins at the track and is the 1990 and 1991 410 track champion. He was a 12-time winner during the 1991 season.

He closed the gap on race leader Pat Cannon from a 2.06-second deficit on lap 32 to a .424-second deficit on lap 38 during the 31st annual National Open Jim Nace Memorial.

But those darn lapped cars gave Rahmer fits.

"Pat had to get past the lapped cars and I didn't get through them as good as I should have," Rahmer said. "It was just one of those deals."

The speedway has one more 410 sprint car show remaining on Oct. 4, but, the show will only take place if the World of Outlaws National Open at Williams Grove does not need to use Sunday as a rain date.

Rahmer said he was not sure if he was going to race at the speedway in October.

"I'm going week-to-week right now, we'll see how it goes" he said. "I appreciate all of the fans support that I get here at Selinsgrove, but I don't know."

Rahmer -- who holds a 175-point leader over defending track champion Greg Hodnett at Williams Grove Speedway -- won his 11th career 410 title at Lincoln Speedway this season and has 169-career wins at the track. His 11 track titles came in a span of 19 years.

In last week's National Open 44-lap feature, Rahmer was within two cars lenghts of Cannon with five laps to go.

"I was just trying to keep hitting my marks and run the best laps I could," he said. "I was hitting my marks about 80-percent of the time and I needed to do that 100-percent of the time. I just need a little more experience."

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