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September 15, 2013

Motorsports: Cannon wins third straight National Open

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- Pat Cannon might be the man over the past few years when it comes to winning the 410 National Open Jim Nace Memorial. But, if this is Fred Rahmer's final run at the speedway, he left a lasting impression on the packed house of race fans.

Cannon, of Etters, led all 44 laps and took home $13,936 for his efforts en route to becoming the third driver to win the race three years in a row.

"I am plum wore out," he said. "I wore the brakes off in the first two laps of the heat race as we've been chasing a vibration in the engine all year. This is awesome to win this race against the best drivers in the world.":

Cannon led the first 24 laps of the feature when the field came to a fuel stop.

The lone caution of the race came on lap 26 when Danny Dietrich slowed on the track.

On the restart, Lance Dewease, who was running second at the time, drove to the low side of turns 1 and 2 to pass Cannon, but was unable to clear him.

"We were really free, especially with a load of fuel in the car," Dewease said. "I knew that if we didn't get that fixed under the fuel stop, we were going to kill the left rear tire and that's what we did."

After he couldn't get past Cannon, Dewease then found himself in a dogfight with Rahmer.

Rahmer, a five-time winner of the National Open and a 54-time 410 sprint car winner at the track, passed Dewease on the outside of Turn 2 to take over the runner-up spot on lap 28.

Dewease then re-took the runner-up spot before Rahmer pulled a slide job on lap 30 to secure second for good.

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