By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
MECHANISCBURG -- The only thing missing from victory lane on Sunday morning was orchestral music from John Williams and the Boston Pops set to fire works.
For the first and only time in his Hall of Fame career, Fred Rahmer, of Salfordville, won the 51st annual National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in his 28th try,
The 40-lap, $50,000 victory comes as Rahmer, 55, is ending his career this year.
Rahmer's win gave the Pennsylvania Posses a weekend sweep of the World of Outlaws as Donnie Kreitz Jr., of Sinking Spring, won the 25-lap preliminary feature on Saturday night.
Rahmer also re-takes the Williams Grove Speedway 410 sprint car points lead.
A heavy rain shower hit the track around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, causing a delay in the program which resulted in the 40-lap feature taking the green at 12:12 a.m. on Sunday as 63 cars were on hand for the prestigious event.
The ride to victory lane seemed to take forever for Rahmer.
"Coming off the scales and having all of the World of Outlaws guys come over and congratulate me and having good friends in from California in all the people who have helped including and Al and Joe Harz here, it's pretty cool." Rahmer said.
Rahmer forgot to put in his ear piece for the one-way communication from the track to the drivers after the fuel stop on lap 15.
"It was long," he said of the last few laps of the race. "For five or six years now, we've been running with the ear plugs, so I was hearing crazy and funny noises those last few laps."
Steve Buckwalter, of Royersford, a former ARDC midget champion, took the lead on the start of the 40-lap feature.
By lap eight, Rahmer had closed in enough on Buckwalter to make a bid for the lead.