On lap nine, Buckwalter jumped the cushion coming through Turn 4 and that allowed Rahmer to take the top spot. Buckwalter then drove the car deep into Turn 1 and slid up in front of Rahmer in Turn 2, only to have Rahmer to take the lead going down the backstretch.
On lap 10, after Buckwalter slid by Rahmer in Turn 4 to retake the lead, Rahmer then slid in front of Buckwalter in Turn 2 to once again to take the lead.
"I was just trying not to spin the tires. It's a 40-lap race and I knew that I had to pace myself," he said of the battle for the lead. "I'm old, wore out and smart enough to do no more than I had to do. I figured the longer the race went on, we had a better chance as we had the car set up for slicker conditions. Moon (Byers) and Freddie (son) did a great job on the car."
The first caution of the race came on lap 13 when 20-time WoO champion Steve Kinser suffered engine issues while coming out of Turn 4.
On the double-file restart, Buckwalter regained the lead, but Rahmer, who was hiking his right front wheel down the front straight, took the lead for good on lap 14.
Rahmer opened a straightaway lead over the field when the second caution of the race came on lap 25 for Chad Layton who had front-end issues.
The caution also brought out a fuel stop with 15 laps left in the race.
"We didn't move around that much and Moon said he though that we were going to be OK," Rahmer said. "I've raced here long enough and it's an advantage to have a home track and we just drove through the parts of the track that I thought were the best and it all worked out."