Retiring Rahmer Finally Wins National Open
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Fred Rahmer added a final chapter to his storied sprint car career with an impressive victory in the 51st annual Williams Grove Speedway National Open on Saturday night.
Rahmer, of Salfordville, Pa., earned $50,000 for his first win in the Open in his 28th attempt. He had three runner-up finishes previously.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said Rahmer. “Moon (Byers) and this whole team turned my deal around. They had me dead and buried …not quite so dead. The one thing I learned from the last couple of years is the people you’re with can beat you way easier than the people you race against. These people are working with me and made all the difference in the world.”
Rahmer will retire after this season, but a few weeks ago, he said he would retire on the spot if he won the National Open.
“I’ve never been able to win this race, and I said if I could win it in this situation, I’d be like Lynn Paxton …I will probably take until Wednesday to figure out what I want to do.”
Paxton retired after winning the Open in 1983.