MECHANICSBURG: Fred Rahmer got a standing ovation and a storybook ending Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
Hollywood, eat your heart out.
Rahmer, one of the most successful Sprint Car drivers in central Pennsylvania history, announced his retirement earlier this year and that he returned for one more season to prove a point: that he wasn't washed up.
It was a success. Rahmer's won races and championships. But there was that one thing missing from his sparkling resume.
Rahmer never won the Williams Grove National Open. How appropriate would it be to win it in his 28th try, under these circumstances and on this stage?
It just felt right.
Rahmer put the final exclamation point on his career. The last 15 circuits of the 40-lap Williams Grove National Open were more like a tribute race, as the Salfordville ace collected his first National Open title and a $50,000 check.
But the money hardly mattered. It never came up in Victory Lane. This was about Rahmer writing the perfect ending.
"Just unbelievable,” Rahmer said. "All the people that got me here, the owners and the competitors. The guys that race weekly that make you good enough to win a race like this...I don't even know what to think.