51st Williams Grove World Of Outlaws National Open Two Weeks Away


51st Williams Grove World Of Outlaws National Open Two Weeks Away

Mechanicsburg – The most prestigious sprint car race in the East is set for Williams Grove Speedway on October 4 and 5 as the 51st annual World of Outlaws National Open for sprint cars is staged.

The eyes of the sprint car world will be on Williams Grove Speedway for the lucrative two-day Open races, with Saturday’s 40-lap National paying a huge $50,000 to win.

Friday’s 25-lap first round will pay $8,000 to the victor.

Action both nights gets underway at 7:30 pm. Gates open at 5 pm.

The race was begun in 1963 when Gordon Johncock of Hastings, Mich., took the win before going on to Indianapolis 500 championship fame.

The roughest, toughest sprint car racers in the sport will congregate at Williams Grove for the weekend event that many times offers the fiercest competition of the season at the historic oval.

Nothing gets the locals known as the PA Posse whipped into a frenzy like an invasion by the World of Outlaws and when National Open lore is thrown into the mix, there’s no way to tell what will happen either on or off the track.

So far this season, while not able to win in Williams Grove outlaws action, the Posse has held its head high in the two shows that have been contested, taking a total of five top-five finishes in the races.

Greg Hodnett was second with Fred Rahmer third in May while it was Hodnett, Lance Dewease and Rahmer finishing second through fourth in July.

The 51st annual Williams Grove National Open will be the final chance for Rahmer, who is retiring at the end of the season, to score a win in the prestigious event.

To date the Salfordville speedster has a Grove Open win missing from his resume’.

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