Mechanicsburg – The 2012 Williams Grove Speedway Tool Shed of America 358 sprint car track title will be decided this Friday, October 12 at 7:30 pm.
The speedway will present a full program of Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint and 358 sprint racing with the end of the night officially crowning the 2012 titlists.
Greg Hodnett has already locked up the 410 sprint track crown but the 358 laurels hang in the balance.
Etters driver Pat Cannon is gunning for a history-making fifth career track title in the division as runner-up going into the night while Eric Tomecek is trying to maintain control of the points.
Both Cannon and Cory Haas are tied on the 358 sprint championship win list with four each.
However after a run on October 5, Abbottstown’s Tomecek continues to lead the 358 sprint point standings by just 50 points over Cannon, standing in his way of taking a place in history.
If able to hold on, the title would be a career first for Tomecek and car owner John Westbrook.
Racing in the 358 sprint division at Williams Grove first began on a regular basis back in 1989 when Bob Beidelman claimed the very first track crown.
Sam Ross went back-to-back with titles in 1990 and 1991.
Howie Locke claimed the 1992 title before the division took a three season hiatus from competition at Williams Grove before returning in 1996.
Jeremy Trout claimed the title upon regular action returning to the oval followed by Mike Lehman in 1997 and 1998.
Cris Eash ended the 1990s with a title before current 410 sprint star Doug Esh kicked off the 2000s with the title.
Dale Hammaker of Grantville got his one and only track title in 2001.
Another current 410 sprint star, Chad Layton got his first of two track titles in 2002 before returning for another in 2004.
And another 410 star of today, Cory Haas claimed his first of four track titles in the division in 2002 with subsequent crowns in 2005, 2006 and in 2009.
The seeming invincibility of Pat Cannon began in 2007 and continued in 2008, 2010 and 2011, all for car owner Zane Highlands.
The 410 sprints will compete in a 25-lap main as usual on Friday night while the 358 sprints will race in a traditional 20-lap feature.
The season finale Fall Fest featuring a features-only format for both sprint divisions, super sportsman and 358 late models will take place on October 20 at 7:30.
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