Joey Saldana Set to Resume Title Chase at Williams Grove Speedway this Weekend in the National Open
Mechanicsburg, PA-September 30, 2010- Perserverence has been a key attribute to Joey Saldana’s success this season. After breaking his left hand earlier in the year and needing 10 screws and a plate inserted to help it heal, he was back in the car the very next race and scored a Top-10 finish and within three races was back in Victory Lane. He looks to bounce back in a similar way this weekend in the National Open at the famed Williams Grove Speedway as he returns from a concussion sustained in a vicious crash on the opening lap at Eldora Speedway last Friday that kept him out of the seat at Lernerville Speedway the following night.
Saldana is currently third in the World of Outlaws championship standings, in what is the closest-ever four-way battle for the title. He is 35 markers behind 20-time series champion Steve Kinser who is second and 85 behind leader Jason Meyers with four-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz in fourth, 89 points back with six races remaining on the 2010 calendar.
Following his wreck at Eldora, Saldana spent last Friday night in the hospital in Dayton, Ohio for observation before heading home to Indiana, where he has been resting and recuperating all week. He visited a Chiropractor on Wednesday and met with a Neurologist today.
Saldana leads the World of Outlaws with 13 A-Feature wins this season. He also is on top of the leader board in laps led and is the only driver that has paced the field for more than 300 laps in A-Feature events. The second generation driver has 46 Top-10 finishes on the year with 36 of those being Top-Five performances.
The native of Brownsburg, Ind. finished second earlier this season at Williams Grove Speedway and has been among the Top-10 in three of the four races the series has contested at the famed half-mile in 2010. He set fast time in qualifying in the series first visit of the season to the track back in May and was fourth quickest the following night.
The National Open kicks off for the World of Outlaws on Friday, October 1 with a full racing program and continues with the 40-lap $50,000-to win finale on Saturday, October 2 with the cameras from SPEED capturing all the action for broadcast at a later date.
National Open Gets Even Bigger with 10 Spots on the Line for the Inaugural 2011 Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway
Mechanicsburg, PA-September 30, 2010- With a $50,000 top prize on the line this weekend in the National Open at the famed Williams Grove Speedway, along with precious points in what is the tightest four-way battle in World of Outlaws history for the title, in addition to an eight-race win streak by the Pennsylvania Posse hanging in the balance and the cameras from SPEED capturing all the action on Saturday night, the level of intensity will be ratcheted up to a whole new level at the half-mile. Adding even more luster to the weekend, 10 spots in the inaugural Morgan Cup to be held in May of 2011 will be on the line, as the Top-Five World of Outlaws finishers and the Top-Five Pennsylvania Posse finishes in the finale of the National Open on Saturday night will earn a spot in the special 12-lap dash to be run next spring at Williams Grove Speedway.
The Morgan Cup will pit the 10 drivers against each other in a 12-lap dash for cash at the legendary half-mile with a $10,000 total purse and bragging rights on the line for the winner. The Morgan Cup, which is made of Sterling Silver, will be displayed in the office of the winning driver’s affiliation. If a World of Outlaws driver wins, the Morgan Cup will be on display at the World Racing Group Headquarters in Concord, North Carolina and if a Pennsylvania Posse driver wins, the Morgan Cup will be on display at the Williams Grove Speedway Office.
“It’s definitely something that will be pretty unique and will add even more to the excitement that already exists when we go to Williams Grove,” said World of Outlaws driver Lucas Wolfe, who hails from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and raced weekly at Williams Grove for a few years before hitting the road. “It’s always great to see new ideas and changes coming to help keep the fans interested. It should be fun and hopefully we finish toward the front this Saturday and are part of that next spring.”
A coin toss will determine the starting lineup for the inaugural Morgan Cup, with all the World of Outlaws cars in one line (either inside or outside) and the PA Posse cars in the other row (either inside or outside). The inaugural Morgan Cup will take place following the A-Feature on the Friday night in May of 2011 when the World of Outlaws visit the legendary half-mile.
Currently drivers representing the Pennsylvania Posse have won eight straight races against the World of Outlaws dating back to last season, with Greg Hodnett leading the way with four wins during that span including the 2009 National Open and this season’s Summer Nationals. Donny Schatz, the four-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, was the last World of Outlaws driver to win at Williams Grove, taking the finale of the 2008 Summer Nationals.
The World of Outlaws first sanctioned a race at Williams Grove Speedway during the series inaugural 1978 campaign and have competed at the track each and every year since. Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, leads all drivers with 37 wins at the track in series events. A total of 26 drivers have won A-Feature events over the years at the track in World of Outlaws sanctioned events, with 14 being considered members of the Pennsylvania Posse.
The Morgan Cup honors Morgan Hughes the late owner of Williams Grove Speedway who passed away in 2008. Hughes owned the race track and amusement park across from the speedway for over 25 year and made many improvements to the facility during his tenure including the installation of a state-of-the-art Musco lighting system in 2008.
Previewing The Morgan Hughes National Open at Williams Grove Speedway
Mechanicsburg, PA-September 29, 2010 -Plenty of history has been made over the years during the National Open at the famed Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania and yet another chapter will be added to the annals this weekend as the closest four-way battle for the championship in World of Outlaws history shifts to the unique half-mile with $50,000 on the line to the winner of the 40-lap finale on Saturday night.
The National Open kicks off on Friday, October 1 with a full night of racing and wraps up with the $50,000 to win finale on Saturday, October 2, with both events being complete shows with full points being awarded. The cameras from SPEED will be on hand to capture all of the action of the finale for future broadcast.
Jason Meyers currently leads the World of Outlaws championship standings by 50 markers over 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, with Joey Saldana third, 85 points back and four-time and defending series titlist Donny Schatz fourth, 89 markers out of the lead. Meyers finished third in the opener of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove in July as he continues to chase his first career win at the track.
Schatz and Kinser have each won the National Open four times, with Schatz’s most recent win in the famed classic coming in 2007, while Kinser won it most recently in 2003. The pair of teammates at Tony Stewart Racing are the only two drivers in the history of the event to have won it four times. Kinser leads all drivers with 37 wins in World of Outlaws events at Williams Grove, while Schatz has picked up 15 victories at the half-mile.
Joey Saldana, who is third in points and missed last Saturday night’s race at Lernerville Speedway due to injury, is expected to return to action at Williams Grove. He finished second in the World of Outlaws first visit of the year to the half-mile and also has a fourth and seventh-place showing this season at the track. The second generation driver has one career win at Williams Grove.
Greg Hodnett is the defending National Open winner and has already won against the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway this season in the finale of the Summer Nationals in July to extend the Pennsylvania Posse win streak to eight over the World of Outlaws, the longest such streak in the history of the rivalry.
The first race sanctioned by the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway was during the s inaugural 1978 season and the series has been competing at the half-mile each and every year since, with the National Open being part of the schedule since 1989.
- The World of Outlaws look to snap the Pennsylvania Posse’s eight-race win streak at Williams Grove Speedway. Donny Schatz’s win in finale of the Summer Nationals in 2008 was the last victory by a series driver at the famed half-mile.
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World of Outlaws Fast Talkers: Morgan Hughes National Open
Mechanicsburg, PA-September 29, 2010- Prior to heading to the famed Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania for the Morgan Hughes National Open on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2, each of the 15 full-time World of Outlaws drivers shared their thoughts on the famed event which will again pay $50,000 to-win, with the cameras from SPEED capturing all the action of the finale for future broadcast. Donny Schatz was the last World of Outlaws driver to win the National Open, with that triumph coming in 2007. His victory in the finale of the Summer Nationals in 2008 marked the last time a World of Outlaws driver has won at Williams Grove. He and his teammate 20-time series champion Steve Kinser are tied with four wins each in the National Open.
Craig Dollansky, Driver of the No. 7 Big Game Treestands Maxim:
“I always enjoy going to the Grove in the fall and they usually have the race track in pretty good shape. There is always a great fan turnout as well. It’s a very competitive arena that we go into there and the National Open is one of the biggest races we have all year. There are a lot of strong teams up there and strong cars. They have been on a pretty good roll here lately and hopefully we can go in there and try to break that streak. It’s one of the biggest races we have and to win any big race is great. We’ve been close to winning the National Open and haven’t gotten it done, so hopefully we can go in there and have a little luck on our side and do what we need to do and get up there and have a shot at winning it.”
Ben Gregg, Driver of the No. 2B Kronik Energy Maxim:
“I’m looking forward to going back up there. We have raced there a couple of times now and have had an opportunity to work on the car a little bit. We have a brand new Gaerte Engine to debut out there, so we are expecting some good things and hopefully it will work out. We are certainly way behind on the lap count compared to the guys that run their every week and know that is a disadvantage, but the more laps we get the better we’ll get, so hopefully we’ll have something this go around. Without a doubt that is the toughest competition we face. They have raced up their weekly for years and have the same great equipment and great cars and crews and are certainly tough to beat.”
Sam Hafertepe Jr., Driver of the No. 15H Lone Star Speedway Maxim:
“We can’t wait to get to the Grove. We’ve been pretty fast there this year and were good last year at the end of the year there and had some bad luck. I feel like going back there that we have one of the strongest cars there. You definitely have to qualify in the right spot and have things go your way, get on the front row of a heat race and get in the dash and see how it goes from there. Having led there earlier this year I am very confident going back.”
Jac Haudenschild, Driver of the No. R19 Owens-Corning Fiberglass XXX
“It is a big event and it pays $50,000 so it’s one of the Top-Five races of the year. We’re looking forward to getting to the Grove and running there. We’ve been there enough times and the track really doesn’t change so you always kind of remember what it’s like. The PA guys are always tough and run there a lot. It’s hard to get in the Top-10 there, but the R19 has been good all year, so I think we can get up front there.”
Chad Kemenah: Driver of the No. 63 Golden Flavor Sesame Sticks Maxim:
“It’s certainly a big event at a neat track with a lot of history and prestige. It’s probably the toughest place we race at as well, so hopefully we can go in there and keep our head above water. Those guys race there so much and are mighty good there. Hopefully we can go in there as a group this time and one of us can come out with a win. First and foremost we need to make the shows there. We have struggled there, even when things go well something seems to break. If we can make both races and come out with two Top-10′s that would be great.”
Kraig Kinser, Driver of the No. 11K Quaker State Maxim:
“I always enjoy racing at the Grove and have usually run pretty well when we have gone up there. Everyone has had all year to figure their cars out and hopefully when we get there we have figured ours out better than everyone else. When you have success there it always helps, but I’d rather have some momentum now rolling in there. It defiantly does boost the confidence knowing we led their earlier this year and were in contention. You have competition everywhere, but when you go to Pennsylvania you know you are getting the cream of the crop. We race against a lot of good young talent there and a lot of veterans that have many more laps than we do there. You definitely know you are racing against the best when you go there.”
Steve Kinser, Driver of the No. 11 Bass Pro Shops Maxim:
“I always enjoy going up there and it’s a big race. I wish we would have run a little better the last few times we have been up there. It’s a place I like racing at and always look forward to going to. It will be a big weekend and hopefully we have a good weekend. They have a good handle on that race track and some good competition weekly. All of those guys make each other better. We need to get a few guys to step up and stand our ground I guess you could say. We’re looking forward to going out there and racing.”
Danny Lasoski, Driver of the No. 6 Casey’s General Store JEI:
“We’ve been close to winning that thing a couple of times and are really looking forward to going out there. There is nothing we would like more than to go into Barry Jackson’s (Crew Chief) backyard and win a National Open. Those guys have been tough this year, but I’m confident the World of Outlaws guys can get back on top. It helps to go back there anytime. Those guys run their week in and week out and definitely have an advantage, but we learned some things there earlier this year and are excited to head back.”
Toni Lutar, Driver of the No. 4X Northwest Used Auto Parts KPC:
“I’m looking forward to going back there. It’s a fun place to go and a fun place to race. They have a great crowd there and they really get into it. We have a new car to try there so I am looking forward to it. It’s pretty stiff competition there and those guys are on the gas. It definitely helps having some laps at a track like that.”
Paul McMahan, Driver of the No. 91 Great Clips Maxim:
“Williams Grove and I have a love/hate relationship. Some days I love it and some days I hate it. After our last run there, I am really looking forward to going back there this time. Hopefully I don’t make the mistake I made last time in the feature. With the history of the National Open to go in there and win it would be pretty special. To finally get the World of Outlaws back to Victory Lane at Williams Grove would mean the most. You are in their house when you go up there. They race there every Friday night. We come there a few times a year and they race there 25 or 30 times a year. It’s tough, but we have done it before and have some strong cars running with us this year.”
Jason Meyers, Driver of the No. 14 GLR Investments KPC
“We’re absolutely looking forward to going up there. We are still looking for our first win at the Grove for our engine builder Charlie Garrett and for this team. We are running good right now and we’ll keep digging. A lot of it has to do with starting position. The cars are so even anymore that the guys that start up front have an advantage as far as winning the race. Things can happen and we’ve seen races won from further back this year. You definitely have to get yourself in a good position to win there. The Gold Cup for me was really special and the National Open is right up there as well. Those are two peas in a pod and it would be special to win the National Open, especially for Charlie Garrett. That’s a race he has never won and it’s a special race to him. It would be great for us to win and even better to see the smile on his face if we won it.”
Joey Saldana, Driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Maxim:
“It could be the deciding factor in the points. Donny Schatz has excelled there and it’s usually who does well at the Grove wins the points. I don’t see this year being any different. The first four races for us there this year have not been too bad. They could definitely have been better and you want to win races, especially at the Grove. Hopefully we can go in there and run strong like we have in the past. It would be huge for me to win there. I have only won one race at the Grove. You don’t hear about the guys that have run second on back and we have run second there a lot of times, but you don’t get recognition for second. We definitely would definitely like to go in there and win a race, especially for Kasey Kahne Racing. I know they have been trying a long time to win a race there and it would be huge for the whole team to do it.”
Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 Armor All/STP J&J:
“I love going there and can’t wait to get up there. It might be one of those races where I can get myself a little bit ahead on. I’m looking forward to it and it’s a fun place to go. It’s been very good to me in my career. To be tied with Steve Kinser with four wins is pretty special and hopefully I can get one more to be the first guy to get five. We’ve been working on that the last eight races and have been descent there, we just haven’t had that extra edge and that’s something you have to work on. Their local racers are great racers and they are very capable of winning Outlaws shows and they have proved that. We have to get out there and get our game on and try to put ourselves in a good position to win that $50,000. I’m chomping at the bit. Justin (Loh) has put up a lot of money there the last few years and we have missed out on it. I’m ready to get there and get my share of it this time.”
Jason Sides, Driver of the No. 7S Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim:
“It’s the biggest race of the year in that area for sure and one of the Top-Five that we run. It’s a good weekend for everyone. Hopefully they have a lot of cars and the crowds there are always great. This year in the National Open, I believe it will be one of the World of Outlaws guys that win it. I think everyone has gotten their senses about these tires and kind of know what to expect and that should help. It will be great competition all weekend, that’s for sure.”
Lucas Wolfe, Driver of the No. 5W Allebach Racing Maxim:
“It’s a race I always circle on the calendar and I’ve been racing for quite a while. It’s the biggest race in the area and it’s the last real big paying race of the year. They always have a great crowd there and a big field of cars. It’s always one you look forward to. I’m excited to get back home and race. We had a little bit of success there earlier this year racing in some local shows and hopefully we’ll have some good results this time. They are all good cars and a lot of the guys that race there have spent time out here on the road and are great drivers. It’s definitely a challenge to win there and hopefully I can be the guy that breaks that streak.”
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location/Winner (Number of Win(s) in 2010)
1. / Friday, February 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Cancelled-Rain
2. / Saturday, February 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
3. / Sunday, February 7 / Volusia Speedway Park/ Barberville, FL / Steve Kinser (1)
4. / Friday, February 26 / Las Vegas Motor Speedway / Las Vegas, NV / Jason Meyers (1)
5. / Friday, March 5 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, CA / Jason Meyers (2)
6. / Saturday, March 6 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, CA / Joey Saldana (1)
7. / Friday, March 12 / Lone Star Speedway / Kilgore, TX / Craig Dollansky (1)
8. / Saturday, March 13 / Houston Raceway Park / Baytown, TX / Jason Sides (1)
9. / Friday, March 19 / Volunteer Speedway / Bulls Gap, TN / Joey Saldana (2)
10. / Saturday, March 20 / Volunteer Speedway / Bulls Gap, TN / Jason Meyers (3)
11. / Saturday, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Pocola, OK / Jason Meyers (4)
12. / Friday, April 16 / Paducah International Raceway / Paducah, KY / Jac Haudenschild (1)
13. / Saturday, April 17 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Joey Saldana (3)
14. / Saturday, April 24 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Postponed-Rain-Oct. 16
15. / Saturday, May 1 / Jackson Speedway / Jackson, MN / Steve Kinser (2)
16. / Friday, May 7 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Joey Saldana (4)
17. / Saturday, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Paul McMahan (1)
18. / Thursday, May 13 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Chad Layton (1)
19. / Friday, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Fred Rahmer (1)
20. / Saturday, May 15 / Virginia Motor Speedway / Jamaica, VA/ Jason Meyers (5)
21. / Friday, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Cancelled-Rain
22. / Saturday, May 22 / I-96 Speedway / Lake Odessa, MI / Jason Meyers (6)
23. / Saturday, May 29 / Charlotte Motor Speedway Dirt Track / Concord, NC / Donny Schatz (2)
24. / Sunday, May 30 / Tri-City Speedway / Franklin, PA / Jason Sides (2)
25. / Thursday, June 3 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Brooke Tatnell (1)
26. / Friday, June 4 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Jac Haudenschild (2)
27. / Saturday, June 5 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Cancelled-Rain
28. / Friday, June 11 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Sammy Swindell (1)
29. / Sunday, June 13 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Joey Saldana (5)
30. / Wednesday, June 16 / Missouri State Fair Speedway / Sedalia, MO Postponed-Rain to July 29
31. / Saturday, June 19 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Steve Kinser (3)
32. / Sunday, June 20 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Joey Saldana (6)
33. / Friday, June 25 / Junction Motor Speedway / McCool Junction, NE / Brooke Tatnell (2)
34. / Saturday, June 26 / Lakeside Speedway / Kansas City, KS / Steve Kinser (4)
35./ Tuesday, June 29 / Missouri State Fair Speedway / Sedalia, MO / Jason Sides (3)
36. / Thursday, July 1 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Sammy Swindell (2)
37. / Saturday, July 3 / North Central Speedway / Brainerd, MN / Jason Meyers (7)
38. / Thursday, July 8 / LaSalle Speedway / LaSalle, IL / Joey Saldana (7)
39. / Saturday, July 10 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Joey Saldana (8)
40. / Sunday, July 11 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Craig Dollansky (2)
41. / Wednesday / July 14 / Limaland Motorsports Park / Lima, OH / Dale Blaney (1)
42. / Friday, July 16 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Joey Saldana (9)
43. / Saturday, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Steve Kinser (5)
44. / Tuesday, July 20 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Lance Dewease (1) & Joey Saldana (10)
45. / Friday, July 23 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Lance Dewease (2)
46. / Saturday, July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Greg Hodnett (1)
47. / Sunday, July 25 / Lebanon Valley Speedway / West Lebanon, NY / Doug Esh (1)
48. / Tuesday, July 27 / Autodrome Drummond / Drummondville, QC / Steve Kinser (6)
49. / Friday, July 30 / Ohsweken Speedway / Ohsweken, ON / Jason Sides (4)
50. / Sunday, August 1 / Ohsweken Speedway / Ohsweken, ON / Donny Schatz (3)
51. / Tuesday, August 3 / Fulton Speedway / Fulton, NY / Steve Kinser (7)
52. / Friday, August 6 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Tim Shaffer (1)
53. / Saturday, August 7/ I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Jason Meyers (8)
54. / Friday / August 20 / Nodak Speedway / Minot, ND / Joey Saldana (11)
55. / Saturday, August 21 / Nodak Speedway, Minot, ND / Craig Dollansky (3)
56. / Friday, August 27 / Castrol Raceway / Edmonton, AB / Jason Meyers (9)
57. / Saturday, August 28 / Castrol Raceway / Edmonton, AB / Joey Saldana (12)
58. / Wednesday, September 1 / Cottage Grove Speedway / Cottage Grove, OR / Danny Lasoski (1)
59. / Friday, September 3 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, WA / Jac Haudenschild (3)
60. / Saturday, September 4 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, WA / Steve Kinser (8)
61. / Monday, September 6 / Grays Harbor Raceway / Elma, WA Cancelled-Rain
62. / Thursday, September 9 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, CA / Sammy Swindell (3)
63. / Friday, September 10 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, CA / Donny Schatz (4)
64. / Saturday, September 11 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, CA / Jason Meyers (10)
65. / Friday, September 17 / Clay County Fair Speedway / Spencer, IA / Jac Haudenschild (4)
66. / Saturday, September 18 / Deer Creek Speedway / Spring Valley, MN / Joey Saldana (13)
67. / Friday, September 24 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Jac Haudenschild (5)
68. / Saturday, September 25 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Donny Schatz (5)
At a Glance: Morgan Hughes National Open at Williams Grove Speedway
Concord, NC-September 28, 2010-
WHAT•One of the crown jewels of sprint car racing, the $50,000 to-win Morgan Hughes National Open at the famed Williams Grove Speedway is up next for the World of Outlaws on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2. The closest four-way points race in series history continues with Jason Meyers leading the standings as the series heads to Williams Grove for the final time this season. The California native holds a 50-point advantage over 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, with Joey Saldana third, 85 markers out of the lead and four-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz fourth, 89 points back. Each night this weekend will be a full racing program, culminating with the 40-lap National Open on Saturday night with the cameras from SPEED capturing all of the action of the finale for broadcast at a later date.
WHEN•On Friday, October 1 at Williams Grove Speedway, the pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, with the grandstand gates opening at 5:45 p.m. Eastern with time trials set for 7:45 p.m. Eastern.
•On Saturday, October 2 at Williams Grove Speedway, the pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, with the grandstand gates opening at 5:45 p.m. Eastern with time trials set for 7:45 p.m. Eastern.
WHERE• Williams Grove Speedway is located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Take U.S. 15 seven miles southwest of I-76, go 1 1/2 miles northwest on SR 74, then west on Park Place.
TICKETS•On Friday, October 1 at Williams Grove Speedway, adult general admission tickets will be $28 with general admission tickets for those ages 13-20 $15 and children ages 12-under free of charge. For tickets call the track at 717-679-5000.
•On Saturday, October 2 at Williams Grove Speedway, adult general admission tickets will be $35 with general admission tickets for those ages 13-20 $18 and children ages 12-under admitted free of charge. For tickets call the track at 717-679-5000.
ABOUT THE TRACK•Williams Grove Speedway is a semi-banked half-mile oval. The track record of 16.140 seconds was established by Brian Paulus April 26, 2002.
After Indy 300 Japan – Sun, 09/19/10
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Current Standings – Top Fuel Class
After 25th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals – Sep 23 – Sep 26, 2010
Current Standings – Funny Car Class
After 25th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals – Sep 23 – Sep 26, 2010
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|5||Bob Tasca III||2,215||124|
Current Standings – Pro Stock Class
After 25th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals – Sep 23 – Sep 26, 2010
Current Standings – Pro Stock Motorcycle Class
After 25th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals – Sep 23 – Sep 26, 2010
2010 World of Outlaws Championship Standings through September 25
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World of Outlaws Wrap-up: Eldora Speedway & The Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway
Concord, NC-September 27, 2010-
No sweat: Donny Schatz had a huge lead on Paul McMahan in the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville on Saturday night when the final caution of the night flew with eight laps remaining, though that didn’t seem to faze the four-time and defending series champion. On the ensuing double file restart Schatz charged to the lead after choosing the low line for the restart and was able to pull away again at the end of the race to score his fifth win of the season and the fourth of his career at Lernerville, where he has 14 consecutive Top-10 finishes dating back to 2004.
“There’s not much you can do about it, that’s part of it,” noted Schatz of the late race caution. “You don’t cringe, because there are more times than not where you get in a situation where you are not in the lead and want a caution. It was an awesome car we had tonight. Everything was good from beginning to end and that’s what we’ve been working on. The tires have been good for us all year, we’ve just changed so much with our motors and cars that we got ourselves out of the loop and I think we are finally coming back in the right direction.”
A dream season: Tim Shaffer, who has won 20 races this season including with the World of Outlaws at I-55 Raceway in the opener of the Ironman 55 back in August, finished third in the Commonwealth Clash, charging from the 11th starting spot, a day after coming home fifth at Eldora with the series. After having driveline trouble in the first heat race at Lernerville, Shaffer won The Last Chance Showdown to earn a spot in the main event. A strong restart on the 28th lap saw the native of nearby Aliquippa, Pennsylvania go from sixth to third, the same spot he would end up finishing in.
“A little bit of everything,” shared Shaffer when asked of what has led to his great season. “We have great car owners in Aaron Call and Janet Holbrook. Brian Kemenah (Crew chief) does a great job, and as does the entire crew. They are blue collar people that all come together and work great together. Our communication is awesome and I think that’s why we have had the success we’ve had.” Read more »