Series returns Friday and Saturday as scheduled
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Sept. 29, 2016 - Steady precipitation throughout the area forced the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series to cancel opening night of the Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway. Friday and Saturday night will remain on schedule.
With high car counts expected, the World of Outlaws will be in the competing for Saturday's $50,000-to-win purse. Last year's finale featured 48 winged-sprints with 28 advancing to the A-Main.
Ticket holders for Thursday's show will be able to use their tickets or armbands at face value toward another show. For details regarding the track's rain-out policy, visit williamsgrove.com.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action tomorrow for the second night of the Champion Racing Oil National Open. Tickets are still available at both the ticket office or by calling the Williams Grove Office at (717) 697-5000. For more ticketing and event information, visit woosprint.com/national-open or williamsgrove.com/wootickets.
Weather has delivered another blow to Williams Grove Speedway's vision of a three-day National Open.
It's 2015 all over again.
A year ago, the remnants of Hurricane Joaquin washed out all three nights and forced officials into a one-day Sunday event. There is a chance that happens again, as heavy rain has already washed out Night 1 and threatens Friday and Saturday programs.
Purse, format, recent winners, tickets and more
Williams Grove Speedway takes center stage in the Sprint Car World this week with the 54th annual National Open.
The winner of Saturday's 40-lap A-Main will bank a hefty $50,000. But to do so, a driver must make it through two grueling preliminary nights against the best competition in the country to have a shot at the big check.
Below is a fan guide to this year's 54th annual Williams Grove National Open.
BACK AT THE GROVE: Coming off a string of top-five finishes, including back-to-back wins, Larson Marks Racing takes momentum into Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn. with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series this weekend for the National Open.
NATIONAL OPEN 2015: Last year, both Thursday and Friday nights' events were cancelled due to rain. On Saturday, Stewart qualified ninth and advanced one position in his heat race to finish third. After starting 20th in the main event, he was able to advance eight positions to finish 12th.
McKenzie, Tenn. (Sept. 28, 2016) – The first day of Fall may have taken place last week, but that doesn’t mean that the winning streak for J&J Auto Racing teams has cooled. The McKenzie, Tenn., based manufacturer’s brand saw four drivers roll into victory lane and two others claim podium finishes last week.
The Outlaws’ weekend doubleheader concluded with Saturday’s return to Western Pennsylvania and the scenic Lernerville Speedway. Schatz, who finished second in July’s Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, was looking to finish one position better and earn his seventh career WoO victory at the half-mile, dirt oval.
Official Registration Opens Thursday Evening
Hanover, PA | September 28, 2016 - On Friday, October 21st central PA dirt track champions from all over will converge in competition. Who is the best of the best? 25 Championship drivers will go against 55 hungry fans for bragging rights and to take home the trophy.
In July, we saw Speedway 94 regular, Jared Goulden pick up the huge win. With that win came a golden ticket to join in on the Champions race. “It is a huge honor to be included as one of the 25 champions invited to take part in this next event.” Jared Goulden said. “I was able to beat some of the best drivers in the country."
The event was such a success fans instantly wanted more. Shortly thereafter, the staff of PA Sprint Car News, along with the Beer Hill Gang, formulated another event.
YORK, PA. (September 28, 2016) - After what turned out to be a successful weekend in Central Pennsylvania, finishing just outside of the top-ten during the Third Annual Dirt Classic at Lincoln Speedway, York native Chase Dietz and car owner Troy Godfrey will make their next big leap and enter World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competition for the first time this season; anxious to join the Greatest Show On Dirt during the 54th Annual Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway.
Chase Dietz, pilot of the Troy Godfrey-owned/Godfrey Racing Engines/DTS/No. 5 entry, will join the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series during all three nights of the National Open on Thursday through Saturday, September 29-October 1, chasing an A-main start after finishing third during the C-main in 2015.
Champion Racing Oil Williams Grove National Open up next for the Pennsylvania based team
CARLISLE, PA. - September 28, 2016 - Winning races is absolutely key to winning championships. Another key element is solid, top-5 finishes. David Gravel and the CJB Motorsports team are rapidly achiving championship by both of those metrics. Though they did not add to their win count, the racing weekend featuring stops at Eldora Speedway and Lernerville Speedway netted the team two more top-5 runs.
"Our car was pretty good at Eldora," said Gravel, pilot of the Big Game Treestands, J.R.C. Transportation Inc., C&S Lawn & Landscape #5.
ROSSBURG, Ohio (Sept. 27, 2016) - Caleb Helms joined the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions last Saturday for the 35 th running of the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway.
Helms opened the event by qualifying 17th quickest overall and fourth in his group, which put him on the pole of a heat race. "We qualified high enough to put us on the pole for our heat race," he said. "After qualifying we made some good adjustments and were able to lead every lap to win our heat race."
That lined Helms up on the inside of the fifth row for the 30-lap feature.
ROSSBURG, Ohio (Sept. 27, 2016) - Last weekend didn't go as planned for Dale Blaney, who competed at Eldora Speedway during both nights of the 4-Crown Nationals.
The action began on Friday for the Mainstream Holdings, Inc., sponsored CH Motorsports team, which qualified 17th quickest in its group during the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series portion of the event at the half-mile oval.
Blaney placed sixth in a heat race to miss locking into the feature by only one position. He then ended third in the Last Chance Showdown to transfer into the back of the main event.
"It didn't feel like our motor was running very good and we found out we had a spark plug problem right before the A Main," he said.