Williams Grove Sets 33-Race Schedule

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Williams Grove Speedway’s 2018 schedule will be headlined by the Champion Racing Oil National Open. (Rubright Racing Images photo)

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Williams Grove Speedway has released a 33-race schedule of events, all of which include the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint car division.

The season opener featuring the 410 sprint cars only is slated for Sunday afternoon, March 11 at 2 p.m. The Sunday opener is the first such slated opening date since 2008.

A total of four dates for the super late models have been scheduled, including the return of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series to the track for the first time since 1988.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series ran the first race in series history at Williams Grove in 1988 and the 2018 event will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the series. The race will pay $10,000 to the winner.

Other late model dates this season are March 16, March 23 and June 8 as part of the KRS Graphics Tri-Track Challenge.

The HJ Towing & Recovery 358 sprint cars will be featured on 12 occasions at the track in 2018 with the division kicking off action on March 30 running through Sept. 2.

The mud-slinging horses of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series will hit the speedway as part of the Eastern Storm tour through the region on June 15.

For the first time ever at Williams Grove Speedway on June 15, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series will be joined by the regular weekly Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars on the same program.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series again returns to the track next season for a total of six events including the series customary two-day May and July stands along with the two-day, 56th annual National Open on Sept. 28-29. The Champion Racing Oil National Open will pay a whopping $56,000 to win and $1,000 to start.

Champion Racing Oil returns to sponsor the entire National Open weekend, as well as the Summer Nationals on July 20-21.

The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will make two appearances at the track in 2018.  All Star action is slated for the Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial on April 13 and again for the Jack Gunn Memorial Twin 20s on Aug. 24, paying $4,000 to win each event.

The United Racing Club 360 sprint cars have three dates inked on the schedule, with two of the shows carrying dual 360 sanctions.

May 4 will find the oval taking part in the inaugural Battle At The Groves event, featuring Friday racing at Williams Grove and Saturday racing at Selinsgrove Speedway for both URC and the nationally popular ASCS 360 sprints.

The appearance at Williams Grove by ASCS will be the first time in history that the circuit will be in action at the historic venue.

The Empire State Patriot Sprint Tour will co-sanction URC action on Aug. 31.

Other divisions appearing on theschedule include the PASS IMCA 305 sprints and the super sportsman, along with racing of a two-wheel variety as well, when the American Flat Track motorcycles stage an event at Williams Grove Speedway on Sept. 8.

The Sept. 8 program will be an independently operated racing event at Williams Grove and Williams Grove season seats, season admission passes, gift certificates, parking passes, etc., will not be honored.

The 10-race Hoosier Diamond Series will again be staged at Williams Grove, with a champion of the series declared based on performances in select increased purse races during the year.

Also returning for another run will be the Yellow Breeches 500 races, with each of five races paying $500 to start.   The Diamond Series will serve to honor two legendary Williams Grove car owners in 2018, with the Walt Dyer tribute event slated for May 25 and the Al Hamilton tribute planned for Aug. 31.

Other big sprint car races on the Williams Grove schedule include a pair of Pennsylvania Speedweek shows on June 29 and July 6, as well as a Lincoln Speedway Dirt Classic Qualifier on Sept. 21.

CREDIT: Williams Grove Speedway

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