Williams Grove National Open Preview

POWERFUL POSSE SET FOR OUTLAW INVADERS AT NATIONAL OPEN MECHANICSBURG PA-- The 36th annual National Open weekend for sprint cars is coming up on October 2-3. This World of Outlaws sanctioned event will bring the top drivers in...

POWERFUL POSSE SET FOR OUTLAW INVADERS AT NATIONAL OPEN

MECHANICSBURG PA-- The 36th annual National Open weekend for sprint cars is coming up on October 2-3. This World of Outlaws sanctioned event will bring the top drivers in the country together at Williams Grove and this year the track regulars just may have something for the invaders.

Two-time Grove champion Lance Dewease won the National Open in 1995 and 4-time champion Don Kreitz, Jr. won the race in "93. With the success of several local drivers in World of Outlaws competition this year, hopes are high among Williams Grove fans that the $25000 winner's share will go to a local driver.

The last time the Outlaws were at Williams Grove Kevin Gobrecht and Jeff Shepard led a 1-2 sweep for the Pennsylvania Posse. Both drivers will again be among th the leaders of the local contingent.

Other Grove regulars who have enjoyed Outlaw success this year include current Cindy Rowe Auto Glass point leader Fred Rahmer, who defeated the touring pros at both Lernerville and Lincoln Speedways. Kreitz also won a WoO qualifying night feature earlier this year at Hagerstown.

Billy Pauch, Cris Eash, Todd Shaffer and Sean Michael are also capable of beating the Outlaws, but the fastest local car during the past few weeks has been the Apple Chevrolet #12 driven by ex-outlaw Greg Hodnett. The Memphis driver in the York-based car won an All Star race at Selinsgrove, scored a major victory in the Sharon Nationals then swept the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal

Hodnett owns two top-ten finishes in the last four years in National Open competitions and has been fast enough to be ranked as a prime contender on October 3.

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Series Sprint , World of Outlaws
Drivers Billy Pauch
Teams Williams