Head to Head: World of Outlaws Title Contenders at Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA-October 1, 2010- The National Open at the famed Williams Grove Speedway is the biggest sprint car race of the season on the East Coast and this year the...
Head to Head: World of Outlaws Title Contenders at Williams Grove Speedway
Mechanicsburg, PA-October 1, 2010- The National Open at the famed Williams Grove Speedway is the biggest sprint car race of the season on the East Coast and this year the two-day event which pays $50,000 to win on Saturday night will go a long way in determining the 2010 World of Outlaws champion, as just 50 points currently separate leader Jason Meyers and 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, with Joey Saldana third, 85 points out of the lead and four-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz fourth, 89 markers back.
Kinser has made the most starts of the four title contenders and has by far had the most success of any World of Outlaws driver at the unique half-mile over the years. He has won 37 times in World of Outlaws events at the track including preliminary features dating back to his first victory at the track in 1981. He has won the National Open four times and is one of only two drivers ever to accomplish that feat along with Schatz. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has 123 Top-10 finishes with the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove, with 98 of those being Top-Five performances. He has three Top-10 finishes at the track this season in four starts. His most recent win at 'The Grove' came in 2008.
Schatz, the four-time and defending World of Outlaws champion has won a total of 15 times in his career at Williams Grove including the National Open four times. Since 1997, the North Dakota native has racked up 48 Top-10 finishes at the track with 35 of those being Top-Five performances. He has finished seventh or better in 17 of his last 19 starts at the half-mile. He was the last World of Outlaws driver to win at Williams Grove, claiming the finale of the 2008 Summer Nationals.
Saldana has three Top-10 finishes at Williams Grove this season with two of those being Top-Five performances, including a runner-up finish in the series first race at the track back in May. He has one career win at Williams Grove, taking a preliminary feature in 2002. The second generation driver has finished seventh or better in five of his last six starts at the track. He set fast time in qualifying in the first World of Outlaws visit of the year to Williams Grove back in May.
Jason Meyers has made 39 starts with the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove dating back to 2001, picking up 18 Top-10 and 10 Top-Five finishes in that span. He finished third earlier this season for the fourth time in his career as he continues to chase his first win at the history track. The California native finished second in 2001 in a preliminary feature to score his best career finish at Williams Grove.