Williams Grove Speedway

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Williams Grove Speedway
WilliamsGroveSpeedway1985SprintCars.jpg
Sprint cars racing at Williams Grove in 1985
Location

1 Speedway Dr, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Monroe Township, Cumberland County, near Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Time zone GMT-5
Owner Hughes family
Operator Hughes family
Opened 1939
Oval
Surface Clay
Length 0.5 mi (0.804 km)
Turns 4
Lap record 0:16.140 (Brian Paulus, , 2002)

Williams Grove Speedway is a half-mile automobile race track located in Williams Grove, between Mechanicsburg and Dillsburg in Pennsylvania, USA. It opened in 1939, and hosted Championship Car races from 1949 to 1959 named the "Indianapolis Sweepstakes", contested by a small field of the best Champ Car racers. Many notable drivers have raced here, including A. J. Foyt and Mario Andretti. The track is still in operation today, with racing every Friday, almost every Saturday and many special events. One of these special events is the Williams Grove National Open for sprint cars sanctioned by the World of Outlaws racing series.


Track records (1939 through 2010)[edit]

Total wins[edit]

  • 81 wins: Fred Rahmer
  • 70 wins: Lance Dewease
  • 54 wins: Don Kreitz, Jr.
  • 51 wins: Keith Kauffman
  • 43 wins: Lynn Paxton
  • 42 wins: Greg Hodnett
  • 41 wins: Smokey Snellbaker
  • 38 wins: Kenny Weld, Todd Shaffer, Steve Kinser
  • 36 wins: Bobby Allen
  • 32 wins: Steve Smith
  • 27 wins: Mitch Smith
  • 25 wins: Bobbie Adamson
  • 23 wins: Cris Eash
  • 21 wins: Kramer Williamson, Stevie Smith
  • 20 wins: Doug Wolfgang
  • 19 wins: Jan Opperman, Tommy Hinnershitz
  • 18 wins: Mark Kinser, Ray Tilley, Doug Esh
  • 15 wins: Van May, Billy Pauch, Sammy Swindell, Donnie Schatz
  • 14 wins: Bobby Davis Jr., Ted Horn
  • 13 wins: Kenny Jacobs, Jim Nace, Gus Linder
  • 11 wins: Randy Wolfe
  • 10 wins: Paul Lotier
  • 9 wins: Paul Pitzer, Steve Siegel, Bobby Weaver, Jeff Shepard, Mark Smith
  • 8 wins: Joie Chitwood, Kevin Gobrecht, Dave Kelly, Kenny Adams, Lucas Wolfe
  • 7 wins: Dave Blaney, Dan Dietrich, Steve Stambaugh
  • 6 wins: Allen Klinger, Johnny Thomson, Maynard Yingst
  • 5 wins: Joey Allen, Jimmy Edwards, Johnny Grum, Bill Holland, Frankie Kerr, Joey Kuhn, Mark Light, Lee Osborne, Troy Ruttman, Jimmie Sheaffer, Billy Stief, Scott Tobias, Chad Layton, Brian Leppo
  • 4 wins: Jimmy Boyd, Jimmy Bryan, Barry Camp, A.J. Foyt, Jason Johnson, Johnny Mackison Jr., Curt Michael, Sean Michael, Duke Nalon, Vic Nauman, Tony Willman, Ed Zirkle, Cody Darrah, Brian Montieth
  • 3 wins: Duane Carter, Craig Dollansky, Brad Doty, Dave Ely, Mike Erdley, George Ferguson Jr., Eddie Gallione, Joey Gravino, Todd Hestor, Craig Keel, Dale Van Johnson, Ron Kramer, Dub May, Jay Myers, Rick Schmelyun, Len Thompson
  • 2 wins: Scott Ausherman, Lou Blaney, Wally Campbell, Pat Cannon, Michael Carber, Billy Cassella, James Chesson, Alan Cole, Bobby Courtwright, Earl Halaquist, Jac Haudenschild, Johnny Herrera, Jimmy Horton, Lou Johnson, Paul Kline, Danny Lasoski, Lucky Lux, Roger McCluskey, Ernie McCoy, Paul McMahan, Mike Nazaruk, Kevin Nouse, Aaron Ott, Brian Paulus, Tom Price, Ronnie Rough, Sr., Bill Schindler, Jimmy Sills, Tom Spriggle, Doug Stambaugh, Gene Varner, Brook Weibley, Josh Wells, Adam Wilt, Niki Young, Billy Brian Jr., Jim Siegel
  • 1 win: Walt Ader, Ed Aiken, Bob Bennett, Ryan Bohlke, Don Branson, Garry Brazier, Cliff Brian, Dave Calaman, P. J. Chesson, Mac Clingan, Buddy Cochran, Justin Collett, Kevin Collins, Larry Dickson, Ronnie Dunstan, Darren Eash, Craig Eshenaur, Cotton Farmer, Glenn Fitzcharles, Pat Flaherty, Damion Gardner, Elmer George, Rod George, Bobby Gerhart, Sr., Daryl Gohn, Frank Gorichky, Pete Green, Dave Haight, Scotty Haus, Allen Heath, Andy Hillenburg, Steve Howard, Larry Jackson, Henry Jacoby, Gordon Johncock, Parnelli Jones, Kasey Kahne, Al Keller, Gene Kohr, Lenny Krautheim, Don Kreitz, Sr., Lee Kunzman, Rick Lafferty, Bob Landis, Roger Larson, Binky Lederer, Ralph Ligouri, Mike Little, Mike Lloyd, Tommy Madsen,

Johnny Mantz, Terry McCarl, Jim McWhithey, A. J. Michael, Milt Miller, Charlie Musselman, Johnny Parsons, Sr., Jiggs Peters, Dave Randolph, Hal Retburg, Junior Ritchey, George Robson, Hank Rogers, Sr., Buddy Rush, Randy Ruth, Eddie Sachs, Joey Saldana, Everett Saylor, Tighe Scott, Johnny Shackleford, Adrian Shaffer, Tim Shaffer, Bob Shaw, Ron Shuman, Kenny Slaybaugh, Jason Solwold, Robbie Stillwagon, Jerry Stone, T. J. Stutts, Dick Tobias, Mike Wagner, Bruce Walkup, Mike Walter, Chuck Ward, Kevin Welsh, Jesse Wentz, John Westbrook, Jimmy Wilburn, Herman Wise, Ted Wise, Steve Yodock, Chuck Yost

Top ten winning car owners[edit]

  1. Al Hamilton, 92
  2. Bob Weikert, 81
  3. Bob Stewart, 55
  4. Don Kreitz, Jr., 54
  5. Walt Dyer, 49
  6. Karl Kinser, 44
  7. Joe Harz, 43
  8. Gary Beam, 32
  9. Gary Wasson, 29
  10. Charlie Lloyd, John Zemaitis, 27

Other record holders[edit]

  • Most modern-day wins through 2010: Fred Rahmer, 81
  • Most wins in a single season: Keith Kauffman, 13 (1984)
  • Most consecutive wins: Steve Smith, 6 (1976)
  • Most top five finishes in a single season: Keith Kauffman, 25 (1984)
  • Most top five finishes in a career: Fred Rahmer, 236
  • Most Point Championships: Fred Rahmer, 7 (1997- 2000, 2004-2005 & 2008)

Lap Records[edit]

  • 1 lap: Brian Paulus, 16.140, 4-26-02
  • 4 laps: Fred Rahmer, 1:15.35, 8-28-98
  • 5 laps: Rick Lafferty, 1:2.77, 5-20-05
  • 6 laps: Fred Rahmer, 1:37.29, 10-1-05
  • 8 laps: Kraig Kinser, 2:13.88, 10-4-03
  • 10 laps: Niki Young, 2:46.38, 5-20-05
  • 12 laps: Sammy Swindell, 3:25.81, 5-27-04
  • 15 laps: Barry Camp, 5:03.13, 9-30-88
  • 20 laps: Lance Dewease, 6:08.77, 8-30-02
  • 25 laps: Jason Johnson, 7:43.42, 7-21-05
  • 30 laps: Steve Smith, 9:30.24, 5-29-98

Record setting years[edit]

  • Most winners in a single season: 23 (1988)
  • Most top 5 finishers in a single season: 40 (1983, 1987)

AAA / Champ Car race winners[edit]

All winners were United States American

Season Date Winning Driver Chassis Engine
1949 July 31 Johnny Mantz Kurtis Kraft Offy
1950 August 12 Troy Ruttman Lesovsky Offy
1951 July 29 Troy Ruttman Kuzma Offy
1952 July 27 Paul Russo Kurtis Kraft Offy
1953 July 26 Jimmy Davies Ewing Offy
1954 July 25 Jimmy Davies Ewing

USAC Champ Car race winners[edit]

All winners were United States American

Season Date Winning Driver Chassis Engine
1956 July 22 Jimmy Bryan Kuzma Offy
1957 July 21 Jud Larson Watson Offy
1958 July 20 Jud Larson Watson Offy
1959 July 19 Rodger Ward Watson Offy

Media[edit]

This track was featured in several video games, including the games Dirt Track Racing 2, Dirt Track Racing: Sprint Cars and World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars 2002.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°9′19.11″N 77°2′0.79″W / 40.1553083°N 77.0335528°W / 40.1553083; -77.0335528