MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - A clash of the sprint car titans is set to unfold this Friday and Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway when the World of Outlaws meet the Pennsylvania Posse for the running of the 50th annual National Open races.
Action both nights gets underway at 7:30 pm with Saturdays show offering the 50th annual Open itself, going 40 laps and paying $50,000 to win.
So whos hot and whos not as the Outlaws roll into The Grove for battle?
Three Outlaws names come to mind quickly in the form of Sammy Swindell, Donny Schatz and Craig Dollansky.
Both Swindell and Schatz have won the Williams Grove National Open several times. Swindell’s most recent win was in 2010 while Schatz’s was in 2007.
Dollansky has never experienced a win in the prestigious event, instead posting a best finish of second to Doug Esh in 2006.
Schatz is the current WoO point leader as the series heads into its 2012 homestretch, leading Craig Dollansky by 114 points as the Williams Grove weekend dawns.
But although Schatz is the point leader, its Tennessee’s Swindell who has been piling up the World of Outlaws numbers this season, leading all drivers in feature victories with 12, heat wins with 19, fast times with 14 and feature laps led at a whopping 314.
North Dakota’s Schatz has been coming on strong recently, upping his numbers to 10 feature wins.
Dollansky, from Minnesota, currently rides second in the season point standings with Swindell running third.
Dollansky watched as two main events slipped away during the last week thanks to misfortune.
Of the Williams Grove Posse contingent, 2009 Nationals winner Greg Hodnett is the oval point leader heading into the event.
Hodnett leads all drivers in Williams Grove wins this season, counting five main event wins to his credit including one just last Friday night.
Danny Dietrich, the winner of an Outlaws event in the area earlier in this season, currently rides second in Williams Grove points but has lacked in wins at the track this season, scoring only once.
Meanwhile, Brian Montieth is Hodnett’s closest pursuer in the win column, following closely with four checkered flags.
Neither Dietrich nor Montieth have ever had much success in the National Open although Montieth did finish third in 2008.