Sunday, April 07, 2019
Williams Grove Hosts All Stars Tommy Classic Friday 305 sprints fill out racing card
Mechanicsburg – Williams Grove Speedway will present the annual Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial Spring Classic coming up Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm, sanctioned by the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars.
The All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprints will invade to compete for the 30-lap, $6,000 top prize and they will bring with them another stout group of competitors to take on the local Pennsylvania Posse sprint car drivers.
Adult general admission for the April 12 racing program is set at $20 with students ages 13-20 admitted for just $10.
Kids ages 12 and under are always admitted for FREE at Williams Grove Speedway.
Gates will open at 5:30 pm.
The PASS/IMCA 305 sprints are also on the special All Stars Tommy racing card.
Tommy Hinnershitz, known as “The Flying Dutchman,” from Oley, Pennsylvania, holds the distinction of winning the first ever race held at historic Williams Grove Speedway back on May 21, 1939.
Williams Grove will honor his legacy with Friday’s Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial, pitting the All Stars traverlers against the Pennsylvania Posse for the first time this season.
Over the years since the All Stars first appeared at Williams Grove back in 1970, no bonafide touring All Star has ever won an All Stars race at Williams Grove Speedway.
Coming into 2019, the Pennsylvania Posse holds a perfect 35 and 0 record against the All Stars.
And they want to keep that record alive in the Tommy Memorial but a talented field will be pulling pitside to challenge for bragging rights.
First in line will be defending All Stars champion Aaron Reutzel from Clute, Texas. Reutzel recently upended the World of Outlaws Series in California.
Back in the saddle for 2019 and ready to get his first-ever Williams Grove victory is six-time series champion Dale Blaney of Hartford, Ohio, aboard the Sam McGhee No. 11 entry.
Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston, aboard one of two Premier Motorsports entries, will be in action along with teammate Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown, who is now a touring regular with the series.
Cory Eliason of Visalia, California, will be campaigning in the Rudeen Racing No. 26.
All Stars firepower will come from veteran Paul McMahan in the Buch No. 13 along with Benton Ridge, Ohio’s Greg Wilson, a former series champion, will also be on hand.
Additional All Stars this season include Gerard McIntyre Jr., Tyler Esh, John Garvin, George Hobaugh Jr., Canada’s Skylar Gee and Cale Conley of Vienna, West Virginia, in the Jessup No. 7K.
Former All Stars champion Tim Shaffer of Aliquippa is also expected to compete.
Lance Dewease is the defending winner of the Tommy race, two times running with a total of three event wins in his career since it took the Tommy name in 2007. Prior to that time the race was known as the Early Bird Championship, begun in 1983.
Other top locals who should be in the hunt for the $6,000 victory include Danny Dietrich, Cory Haas, Lucas Wolfe and Ryan Smith.
Friday’s event will also be the first race in the 2019 Hoosier Diamond Series of races at the oval.
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