Monday, August 26, 2019
Keith Kauffman Tribute Night This Week At Williams Grove Track to honor one of its greats with $4,777 to win main and pre-race show URC Sprints Race For $2,000 To Win
For Immediate Release
Mechanicsburg - Williams Grove Speedway will celebrate the career of one of the track and regions all-time sprint car greats this Friday, August 30 when it hosts Keith Kauffman Tribute Night, sponsored by VP Racing Fuels as part of the 2019 Hoosier Diamond Series.
The URC 360 sprints will also be in action for the second time this season at the track, racing for $2,000 to win in a 25-lap main.
Kauffman and his career will be celebrated in the infield from 6 – 7 pm with a joint reunion and autograph session featuring the driver himself and several of his former car owners including Bob Stewart, Al Hamilton, Rick and Joe Woelfling, Gary Heckman and John Trone.
A live Facebook broadcast on BeerHill Gang TV will also take place during the hour and two Kauffman racecars will be on display as well.
The Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars will compete for $4,777 to win the 25-lap feature event, honoring two of his most famed rides, the Hamilton No. 77 and the Middleswarth No. 7.
Time trials will set the heat starting grids.
Fireworks will also help kickoff the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Racing action begins at 7:30 pm.
Now age 69, Kauffman retired from the sport in 2013 after recording a total of 51 career sprint car wins at Williams Grove alone to go along with a total of 309 overall career victories.
Kauffman was the 1984 and 1985 track champion while wheeling the Hamilton Contracting No. 77. He also recorded the 2001 Diamond Series title at the track aboard the Middleswarth Potato Chips No. 7.
The Juniata County native scored for the first time in his career at Williams Grove on August 11, 1978 and took his last oval victory on May 2, 2008.
Along the way, the popular Mifflintown driver won the Williams Grove season opener on four occasions, the Jack Gunn Memorial in 2001 and the Mitch Smith Memorial in 1993 and 1996.
“The Man From Mifflintown” upended the World of Outlaws stars at the track three times during his career and scored the National Open Preliminary event twice.
Across his entire racing career around the world, Kauffman scored a total of 21 oval and series titles.
In his best overall season, aboard the Hamilton No. 77, Kauffman whipped up a total of 34 wins.
He was inducted in to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2004.
Other notable car owners across his career included: Dave Middleswarth, Bob Hampshire, Jasper Pettite, Bob Weikert, Roy Morral, Warren Johnson, Leon Wintermyer, Jim Wahlie, Sal Scarpitta, Mike Heffner and Craig Eshenaur among others.
Adult general admission for the big sprint car show honoring veteran Keith Kauffman is set at $18 with youth ages 13 – 20 admitted for just $10. Kids ages 12 and under are always FREE at Williams Grove Speedway.
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