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David Gravel (2) and Donny Schatz (15) battle during the 2021 National Open at Williams Grove Speedway. (Julia Johnson photo)

Williams Grove Adjusts Qualifying Format For 410s

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — The Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars will compete in a Yellow Breeches 500 race at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 20. 

In an attempt to get their season underway, the HJ Towing & Recovery 358 sprint cars will also be on the racing program.

For the 410 sprints, the Yellow Breeches 500 race will pay $500 to start the 25-lap main event while offering $5,000 to the winner. After losing a previous Yellow Breeches race to weather, Friday’s race will be the first of the year to offer a new twist on qualifying.

All Yellow Breeches 500 races during the season will see timed practice laps used to set the heat starting lineups.

Hot laps and qualifying groups for the shows will be established and seeded equally, based on each entered driver’s average season earning’s to date. 

All cars in a group will face off against the same opponents in their respective heat races, while an invert of the driver’s times after hot laps will be used to set the heat starting grids.

The top two or three heat finishers, based on the total number of heats contested, will be placed into the front starting spots of the night’s main event — again handicapped onto the grid based on each driver’s average financial earning’s to date.

The 358 sprints will compete in a 20-lap main after qualifying heat races.

Brent Marks recently became the first sprint car driver to repeat a trip to victory lane at the track when he scored the World of Outlaws Morgan Cup on May 14.

Danny Dietrich is the current Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint car point leader, although he is still seeking his first win of the season at the oval.