Lance Dewease (69k), leads Brent Marks during the 2022 National Open at Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway. (Trent Gower Photo)

Williams Grove 61st National Open Upcoming

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Williams Grove Speedway will celebrate the 61st running of the annual Champion Racing Oil National Open with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series coming up on September 29-30.

The Champion Racing Oil National Open weekend will wrap up the racing season at Williams Grove with Saturday night’s 40-lap main event paying $75,000 to win.

Friday’s 25-lap National Open Preliminary event will pay $10,000 to the winner.

Saturday’s event will culminate with the crowning of the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint car track champion.

The prestigious National Open has long been revered as the biggest sprint car show in the East and is one of the big three across the nation, measuring up only with the Knoxville Nationals in Iowa and Kings Royal at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

Drivers from across all sanctions and regions will compete to be National Open champion.

The Williams Grove contingent will be led by Brent Marks, Lance Dewease, Freddie Rahmer, Devon Borden and Danny Dietrich among others. 

All Stars and independents to be expected include Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Rico Abreu, Tyler Courtney and Zeb Wise.

Gunning with the outlaws will of course be points leader Brad Sweet, six-time National Open winner Donny Schatz, two-time Open winner David Gravel, one-time Open winner Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart, Geo Scelzi and more.

Last year, Dewease swept the two days of open action by taking a rain-shortened first night before going on to win the finale some three weeks later after rain postponed the event. 

Dewease recorded the feat while driving for Don Kreitz Jr. and mechanical ace Davey Brown Sr., who this year will find the talented hands of Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman throttling their No. 69K car.

Pittman has finished second in the National Open more times than any other driver with five bridesmaids to his credit.  And he plans on advancing one position in the finishing order this year.