385 late models on card, sprints race for $4,088 to win!

Mechanicsburg – Williams Grove Speedway will host the first-ever Gary Beam Tribute Race in honor of the late Williams Grove track champion car owner coming up this Friday, September 2 at 8 pm.

The Beam Tribute will showcase the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars in a 25-lap main event paying a hefty $4,088 to win in honor of Beam’s famed No. 88 sprint car.

Time trials will be used to set the sprint car lineups for the night. The 358 late models will join the 410 sprints for the show with $800 posted to win the limited late model main. Fireworks will also help kickoff the holiday weekend.

Adult general admission is $16 for the racing program with youth ages 13 – 20 priced at $10. Kids ages 12 and under are always admitted for free at Williams Grove Speedway!

The Williams Grove portion of the weekly 50/50 drawing will be donated to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

Friday’s posthumous honoree, Gary Beam of Gardners owned and fielded his famous No. 88 sprint car for decades going back to the early 1980s with drivers in his seat including Joey Gravino, Larry Jackson, Scott Gesford, Chuck Reinert, Barry Camp, TJ Stutts and Kevin Nouse but undoubtedly his most prolific drivers were Maynard Yingst and Todd Shaffer.

Shaffer himself garnered Williams Grove Speedway track titles for Beam and his co-owner wife Patty Beam in 1995, 2007 and in 2009.

As owners, Beam and his wife Patty scored a total of 37 sprint car wins during their ownership career at Williams Grove Speedway.

Yingst drove Beam’s No. 88 to a win at Williams Grove over the All Star sprints in the National Open Prelminary back in 1986 while other Grove All Star wins for the team came at the hands of Shaffer in 1997 and in 2009.

The car beat the Division II World of Outlaws with Shaffer wheeling at the Grove in 2002.

The team of Beam and Shaffer scored the Williams Grove Diamond Series title in 2009, won the prestigious Williams Grove season opener in 2009, claimed the Jack Gunn Memorial in 2000 and in 2001, took the Mitch Smith Memorial in 1998, walked away with a speedweek main in 1998 and finished a best of second in the Williams Grove National Open in 2007.

With a track record like that, it’s easy to see why Beam will be honored this week at Williams Grove Speedway.

Friday’s Beam Tribute will be another race in the 2016 Hoosier Diamond Series at Williams Grove.

Keep up to date on all the latest speedway news and information by visiting the oval’s official website at www.williamsgrove.com or by keeping up with the oval on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Shaffer & Beam 88 Return To Williams Grove Speedway For Beam Tribute Friday

Mechanicsburg – As part of the Friday, September 2 Gary Beam Tribute Race for 410 sprints at Williams Grove Speedway, the car’s most prolific pilot Todd Shaffer of Millerstown will be signing autographs in the infield prior to the event.

Known as “Mr. Excitement,” Shaffer garnered Gary Beam and his wife Patty a trio of track titles at Williams Grove Speedway in 1995, 2007 and in 2009 to go along with a total.

Shaffer has been retired from the sport for several years but will return to the track on Friday for the special event.

In addition, numerous pieces of historical Beam team memorabilia will be on display for the night in the infield.

But the biggest news of the night will be the reemergence of the Beam No. 88 colors for the special race.

A special Beam No. 88 sprint car will be campaigned in the event in honor of Beam’s contribution to the sport.

However just who will pilot the famed Beam machine is yet to be announced.

The Beam Tribute will showcase the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars in a 25-lap main event paying a hefty $4,088 to win in honor of Beam’s famed No. 88 sprint car.

Time trials will be used to set the sprint car lineups for the night.

The 358 late models will join the 410 sprints for the show with $800 posted to win the limited late model main.

Fireworks will also help kickoff the holiday weekend.

Adult general admission is $16 for the racing program with youth ages 13 – 20 priced at $10.

Kids ages 12 and under are always admitted for free at Williams Grove Speedway!

Keep up to date on all the latest speedway news and information by visiting the oval’s official website at www.williamsgrove.com or by keeping up with the oval on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Kimmel Memorial Is Sunday At Williams Grove Speedway, Two Race Weekend Slated

Mechanicsburg – As part of a two-race weekend at Williams Grove Speedway over the Labor Day holiday weekend, Williams Grove will present the Billy Kimmel Memorial for 410 sprints on Sunday night, September 4 at 8 pm.

The super sportsman will make a rare Williams Grove start along with the sprint cars in the Kimmel Memorial.

The Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprints will race for $3,800 to win in Sunday’s event while the sportsman race for $1,500 to win, sponsored in part by Blazer’s Body Shop.

There will be no time trials for sprint cars on Sunday night.

Adult general admission is $15 for the racing program with youth ages 13 – 20 priced at $10.

Kids ages 12 and under are always admitted for free at Williams Grove Speedway!

The Williams Grove portion of the 50/50 drawing will be donated to the Billy Kimmel Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Mechanicsburg’s Rodney Westhafer will campaign a Billy Kimmel tribute No. 47 sprint car in the special event.

The Kimmel family will have the Kimmel No. 47 car on display in the infield prior to the races along with scholarship-funding Kimmel apparel up for sale.

Billy Kimmel was fatally injured in a sprint car accident at Williams Grove Speedway in 2007 at the age of 27.

On Friday night, Williams Grove will be in action with the Gary Beam Tribute Race for 410 sprints.

The Beam Tribute will showcase the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars in a 25-lap main event paying a hefty $4,088 to win in honor of Beam’s famed No. 88 sprint car.

Time trials will be used to set the sprint car lineups for the night.

The 358 late models will join the 410 sprints for the show with $800 posted to win the limited late model main.

Fireworks will also help kickoff the holiday weekend.

Keep up to date on all the latest speedway news and information by visiting the oval’s official website at www.williamsgrove.com or by keeping up with the oval on Facebook or Twitter.

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