'It's like a kick in the gut'

A raw drizzle added to the standing water throughout the grounds at Williams Grove Speedway Friday afternoon.

The big winner on National Open weekend: the weather.

With Saturday's forecast also looking dicey, speedway and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car officials made the decision to postpone the rest of this weekend's 54th annual Champion Oil Williams Grove National Open.

The race will take place Oct. 14, the day before the World of Outlaws are scheduled to appear at Port Royal Speedway. It will be a one-day show paying $25,000 to the winner of the 40-lap feature.

All activities scheduled for this Saturday at the speedway are still on, including the National Open Benefit.

"We tried to do something new last year," Williams Grove Speedway manager Justin Loh said. "We were excited, and all three days got rained out.

"We figured we would get something in this year, and it happened again. It's like a kick in the gut. All we can do is make the best of the rest of the season."


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