Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY (May 30, 2011)- This Friday the Patriot Sprint Tour will visit Williams Grove Speedway, their 31st different track in series history, which for many of the PST teams will bring with it a large checkmark on their proverbial tracks visited list.
The top eight in the current Patriot Sprint Tour standings plus a handful of other series regulars to challenge a full slate of United Racing Company competitors and other heavy hitters in the $3,000-to-win MACH 1 Chassis 360 Sprint Challenge at the Grove.
Jared Zimbardi of Little Valley, NY leads the PST points heading into the famed facility, fresh off an impressive win Saturday at Stateline Speedway. Tim Kelly and Don Adamczyk are tied for second and look to help the Patriots put forth a quality performance.
Vern Wasson of Jersey Shore, PA is the only Patriot driver to make a less-than-average tow this Friday Night. Other possible Pennsylvania Patriots in attendance Friday include George Suprick and Shayne Ely.
Scott Kreutter had a hard flip this past Sunday at Eriez Speedway and will work hard this week to get the No. 52 put back together for his first trip to the Mechanicsburg, PA ½-mile. Bruce DeWick and rookie Steve Collins will also be making their first trip to the heart of Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Racing.
Four-time and defending Patriot Sprint Tour Champion Bryan Howland currently sits sixth in the standings, but might be entering as the point leader had it not been for a mechanical issue on Saturday that occurred while leading at Stateline. Howland has never been to Williams Grove yet should still be a major contender for the $3,000 top prize.
Veteran Dave Wickham has not been to Williams Grove in years but used to frequent the facility in the early 1980’s when he called Central Pennsylvania his sprint car home. He will as always make the tow down with his No. 80 in his open trailer.
Look for Chris Shuttleworth and Jessica Zemken to also be in attendance at well in this special event that has no entry fee and will utilize a group time trial format to set the heat races.
J.J. Grasso, who won in early May at Black Rock, leads the URC points into “The Grove”, with seven-time Champion Curt Michael, Becca Anderson, Dave Ely, Randy West and Kramer Williamson being just part of URC contingent. Also expected Friday include Mark Smith in the MACH 1 car and Daryn Pittman among those looking to pull double duty.
There will be a mandatory drivers meeting at 6:15 p.m., with racing getting under way at 8:00 p.m. Mufflers are not required, but transponders are. Teams are also reminded that an American Racer MC2 or MC3 Right Rear is required as well.
For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com and don’t forget you can follow the Patriots from Williams Grove and all other facilities on Facebook and Twitter.