MECHANICSBURG, PA – The final invasion of the season by the World of Outlaws NOS Engergy Drink Sprint Cars Series is coming up in just two weeks at Williams Grove Speedway when the oval hosts the 57th annual Champion Racing Oil National Open on October 4 and 5 at 7:30 pm.
The outlaws stars will hit the track for the two-day show that will close the 2019 season at the oval.
But just who will be leading the traveling band into the stand could be the subject of some debate.
While perennial series champion Donny Schatz currently leads the series point standings, its Brad Sweet who holds the reins as the winningest driver on the tour this year, holding 15 wins to Schatz’s nine. .
In fact, the point lead was Sweets for a good part of the season before Schatz moved ahead.
And that will bring the duo and the rest of the outlaws stars into Williams Grove for a battle of supremacy against the Pennsylvania Posse in two weeks as they race for a $65,000 payday in the Saturday 40-lap Champion Racing Oil National Open.
For North Dakota’s Schatz, the pendulum may be swining in his favor at the track after he won for the first time there in July in more than four years.
Californian Sweet’s fortunes on the other hand are hoped to improve as he seeks to win at Williams Grove Speedway for the first time ever although he certainly has been on the podium, most recently in July.
If any time is the right time for Sweet to score his first win at Williams Grove, this Open will be it.
With its unrivaled depth in the fields of cars that assemble for it, the Williams Grove Champion Racing Oil National Open could prove pivotal to both drivers’ 2019 series title hopes.
Schatz already owns five National Open victories in his career.
Other top series contenders for victory when Open action unfolds in two weeks include David Gravel, who cut his teeth on the oval dirt as he learned the ropes of 410 sprint racing.
Gravel, a two-time Open winner already in his career, is currently third in series points and won at the track in May before pushing his current season win total to eight including the Knoxville Nationals.
Logan Schuchart too has been having a career season with the series in 2019 currently holding at seven wins on the year.
Schuchart’s car owner and grandfather, Bobby Allen, won the 1975 National Open.
Daryn Pittman, who has never won the Open but who has plenty of experience and success at the track and who always runs strong when he races there as an invader, is not to be discounted among top traveling Open contenders this year.
Though not an outlaw, touring driver and All Stars titlist Aaron Reutzel also has to be considered a contender after just picking up two series victories at the track in a month’s time.
The Texan cemented himself as the first ever All Stars driver to win an All Stars event at the oval since the series first raced there in 1970.
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