Mechanicsburg PA – Williams Grove Speedway has announced special guest Billy Pauch is slated to be on hand for opening night of the 32nd annual Pennsylvania Speedweek Series,
Presented by Kiely Construction, the speedweek opener is coming up on Friday, June 24.
The legendary dirt track star Pauch recently put his career on hold after getting the season underway and picking up a modified win.
And while stopping short of announcing his full retirement; the now 65-year old pilot has just released his biography.
With over 740 total career wins to his credit since his first in 1975, Pauch most notably put up his biggest numbers in the modified ranks over the seasons.
But his numbers in a sprint car stand at 62 alone and it’s that portion of his career that Williams Grove will honor at the speedweek opener.
Pauch is perhaps best known for his near decade spent in the potent Zemco No. 1 sprint car during the 1990s.
And to help pay tribute to Pauch’s career, Zemco car owner John Zemaitis and his current driver Logan Wagner will be in attendance for the speedweek opener.
The car will be on display in the Williams Grove infield beginning at 5:30 before competing while Pauch and three of his former car owners will gather at the stage from 6 to 6:30 pm for interviews and autographs.
The acclaimed driver will then host a book signing of his biography, “THE LAST COWBOY: The Life and Times of Billy Pauch,”
Joining Pauch for the pre-race event will be Zemco owner Zemaitis along with No. 126 car owner Glen Hyneman and No. 55 car owner Gene Jenkins of Milton.
A plaque presentation honoring Pauch’s sprint car career will be presented following time trials and Pauch will again sign books in the infield immediately after the speedweek B Main.
Known to many as “Billy The Kid” during his career, Pauch put up 15 sprint car wins during his tenure at Williams Grove while overall laying claim to victories over the World of Outlaws, All Stars, USAC, CRA, SCRA and KARS.
In 1994 Pauch toured the New York State Fairgrounds mile at world record speed and became the world’s fastest sprint car driver, posting a speed of 144.590 mph.
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