The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 4, 2013

Shawn Wood's Inside Track column: After several years, rain shouldn't ruin National Open

The calendar says it's October, the leaves are changing, several board of governors want fighting out of the National Hockey League and there's no rain in sight for Saturday's 51st annual National Open at Williams Grove Speedway.

All is right with the world.


Temperatures this week have made it feel more like the first weekend of June rather than October.

But the good news is that finally, after several years of having to dodge rain drops, the weather will cooperate with the World of Outlaws and Williams Grove Speedway for the National Open which has been won the last three year by WoO regulars.

Greg Hodnett, the new points leader at the Grove in the 410 sprint car division, was the last Pennsylvania Posse drive to win the race back in 2009.

Hodnett could be on the road next year if plans for a new ride were to work out and that would be another blow to the racing in central Pa. after losing Fred Rahmer and Keith Kauffman to retirement this year, although Rahmer is still racing.


This past Sunday, the twice-postponed "Brawl in the Fall" took place at the Hagerstown Speedway (Md.). It was a Chamber-of-Commerce-like day with blue skies and highs in the lower 80s. The fans filled up the place pretty good, but the car count was not that great.

The late models had the most drivers return, minus Tim McCreadie who was racing at Knoxville (Iowa) and Steve Axtell.

Gregg Satterlee, of Rochester Mills, won the race in dominating fashion. He almost put a lap on Gary Stuhler, Hagerstown's all-time winingest driver with 130 wins. Stuhler was running fourth at the time.

Selinsgrove's Dylan Yoder turned in a stellar performance after coming from the rear of the filed as an alternate on Sunday in the 50-lap feature. He finished ninth.

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