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June 28, 2013

Motorsports: Poised and ready for Speed Week

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Since then, only six drivers (Smith, Rahmer, Hodnett, Dewease, Lucas Wolfe and Kauffman) have won Speed Week titles. Hodnett and Dewease are tied with three titles each.

Williams Grove has two Speed Week dates this year. Following tonight's opener, the series heads to Lincoln on Saturday for the 14th Annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial. The weekend wraps up on Sunday at Big Diamond Speedway.

Following a day off on Monday, the series goes for six straight nights beginning Tuesday at Grandview Speedway. On Wednesday, the series heads to Hagerstown Speedway (Md.) before returning to Pennsylvania and Lincoln on July 4. The $10,000 to win Mitch Smith Memorial is Friday, July 5 at Williams Grove. The series makes its lone stop at Port Royal on July 6 and concludes on Sunday, July 7, with the Jan Opperman Memorial at Selinsgrove.

Last year's fifth-place points finisher Daryn Pittman is racing with the World of Outlaws this year and is the points leader.

Here's a look at what has been taking place at the 410 sprint car tracks:

n Williams Grove

Myerstown's Brett Marks, who finished 10th in the final Speed Week points last year, has five wins this season including last week's last-lap pass of Stevie Smith. He also won the Ray Tilley Classic in May at Selinsgrove.

The track has had seven different winners this year with Danny Dietrich being the only driver to win twice. Five drivers in the top-10 in points; Dewease (2nd), Hodnett (5th), Montieth (8th), Ryan Smith (9th) and Gerard McIntyre Jr. (10th), have not won a race at the track this season.

"Stevie was one of my heroes and I grew up watching him and I always looked up to him," Marks said. "To be able to race with him like that was spectacular. Whenever you can win at Williams Grove it's a great experience. We have a lot of confidence going into Speed Weeks."

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