Outlaws and Posse Set To Battle At The Grove
by Katie Boyer on May 12, 2011
This Friday and Saturday, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway will once again bring one of the longest rivalries in racing history face to face as the World of Outlaws takes on the Pennsylvania Posse.
This year’s event will be different than those of the past. Saturday night’s will be topped off with the Morgan Cup Challenge. The challenge is a new race where the competitors are the top-five finishing Pennsylvania Posse racers from last fall’s National Open against the top-five finishing World of Outlaws finishers from that event in a 12-lap dash. The Posse will line up in one row, the Outlaws in the other. The winner of the A-main on Saturday night will determine lane choice. Of course, there’s cash at stake, $11,000 is on the line, but this event is more about the bragging rights and claiming the inaugural sterling silver Morgan Cup trophy.
The Grove regulars have been dominant against the travelers in recent years, having claimed the win in the last nine consecutive races from May of 2009, until Sammy Swindell ended the losing streak with a $50,000 victory at the Grove last October.
Although the race has been dominated by the Posse in the past, the Shootout will be a homecoming for two young guns in the World of Outlaws series, who both began their racing careers at the Grove. Cody Darrah and Lucas Wolfe are both Pennsylvania natives, and both currently sit comfortably in the top ten in the point standings, looking to put history to rest.
The Outlaws team includes two series champions, two Kings Royal winners and a Knoxville Nationals Champion, but the Posse has a tough group of their own, including the likes of Lance Dewease, Stevie Smith and Daryn Pittman.
The stakes are high for the Morgan Cup, but many of the Outlaws are hungry not only for this win, but a win to kick off the 2011 season. Of the five competitors on the Outlaw team, only Sides has earned his spot in victory lane thus far this season. However, the team looks strong, with Schatz on board, having success in his history at the Grove.
The Outlaw weekend will include two nights of the Spring Shootout and the race for the Morgan Cup on Saturday.
Chad Layton was the Posse’s winner on the first night of last years Spring Shootout and Fred Rahmer took the win on night two with one of the most memorable races of the 2010 season, where he came from the 24th starting position to win the event in spectacular fashion.
Tune in to OneDirt.com for a full recap after this weekend’s event!