The Late Models Return After A Two Year Hiatus
It was a long two years since the last time the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series visited Williams Grove Speedway.
The series suspended operations after a horrific accident in 2014 that took the lives of several drivers and spectators. Since that time, the series has remained dormant until this year, when the cars returned to action for the New England Championship race.
With the series resuming competition, it was always going to be difficult for the speedway to regain its reputation. However, a strong start to the season has seen a number of finishes closely contested and the series has put the track at the top of its game.
This evening, the track hosted a pair of late model races with 16 cars taking to the track. The first of the two 40-lapper races saw local hero, Adam Carolla in pole position. The second of the two races saw a number of late models running in the high teens with Carolla taking second place.
What Will Be The Future Of Williams Grove Speedway?
This years New England Championship has provided the track with a number of positive results, earning it a return for another season. In addition, the series has proved that it is possible for a track to get back on its feet after a tragedy and the staff at Williams Grove have set a precedent for other New England racetracks with the creation of a drivers group – the Crash Survivors. The partnership between the track and the group seeks to provide support for drivers who have lost their lives in racing accidents and raise funds for a scholarship at the track in their name.
In the coming months, Williams Grove Speedway is looking to the future and working hard to bring more top tier racing events to the New England area. In particular, the speedway is focused on the National Sports Collectors Convention – the largest sporting goods show in America – which will be visiting the area next year.