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Photos, Facts and History of Williams Grove Speedway

Satellite image taken from above Williams Grove Speedway.
A satelitte view of Williams Grove Speedway



Located: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Opened: May 31st, 1939
Track Length: 0.5 mile clay oval
Elevation: 135 - 137 meters


Williams Grove Speedway is located in Williams Grove Park near Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. It sits in the space between Speedway Road, West Lisburn Road, Williams Grove Road and Park Place. The pit/backstretch entrance is located just off Williams Grove Road, while the frontstretch entrance can be accessed from Park Place.

The half-mile, semi-banked race track has made a name for itself in history since it held its first race back on May 31st, 1939. Since then, it has remained in continuous operation other than a brief hiatus from May 10th, 1942, to September 30th, 1945. During the early days, Williams Grove Speedway showcased mostly stock car racing. Later on however, from 1949 to 1959 they added open wheel racing to the schedule. By 1967, sprint cars became a weekly occurrence at the raceway and have been the major feature ever since.

Because the surface of the track is made from clay, it needs to be prepared before every racing event. This includes grading and watering the surface to maintain its smooth and moist racing lines.

The Williams Grove race track has seen some pretty famous drivers over the years, including Mario Andretti, Dave Blaney, A.J. Foyt, Ted Horn, Kasey Kahne, and Tony Stewart. Plus, it hosts several notable racing series including the World of Outlaws, 358 Limited Sprints, URC Sprints, Super Sportsman and Late Models.

With seating for over 10,000 spectators, including a grandstand and infield area, Williams Grove Speedway is a great place to bring the family. Camping is also available around the speedway, so it may be something you want to look into if you plan to stop by and take in a race.

Trivia: Williams Grove Speedway has been featured in several video games. Just a couple to keep an eye out for include "Dirt Track Racing 2" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars 2002".


Google Satellite from above Williams Grove Speedway
An aerial shot of Williams Grove Speedway and some of the surrounding location.

Photo taken of Williams Grove Speedway
Closer view of the race track. Notice the backstrech/pit entrance area near the bottom of the image and the frontstretch above.