Like the Boston Red Sox versus the New York Yankees or Duke versus North Carolina, the World of Outlaws versus the PA Posse is a four decade old rivalry with clear drawn lines of fan support.
And those lines will be drawn again for the first time this year when the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Posse territory at Lincoln Speedway for the Gettysburg Clash presented by Drydene on Thurs., July 23 and to Williams Grove Speedway for the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals on Fri., July 24 and Sat., July 25.
The Outlaws just about shut out the PA Posse last year, beating them 5-2 at their PA tracks. Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz claimed his 20th win at Williams Grove Speedway during the Summer Nationals last year and won at Port Royal Speedway. David Gravel picked up two wins at Williams Grove and Brent Marks – who was a full-time Outlaw last year – won the National Open. Flagship PA Posse driver Lance Dewease gave the group its two wins last year at Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove.
This year could prove to be one of their most fierce battles, yet. Dewease, of Fayetteville, PA, kicked off the recent PA Speedweeks by earning his 99th career win at Williams Grove and fellow Posse member Danny Dietrich, of Gettysburg, PA, won the next night at Lincoln Speedway. Dietrich, who is the current points leader at Williams Grove, also proved he as speed way from his Pennsylvania territory by winning with the All Star Circuit of Champions in Texas. He also beat the Outlaws at Bridgeport Speedway last year.
Young PA Posse member Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, PA, has found another gear this year, dominating at Port Royal Speedway and continually finding himself on the podium in several Pennsylvania events. Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, PA, will be another young PA Posse member to keep an eye on as he beat the Outlaws at Lincoln Speedway in 2018 and has multiple track events wins at the speedway this year.
After three full-time years on the World of Outlaws tour, Myerstown, PA’s Brent Marks is a Posse member again this year, driving for Pennsylvania-based CJB Motorsports. He’s currently second in points at Williams Grove and finished second against the Outlaws at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in May.
The Outlaws are poised to shutout the Posse completely this year, though. Schatz kicked off the summer PA Swing with a win at Lernerville Speedway Tuesday night – his third win of 2020 – and reclaimed the Series points lead, with his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team. The Fargo, ND driver claimed his sole win at Lincoln Speedway in 2016 and hasn’t finished worse than third in the last five events at Williams Grove.
Reigning champion Brad Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, has yet to win at Lincoln Speedway or Williams Grove Speedway but has been on a tear this year, claiming seven wins, so far, on a variety of tracks with Kasey Kahne Racing. He had top-10 finishes at both Lincoln and Williams Grove last year.
Aside from Schatz, David Gravel, of Watertown, CT, has been one of the success Outlaw drivers in the Posse territory. He won at Lincoln in 2017 and has six World of Outlaws wins at Williams Grove – including two in 2019.
The Hanover, PA Shark Racing team has yet to win a World of Outlaws race in their home state, but drivers Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen have been strong this year. Schuchart has five wins in 2020 – his most recent coming at the half-mile Terre Haute Action Track – and Allen has shown continuous speed and consistency ever race.
Fans might even see a surprise Outlaw win at the Pennsylvania tracks. Last year’s Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo and his Kyle Larson Racing team have struck gold, so far, in Posse territory this year. The Lemoore, CA driver won the season opening race at Williams Grove Speedway and recently won an Outlaw Tune-Up event at Lincoln Speedway. Last year, he struggled to find the top-10 at both tracks. Now, he’s poised to deliver a big upset to the PA Posse faithfuls.
No matter the outcome, racing’s greatest rivalry is destined to thrill fans again this year.
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If you can’t make it to the events, you can watch all three nights live on DIRTVision.
The World of Outlaws will also return to the PA Posse territory later this year for the Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway on Fri., Oct. 2 and Sat., Oct. 3 and for the Nittany Showdown at Port Royal Speedway on Fri., Oct. 9 and Sat., Oct. 10.