ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. (May 12, 2015) – If you’re a binge racing fan then the World of Outlaws has a schedule that is right in your wheelhouse. Beginning Wed. May 13, the Outlaws have scheduled five nights of racing in seven days.
The races, all on the East Coast, are home turf for the three Motter Equipment HE&M Saw Beltline Body Shop crew members who hail from Pennsylvania.
The first stop on the busy schedule is Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. Motter crew chief Randy Wolfe said as a racer he didn’t compete at Lincoln often, but he did have some success when he was turning wrenches for his son Lucas at this facility.
From Abbottstown, the teams travel to the famous Williams Grove half-mile for a Morgan Cup May 16-17 doubleheader, which is only about a 15-minute drive from Wolfe’s house. The Morgan Cup, which pits the Outlaws vs. the Pennsylvania Posse, has been contested for four years and so far the Outlaws are undefeated and have kept control of the coveted Morgan Cup trophy.
“I’ve logged a lot of miles at Williams Grove,” said Wolfe. “It used to be a regular Friday night occurrence.”
Then the series travels to Weedsport, N.Y. for a Sunday night show. The Outlaws have raced at this track only sporadically, a total of six times, and the last time was in 1993.
“The first year I raced sprint cars was 1976,” reminisced Wolfe. “I was a rookie, driving the URC series, and ironically the very first race I won was at Weedsport. It was primarily a Big Block Modified track and I haven’t been there since.”
The teams have a travel day on Monday, May 18 before setting up pitside at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey Tuesday.
“We should do well at these tracks,” said Wolfe. “Sometimes it helps to have a little luck. There are a lot of variables starting with the pill draw that determines your qualifying order. Recently we have had a late draw which has set up challenges for us. A little luck there would have been helpful.
“Racing back in Pennsylvania against the Posse is the strongest competition you encounter all year. It’s more intense than racing in California or even Knoxville, but
when you do well it’s rewarding.
“We have been fast enough to have wins this year, and we’ve come close on a couple of occasions, but we just haven’t closed the deal.
“Racing is fickle. You try something that works and you think you’re on to something, but you go to another race with a different track configuration and different dirt, and you have to go a different direction with your set-up. Sometimes you have five seconds to
make a decision. It is insane.
“So on these tracks that I have raced on, I hope we will have a combination that works.
I don’t like sitting around so all these races in a row are good for me.”
Motter Team 71M Highlights
Lincoln Speedway, Abbottstown, Pa., May 13, 2015
In last year’s May event, the team qualified No. 2 and finished ninth in the feature.
In last year’s July event, Joey Saldana notched a No. 1 qualifying effort and came home fourth in the A Main.
Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa., May 15-16, 2015
In the first night of May competition, Saldana qualified No. 1 and came home runner-up.
On the second night he qualified second and finished 13th.
In July, Saldana qualified seventh and had a third-place podium finish. The next night
he qualified second and came home sixth.
Weedsport, N.Y., May 17, 2015
The Outlaws last raced here in 1993.
New Egypt, N.J., May 19, 2015
Last year Saldana qualified No. 1 and finished fourth.