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Champion Racing Oil National Open
Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Race Recap  

MARKSMAN: Brent Marks Hunts Down Pittman for Second Williams Grove National Open Triumph

Chalk up the 61st Champion Racing Oil National Open to the Pennsylvania Posse.

Brent Marks is a native of Myerstown, PA, cut his teeth in the Sprint Car hotbed before embarking on a national schedule for a few seasons, and has refocused a majority of his racing on the region in recent years. On Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway, Marks made his home state fans proud by topping the 2023 National Open for the Posse.

Marks started on the pole of the 40-lap Feature and slipped back to third early before rallying to snatch the top in the second half of the main event on his way to victory in the final leg of Sprint Car racing’s Triple Crown and a huge $75,000 paycheck.

The grandstands erupted as the “Myerstown Missile” took the checkered flag. In Victory Lane, the roars thundered even louder as he rose atop the wing of the Murray-Marks #19. One of PA’s own had taken down the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars at the state’s premier event.

“It feels awesome. To be standing up here in front of this crowd is just absolutely amazing,” Marks said. “The support in Pennsylvania is second to none. I can’t thank all of the fans for coming out tonight enough and supporting this event and supporting us. Got a win for the PA Posse.”

Adding to his 2019 National Open triumph, Marks became the 13th driver in history to top the crown jewel multiple times. The win also served as his 13th with The Greatest Show on Dirt. Four of those have occurred at Williams Grove. The Posse now own back-to-back National Open titles after Lance Dewease notched his fifth “Natty O” in 2022.

While Marks began the main event from the front courtesy of winning the Toyota Racing Dash, the route to victory was no walk in the park. The 32-year-old led the opening circuit, but Justin Peck threw a successful slide job on the second lap to take over the lead. In the next set of corners, sixth-starting Daryn Pittman rolled by Marks on the bottom to snatch second.

Peck maintained roughly a one second advantage over Pittman for the next handful of laps. But as the leaders approached traffic, Pittman began to close in on the Buch Motorsports #13. On the 12th lap, Peck slipped up exiting Turn 2 allowing Pittman to power into the lead behind the wheel of the Kreitz Racing #69K.

World of Outlaws and Posse fans united in their joy as Pittman moved into the top spot. The 2013 World of Outlaws champion and former regular in Pennsylvania entered the weekend with five National Open runner-ups on his résumé but no wins. The semi-retired racer has only competed a handful of times this year but made sure to climb aboard a potent ride for the race that had long eluded him.

Marks lurked close behind as Pittman claimed the lead. Only three laps after Pittman passed Peck, Marks also moved ahead of him to grab second and set his sights on Pittman.

A pair of restarts bunched the field together as the Feature neared the halfway point, but Pittman aced both of them in his pursuit of National Open glory and pulled ahead. While Pittman initially gapped Marks on the second restart, Marks began to mount a charge as he got the #19 rolling on the top.

Brent Marks races ahead of Daryn Pittman at Williams Grove Speedway
The 61st National Open came down to a battle between Brent Marks (#19) and Daryn Pittman (#69K) (Trent Gower Photo)

The race reached the 20-lap halfway mark, and it became clear was Marks was closing. The margin visibly shrank lap after lap as Pittman stayed glued to the bottom while Marks remained committed to the cushion. On Lap 22, Marks got a huge run out of Turn 4 and powered alongside Pittman down the front straightaway before sliding him in Turns 1 and 2. Pittman looked under Marks exiting the second corner but couldn’t nose back ahead.

“Our care is just a long run car. We always struggle a little bit at the beginning of a race with a full fuel load,” Marks explained. “We just need laps. That’s all it took tonight, just getting laps. The top started to clean off a little bit more and come in more than it was, and Daryn was running around the bottom down there.”

Even after getting passed, Pittman continued to put up a fight as he didn’t let Marks pull away at first. The Owasso, OK native kept the powder blue machine a few car lengths behind Marks lap after lap in search of his first National Open.

Eventually, Marks began to inch away from Pittman as the lead duo made their way through traffic, the margin extending beyond a second and a half at one point. One last glimmer of hope gleamed on the 32nd circuit when Pittman slashed Mark’s advantage from 1.1 seconds to nearly half a second in traffic.

But ultimately, Pittman also found himself slightly held up by the same cars, allowing Marks to again grow the gap. Marks expertly worked his way through lapped cars on his way to a comfortable 2.4 second lead when the checkered flag flew.

“To get my second National Open title is really special,” Marks said. “We had a shot to win this back in 2021, and I hit a lapped car and spun out while leading and last year we finished second. This kind of felt like a little bit of redemption for me. Just hats off to this whole team. The Murray-Marks Motorsports team is just awesome.”

Pittman crossed the finish line in second for his sixth National Open runner-up in a fifth different car as Kreitz Racing came up a spot short of two consecutive National Open victories. The effort was worth a $25,000 payday. Driving from sixth to first and leading 11 laps but ultimately coming up short again left Pittman with a tough pill to swallow.

“Second still sucks. I’ve just been so close,” Pittman said. “That one’s hard to swallow. Honestly, I just feel like I let these guys down. At the end of the day, this car is amazing, and I’m disappointed. Man, if we would’ve pulled that off, I can guarantee they were going to have to find a driver to start and park that second Feature because you weren’t ever going to see me here again. I would’ve gladly walked away with a National Open win and hung up my career at Williams Grove.”

Rounding out the top three was the night’s Simpson Performance Products QuickTime Award winner – Rico Abreu. The St. Helena, CA native pocketed $10,000 for the third place run as he notched his 15th World of Outlaws podium of the year.

“It’s amazing to race in front of such a big crowd here at Williams Grove Speedway,” Abreu commented. “Those guys just had a little bit faster pace than us. The more I moved around the more I felt kind of numb leaving the corners, and I just needed to be up top.”

Sheldon Haudenschild and Brad Sweet completed the top five.

Sweet’s fifth coupled with his win in the second Feature of the night allowed him to extend his points lead up to 90 markers.

Danny Dietrich scored KSE Racing Hard Charger honors with a drive from 27th to 9th.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to Rico Abreu. NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were topped by Justin Peck, Brad Sweet, and Brent Marks.

Buddy Kofoid won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars battle the PA Posse for the final time in 2023 for two nights at Port Royal Speedway on October 6-7 for the Nittany Showdown. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action live on DIRTVision.


NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 19-Brent Marks[1]; 2. 69K-Daryn Pittman[6]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu[4]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[7]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 6. 13-Justin Peck[2]; 7. 2-David Gravel[5]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz[17]; 9. 48-Danny Dietrich[27]; 10. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[8]; 11. 5-Spencer Bayston[15]; 12. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[22]; 13. 11-Cory Eliason[10]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[11]; 15. 9-Kasey Kahne[9]; 16. 8E-Freddie Rahmer[26]; 17. 83JR-Michael Kofoid[21]; 18. 99-Skylar Gee[18]; 19. 41-Carson Macedo[12]; 20. 21-Brian Brown[16]; 21. 83-James McFadden[14]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart[25]; 23. 71-Anthony Macri[19]; 24. 26-Zeb Wise[24]; 25. 39M-Lance Dewease[13]; 26. 91-Kyle Reinhardt[20]; 27. 8-Aaron Reutzel[23]

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Feature Results
11019Brent Marks 400.00019Running150$75,000
26+469KDaryn Pittman 40-2.43111Running146$25,000
34+124Rico Abreu 40-4.210Running144$10,000
47+317Sheldon Haudenschild 40-6.933Running142$6,000
53-249Brad Sweet 40-7.181Running140$4,000
62-413Justin Peck 40-8.46210Running138$3,500
75-22David Gravel 40-9.637Running136$3,200
817+915Donny Schatz 40-10.396Running134$3,000
927+1848Danny Dietrich 40-13.579Running132$2,700
108-27BCTyler Courtney 40-14.118Running130$2,600
1115+45Spencer Bayston 40-14.794Running128$2,500
1222+1018Giovanni Scelzi 40-15.716Running126$1,950
1310-311Cory Eliason 40-17.366Running124$1,850
1411-33ZBrock Zearfoss 40-19.274Running122$1,500
159-69Kasey Kahne 39-1 LapsRunning120$1,400
1626+108EFreddie Rahmer 39-1 LapsRunning118$1,350
1721+483JRMichael Kofoid 39-1 LapsRunning116$1,300
1818099Skylar Gee 39-1 LapsRunning114$1,300
1912-741Carson Macedo 38-2 LapsRunning112$1,300
2016-421Brian Brown 29-11 LapsRunning110$1,300
2114-783James McFadden 17-23 LapsRunning108$1,300
2225+31SLogan Schuchart 17-23 LapsRunning106$0
2319-471Anthony Macri 17-23 LapsRunning104$1,300
2424026Zeb Wise 16-24 LapsRunning102$1,300
2513-1239MLance Dewease 14-26 LapsRunning102$1,300
2620-691Kyle Reinhardt 10-30 LapsRunning102$1,300
2723-48Aaron Reutzel 3-37 LapsRunning102$1,300
KSE Hard Charger: Danny Dietrich
Last Chance Showdown Results
11083JRMichael Kofoid 120.00012Running0$0
22018Giovanni Scelzi 12-2.154Running0$0
34+18Aaron Reutzel 12-3.345Running0$0
43-126Zeb Wise 12-4.351Running0$0
58+348Danny Dietrich 12-5.190Running90$300
67+158Chase Randall 12-6.123Running90$250
79+21SLogan Schuchart 12-7.179Running0$225
86-244Dylan Norris 12-9.860Running90$225
911+223Devon Borden 12-10.379Running90$200
101007SRobbie Price 12-11.463Running90$200
115-65WLucas Wolfe 12-12.916Running90$200
1214+245Jeff Halligan 12-14.915Running90$200
1313039TKyle Moody 12-15.657Running90$200
1416+235Austin Bishop 12-15.832Running90$200
1517+215HSam Hafertepe Jr12-16.248Running90$200
1618+211TT.J. Stutts 12-17.830Running90$200
1712-51MLandon Myers 12-20.352Running90$200
1815-327Troy Wagaman Jr.8-4 LapsDNF90$200
Dash 1 Results
11019Brent Marks 60.0006Running0$0
22013Justin Peck 6-2.035Running0$0
34+149Brad Sweet 6-2.876Running0$0
46+224Rico Abreu 6-3.548Running0$0
53-22David Gravel 6-4.512Running0$0
68+269KDaryn Pittman 6-5.268Running0$0
77017Sheldon Haudenschild 6-6.217Running0$0
85-37BCTyler Courtney 6-7.629Running0$0
C Main Results
12+115HSam Hafertepe Jr100.00010Running0$0
25+311TT.J. Stutts 10-3.103Running0$0
33067Justin Whittall 10-5.626Running90$150
4401TTanner Holmes 10-7.021Running90$150
57+21XChad Trout 10-9.479Running90$150
66020GNoah Gass 10-10.186Running90$125
78+16Kody Hartlaub 10-11.080Running90$125
89+117BSteve Buckwalter 10-11.855Running90$125
912+36GGaret Williamson 10-12.109Running90$125
1011+112Brent Shearer 10-13.491Running90$125
1113+211PRobbie Kendall 10-15.911Running90$125
1216+490Jordan Givler 10-18.562Running90$125
1314+123MMichael Millard 9-1 LapsRunning90$125
1415+112WTroy Fraker 6-4 LapsDNF90$125
151-148EFreddie Rahmer 2-8 LapsDNF90$125
1610-610XRyan Smith 0-10 LapsDNS90$125
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11024Rico Abreu 80.0008Running
2207BCTyler Courtney 8-2.047Running
3309Kasey Kahne 8-3.889Running
44039MLance Dewease 8-5.727Running
58+315Donny Schatz 8-7.478Running
67+126Zeb Wise 8-9.120Running
76-158Chase Randall 8-9.859Running
85-383JRMichael Kofoid 8-10.827Running
910+139TKyle Moody 8-12.563Running
109-18EFreddie Rahmer 8-12.966Running
1111011TT.J. Stutts 8-14.289Running
1213+117BSteve Buckwalter 8-16.208Running
1312-111PRobbie Kendall 4-4 LapsDNF
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102David Gravel 80.0008Running
22013Justin Peck 8-1.783Running
34+13ZBrock Zearfoss 8-3.545Running
43-15Spencer Bayston 8-4.629Running
55071Anthony Macri 8-5.717Running
67+15WLucas Wolfe 8-8.295Running
710+31SLogan Schuchart 8-9.828Running
88023Devon Borden 8-10.021Running
96-327Troy Wagaman Jr.8-11.443Running
109-167Justin Whittall 8-12.320Running
111101XChad Trout 8-13.596Running
1212012Brent Shearer 8-15.585Running
1313012WTroy Fraker 1-7 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11049Brad Sweet 80.0008Running
22017Sheldon Haudenschild 8-1.555Running
34+111Cory Eliason 8-2.503Running
43-183James McFadden 8-5.259Running
56+199Skylar Gee 8-7.247Running
65-18Aaron Reutzel 8-7.840Running
710+344Dylan Norris 8-9.266Running
87-17SRobbie Price 8-10.335Running
99045Jeff Halligan 8-10.366Running
108-215HSam Hafertepe Jr8-10.730Running
1112+120GNoah Gass 8-12.540Running
1211-110XRyan Smith 8-14.152Running
1313023MMichael Millard 8-16.411Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+119Brent Marks 80.0008Running
24+269KDaryn Pittman 8-2.930Running
31-241Carson Macedo 8-4.284Running
46+221Brian Brown 8-6.362Running
55091Kyle Reinhardt 8-7.361Running
63-318Giovanni Scelzi 8-8.276Running
78+148Danny Dietrich 8-8.516Running
89+11MLandon Myers 8-10.223Running
911+235Austin Bishop 8-10.842Running
1013+31TTanner Holmes 8-11.580Running
1110-16Kody Hartlaub 8-13.178Running
127-56GGaret Williamson 8-13.954Running
1312-190Jordan Givler 8-16.422Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1924Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA16.4620.000
232David Gravel Watertown, CT16.499-0.037
3207BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN16.662-0.200
42613Justin Peck Monrovia, IN16.752-0.290
589Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA16.767-0.305
615Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN16.812-0.350
71539MLance Dewease Fayetteville, PA16.815-0.353
863ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA16.816-0.354
91283JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA16.889-0.427
10471Anthony Macri Dillsburg, PA16.907-0.445
111858Chase Randall Waco, TX16.924-0.462
12227Troy Wagaman Jr.Hanover, PA16.956-0.494
132126Zeb Wise Angola, IN16.982-0.520
1475WLucas Wolfe Mechanicsburg, PA16.987-0.525
151615Donny Schatz Fargo, ND16.989-0.527
161723Devon Borden Raymond, WA16.992-0.530
17238EFreddie Rahmer Salfordville, PA16.999-0.537
181967Justin Whittall Vincentown, NJ17.016-0.554
191039TKyle Moody Lewisberry, PA17.100-0.638
20111SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA17.113-0.651
211311TT.J. Stutts Liverpool, PA17.115-0.653
22141XChad Trout Dover, PA17.134-0.672
232411PRobbie Kendall New Freedom, PA17.250-0.788
242512Brent Shearer Manheim, PA17.278-0.816
252217BSteve Buckwalter Royersford, PA17.389-0.927
26512WTroy Fraker Newville, PA18.543-2.081
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
11649Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA16.8120.000
21441Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA16.824-0.012
3517Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH16.884-0.072
41719Brent Marks Myerstown, PA16.893-0.081
52083James McFadden Alice Springs, NT16.944-0.132
6218Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA16.958-0.146
72411Cory Eliason Visalia, CA16.969-0.157
8369KDaryn Pittman Owasso, OK17.047-0.235
9238Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX17.074-0.262
101191Kyle Reinhardt Neptune City, NJ17.089-0.277
11199Skylar Gee Leduc, AB17.112-0.300
121821Brian Brown Higginsville, MO17.127-0.315
13127SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC17.153-0.341
1486GGaret Williamson Columbia, MO17.170-0.358
152515HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX17.190-0.378
162148Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA17.191-0.379
172245Jeff Halligan Ephrata, PA17.218-0.406
18101MLandon Myers York, PA17.252-0.440
192644Dylan Norris Hanover, PA17.276-0.464
2076Kody Hartlaub East Berlin, PA17.290-0.478
21610XRyan Smith Kunkletown, PA17.375-0.563
221935Austin Bishop Elverson, PA17.393-0.581
23920GNoah Gass Mounds, OK17.506-0.694
241390Jordan Givler Camp Hill, PA17.511-0.699
25423MMichael Millard Bremerton, WA17.705-0.893
26151TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR17.961-1.149
Hot Laps Results
11539MLance Dewease Fayetteville, PA16.6040.000
22969KDaryn Pittman Owasso, OK16.718-0.114
32613Justin Peck Monrovia, IN16.721-0.117
41283JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA16.736-0.132
53117Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH16.768-0.164
64249Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA16.771-0.167
74041Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA16.773-0.169
8207BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN16.806-0.202
92818Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA16.832-0.228
104748Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA16.860-0.256
114319Brent Marks Myerstown, PA16.870-0.266
12238EFreddie Rahmer Salfordville, PA16.882-0.278
131858Chase Randall Waco, TX16.885-0.281
142126Zeb Wise Angola, IN16.888-0.284
15227Troy Wagaman Jr.Hanover, PA16.891-0.287
165011Cory Eliason Visalia, CA16.907-0.303
174683James McFadden Alice Springs, NT16.922-0.318
183791Kyle Reinhardt Neptune City, NJ16.964-0.360
191311TT.J. Stutts Liverpool, PA16.987-0.383
20498Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX16.989-0.385
21346GGaret Williamson Columbia, MO16.991-0.387
224421Brian Brown Higginsville, MO16.993-0.389
2332David Gravel Watertown, CT17.018-0.414
2415Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN17.023-0.419
254845Jeff Halligan Ephrata, PA17.027-0.423
265115HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX17.041-0.437
271967Justin Whittall Vincentown, NJ17.085-0.481
2889Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA17.092-0.488
29111SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA17.108-0.504
3063ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA17.167-0.563
311615Donny Schatz Fargo, ND17.169-0.565
321723Devon Borden Raymond, WA17.178-0.574
335244Dylan Norris Hanover, PA17.227-0.623
34336Kody Hartlaub East Berlin, PA17.232-0.628
35361MLandon Myers York, PA17.234-0.630
36924Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA17.238-0.634
37387SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC17.255-0.651
381039TKyle Moody Lewisberry, PA17.282-0.678
392411PRobbie Kendall New Freedom, PA17.303-0.699
4075WLucas Wolfe Mechanicsburg, PA17.307-0.703
413210XRyan Smith Kunkletown, PA17.312-0.708
424535Austin Bishop Elverson, PA17.340-0.736
433990Jordan Givler Camp Hill, PA17.346-0.742
443520GNoah Gass Mounds, OK17.347-0.743
452799Skylar Gee Leduc, AB17.380-0.776
462512Brent Shearer Manheim, PA17.426-0.822
472217BSteve Buckwalter Royersford, PA17.442-0.838
48141XChad Trout Dover, PA17.446-0.842
49471Anthony Macri Dillsburg, PA17.491-0.887
50411TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR17.589-0.985
513023MMichael Millard Bremerton, WA17.671-1.067
52512WTroy Fraker Newville, PA18.409-1.805
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Event Info  

Champion Racing Oil National Open
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Williams Grove Speedway
1 Speedway Drive
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws face the PA Posse and the money-hungry invaders in this 61st National Open worth $75,000-to-win at Williams Grove.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Event Schedule
4:00 PM - Pits open to General Public
5:00 PM - Gates Open
7:00 PM - Hot Laps
7:30 PM - Opening Ceremonies

*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Options And Prices
General Admission Friday: $35
Reserved Tickets Friday: $40
General Admission Saturday $45
Reserved Tickets Saturday: $50

Camping is $50 for the weekend.

Grandstand Type

Reserved Seating
Red # Seats

Family Section Location

Handicapped Seating Location
Front Stretch - Buddy Seats

Pit Age Requirement
NO children under 14 allowed in the Pit area. 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. Parent/Guardian must fill out & sign waiver for children 14-17

Pit Gate Location
North side of the track. NOTE: Will Call is located next to the office on the front stretch off of Park Place and Speedway Dr.

Parking Cost

Handicapped Parking Location
Front stretch and limited parking on Beer Hill (Turn 3)

Camping Availability

Frequently Asked Questions  
Reserved Seating
Red # Seats

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
Seat cushions are permitted.

Handicapped Seating
Front Stretch - Buddy Seats

Handicapped Parking
Front stretch and limited parking on Beer Hill (Turn 3)

Pit Age Limit
NO children under 14 allowed in the Pit area. 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. Parent/Guardian must fill out & sign waiver for children 14-17

Pit Gate Location
North side of the track. NOTE: Will Call is located next to the office on the front stretch off of Park Place and Speedway Dr.

Personal Coolers
Coolers no larger that 18" are allowed. No glass containers.


Credit Card Use

Alcohol Sales
No alcohol sold on site.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the Grandstands, or near food stands

Family Section

Parking Cost

Camping Availability

Track Info  

Williams Grove Speedway
1 Speedway Drive
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055 

Track Phone
(717) 697-5000

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Type
0.500; Semi-banked

Sprint Car Track Record
16.089 seconds by TJ Stutts on 4-8-23

Late Model Track Record
19.500 seconds by Jason Covert

Closest Airport
Harrisburg Int

Other Airport

Pit Gate Location
North side of the track. NOTE: Will Call is located next to the office on the front stretch off of Park Place and Speedway Dr.

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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