Story By: SHAWN BROUSE / WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY – MECHANICSBURG, PA – The All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars Series heads into Williams Grove Speedway coming up this Friday, August 27 to compete in the 39th annual Jack Gunn Memorial, a Twin 20s program of racing events.
Run in honor of the late, former Williams Grove Speedway announcer and promoter, the big event will be a sprints only program with an exhibition by restored racecars from the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing also on the agenda.
Sponsored by Union Quarries and presented by VP Racing Fuels, the 39th Jack Gunn Memorial twin 20-lap mains will each pay $4,000 to win with total purses for each feature worth over $20,000 each.
Time trials will set the heat starting grids while the winner of the first 20-lap main event will draw for an inversion to start the second feature event.
Fast Tees Screenprinting of Thompsontown will pay $300 to set fast time over the field.
Both 20-lap feature events will carry full points toward the 2021 Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint car Williams Grove Speedway track title.
Event sponsor Union Quarries of Carlisle is one of the top stone, concrete and blacktop producing companies in the region.
Union Quarries has been providing materials to Adams County, York County, Perry County and throughout the area since 1961.
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Twin 20s at Williams Grove date back to 1961 when Johnny Mackison Sr. and Dick Tobias claimed the first pair.
Since then no driver has been more successful in the programs at the track than Fred Rahmer.
Rahmer scored an even six times in twins action during his career including in a sweep of the program in 1995, a feat that only Van May had ever done before in 1983.
Don Kreitz Jr., the current car owner of point leader Lance Dewease, has the second best record in the twin 20s having taken five during his career as a driver.
Dewease has the third best twins record having scored four wins, his most recent coming in the most recent running of the mains in 2019.
All Star Aaron Reutzel took the other twin in 2019.
“Sunshine” Tyler Courtney has established himself as the man to beat on the 2021 All Stars tour and Courtney will be trying to pick up his first ever Williams Grove win in the twin 20s.
Courtney has some seven wins on the season to date and a more than 300-point lead in the standings over Cory Eliason of Visalia, California.
Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg currently holds down third spot in All Stars points.
Aside from the aforementioned top three in points, the Jack Gunn Memorial is sure to bring many other touring pilots into Williams Grove including Cory Eliason, Hunter Schuerenberg, Ian Madsen, Kyle Reinhardt, Zeb Wise, Cap Henry, Justin Peck and more.
In the Gunn Memorial itself, Lance Dewease owns three victories over the years and he’s sure to be primed for a fourth aboard the Kreitz No. 69K.
Other local top contenders for a twin 20 win in two weeks should be Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Devin Borden, TJ Stutts, Anthony Macri and Lucas Wolfe.
The 39th Gunn Memorial will mark the 42nd appearance by the All Stars at Williams Grove since the series inception in 1970.
To date, local drivers known as the Pennsylvania Posse have claimed 36 of the shows with two shows going to independent driver Kyle Larson and three others going to All Stars driver and champion Aaron Reutzel.
The August 27 twin 20s will be another race in the 2021 Hoosier Diamond Series of races at the track.
Adult general admission is set at $25 with youth ages 13 – 20 admitted for $10. Kids ages 12 and under are always admitted for FREE at Williams Grove Speedway.