Williams Grove Speedway To Honor Career Of Randy Wolfe Friday With $10K All Star Special

Story By: SHAWN BROUSE / WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY – MECHANICSBURG, PA – Williams Grove Speedway will honor veteran sprint car ace Randy Wolfe coming up on Friday, May 27 when the All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprints compete with the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars in the Randy Wolfe Tribute Race paying $10,000 to the winner.

The special event is Sprints Only, one division-racing program to help kickoff the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Pre-race action in the infield will get underway at 5:45 featuring honoree Wolfe along with a number of his career car owners, spanning 1976 through 1999.

Interviews and a meet and greet will be conducted as part of a live Facebook broadcast on BeerHill Gang TV.

Lucas Wolfe will help honor his father Randy by having his familiar No. 5W machine on display until approximately 6:15 pm.

A pictorial display of Wolfe’s career is also slated to be presented.

Wolfe’s career is perhaps best remembered for his time spent at the wheel of the Keen Motorsports No. 5W in the 1980s.

Keen namesake Shawn Keen will attend the pre-race honors along with others such as owners Jim and Laura Allebach No. 75, Gene Jenkins No. 55, brothers Rick and Joe Woelfling No. 5W and Ken Cooper No. 25.

The All Stars will battle the Pennsylvania Posse in the 30-lap Wolfe Tribute Race as part of the 2022 Hoosier Diamond Series with action getting underway at 7:30 pm.

The driver who sets quick time on the night will collect the $300 Fast Tees Fast Time Award.

In honor of Randy Wolfe’s final ride in the Allebach No. 75, ownerd Jim and Laura Allebach will pay $75 to win the heats, b main and the feature as part of the event.

Brent Marks kicked off the 2022 Diamond Series in April by winning the All Stars Tommy Classic.

 

Speedway Honors Career Of Randy Wolfe May 27th; All Stars Event Offers $10,000-To-Win

The All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprints and the Pennsylvania Posse will gather together to compete in the Randy Wolfe Tribute Race, paying $10,000 to win, coming up this Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.

The All Stars will bring the likes of Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Cory Eliason and Kevin Thomas Jr. to the event while the Pennsylvania Posse will field the likes of Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Lance Dewease and many more.

All the drivers will come together to honor the career of veteran sprint car ace Randy Wolfe of Mechanicsburg.

Now age 65, Wolfe got his start in racing by tagging along with his childhood neighbors to the races.

Plus, the Texaco station where super modified and modified star Bobby Gearhart’s car was kept wasn’t far from his house so that didn’t hurt either. .

Randy Wolfe first drove a go-kart in 1971 before helping out sprint car star Lee Osborne in 1973.

And then in 1976, with Gearhart’s familiar No 5 now painted on his racer, Wolfe went sprint car racing with the URC circuit where he won his first sprint car race ever, at Weedsport, New York, on July 4.

In 1977, Wolfe moved up to the regular sprint car division at Williams Grove Speedway and earned Rookie of the Year Honors at the track before going on to log a total of 11 wins at the historic oval.

His first Williams Grove win came in his rookie season as did the first help he ever had owning a car in the form of LPS Racers, AKA the Lebanon Pattern Shop owned by the Woelfling family.

Aside from the Woelflings, car owners came in the form of Bob Weikert, Ben Cook, Maynard Boop, Daryl Saucier, Bobby Glen and Roger Powell, Leon Wintermyer, Glen Hyneman, Ted Ganoe, Ken Cooper and Gene Jenkins before Wolfe wound down his career driving for Souderton car-owning couple Jim and Laura Allebach from 1996 through 1999.

But surely his most identifiable ride spanned the majority of the 1980’s when he went driving for brothers Bill and Jesse Keen in the Keen Transport No. 5W machine.

In total, Wolfe wrapped up his driving tenure with a total of 64 career sprint car wins including All Stars victories not the least of which was the East Bay Winternationals in 1990 at the wheel of the Wintermyer No. 1W.

Aside from Williams Grove, wins came at Selinsgrove, Lincoln, Port Royal, Susquehanna (now Baps), Silver Springs, Path Valley and in Expo, Ohio.

At the Grove, Wolfe scored both the Jack Gunn Memorial and the Early Bird Championship for Keens in 1984.

He rode home second in the 1983 Williams Grove National Open and he scored his only track title anywhere at Port Royal Speedway in 1982.

Today, Wolfe is still a machinist by trade, a skill he learned while working alongside Osborne back in the 1970s.

And he can still be found in the Williams Grove pits many nights, taking in all the action while watching his track titlist son Lucas Wolfe tour the speedway in that familiar No. 5W.

Gates for the Randy Wolfe Tribute Race on May 27 open at 5:30 with time trials slated for 7:30 pm.

Fireworks will be part of the special holiday weekend program.

Adult general admission is set at $25 with youth ages 13-20 admitted for just $10 while kids ages 12 and under are always admitted for FREE at Williams Grove Speedway.

 
 
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