Williams Grove Joe Harz Tribute Race Coming Up Sept. 2

Match Race for 358s also on program

Mechanicsburg - One of the most notable car owners in Williams Grove Speedway history will be honored at the track coming up on Friday night, September 2 when the oval presents the Hoosier Diamond Series Joe Harz Tribute Race for the 410 sprint cars.

The Harz Tribute Race for the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars will pay $6,000 to the winner and time trials will be used to set the heat starting grids.

Also on the program will be the make-up Match Race for 358 sprint cars offering a total purse worth over $20,000.

Harz, owner of the famed yellow No. 88H sprint car for the better part of two decades spanning portions of the 1980s, 90s and 2000s, will be feted prior to the races with a meet and greet in the speedway infield beginning at 5:45 pm.

Interviews with former Harz drivers, mechanics and Harz himself will also be conducted between 5:45 and 6:45.

The interviews will be streamed live on Facebook via BeerHill Gang TV.

Racing action gets underway at 7:30 pm.

After fielding modifieds for several years, Harz launched into the sprint car world in 1984 with Meme Desantis of Temple wheeling the car.

After that drivers such as Kramer Williamson, Fred Rahmer, Richard Lupo, Kenny Adams, Sean Michael, Mike Wagner and Lance Dewease wheeled the car among a few others.

Harz recently turned age 75 and the Elmer, New Jersey native is still going strong, attending races throughout the season and across the nation.

At Williams Grove alone his cars copped 41 main events including victories in the National Open, Summer Nationals, season opener, Early Bird Championship and in the Mitch Smith Memorial.

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