Dirt races canceled due to fatal sprint car crash in Pennsylvania
On Friday night, Williams Grove Speedway hosted the Billy Kimmel Memorial 410 Sprints Yellow Breeches 500 & 358 Sprints Summer Series.
Williams Grove Speedway first opened in 1939. The half mile clay oval is legendary in the world of dirt track racing. The track is located at 1 Speedway Dr Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
Tragedy struck during the Friday night show. According to police, the incident took place around 9:30pm.
Two cars made contact off turn four of the dirt speedway. One of the cars struck the inside wall and was then tossed over the infield fence.
Richard E. Speck Jr was sitting is his truck alongside the infield catch fence. The sprint car rolled over the fence and landed on the truck.
At 9:54pm, the races were called. Freddie Rahmer was declared the winner in the shortened event.
“Due to the severity of the accident, we have been forced to cancel the remainder of tonight’s racing program. Freddie Rahmer has been declared the winner of tonight’s event,” Williams Grove Speedway announced via facebook.
Richard E. Speck Jr. was pronounced dead at 67.