The popular NASCAR star, who spent a portion of his formative years racing on local tracks, will again promote, and race in, the event to benefit his foundation.
The Kasey Kahne Foundation supports many worthy causes, especially those for children. It's already been noted that some of the proceeds from this event will go to a local Ronald McDonald House.
Again, the event will feature 360 sprint cars, but this year the super late models have also been added to the show. Kahne will race in the 360 sprint car event, while NASCAR bad boy Kyle Busch will compete in a late model. It's still possible that another NASCAR driver or two will compete.
It appears certain that several top 410 sprint-car racers will support the event as well. Those with rides for certain include Cody Darrah, Fred Rahmer, Aaron Ott, Pat Cannon, Brian Montieth and Greg Hodnett.
Locally, Kahne is best remembered for his surprising opening-day win at Williams Grove in 2000, when he was a relatively unknown driver in sprint-car competition. That event is still one Kahne remembers well, and each year he finds a way to return for a race at the Grove.
Busch has never raced in this area, but should add plenty of excitement to the show Wednesday evening.
WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Racing action will continue this coming weekend at the local tracks.
In fact, Williams Grove will have two more programs after Wednesday's show for a three-show week. Friday's program at the Grove includes the 410 sprints and the URC 360 sprints. Saturday the super-sportsman racers have Twin 20-lap features. The limited late models, street stocks and mini-stocks will also compete.
Trailway has a two-date weekend as usual. Friday evening the 358 sprints and stock cars compete. For the 358 sprints, it will be the first night of the Trailway/Lincoln Shootout. Saturday, the micro sprints and Legends race at Trailway.
Lincoln will offer special races for all three of its regular divisions on Saturday. The sprint cars will race in the annual Weldon Sterner Memorial Race, while the 358 sprints complete the Trailway/Lincoln Shootout. The thundercars are also set for a championship event.
Port Royal offers sprints, late models and pro stocks on its Saturday slate, while Selinsgrove has the 358 sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Hagerstown has a regular program of late models, late-model sportsmen and pure stocks Saturday, while Susquehanna has limited-late models, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, Women on Wheels and minivans Saturday.
DARRAH'S PLANS: Red Lion's Cody Darrah had a big night at Port Royal Saturday in winning the Dream Race Extreme.
The $15,000 win matched Darrah's take in last year's Williams Grove National Open. After Wednesday's Kasey Kahne Race at Williams Grove, Darrah will be missing from local competition for a couple of weeks. His team is going to Knoxville, Iowa, this weekend to get in a night of extra racing to prepare for the Knoxville Nationals the following week.
FEMALE STANDOUTS: Saturday at Lincoln, there were two teenage females racing in the 358 sprint class, and both won heat races.
Nicole Bower won a heat race for the second time this season, but Franklintown's Brie Hershey got her first career heat win in the 358 sprints. While at times this season there have been four females (three of them teens) racing at Lincoln in the 358s, this marked the first time that all the "girls" in competition won heat races.
Bower went on to challenge for the win, but tangled with leader Derek Sell (another teen) on the final turn. Hershey held tough for her first top-10 run. By the way, winner Kyle Moody, from Lewisberry, is also a teenager.
While none of the women won in the 358 feature, one did in the 305 sprint event. Erin Statler, who had former Selinsgrove 358 sprint champion Jason Shultz in her pit, got her first win with the Pa. 305 sprint series. Statler had won with the Virginia 305 series in the past.
Current URC regular Becca Anderson is the only other female to win in a sprint-car feature at Lincoln. Anderson owns two wins at the track.
WILBUR COMPETING AGAIN: Steve Wilbur, who was seriously burned in a freak incident last season, has returned to competition.
A few weeks ago, Wilbur got a second-place finish at Port Royal. Last Saturday, he led a good portion of the feature at Williams Grove before being sidelined by mechanical woes.
-- Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.