Here in Central PA when you think of sprint car racing, one of the first tracks that may come to mind is Williams Grove Speedway. What else may come to mind when you think of Williams Grove? The famous chicken fingers and French frys? The iconic blue bridge that crosses over the back stretch? The amount of technique it takes to wheel around the half mile long paper clip? Or MAYBE the rowdy group of fans in Turn 3 known as the Beer Hill Gang?
“The Beer Hill Gang?” you ask. Yes! The Beer Hill Gang. A passionate group of sprint car fans that was established in 2002 by Mike Root and later taken over by the current “Commish” Dave Stewart (aka Stew) who oversees the daily functions of the gangs operations, merchandise orders, & events. “Stew” amazingly enough has NOT missed a race at Williams Grove Speedway since 1991 (we challenge for 1992). Stew is also head of merchandise sales at Williams Grove and can be found in the parking lot sipping Jim Bean while preparing for the “parking lot raffle”. Within the last two years Stew has picked up quite the side kick which we all may know him as “Big Matt Miller” or “The Beerhill Hugger”. This group goes from has participated in the “Adopt a Highway Program” and organizes trash cleanup yearly along Lisburn Road, to sponsoring one of the most reputable drivers here in Central PA Brian Monteith. Beer Hill Gang has also sponsored various hard charger awards and laps at the Tuscarora 50. The group is also a strong supporter of the Jeff Gordon’s Kick it Foundation that helps aid children’s cancer research.
The direction and intentions that the Beer Hill Gang has leaves no doubt that we have the greatest fans in the world supporting the sport we all love.