Port Royal goes to show

Port Royal Speedway's marketing team will carry the tracks banner to the 23rd Annual Motorama Indoor Races and Speed Show held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex on February 16, 17 and 18. As has been the case all during the current show ...

Port Royal Speedway's marketing team will carry the tracks banner to the 23rd Annual Motorama Indoor Races and Speed Show held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex on February 16, 17 and 18. As has been the case all during the current show season, the half-mile oval will boast a display filled with show cars as well as yet another butter sculpture, as sponsored and provided by the American Dairy Association and Land O'Lakes of Carlisle.

After sculpting a sprint car at the Pennzoil Motorsports Show in Fort Washington in early January, then following suit with statues of the speedways champions at the recent Dirt Trackin' Show in York, sculptor Jim Victor will this time be remembering Port Royal's former historic covered grandstand with his dairy masterpiece at Motorama. Thanks to the involvement of the ADA, Port Royal proudly continues to promote the importance of dairy products in every race fans life.

Also on display at the show will be the sprint cars of 2000 track champ Lance Dewease along with the Middleswarth Potato Chip machine of Keith Kauffman and the 53 of Shawn Keen. Late Model stock cars belonging to the brother act of Scott and Mike Lupfer will also be on hand for the three day event along with the 2001 Port Royal Speedway pace truck, provided by Leidy Chevrolet Oldsmobile of Mifflintown.

Port Royal Speedway is currently accepting sponsors for billboards, qualifying events and race nights for the 2001 season. More information on how to become involved with the speedway can be obtained by contacting track Marketing Director Sue Pontius at Motorama or by calling 717-589-3719. Motorama runs from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M on Friday, 10 -- 10 on Saturday and from 10 -- 4 on Sunday. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is located off U.S. Route 322 in Harrisburg.

In other news, speedway officials have released an update on the status of the facilities new grandstand construction project. The track has contracted with J. R. Sellman Co. of Valley Forge to erect the new structure. The steel for the project is expected to be on site by March 1 and raising of the new seating will begin immediately.

Officials admit they will come down to the wire for completion of the new structure before the scheduled season opener. Management is very optimistic that the project will be completed before race time however and all systems are go for a March 17 lidlifter of sprints and late models at 1 P.M.

The speedway does intend to offer season reserve seats on the new structure but expects that the details of the exact layout that will be necessary to establish a seating chart will not be available until very near the first race. Once available, details of the seating arrangements and resulting sales will be available at the track office.

In an effort to respond to concerns, officials say that due to the wealth of new seating expected, past season ticket holders will have no problem securing a like or comparable seat on the new structure.

By Shawn Brouse for the Port Royal Speedway

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