Port Royal race report 2002-08-24

Dickwon wins in final late model race, Leahy scores Pro Stock main. Dewease, Hodnett, Kauffman big winners in Port Royal Sprint races. PORT ROYAL, PA - Lance Dewease defended the Pennsylvania turf. Greg Hodnett found victory on a new track...

Dickwon wins in final late model race, Leahy scores Pro Stock main.
Dewease, Hodnett, Kauffman big winners in Port Royal Sprint races.

PORT ROYAL, PA - Lance Dewease defended the Pennsylvania turf.

Greg Hodnett found victory on a new track this season.

And Keith Kauffman continued his championship title winning tradition.

All happened Saturday night as Dewease scored the 30-lap World of Outlaws II main event, postponed from April 27, Hodnett captured the 30-lap regular sprint feature and Kauffman earned an unprecedented 11th track title in the sprint car division.

Ken Dickson scored the 20-lap late model main then followed by announcing his retirement from the sport. Dave Leahy was victorious in the night-ending 12-lap Pro Stock feature. Bill Powell was declared the division point champion.

Tyler Walker took the lead at the start of the 30-lap WoO II main event. His lead was extinguished twice just after the first lap was completed when Brian Paulus and Greg Hodnett flipped in consecutive crashes.

Walker continued to dominate the main event until the midway point when he had a fuel line get loose. Just after Shane Stewart stopped for the second of three times, Walker was forced to take his car to the pit entrance.

It handed the lead to Dewease, who started seventh in the 24-car field.

Despite Dewease's presence in front, Walker, who restarted from the real of the field, was the star of the show.

Within four laps, Walker was already running in the top five, then with five laps remaining Walker stole second from Kauffman.

Walker's chances of catching Dewease ran short as he had to settle for second in the main. Kauffman settled for second while Alan Cole and Wayne Johnson completed the top five.

The win was Dewease's second at Port Royal this season and 79th career here.

Hodnett returned, after flipping in the first main, to dominate the 30-lap Summer Championship. He grabbed the lead from Rod Stroup on lap four, then withstood several challenges from Dewease, including a swap for position on lap five, as he posted his first win at the track this year.

Dewease, who stayed within five-car lengths of the race leader, dropped from his runner-up spot with mechanical problems on lap 12. He did go to the pit area on lap 21, but returned and finished in the top 10.

Hodnett's victory came over Kauffman, Jason Sides, Cole and Len Thompson.

Kauffman, Dewease and Todd Hestor collected the heat races for the 30 sprint cars.

Four-time track champion Ken Dickson dominated the 20-lap late model feature event. Dickson made the surprising announcement his career, highlighted by being the all-time division feature win leader, was ending and his son will take over the driving chores.

Steve Campbell passed Mike Hess for second as both exited turn 4 on the final lap. Jim Yoder and Jeff Smith completed the top five spots.

Heats for the 17 late models went to Hess and Yoder.

Dave Leahy led the entire 12-lap Pro Stock feature event. It was his first official win of the season. Leahy defeated Jim Palm, Matt Parks, Scott Dorman and Glenn Miller.

Heats for the 24 Pro Stocks went to Leahy and Gary Beward.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Tyler Walker , Brian Paulus , Jason Sides , Shane Stewart , Jeff Smith , Wayne Johnson