Port Royal Season Opener report

Alan Cole of Bloomsburg came away the winner of Saturday afternoons 25 -- lap sprint car feature at the Port Royal Speedway. For Cole, the win was the first of his career at the Juniata County oval although the veteran owns several wins and...

Alan Cole of Bloomsburg came away the winner of Saturday afternoons 25 -- lap sprint car feature at the Port Royal Speedway. For Cole, the win was the first of his career at the Juniata County oval although the veteran owns several wins and one track championship at the Selinsgrove Speedway.

Picking up companion wins in the stock car divisions at Port Royal were veteran Ken Dickson in the late models and Glenn Miller in the pro stocks. Coming up next week at Port Royal will be another three-division program of sprint cars, late models and pro stocks getting underway at 6 p.m. The start of the sprint car feature was marred by a pair of red flags before the first lap could be completed. The first of which was for a soft roll by Dave Ely in turn number three and the second for a nasty turn four flip by local racer Kyle Ganoe.. Ganoe was treated for neck pain at the Lewistown Hospital. Both Cole and Mike Wagner took turns leading the first lap before the accidents.

After Memphis driver Greg Hodnett looped the Apple Chevrolet entry in turn four on the ensuing restart, Cole assumed command of the field after drawing the pole for the feature, followed by Wagner, Len Thompson and Shawn Keen. Cole pulled out to a healthy lead under green flag conditions but was hounded by a stout running Thompson through traffic as the race approached the halfway point. The race was slowed for a final time with nine laps to go when defending track champion Lance Dewease of Fayetteville slowed with a right rear flat.

Despite driving the last ten laps with a souring motor, afflicted by a broken rocker arm, Cole held on for the win over a closing Thompson at the finish. Fred Rahmer moved from seventh starting spot to finish third. Mifflintown driver Keith Kauffman, who earlier in the day set a new one lap and eight lap track record in his heat event, followed Rahmer to the line ahead of Keen, Todd Shaffer, Sean Michael, Hodnett, Dewease and Mark Smith. In the 20-lap late mode feature, Dickson of McVeytown wired the field from the pole for the win. The speedways all-time leading feature winner notched number 46 with the victory on the superb daytime surface. Dickson was never challenged enroute to the checkered flag.

Scott Lupfer moved into second at the halfway point but finished a near straightaway behind Dickson at the finish, followed by Danville driver Steve Campbell, Sunbury's Tony Adams and Jeff Bryner. Sixth through tenth went to Dave Kepner, Steve Ernest, Eric Hons, Scott Lupfer and Tim Gray.

Glenn Miller took the lead from Bellefonte's Tim Krape on the third lap of the 12-lap pro stock main to pick up his second career Port win. Miller was followed closely to the finish by Jim Palm, Peanut Heintzelman of Troxelville, Corey Kepner and Mark Aucker.

- Shawn Brouse

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Tim Gray