Port Royal Speedway report 2002-06-29

Gardner wins KARS 358 action at Port Royal Speedway. Port Royal, PA -- Jeremy Gardner won the Doorways Unlimited KARS 358 Sprint Car feature Saturday night June 29 at the Port Royal Speedway. The Shermansdale, Pa driver started second and led...

Gardner wins KARS 358 action at Port Royal Speedway.

Port Royal, PA -- Jeremy Gardner won the Doorways Unlimited KARS 358 Sprint Car feature Saturday night June 29 at the Port Royal Speedway. The Shermansdale, Pa driver started second and led all 25 laps to record his first Port Royal win. The race began with Brian Eichelberger stopping on the frontstretch while Denny Gross spun in turn three. Both drivers rejoined the field at the rear. Following the second start Ron Kramer stopped in turn four. Kramer went to the pit area and would attempt to restart. Kramer com- pleted just three laps before exiting for good. Gardner continued to lead when the yellow reappeared with eight laps down. Eichelberger stopped again in turn four and was pushed into the pit area. Another yellow was needed on lap eleven for Rusty Pressley who was running in second spot. Pressley suffered front end damage exiting turn four and did a nice job of saving his car. He stopped in turn three and was towed in from the speedway. Gardner continued to lead and ran into heavy lapped traffic which he was having trouble clearing. A final yellow came on lap twenty one when Dale Hammaker and Rick Hench collided in turn four. The red came on as Hench complained of chest pains. He was not seriously hurt. With a clear track ahead, Gardner went on to his first ever Port Royal Speedway win.

Gardner explained to Race Director Tom Little: "I thought I was upside down a couple of times. I was slowed up by a lapped car. I couldn't get through. I like this place though. I wouldn't be here with out my crew, they bust their ass, I wouldn't be in victory lane if not for them."

Following Gardner was Dan Richcreek in second. Jake Raudabaugh came home third with J.R. Berry fourth. Vince Snyder was fifth. Sixth through tenth were Kenny Foor, Cory Haas, Jeff Rohrbaugh, Tim Long and Rick Horn.Heats for the 27 car field were won by Haas, Gardner, Raudabaugh and Eichelberger. Brian Allman won the consy.

Bud Witmer won the 358 Late Model feature leading every lap. Scott McCann finished second. Kory Sites, Dave Sokolowski and Brad Kling filled out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Bobby Beard, John Rudy, Bud Barton, Rance Garlock and Jake Letich. Heats were won by Sokolowski and Carl Billet. There were 16 cars. Three attempts were needed to start the feature event. Kenny Riland stopped in turn 2 on the initial start. Carl Billet blew an engine in turn three on the second start while a crash slowed the race a third time. Steve Billet and Jake Jones crashed in turn two and were out of the event.

The 12 lap Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock feature was won by Eric Cauffman, his first ever. Following Cauffman was Matt Parks, Bill Powell, John Heane and Jim Palm. Sixth through tenth were Jason Schmidt, Glenn Miller, Brad Trump, Scott Dorman and Mark Auker. There were 24 cars. Cauffman also led every lap of the feature.

Heats were won by Parks and Donnie Hughes.

Herm Renninger won then 30 lap Enduro Dash over Gary Cekovich. Shawn Hancock, Bill Powell and Anthony Tumas filled out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Adam Yetter, Craig Imes, Darrin Williams, Clinton Spade and Jason Snyder.

Port Royal returns to action Saturday July 6 with PA Sprint Car Speedweeks presented by Carquest Auto Parts. General admission will be $ 16 dollars. Students 12-17 will be admitted for $ 9 dollars. The Pro Stocks are also scheduled. Kids Night VI will follow Saturday July 13. Persons needing information may contact the speedway office at (717)-527-2303.

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