Port Royal, PA A hurricane hit Port Royal Speedway during Saturday night July 14 racing action. The weather was perfect. "Hurricane" Mike Walter won his first ever Port Royal Speedway Sprint Car A Main in fine fashion. A large Kids Night V...
Port Royal, PA A hurricane hit Port Royal Speedway during Saturday night July 14 racing action. The weather was perfect. "Hurricane" Mike Walter won his first ever Port Royal Speedway Sprint Car A Main in fine fashion. A large Kids Night V crowd witnessed the victory which was worth $ 2,200. dollars to the Penns Creek, PA driver.
Walter started outside the front row and grabbed the lead on the initial start. He survived several restarts to lead the entire event for his first career win. Following Walter was York Springs, PA driver Brook Weibley who finished second. Complet- ing the top five were Millerstown's Todd Shaffer, Middleburg's Todd Hestor and Mifflintown's Keith Kauffman. Sixth through tenth were Mark Smith, Alan Cole, Len Thompson, Rod Stroup and Kevin Schaeffer. Heats for the 29 car field were won by Jay Reichard, Len Thompson and Walter. Schaeffer won the consolation event.
Several cautions slowed the field. The first came on lap five when Dave Hahn of Green Lane stopped the Kelly Racing Fuels 2H on the back stretch. Hahn was out for the night. Another yellow appeared on lap fourteen when Mike Erdley stopped the Lisi Texaco no. 11 after hitting the outside front stretch wall. Erdley spun back- wards into turn one facing oncoming traffic. First reports indicated a left rear flat tire. Further inspection found a broken radius rod which forced Erdley to the pits. The race restarted with Walter continuing to lead. Jay Reichard got the no. 15 car side- ways in turn one. Contact was made with Brook Weibley which caused Keith
Kauffman and Len Thompson to spin. Flag man Pat Snyder's yellow slowed the field and put both drivers to the rear of the field. Four more laps would be com- pleted before the yellow came out on lap eighteen. Shawn Keen hit the turn two wall and stopped on the backstretch. His car was towed to the pit area with a broken front axle. Troy Fraker joined the action stopping in turn four. He would restart the event. Lance DeWease suffered misfortune when he dropped out of the feature event with 22 laps down. First report was a flat left rear tire. Further inspection found more serious problems which put DeWease out of action for the night. On the final lap Jay Reichard stopped coming off turn four as the field received the checkered flag to complete the event. Heats were won by Reichard, Thompson and Walter. Schaeffer won the consolation event.
Scotty Haus of Hamburg, Pa won the twenty lap Gray's Auto Parts Late Model feature. It was his third win of the season and paid $ 1,000 dollars.
Scott Lupfer started on the outside pole and led the first lap before giving way to Haus. The Beech Creek Motor sports driver led the rest of the way to pick up the win. Finishing second was Travis Dillman of Loysville. Third was Dave Kepner. Tim Gray finished fourth. Both hail from Mifflintown. Kenny Dickson of Strodes Mills completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Steve Campbell, Tim Wilson, Eric Kauffman, Mike Atherton and Steve Earnest. Heats for the twenty car field went to Haus and Dillman.
The opening lap found a multi car crash occurring on the front stretch when Chris Wilkinson and Scott Lupfer made contact. Lupfer received sheet metal damaged and continued the event. Several other cars were collected in the skirmish and were out for the night. Tony Adams, Jere Wierman and Harold Ranck were out for the night. Rusty Failor was also involved and he and Wilkinson continued to compete. Upon restarting Eric Kauffman spun the Stong's Auto Parts no. 14 in turn four to force a second yellow. With no laps recorded a third start was attempted. One lap was scored before Williamsport driver Rick Neff stopped just off turn two.Neff would restart the event. Mike Lupfer was the next victim stopping in turn four with five laps down. Lupfer was sixth on the field before bringing out the yellow. Brother Scott Lupfer brought out the next yellow stopping his car at nearly the same spot his brother did. The lap twelve caution came after Lupfer broke a front ball joint. He was through for the night. While under caution Chris Wilkinson drove his Sunbury Motors Ford to the pit area ending his night.No further cautions were needed. Haus drove away from the field after each yellow to earn a convincing win.
The twelve lap Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock feature closed out the night with Matt Parks the winner. Parks started outside the front row and led every lap. Jim Palm finished second with Gary Beward third. Corey Kepner and Glenn Miller completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Todd Snook, Donnie Hughes, Eric Cauffman, Bill Powell and Mark Auker. There were no heat events. Twenty one cars were on hand.
Jason Schmidt crossed the finish line in fourth spot but was disqualified for rough driving following an incident in turn one which occurred after the checkered flag fell. Several cars were involved in the post race skirmish. Schmidt was scored at the rear of the field.
Many happy kids left the speedway thanks to all the Kids Night activities. Speed- way officials thank organizers Gary & Patty Beam, Jesse & B.J. Thomas and all the race teams and area business for a job well done.
The speedway returns to action next Saturday July 21 with a three division show. Scheduled to appear are the KARS 358 Sprint Cars which make their first appear- ance of the season. They join the Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Cars and Gray's Auto Parts Late Models. The Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown will also be on hand. ARCH members receive a two dollar discount on general admission tickets by showing their ARCH membership card.
Plans for the August 11 date have been finalized. A regular three division show will be presented.
Tickets remain on sale for the upcoming special shows including the September 1 concert by recording artist Diamond Rio and the World of Outlaws show Thursday September 27. Tickets are moving briskly. Contact the speedway office at (717)- 527-2303 for more details.
AUMILLER'S INSURANCE SPRINT CARS-25 LAPS-1.MIKE WALTER, 2. BROOK WEIBLEY, 3. TODD SHAFFER, 4. TODD HESTOR, 5. KEITH KAUFFMAN, 6. MARK SMITH, 7. ALAN COLE, 8. LEN THOMPSON, 9. ROD STROUP, 10. KEVIN SCHAEFFER, 11. JAY REICHARD, 12. KYLE GANOE, 13. JIM WALTER, 14. TROY FRAKER, 15. LANCE DEWEASE, 16. DAN BOLGER, 17. MICHAEL ALLMAN, 18. VON MCGEE, 19.SHAWN KEEN, 20. MIKE ERDLEY, 21. ROB COMBS, 22. DAVE HAHN, 23. RON KRAMER, 24. JIM CAMPBELL. DNS- SCOTT KERSCHNER, TODD LYNN, MARK SECREST, BRYAN WORREL, JOE DEIHL.
GRAY'S AUTO PARTS LATE MODELS-20 LAPS-1. SCOTTY HAUS, 2. TRAVIS DILLMAN, 3. DAVE KEPNER, 4. TIM GRAY, 5. KEN DICKSON, 6. STEVE CAMPBELL, 7. TIM WILSON, 8. ERIC KAUFFMAN, 9. MIKE ATHERTON, 10. STEVE EARNEST, 11. SCOTT FLICKINGER, 12. ROGER MYERS, 13. RUSTY FAILOR, 14. RICK NEFF, 15. SCOTT LUPFER, 16. CHRIS WILKINSON, 17. MIKE LUPFER, 18. TONY ADAMS, 19. HAROLD RANCK, 20. JERE WIERMAN.
STONG'S AUTO PARTS PRO STOCK FEATURE-12 LAPS-1. MATT PARKS, 2. JIM PALM, 3. GARY BEWARD, 4. JASON SCHMIDT, 5. COREY KEPNER, 6. GLENN MILLER, 7. TODD SNOOK, 8. DONNIE HUGHES, 9. ERIC CAUFFMAN, 10. BILL POWELL, 11. MARK AUKER, 12. TRACKER, 13. TOM CLARK, 14. BOB BAUMGARDNER, 15. MITCH MILLER, 16. HARRY PEFFER, 17. DANNY WILSON, 18. JOHN WERT, 19. TIM KRAPE, 20. JOHN WALBORN, 21. ANDY ISENBERG.