Port Royal preview 2001-06-09

Port Royal, Pa, 6/3/01 - Coming up Saturday, June 9 at the Port Royal Speedway will be the 2nd Annual Pete Swarmer Memorial for sprint cars, honoring the four-time sprint and two-time late model track champion. With racing action set to get ...

Port Royal, Pa, 6/3/01 - Coming up Saturday, June 9 at the Port Royal Speedway will be the 2nd Annual Pete Swarmer Memorial for sprint cars, honoring the four-time sprint and two-time late model track champion. With racing action set to get underway at 7 p.m., Fayetteville driver Lance Dewease will return to defend his win in last years inaugural event, held on June 3.

Also in the field will be popular Western Pennsylvania pilot Jimmy Hawley, of West Middlesex, Pa. The 35-year old pilot has confirmed that he will be making a rare Central Pa appearance in observance of the event, at the wheel of the Dr. John and Debi Crawford owned CIII sprinter.

Hawley and the Crawford's are compelled to compete in the tribute in order to honor Swarmer, who was Mrs. Crawford's uncle. Hailing from the Cambria County town of Hastings, the Crawfords are looking forward to running the Port with talented Western Pa Champion Hawley behind the wheel.

"We are looking forward to coming out to Port," says Dr. Crawford. "This race is a must for us, especially for Debi. If it were not for her uncle Pete, there would not be a CIII race team."

It was at the Port where the Crawford's began dating in the early 1980's, only after Debi was drawn to the track after watching her uncle compete for so many years. Upon first seeing the high-powered sprint cars, Crawford immediately set his sights on owning his own race team, which flourishes today.

Since teaming up in 1998, the Crawford's and Hawley have amassed numerous track championships at Lernerville, Mercer and Tri-City Speedways. The pairing has over 50 wins to their credit, including four so far this season, having come at Attica, Ohio; Lernerville; Mercer; and Tri-City. Hawley races into Port Royal with talented sprint wrench Todd Palmer, former crew chief of the Hughes Wheel and Axle No. 94 piloted by Dale Blaney and Kenny Jacobs, calling the shots on the CIII.

-Shawn Brouse

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs