Port Royal Speedway race notes 2002-08-03

Kauffman wins No. 6 at Port Royal/Wierman tops LM'S. Port Royal, PA The man from Mifflintown is on a roll at Port Royal Speedway. Keith Kauffman won the 25 lap Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car feature event Saturday night August 3 before a large...

Kauffman wins No. 6 at Port Royal/Wierman tops LM'S.

Port Royal, PA The man from Mifflintown is on a roll at Port Royal Speedway. Keith Kauffman won the 25 lap Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car feature event Saturday night August 3 before a large crowd. The Middleswarth Potato Chips driver earned $2,500 dollars and padded his points lead over rivals Todd Shaffer and Todd Hestor. It was not easy. Kauffman told Race Director Tom Little. " He (Alan Cole) was going good.It was hard to pass. The track was tight. You gotta keep running hard until the race is over."

Dave Hahn of Green Lane, PA led the first seven laps before giving way to Alan Cole on lap eight. The first caution came on lap one when Dan Bolger of Lewistown spun in turn one while running in fourth place. Mark Smith of New Cumberland clipped Bolger going by and stopped in turn four. The race restarted with Hahn's Kelly Race Fuels no. 2h in the lead. Cole had moved to second place by lap three with Todd Shaffer taking fourth spot on lap four. Shaffer and Kauffman were moving forward with the pair battling for fourth spot by lap six. One lap later Shaffer's luck went bad as the Leiby Mobile Home Sales/Village Square Plaza/Turnbaugh Oil/Macri Concrete no. 88 stopped on turn four. Upon refiring the car Shaffer again stopped in turn one with a flat right rear tire. He rejoined the field at the rear and did a great job racing back through the pack.

Cole took command on lap eight with Kauffman moving from fourth to second dropping Hahn to third. By lap nine the trio were followed by Todd Hestor in fourth place and Troy Whitesel in fifth. The top five spots remained the same through lap twelve with Hahn and Hestor swapping positions on lap thirteen. Shaffer returned to the front of the pack and moved into fourth place on lap eighteen. Shaffer got by Hestor on lap twenty one for third place and appeared to be the fastest car on the track. Kauffman's winning move on Cole came during lap twenty three when he got the lead on the backstretch. A final caution came on lap twenty four when Rick Lafferty's Clugston Lumber Co./TL Systems no. 0 suffered a flat left rear tire which set up a one lap dash for cash. Kauffman enjoyed a slight advantage on the restart having lapped cars between himself , Cole and Shaffer. Kauffman was not challenged but Shaffer did claim second spot on the final lap. Shaffer went to the top of the speedway entering turn three and flat footed his car off turn four to outrun Cole back to the checkered flag.Cliff Brian finished fourth with Mike Erdley fifth. Sixth through tenth were Hestor, Hahn, Whitesel, Lafferty and Kevin Schaeffer. Heats for the twenty car field were won by Hahn and Shaffer.Kauffman commented after the race. " The points are close. I don't worry about them until the last month or so. I don't know how many points races we have left" The winner also praised his Middleswarth Potato Chips team. " The crew does a great job. They keep the car running good."

Jere Wierman of Stewartstown, PA won the 20 lap Late Model feature worth $ 1,000 dollars. Wierman led every lap defeating a season high field of thirty cars. The caution light came on during lap one after Scotty Haus and Wayne Walls made contact. Both drivers continued in the event. Two further cautions came on lap nine when visitor Don Farling suffered a broken shock and went to the pit area. On the ensuing restart Rusty Failor and Gary Beck got together in turn one. The race resumed with Wierman out front and Jim Yoder in second. The top five included Haus third, Dave Kepner fourth, and Steve Campbell fifth. Haus moved to second spot on lap thirteen but could not run down Wierman. Kepner finished third with Yoder fourth. Campbell completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Chris Shuey, Walls, Shane Garman, Ken Dickson and Travis Dillman. Heats were won by Walls, Haus and Jeff Bryner. Steve Earnest won the consy.

Wierman commented after the race." It was a really good week. We led all twenty laps. We moved up in the points. I got to thank my crew and sponsors, and my girlfriend who puts up with all the hours working on the car."

Bill Powell won the 12 lap Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock feature over Todd Snook. Corey Kepner was third with Scott Dorman fourth. Jim Palm completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Eric Cauffman, Jason Schmidt, Scott Spahr, Matt Parks, and Glenn Miller. Gary BeWard and Schmidt won qualifiers. There were twenty one cars. The race was stopped following a lap three caution period which began when Glenn Miller spun in turn four. The restart found a multi car crash on the front stretch which involved BeWard, Mark Auker, and Jason Schmidt. BeWard and Scott Dorman made contact triggering the incident. Auker needed medical assistance after his car stopped in turn one. Auker walked to the ambulance under his own power and no further report was issued. Powell became the new point leader and told Race Director Tom Little, " We're the new point leader with the win tonight. Snook had to get around me. He(Snook) put up a good fight but I held him off and won."

The 30 Lap Enduro Dash was won by Herm Renninger of Port Royal. Bill Powell finished second with Craig Imes third. Butch Renniger was fourth and Neil Foust fifth. Completing the top ten were Adam Yetter, Jason Zook, Kim Leister, Brian Wilson and Shawn Hancock.

Port Royal Speedway returns to action Saturday night August 10 with a three division show of Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Cars, Late Models and Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stocks. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7. The Checkered Flag Fan Club will also visit with club members receiving a two dollar discount on general admission tickets.

Coming Saturday August 17 is the third annual Pete Swarmer Memorial Race for Sprint Cars, The Hub City Qualifier for Late Models, ARCH Night, Ladies Powder Puff Racing and another Kids program. A large candy scramble will be held in the speedway infield prior to the nights races. At least sixty new bicycles will be given away to children and Burger King of Mifflintown will have give aways too.

Persons seeking information may contact the speedway office at (717)-527-2303 or visit the web site at www.portroyalspeedway.com.


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