Port Royal Speedway race report 2002-05-25

Mark Smith won Port Royal Sprint Car feature. Port Royal, PA Mark Smith of Newville, PA won the 25 lap Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car feature event Saturday night May 25 at Port Royal Speedway. It was Smith's first win ever at the Juniata...

Mark Smith won Port Royal Sprint Car feature.

Port Royal, PA Mark Smith of Newville, PA won the 25 lap Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car feature event Saturday night May 25 at Port Royal Speedway. It was Smith's first win ever at the Juniata County oval. The victory was worth $ 2,500 dollars to the Pete's Bridge Street Motors Race team.

Kevin Schaeffer started outside the front row and led the first nine laps before giving way to Mifflintown's Keith Kauffman. It appeared the all time leading feature winner was headed to another victory when misfortune struck for the second race in a row. Kauffman looped his car exiting turn four giving the lead over to Smith on lap 16. Smith was not challenged and went on to record the win. Todd Hestor who started ninth, came on to finish second. Herndon's Mike Erdley was third with Kauffman racing from the rear to finish fourth. Schaeffer completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Alan Cole, TIm Kuhn, Cliff Brian, Mike Walters and Rick Lafferty.Heats for the 23 car field were won by Todd Shaffer and Kauffman.

The happy winner said "We worked hard for this. We changed this deal around a bit. The track was smooth and fast, not like before.(two weeks ago). This is special. We hope to make it back here a little quicker next time."

Rod Stroup dropped out after seven laps while running second. Other DNF's included Todd Shaffer who left with rear end problems after 15 laps. Kyle Ganoe and Daryl Stimeling were in the pit area on lap 19.

Kenny Dickson of Strodes Mills won his first 20 lap Late Model feature of the season worth $ 1,000 dollars. Dickson took the lead on lap 12 to record the win. Shane Garman started second and led the first three laps before Jere Wierman took over. Wierman stayed out front until lap 12 when Dickson went out front for good. Once in front Dickson was not challenged. Travis Dillman came home third with Steve Campbell fourth. Billy Wampler completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Garman, Jeff Bryner, Rusty Failor, Steve Earnest and invader Les Hare. Heats were won by Dillman and Bryner.

The 12 lap Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock event went to Jim Palm. It was Palm's first win of the year. Glenn Miller, Jason Schmidt, Donnie Hughes and John Heane followed. Sixth through tenth were Ken Stitt Jr., Corey Kepner, Gary BeWard, Todd Snook and Matt Parks. Heane and Schmidt won qualifiers.

Bill Powell won the 30 lap Enduro Dash over Neil Foust. Jason Zook, Terry Naugle, Scott Hopple, Adam Yetter, Karl Windish, Craig Imes, Herm Renninger and Butch Renninger completed the top ten.

The nights only red flag came during the Late Model feature when Tim Gray of Mifflintown, PA left the speedway in turn three. Gray did not flip and was not hurt.

Track crews led by Tony Dalton did a great job reworking the speedway surface. The track stayed smooth all night and the entire four division show was over at 10:20 p.m.

Next up on Port Royals schedule is the Saturday June 1 program which features Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Cars, Late Models and Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stocks. Gates open at 4 with racing at 7.

Speedway officials announced the special Thursday night June 13 program will include Sprint Cars and Pro Stocks starting at 7 p.m. The event will be solely run by Port Royal Speedway staff.

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

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Series Sprint , Stock car