Port Royal Speedway race summary 2002-06-22

Kauffman, Dickson and Naugle on top at Port Royal. Port Royal, PA Keith Kauffman won his second Port Royal Speedway Sprint Car feature of the week Saturday night June 22. The 25 lap event was sponsored by Aumiller's Insurance of Milroy, Pa and...

Kauffman, Dickson and Naugle on top at Port Royal.

Port Royal, PA Keith Kauffman won his second Port Royal Speedway Sprint Car feature of the week Saturday night June 22. The 25 lap event was sponsored by Aumiller's Insurance of Milroy, Pa and paid $ 2,500 dollars to the Mifflintown, PA veteran. Kenny Dickson of Strodes Mills and Terry Naugle were winners in Stock Car action.

The Sprint Car feature started with Ron Kramer of Ephrata and Daryl Stimeling of Lewistown in the front row. Stimeling took the lead and stayed out front until lap four when Millerstown's Todd Shaffer went to the front. Shaffer started ninth and was in second spot on lap two. Once out front many felt Shaffer was headed to his second win of the weekend having been victorious Friday night at William's Grove Speedway. Kauffman started eighth and moved to fifth on lap two. He passed Kramer and Dustin Hoffman for third spot on lap three and chased Shaffer and Stimeling through lap six. Kauffman moved to second spot on lap seven before the caution light came on and slowed the field. Mark Smith was slow on the backstretch in the Pete's Bridge Street Motors 22m. The one time feature winner nearly stopped but fell back in line giving up many spots. While slow Smith's front wing came off entering turn three and was quickly removed by track crews. The race resumed with Shaffer out front and Kauffman following.

Kauffman's winning pass came in turn four on lap eight. Shaffer chased Kauffman until the yellow again came on for third place running Todd Hestor who would rejoin the field at the rear. Hestor remained on the speedway to finish eleventh. The race continued with Kauffman being chased through lapped traffic by Shaffer. Alan Cole got by Shaffer for second spot on lap twenty but could not catch the fast running Kauffman. Shaffer finished third with Mike Erdley fourth. Mark Smith completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Tim Kuhn, Dustin Hoffman, Rick Lafferty, Kevin Frey and Cliff Brian. Heats for the 27 car field were won by Shaffer, Smith and Erdley. Frey won the consolation event.

A happy Kauffman spoke with Race Director Tom Little in victory lane. " I have to give my guys credit. They had to work all night to get a car together.I have a great team, they're a great bunch of guys. Dave Middleswarth, the family and everyone. We got to get some cars together, buy chips", Kauffman joked. Kauffman was referring to the fact he destroyed a race car during Fridays William's Grove action.

Kenny Dickson of Strodes Mills won the 20 lap Late Model feature worth $ 1,000 dollars. Dickson started sixth and was chased to the checkered flag by Dave Kepner. Billy Wampler drove an excellent race to finish third. Steve Campbell and Mike Hess filled out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Eric Kauffman, Jeff Bryner, Steve Earnest, Shane Garman and Travis Dillman. Heats were won by Bryner and Dillman. There were 13 cars.

Terry Naugle won his first Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock event over Glenn Miller. Todd Snook, Jim Palm and Corey Kepner followed. Sixth through tenth were Gary BeWard, Bill Powell, John Heane, Scott Dorman and Mark Auker. There were 20 cars. Heats were won by Mitch Miller and Naugle.

Next up Saturday June 29 is the KARS 358 Sprint Car program at Port Royal Speedway. KARS will be joined by 358 Late Models running under Silver Springs Speedway rules. The Pro Stocks and Enduro cars are also scheduled. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7.

Carquest Auto Parts presents PA Sprint Car Speed weeks at Port Royal Saturday July 6.

Race officials announced an update on injured driver Kyle Ganoe prior to the nights racing action. Ganoe continues to improve and may be removed from his ventilator early next week. Doctors had him setting up in bed Friday 6/21/02. Ganoe is trying to speak which is difficult due to the ventilator. He is moving all injured fingers under his own power and responding well to physical therapy. Doctors hope to completely remove Ganoe from his drug induced coma this coming week. Therapy will continue and all injured areas are healing nicely. Doctors believe the only permanent scar tissue may be on Ganoe's hands.

Tim Dietz was also injured during the Thursday night June 20 show, Dietz flipped and rode the guardrail upside down in turn four. He was immediately knocked unconscious and does not remember much. He was released from Lewistown Hospital Friday night at 6 p.m.He will visit a private Physician Monday 6/24/02. Dietz suffered a concussion and actually had his helmet crack during the accident. Speedway officials wish both injured drivers the best in their time of recovery.

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Series Sprint , Stock car