Port Royal Speedway report 2002-06-08

Todd Shaffer won his second 25 lap Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car feature of the season Saturday night June 8 at the Port Royal Speedway. The win came aboard the Macri Concrete/Gary & Patti Beam no.88. The victory was subdued by the events that...

Todd Shaffer won his second 25 lap Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car feature of the season Saturday night June 8 at the Port Royal Speedway. The win came aboard the Macri Concrete/Gary & Patti Beam no.88. The victory was subdued by the events that took place on lap 7 when driver Kyle Ganoe of Mifflintown, Pa was seriously injured in turns one and two. Ganoe entered the turn while running in tenth place. He appeared to have suffered a flat left rear tire and began to flip. His car became entangled in the catch fence outside the track and erupted in fire. Ganoe was entrapped upside down when the blaze began. Fire crews rushed to the scene and attempted to extinguish the blaze which continued to burn due to the tail tank cap having come off during the crash. Ganoe was conscious and managed to escape the car under his own power. He was life flighted to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA where is being treated for burns to his hands, legs and feet. No further reports were available as off 12:30 a.m. Sunday June 9, 2002. One of the first persons attempting a rescue was driver Todd Shaffer who knows first hand the trauma of burns. Shaffer was seriously injured several years ago at East Bay Speedway in Gibsonton, Florida. Shaffer said, " I didn't know who it was, it didn't matter. The heat was so intense, I couldn't do much. It's a shame it has to happen. I saw him hanging in the fence in mid air. I'm glad he's out and breathing."

Joe Deihl started on the pole and led the first four laps before giving way to Shaffer. The race was slowed on lap four when Rick Lafferty stopped in turn two. Lafferty left the the track on a wrecker. The race was then stopped for over one hour for the Ganoe crash on lap seven. A final red flag came on lap twenty one when second place running Keith Kauffman lost his power steering entering turn one. Kauffman flipped but was not hurt. Alan Cole followed Shaffer with Cliff Brian third. Mike Erdley and Todd Hestor completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Dave Hahn, Kevin Frey, Tim Kuhn, Joe Deihl and Kevin Schaeffer. Heats for the 22 car field were won by Kauffman and Shaffer.

Dave Kepner won the 20 lap Late Model feature worth $ 1000.dollars. It was Kepner's first win in many years. Kepner held off Scotty Haus over the last several laps to get the win. Shane Garman was third with Travis Dillman fourth. Steve Campbell completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Chris Shuey, Jere Wierman, Eric Kauffman, Rusty Failor, and Mike Atherton.

Heats were won by Kepner and Haus. There were 14 cars. The race was halted on the initial start when Tim Gray slid his car sideways in front of the field going down the backstretch. Kepner, Garman and Jere Wierman were the only cars not involved in the crash.

Ken Stitt Jr. won the 12 lap Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock feature over Scott Dorman. It was Stitt's first win ever at the Juniata County oval. Gary BeWard, Corey Kepner and Jim Heane completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Todd Snook, Glenn Miller, Jason Schmidt, Brad Trump and Mark Auker. Heats were won by Bill Powell and Schmidt. There were 21 cars.

Port Royal Speedway returns to action Thursday night June 13 with a special 30 lap Sprint Car feature paying three thousand dollars to win. The Pro Stock class will also compete with increased purse in a 15 lap feature. Pro Stocks will receive 50 appearance points. Gates open at 4 p.m. with time trials at 7. Ticket prices are $ 14 dollars general admission, 9 dollars students and $ 20 dollars for pit passes. Action continues Saturday June 15 with Sprint Cars, Pro Stocks and Enduro Stocks.

Persons seeking 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
Drivers Tim Gray