Port Royal Speedway report 2002-06-15

Port Royal, Pa Todd Shaffer won his second 25 lap Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car feature in a row Saturday night June 15 at the Port Royal Speedway. Shaffer inherited the lead from veteran Keith Kauffman on lap 23 when Kauffman blew a right ...

Port Royal, Pa Todd Shaffer won his second 25 lap Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car feature in a row Saturday night June 15 at the Port Royal Speedway. Shaffer inherited the lead from veteran Keith Kauffman on lap 23 when Kauffman blew a right rear tire exiting turn four. The victory was worth $ 2,500 dollars to the Macri Concrete/Beam Racing no. 88 team.

Kauffman appeared on his way to victory when yet another mis fortune struck the Middleswarth Potato Chips racer. Winner Shaffer explained" It was Keith's race, he had us covered. He's got to feel down. You got to run the whole race and tonight we did. My crew is keeping this car together. I'm not at the shop a lot right now. I got to thank them and the sponsors for keeping us together." Shaffer's thoughts also turned to injured driver Kyle Ganoe. " I'll be glad when you can call him up on the phone and he can talk to us." Ganoe's father was on hand at the race track where he was interviewed by Race Director Tom Little. He also congratulated Shaffer in victory lane. Ganoe said,"Todd's my hero. He would have risked his life to save my boy. I need to thank the fire and ambulance crews. They saved my sons life. They were great." Race fans opened their hearts to the injured Ganoe. Drivers passed through the stands with their helmets at intermission collecting money for the family and driver. Speedway officials donated their portion of the 50/50 drawing which was held. In all $ 3,378 dollars was collected.

The feature event had plenty of action. The race was red flagged on the initial start when Todd Hestor, Cliff Brian and Ron Kramer wrecked in turn one. Brian got sideways with Kramer making contact.Hestor had no where to go which caused Hestor to flip on his left side.The race restarted with Smith taking the lead. Smith led the first three laps until the red light came on for Dave Hahn who flipped in turn two. He was not injured but was out for the night. The race resumed with Smith in the lead and Shaffer second. Kauffman got by Shaffer for second place on lap six. He went to the lead one lap later and opened a full straight away lead before blowing a tire on lap 23.Shaffer took over the lead and went on to the win.Smith was second with Rick Lafferty third. Mike Erdley and Alan Cole completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Dustin Hoffman, Cliff Brian, Kevin Schaeffer, Kauffman and Todd Allen. Heats were won by Erdley and Shaffer.

Bill Powell won the 12 lap Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock feature over Jason Schmidt. Powell started outside the front row and led every lap for the win.Following Schmidt was Donnie Hughes. Jim Palm and Todd Snook. Sixth throught tenth were Matt Parks, Glenn Miller, John Heane, Gary BeWard and Ken Stitt Jr. Heats were won by Palm and Hughes.

The 30 Lap Enduro Dash was won by Scott Hopple. Keith Bissinger, Shawn Hancock, Craig Imes and Jason Snyder followed. Sixth through tenth were Dave Hostler, Bill Powell, Anthony Tumas, Brian Wilson and Zack Leister.

Port Royal Speedway returns to action Thursday night June 20 with a special show of Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Cars and Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stocks. Sprint Cars will run Time Trials and a 30 lap feature which pays $ 3,000 dollars to the winner.

The Pro Stocks run a 15 lap feature for increased purse. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with Time Trials at 7. Coming Saturday night June 22 is a three division show of Sprint Cars, Late Models and Pro Stocks. Officials announced a schedule change. Kids Night was originally set for the June 22 show but now will be moved to July 13. That program will include a four division show and with all kids activities.

Make plans to be part of all the great action coming up at the Port Royal Speedway. Persons seeking more information may contact the speedway office at (717)-527-2303 or visit the website at www.portroyalspeedway.com.

Port notes. 21 Sprint Cars, 25 Pro Stocks and 26 Enduro Cars signed in for competition. Jim Palm set a new one lap and five lap track record in the first Pro Stock heat race. The new one lap mark is 24.932 seconds. The five lap record stands at 2:06.180.

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