Port Royal summary 2004-04-10

Port Royal, -- PA Todd Hestor of Middleburg, PA won the 25 lap Aumiller & Associate Sprint Car feature Saturday night April 10 at Port Royal (PA) Speedway. Hestor started fifth and waited until lap 23 to take the lead in the Middleswarth Potato ...

Port Royal, -- PA Todd Hestor of Middleburg, PA won the 25 lap Aumiller & Associate Sprint Car feature Saturday night April 10 at Port Royal (PA) Speedway. Hestor started fifth and waited until lap 23 to take the lead in the Middleswarth Potato Chips sprinter. The victory was Hestor's first of the season at the Juniata County oval and second overall having won earlier at nearby William's Grove.

The event appeared to belong to 2003 track champion Todd Shaffer of Millerstown. Shaffer aboard the Beam Racing/Village Square Plaza no. 88 took the lead after starting third. Shaffer got the lead from outside pole setter Richie Hartman who led the first eight laps driving the H & H Disposal no. 39. Once in front Shaffer drove away and appeared headed to victory lapping most of the field. Disaster struck "Mr. Excitement's" mount crossing the start finish line on lap 22 when the rear end went out of his car. Shaffer coasted through turns one and two stopping on the backstretch. Shaffer was pushed back to the pit area. Upon restarting Hestor pulled away opening several car lengths advantage until the final lap. Mike Erdley's Lisi Shell sprinter came on strong and Erdley closed the distance on the final set of turns. With flag man Pat Snyder's checkered flag in sight Erdley tried a high move off turn four and closed to one car length behind Hestor at the flag stand. Hestor stated in Victory Lane " I heard someone coming on the final lap.

This one was Todd's.(Shaffer). It's a good night for the Middleswarth team. I want to thank Dave Middleswarth and the entire Middleswarth family. Also all the guys who work on this car." Following Hestor and Erdley were team mate Keith Kauffman who started ninth and finished third. Mike Wagner was fourth and Chad Layton fifth. Sixth through tenth were Lucas Wolfe, Judi Bates, Rick Lafferty, Richie Hartman and Dave Hahn. Heats for the 24 car field were won by Kauffman, Layton and Hestor. The event saw two red flags. The first came on the initial start when Justin Seigler and Jay Reichard tangled on the front stretch and flipped. At the same time Bill Wolf dumped his sprinter in turn one and was out for the night. All were o.k.. On the restart, Craig Keel hit the inside guardrail in turn two and did a wild "360" in front of the field in turn three. Keel also went to the pit area not completing a lap. With one lap scored Dustin Hoffman flipped the Timbertall Treestands 7T in turn two. Hoffman was not injured. The final caution came on lap 22 when Shaffer's car lost the rear end.

Steve Campbell of Sunbury started on the pole and led the entire 20 lap Ramsey's Car Wash/AB Auto Glass Late Model feature. Campbell was followed by Dave Kepner who started second during the first eight laps. Selinsgrove's Jim Yoder started sixth and moved by Kepner on lap eight.

The race was under caution with nine laps complete closing the field on Campbell's rear bumper. Dan Stone brought out the yellow stopping in turn four. The yellow was displayed one lap later when Stone again stopped and Jeff Smith also had problems. Smith was out for the night. Scotty Haus, the 2003 track champion, moved from eleventh starting spot to fourth by lap ten. One lap later Haus got by Jere Wierman. Haus charge to the front would end there and Campbell was followed to the checkered flag by Yoder and Haus who could not mount a serious challenge. Wierman was fourth with Kepner fifth. Completing the top ten were Travis Dillman, Scott Flickinger, Luke Hoffner, Jeff Leiphart and Scott Sipe. There were 26 cars. Heats were won by Yoder, Haus and Leiphart.

Campbell said in post race ceremonies, " The track was narrow tonight and tough to pass on. We have the same sponsors and crew as last year. I didn't like not winning a race last year and we changed chassis."

Todd Snook of Mifflintown, PA continued his winning ways for the second time this season in Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock competition. Snook started tenth and worked forward while several caution flags for accidents slowed the field.Snook got the lead on lap nine. Once in front he was chased to the finish line by Bill Powell in a repeat of opening night action. Powell stayed close but was unable to get by. Corey Kepner had a good run to finish third. Gary Beward and Scott Spahr completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Jim Palm, Harold Ranck Jr., Scott Bargo, Kevin Imes and Terry Wagner. Heats for the 23 car field were won by Powell and Beward.

There were 32 Parson's Auto Salvage/Casner Service Center 4 Cyl. Stock Cars in the pit area. John Stoll was the winner following a wild race which included a red flag for a multi car pile up on the backstretch leaving one car setting on top of another.

Two cars were disqualified following post race inspection revising the final finish. Following Stoll was Jerry Bard, Leroy Long, Jerry Schott Jr., and Joe Jacubic. Steve McCartney, Derrick Casner, Tim Burkholder, Chris McLanigan and Chris Casner were in the top ten. Heats were won by Ronnie Garlock, Terry Goshorn and Stoll.

Action returns next week with Sprint Cars, Late Models, Pro Stocks, 305 Sprint Cars and Zimmerman Truck Lines Powder Puff racing. Gates open at 5 with racing at 7.

Port Notes: 103 race cars jammed the pit area during April 10 competition. Weedsport NY racer Craig Keel returned to the Juniata County oval for the second time this season. NASCAR Busch Grand National North Director Al Robinson attended the program and was interviewed on the tracks PA system. Robinson also files stories for National Speed Sport News and is the track announcer at several NASCAR Nextel Cup events.


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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Lucas Wolfe , Jeff Smith