Port Royal Tuscarora 50 Results

Sprints: Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal by Ken Plotkin - Motorsport News International After biding his time for 44 laps, Fred Rahmer took command of the 30th Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway. A near-sellout crowd saw him move from third to ...

Sprints: Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal by Ken Plotkin - Motorsport News International

After biding his time for 44 laps, Fred Rahmer took command of the 30th Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway. A near-sellout crowd saw him move from third to first on the final restart, then pull out a comfortable lead to take the victory on the half mile dirt oval.

Action built early as thirty eight Super Sprints competed for 24 spots in the 50 lap, two segment feature. The track was fast and dusty. Heat #1 winner Todd Shaffer set a new eight lap record of 2:16.825, lowering the previous record of 2:18.665 by nearly two seconds.

The starting field was comprised of five transfers from each of four heat races, plus two tranfers from each of two consolation races. Entrants drew for heat starting positions. The top three positions from each heat drew for the front twelve starting positions in the feature. The starting field was:

94   Dave Blaney        69K   Don Kreitz, Jr.
17E  Cris Eash          88    Todd Shaffer
17   Alan Cole          55    Mike Wagner
2$   Tim Kuhn           4J    Jeff Shepard
5G   Rod George         29    Bill Brian
461  Lance Dewease      77    Fred Rahmer
1    Billy Pauch        1A    Joey Allen
14   Troy Camp          8     Dan Dietrich
7    Barry Camp         30    Daryl Stimeling
66Z  Steve Kenanell     16C   Cliff Brian
77E  Dave Ely           19    Rick Koenig
66H  Dale Hammaker      45    Jeff Rohrbaugh

The feature began with Don Kreitz taking the lead from the outside pole. Shepard, Dewease and Rahmer began moving up toward the front, as several others in the top dozen traded positions. By lap 4, the leaders began lapping backmarkers. On lap 6, Jeff Shepard, who had gotten ahead of Shaffer for fourth, tangled with a lapped car on the front stretch. Mike Wagner's #55 flipped, bringing out the red flag. On the restart, the top ten were Kreitz, Blaney, Eash, Shaffer, Shepard, Cole, Rahmer, Dewease, B.Brian, and Pauch. Rahmer continued to advance through the field, reaching fourth place by the end of the first 25 lap segment.

After a five minute break where crews could change anything except gears or tires, the restart order of lead-lap cars was:

69K  Kreitz
94   Blaney
77   Rahmer
88   Shaffer
4J   Shepard
1    Pauch
461  Dewease
29   B. Brian
1A   Allen
17   Cole
19   Koenig
16C  C. Brian
30   Stimeling
45   Rohrbaugh
17E  Eash

Eash had been in fourth place at the break, but was moved to the rear when he had to change a tire. T. Camp (14) and Hammaker (66H) were still running, but one and two laps down, respectively.

On the start of the second 25 lap segment, Rahmer went under Blaney and the two ran down the backstretch side by side. Rahmer nosed ahead as they entered turn 3. They were side by side again coming out of four, and Blaney was firmly back in second as they accelerated down the front stretch.

Over the next dozen laps Joey Allen moved from ninth to fifth. There were few successful passes among the rest of the field, but many "almost" passes and good side by side action. At one point Blaney got beside Kreitz and nosed ahead, but Kreitz repassed and kept the lead by the end of the lap.

The red flag came out on lap 38 as Joey Allen got upside down in turn 2. Allen was not hurt, but his run to the front (he was fifth at the time) was over.

On the restart, Kreitz moved out well, pulling out about half a dozen lengths on second place Blaney, with Rahmer, Shaffer, Pauch, Shepard, Dewease, B. Brian and Cole following on the lead lap. During the next few laps the field strung out, and it looked as if Kreitz would walk away with the win and all the lap money. On lap 44, Shepard rolled to a stop on the back stretch with a flat left rear tire, setting up a final restart.

As the field approached the restart, Rahmer dropped back slightly to get a slight jump on the two cars ahead of him. When the green came out, Kreitz's car pushed up slightly, giving Rahmer the opening he was looking for. He moved around Blaney on the outside entering turn 1. He moved inside Kreitz along the back stretch, and took command by the end of the lap. Once in front, he pulled out a lead of nearly half a straightaway by the checkered flag.

After the race, Rahmer said that he felt fortunate to have won. Starting from twelfth, he wanted to save his tires until the opportunity came up. He said that his car was "absolutely perfect", and that he could run a lane and a half off the top.

Kreitz said that on the last restart his car pushed up. The track "started to get a little grippy there, and I just hit it wrong." Although disappointed at the final outcome, he said that he "just got beat; that's all we can say".

Blaney was pleased with his third place finish. He said that early in the race he just rode behind Kreitz, and tried to get it straight. He said that he just did not get a good restart on the last restart.

Heat and consolation results (transfers):

Heat 1: Heat 2:

88   Todd Shaffer         461  Lance Dewease
17   Alan Cole            55   Mike Wagner
77   Fred Rahmer          29   Bill Brian
1    Billy Pauch          1A   Joey Allen
7    Barry Camp           30   Daryl Stimeling

Heat 3: Heat 4:

17E  Cris Eash            69K  Don Kreitz, Jr.
5G   Rod George           2$   Tim Kuhn
4J   Jeff Shepard         94   Dave Blaney
14   Troy Camp            8    Dan Dietrich
66Z  Steve Kenanell       16C  Cliff Brian

Consolation 1: Consolation 2:

77E  Dave Ely             19   Rick Koenig
66H  Dale Hammaker        45   Jeff Rohrbaugh

Feature Results (50 laps):

77    Fred Rahmer
69K   Don Kreitz, Jr.
94    Dave Blaney
88    Todd Shaffer
1     Billy Pauch
461   Lance Dewease
19    Rick Koenig
29    Bill Brian
17    Alan Cole
4J    Jeff Shepard
30    Daryl Stimeling
16C   Cliff Brian
45    Jeff Rohrbaugh
66H   Dale Hammaker
1A    Joey Allen
17E   Cris Eash
14    Troy Camp
66Z   Steve Kenanell
5G    Rod George
77E   Dave Ely
2$    Tim Kuhn
55    Mike Wagner
8     Dan Dietrich
7     Barry Camp

Ken Plotkin - Motorsport News International

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Series Sprint
Drivers Billy Pauch , Dave Blaney