Port Royal race notes 2003-05-17

Port Royal, PA Todd Shaffer, Travis Dillman and Jim Palm all became repeat feature winners at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night May 17. It was the second win for each at the Juniata County oval during 2003. Shaffer started eighth in the Gary...

Port Royal, PA Todd Shaffer, Travis Dillman and Jim Palm all became repeat feature winners at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night May 17. It was the second win for each at the Juniata County oval during 2003.

Shaffer started eighth in the Gary and Patty Beam/Village Square Plaza/Leiby/Turnbaugh no. 88 and drove into the lead on lap five. Kevin Schaeffer of Kittanning, PA started fourth and led the first five laps before Shaffer took over. The race was stopped on lap seven when Mifflintown's Keith Kauffman flipped in turn four. Kauffman was not hurt. Upon restarting Shaffer opened a comfortable lead over Mark Smith in the Keen Fabrication no. 53. The race was halted again on lap nine for Len Thompson who endured a scary moment in turn three. Thompson's Dr. John Crawford CIII car caught fire with fuel spraying over Thompson's uniform. Thompson rolled across the ground attempting to extinguish the blaze before fire crews arrived. Thompson's safety equipment held up well. He suffered minor burns that were treated by emergency personnel at the speedway. He was not transported to any medical facility during the event. The race resumed with several yellows for mechanical problems. Shaffer went the distance with Smith chasing him through lapped traffic. The pair were not challenged and Shaffer won by a comfortable margin. Mike Wagner of Harrisonville, PA and Lewistown's Daryl Stimeling waged a spirited battle for the third spot. Wagner got the position with Stimeling fourth. Rick Lafferty of Pennington, NJ was fifth. Completing the top ten were Todd Hestor, Mike Erdley, Kevin Schaeffer, Dustin Hoffman and Dave Hahn. Heats for the 29 car field were won by Todd Shaffer, Kevin Schaeffer and Mark Smith. Troy Whitesel won the consolation event.

Shaffer said in Victory Lane, " I want to thank the money people. I also want to thank my crew. We changed things around and it really helped."

Travis Dillman of Loysville, PA won his second Late Model feature of the season. Dillman drove the Westhafer Construction Rocket Chassis to a dominating win over Selinsgrove's Jim Yoder. Mike Hess finished third with Tim Gray fourth. Steve Campbell rounded out the top five. Nick Dickson was sixth with Scotty Haus coming from the rear of the field to finish seventh. Haus went to the rear with a flat tire. Harold Ranck, Delaware's Mike Wharton and Jere Wierman completed the top ten. Heats for the 26 car field were won by Yoder, Dickson and Dillman. Scott Flickinger won the consolation event.

Jim Palm became a two time winner in the Pro Stock Class over Scott Dorman. Chuck Bryner finished third with Glenn Miller fourth. Eric Cauffman was fifth. Sixth through tenth were Dave Theurer, Bill Powell, Harry Peffer, A.J. Stroup and Dave Leahy. Heats were won by Todd Snook and Leahy. There were 20 cars.

Up next is a two day Memorial Day racing weekend at the Juniata County oval. Action starts Saturday May 24 with a four division show of Aumiller & Associate Sprint Cars, AB Auto Glass/Ramsey's Car Wash Late Models, Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stocks and Pizza and Sub Shack Enduro Cars. Gates open at 5 with racing starting at 7 P.M. Monday afternoon May 26 at 1 P.M. the Aumiiler & Associate Sprint Cars are joined by the KARS 358 Sprint Cars for a double Sprint Car show.

Coming May 31 is a 25 lap Late Model Spring Championship paying $ 2,000 dollars to the winner. This event is made possible by division sponsors AB Auto Glass, Ramey's Car Wash and Valley Proteins of Winchester, VA.

Speedway officials have also announced the first Bob Weikert Memorial Race will be held Tuesday night July 15. More details will be announced shortly.

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Series Stock car
Drivers John Crawford , Tim Gray