Port Royal race notes 2004-06-27

Port Royal, PA. Scotty Haus of Hamburg, PA won the 20 lap Ramsey's Car Wash/AB Auto Glass Late Model feature Saturday night June 26 at Port Royal, PA Speedway. Haus started sixth and drove the Robby Mapes/Salem RV Express/Riverfront Transportation...

Port Royal, PA. Scotty Haus of Hamburg, PA won the 20 lap Ramsey's Car Wash/AB Auto Glass Late Model feature Saturday night June 26 at Port Royal, PA Speedway. Haus started sixth and drove the Robby Mapes/Salem RV Express/Riverfront Transportation no. 33 into the lead in turn one on the final lap after chasing Travis Dillman during three restarts. Haus said in post race ceremonies, " it was just my night. I think Dillman's tires were going away and I got under him in turn one. I've won them and lost then that way before and what can you say, it was just my night."

It didn't start out that way as defending track champion Steve Campbell grabbed the lead from second starting position and appeared headed to his fourth win of the season. The race stayed caution free the first twelve laps and the race leaders were in heavy lapped traffic that became tough to navigate. Campbell led the first eleven laps with Dillman, Haus and Jeff Leiphart behind. As the group approached lapped cars on the front stretch Dillman got by Campbell for the lead and trouble struck the Sunbury, PA based Campbell. Campbell and Tim Aurand tangled with Campbell's car ending up crashed in turn one. The dejected driver was out of the event. Haus stated in victory lane, " the race was Campbell's until then." Dillman restarted with Haus behind and three yellow flags ensued for spin outs. Dillman appeared to be on his way to his first win of 2004 until Haus got a good run down the front stretch on the final lap. Haus went to the bottom in turn one and used a slider move to wrestle the lead away from Dillman exiting turn two. Jeff Leiphart also got by Dillman on the back stretch to finish second. Dillman was third with Nick Dickson fourth. Jim Yoder finished fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Tim Gray, Eric Kauffman, Eric Zembower, Scott Lupfer and Jere Wierman. Heats for the 22 car field were won by Yoder and Campbell.

The Doorways Unlimited KARS 358 feature turned into a bizarre event after all the cars were long back to the pit area. The event finished with Billy Dietrich and his brother Danny apparently finishing first and second. Long after, a KARS official overheard a comment made in the pit area and went to retech their cars. Following further inspection it was determined that both had titanium drive shafts which is a violation of KARS rules. Brian Eichelberger was awarded the victory with Keith Prutzman declared second. Daryl Stimeling was paid third place money with Dan Richcreek fourth. Rich Carnathan was fifth. Sixth through tenth were Rusty Pressley, Kevin Nagy, Nate Hammaker, Scott Lutz and Adam Wilt. Heats for the 31 car field were won by Pressley, Eichelberger and Prutzman. Hammaker won the consolation event.

John Heane won the 15 Lap Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock feature over Tim Krape. Heane led every lap enroute to his second win of the season. Jason Davis finished third with Harold Ranck Jr., fourth. Last weeks winner, Gary Beward, was fifth. Sixth through tenth were Todd Snook, Bill Powell, Neil Foust, Harry Peffer and Jim Palm. Powell and Beward won heat races. There were 23 cars.

John Stoll Jr., won the 12 lap Parson's Auto Salvage/Casner Service Center 4 Cyl. Stock Car feature. Joe Jacubic led the first lap before Stoll took control. Leroy Long was second with Randy Wible third. Jacubic finished fourth with Josh Detra fifth. Completing the top ten were Jerry Bard, Derrick Casner, Tim Burkholder, Max Hampton and Jerry Schott Jr. Heat races were won by Long, Hampton, and Schott. There were 27 cars.

The 30 Lap Pizza & Sub Shack Enduro Dash was dominated by Herm Renninger who led every lap to record his first win of the season. An emotional Renninger dedicated the win to the late Butch Renninger in post race interviews. Craig Imes was second with Scott Hopple third. Jason Zook was fourth and Adam Yetter fifth. Sixth through tenth were Karl Windish, Steve Berry, Shawn Hancock, Steve Harlan and Keith Amtower.

Golden Corral Restaurant of Selinsgrove, Pa presents PA Sprint Car Speedweek Saturday night July 3 at Port Royal. The evening marks the return of the Aumiller & Associate Sprint Cars who were away participating in Speedweek racing June 26. The Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stocks are also on the program. The night has also been designated " Support Our Troops Night" Fans are encouraged to bring items for donation that will be sent over sees to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Items being sought are posted on the speedway's web site at www.portroyalspeedway.com. Persons unable to attend the July 3 racing program that would still like to contribute items should take them to AB Auto Glass, Cedar St., Mifflintown, PA.

Coming July 10 is Kids Night 8 at Port Royal. Parents will want to arrive early to allow children maximum time to enjoy the nights fun. The evening includes kids activities and prizes. More information will be included in next weeks press information.


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