Port Royal, PA The Memorial Day holiday is for reflection and memories. Harrisonville's Mike Wagner made it memorable Saturday night May 29 at Port Royal, (PA) Speedway. In a flash back to days gone by, Wagner's Ott Bros./Clugston Lumber Company...
Port Royal, PA The Memorial Day holiday is for reflection and memories. Harrisonville's Mike Wagner made it memorable Saturday night May 29 at Port Royal, (PA) Speedway. In a flash back to days gone by, Wagner's Ott Bros./Clugston Lumber Company no. 55 arrived at the speedway on an open trailer pulled by a plain pick up truck. While looking out of place in the pit area, surrounded by big rigs and enclosed trailers, Wagner left no doubt he belonged there winning the 25 lap Aumiller & Associate Sprint Car feature event in front of a large holiday crowd. The victory was Wagner's first of the season and paid $ 2,500 dollars to the winner. Wagner explained in post race ceremonies, " I spent more money this week than I have in a long time. We haven't been going anywhere and I needed to step it up a notch. We're here." The win was popular with the fans and Wagner thanked his team and sponsors. " We have some really good sponsors and crew."
Craig Keel of Weedsport NY., started third and led the first seventeen laps before giving way to Wagner in lapped traffic. Wagner started ninth and immediately moved to third spot on lap two. Wagner passed Dustin Hoffman's Timbertall Tree Stands no. 7t for second spot on lap four and chased Keel around the big half mile oval until lap seventeen. The race was stopped on the opening lap for a multi car pile up in turns three and four which eliminated Tim Wilson, Judi Bates and Jimmy Seger. Bates rolled over softly after being hit while stopped on the race track. She was not hurt. The caution flag was displayed just one other time for Richie Hartman of Shoemakersville who spun the H & H Disposal mount in turn four. The lap eight incident eliminated Hartman for the night. Mark Smith of Newville rallied from fifth spot on lap nineteen to finish second. Keel was third with Mike Erdley fourth. Keith Kauffman completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Todd Shaffer, Dustin Hoffman, Dave Hahn, Vince Snyder and Rod Stroup. Heats for the 21 car field were won by Randy Baughman and Keel.
Scotty Haus of Hamburg, PA won the 20 Lap Ramsey's Car Wash/AB Auto Glass Late Model Feature over Steve Campbell of Danville. It was Haus fourth win of the season in the Robby Mapes/Salem RV Express/Riverfront Transportation no. 33. Haus led every lap except no. thirteen when Campbell got underneath at the flag stand. The pair waged a spirited battle during the mid point of the event with Haus pulling away during the final laps to record the win. Haus said, " This is not my favorite race car. We got it out tonight and I saw a blue car (Campbell) down inside and I knew I had to step it up. The outside is normally fast here and I went there." Travis Dillman ran his best race of the year to finish third with Tim Gray fourth. Scott Flickinger was fifth. Sixth through tenth were Mike Atherton, Jim Yoder, Jere Wierman, Eric Zembower, and Mike Hess. Heat winners were Nick Dickson and Dillman. There were 22 cars.
John Heane won the 15 lap Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock feature over Scott Spahr. It was Heane's first win of the season aboard the Royer's Demolition no. 17. Heane thanked Steve Stimely of Jake's Carts for his assistance with his race team. Heane led every lap with standing heavy pressure from Spahr. Jason Davis and Jim Palm finished in a dead heat for third place with Dave Bowsman fifth. Sixth through tenth were Todd Snook, Harry Peffer, Bill Powell, Dick Shoop, and Scott Bargo. Heats for the 23 car field were won by Davis and Powell.
The 12 lap Parson's Auto Salvage/Casner Service Center 4 Cyl. Stock Car feature was won by Derrick Casner of Mifflintown. A large crowd gathered in Victory Lane to celebrate the win. Casner won the race with a carburetor borrowed from division co-sponsor Lou Parsons. Terry Goshorn was second with Leroy Long third. Joe Jacubic and Kevin Thomas completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Chuck McCartney, Steve McCartney, Chris Casner, Max Hampton and Tim Burkholder. Barry Hawbaker crossed the finish line second but was disqualified during post race inspection for an engine violation. Heat winners were Hawbaker, Long and Jacubic.
Port Royal is in action Memorial Day afternoon with Aumiller & Associate Sprint Cars, KARS 358 Sprint Cars and Parson's Auto Salvage/Casner Service Center 4 Cyl. Stock Cars. Gates open at 11:00 A.M. with racing at 1:00 P.M.
Racing continues Saturday June 5 with Sprint Cars, Late Models, Pro Stocks and 4 Cyl. Stock Cars. Gates open at 5 P.M. with racing at 7.