Port Royal Speedway race report 2002-07-13

Kauffman wins no. 5, Chris Shuey tops Late Models. Port Royal, PA The Keith Kauffman express continued to roll Saturday night July 13 at Port Royal Speedway. Kauffman won his fifth Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car victory of the season aboard...

Kauffman wins no. 5, Chris Shuey tops Late Models.

Port Royal, PA The Keith Kauffman express continued to roll Saturday night July 13 at Port Royal Speedway. Kauffman won his fifth Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car victory of the season aboard Dave Middleswarth's Potato Chips no. 7. A large Kids Night VI crowd was treated to one of the seasons best Sprint Car Main events as Kauffman, Mark Smith and Todd Shaffer raced through lapped traffic. All three drivers would lead the race at times with Kauffman regaining the lead for keeps on lap twenty three to pick up the win. Smith finished second with Shaffer third. Mike Erdley and Todd Hestor followed. Completing the top ten were Cliff Brian, Kevin Frey, Rick Lafferty, Tim Kuhn and Jay Reichard. Heats for the twenty nine car field were won by Shaffer, Erdley and Smith. Troy Whitesel won the consolation event.

Kauffman enjoyed the competitive event. He spoke with Race Director Tom Little in victory lane ceremonies." That was a heck of a good race. We had a good car. There's lots of good cars. The fans should have liked that race. We all want to win. I want to win as bad as every one else does." Kauffman credited his crew and team with their current success. " The guys do all the work. I just drive. They deserve all the credit." Owner Dave Middleswarth added" That race was a little too exciting. I'm glad we won and we want to donate five hundred dollars of our winnings to the Kyle Ganoe fund."

The caution flag appeared on lap six for Alan Cole and Todd Allen who spun in turn four. Cole was done for the night. The race restarted with Mark Smith lapping traffic by lap nine. Smith entered turn three low and tangled with two lapped cars turning the lead over to Kauffman with Shaffer moving to second. Smith dropped in line third after not coming to a complete stop. Upon restarting Shaffer got the lead and the stage was set as the trio raced through the traffic. Kauffman and Shaffer were side by side on lap 23 with Kauffman taking the lead. The caution lights came on with twenty four laps down for Randy Baughman who spun in turn three. A one lap shoot out found Kauffman holding off Smith and Shaffer for the win. The victory paid twenty five hundred dollars to the Middleswarth team.

Chris Shuey of Orefield, PA won the 20 lap Late Model feature worth one thousand dollars. Shuey started second and dominated the event. Two cautions flags slowed the filed. The first came on lap one when Rodney Turner spun out. Harold Ranck also slowed the field on lap fourteen when he stopped in turn two. Ranck was out for the night. Dave Kepner finished a solid second with Eric Kauffman third. Tim Wilson and Jere Wierman followed. Sixth through tenth were Steve Campbell, Mike Hess, Shane Garman, Ken Dickson and Travis Dillman. Heats for the twenty car field were won by Dillman and Kepner.Shuey commented after the race. " We've traveled some the last couple years, but we still call Port Royal our home track and we're proud to do that.We're short on crew tonight but the win helps make up for that."

Jason Schmidt won the twelve lap Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock feature over Corey Kepner. Harry Peffer, Bill Powell and Jim Palm completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Mark Auker, Brad Trump, Tracker, Tom Stuart and John Heane. Heats for the twenty four car field were won by Matt Parks and Peffer. Donnie Hughes led the event until lap ten when he and Schmidt made contact coming off turn four. Hughes rode the concrete wall down the front stretch doing a great job saving the car from collecting the rest of the field. Hughes was scored eleventh.

Bill Powell did double duty racing in the Pro Stock division and Enduro Dash. Powell won the thirty lap night cap over Adam Yetter. Ben Hostler was third with Neil Foust fourth. Butch Renninger completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Jason Snyder, Steve Clemens, Craig Imes, Shawn Hancock and Kim Leister.

Next up for Port Royal Speedway is the seasons second Thursday night special on July 18. Competing are the Sprint Cars and Silver Springs Super Sportsman. The night marks the return of legendary Smokey Snellbaker to the Juniata County oval. Snellbaker won last years Sportsman tour race at Port Royal and recently made his first start in a 410 Sprint Car in many years. Gates open at 4 with racing at 7 p.m. General Admission is fifteen dollars for adults with students 12-17, nine dollars for the Thursday night show. Kids under twelve are admitted free.

Saturday night July 20 action includes Sprint Cars, Late Models and Pro Stocks. Race time is again 7 p.m. Fans should come hungry as Benner's Butcher Shop presents Beef Night with Roast Beef Sandwiches for all. There will also be free chips. Stroehmann and Maier Bakeries are also sponsoring this show.

One note to all, the speedway will now be dark Saturday July 27. KARS originally planned to operate the track but have since changed their mind.

Persons seeking more information should contact the speedway office at (717)-527-2303 or visit the web site @www.portroyalspeedway.com.


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