Port Royal Speedway report 2002-08-17

Steve Campbell wins Hub City Late Model Qualifier at Port Royal; Todd Shaffer Tops Field in Pete Swarmer Memorial Race Port Royal, Pa Steve Campbell of Danville, PA won the Hub City Late Model Qualifier Race Saturday night August 17 at Port...

Steve Campbell wins Hub City Late Model Qualifier at Port Royal; Todd Shaffer Tops Field in Pete Swarmer Memorial Race

Port Royal, Pa Steve Campbell of Danville, PA won the Hub City Late Model Qualifier Race Saturday night August 17 at Port Royal Speedway. The victory assures Campbell of a starting spot in the Hagerstown Speedway Hub City Open held later this fall. Campbell's win came aboard the Snap On Tools/T.J. Shooters Flying Deuce and was worth $ 1,000. dollars.The Current point leader chased Travis Dillman's Westhafer Construction no. 22 through lap twelve before taking the lead on a restart in turns one and two. Once in front Campbell opened a comfortable lead to record his 23rd career Port Royal Speedway Late Model win. The happy winner told Race Director Tom Little in Victory Lane, " The car kept getting hot. I could smell the oil burning. We had smoke coming out of the car at the end.We're going to try and put Port Royal back in the Hub City Open at Hagerstown. We love Port Royal." Campbell added about the race," It was hard to pass the 22."

Dillman led the first six laps before the race was slowed for Jere Wierman who spun in turn two. Dillman was trailed by Steve Everhart and Ken Dickson with Campbell fourth. Campbell moved from fourth to second after the restart on lap seven. Campbell pulled up beside Dillman during lap ten but couldn't make the pass. The caution flag flew on lap eleven when Mike Lupfer hit the outside fence in turn two. Lupfer rejoined the event at the rear. Mark Wagner of Reedsville also stopped his no. 36 in turn two and the race was further slowed for debris on the front stretch. The race's last caution came on lap thirteen when Billy Wampler spun the 1w in turn two. Wampler continued in the event after going to the rear of the field.Campbell's third win of the season came over Dillman, Everhart, Dickson and Dave Kepner. Completing the top ten were Mike Hess, Eric Kauffman, Shane Garman, Jere Wierman and Don Farling. Heats for the 16 car field were won by Kepner and Campbell.

Todd Shaffer of Millerstown, PA won the 25 lap Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car feature worth $ 2,500. dollars. It was Shaffer's fourth win of the season at the Juniata County oval breaking a mid season jinx which has plague the Gary & Patty Beam race team. Beam told Race Director Tom Little," The cars been running fast. We've had some bad breaks. I want to thank the fans and everyone who worked on the track."The program honors the late Pete Swarmer, six time Port Royal Speedway track champion. Swarmer's son Steve and the Hooter's Girls joined Shaffer in Victory Lane.

Kevin Schaeffer led the first seven laps before Mifflintown's Keith Kauffman took the lead passing Schaeffer in turns three and four. Alan Cole moved by Schaeffer for second spot on lap nine with Schaeffer, Rod Stroup and Shaffer in the top five. The field continued that way until lap twenty one when Shaffer dove low under Cole for second spot. Shaffer then got by Kauffman coming out of turn two on lap twenty three to take the lead. A lap twenty four caution for two cars with flat tires set up a one lap shoot out which Shaffer promptly won. Len Thompson got by Alan Cole on the final lap coming off turn four to finish third. Cole was fourth with Stroup fifth. Sixth through tenth were Schaeffer, Dave Hahn, Rick Lafferty, Dustin Hoffman and Mark Smith. Heats for the 27 car field were won by Kauffman, Shaffer and Stroup. No consolation event was needed.

The race was stopped on the initial start for a seven car pile up exiting turn four. All drivers were ok. Drivers involved were Todd Hestor, Mike Walters, Mike Erdley, Mark Smith, Troy Miller, Cliff Brian and Tim Wilson. Brian flipped.The race was also slowed on lap seventeen when Hestor stopped on the backstretch and Tim Wilson spun in turn two. The lap 24 caution was the final yellow of the event.

Gary BeWard won the 12 lap Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock feature over Scott Dorman. Bill Powell was third with Matt Parks fourth. Todd Snook completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Corey Kepner, Glenn Miller, Jim Palm, Jason Schmidt and Terry Naugle. There were 26 cars. Heats were won by BeWard, Dave Leahy and Parks.

Alex Frey led the first lap before the caution flag flew for Ken Stitt in turn tow. Frey would crash out one lap later while leading in turn three. Dorman took the lead and held it through lap eleven. Numerous yellows slowed the event. BeWard continued to chase Dorman until the final lap. BeWard's winning move came exiting turn two when he dove under Dorman for the win.BeWard told Race Director Little, " All the cars are fast.It's tight racing. The fans that leave are missing great racing. I want to thank my helpers."

Nancy Burdge won the Ladies 10 lap Powder Puff event over Ashley Deihl. Teresa Kepner was third with Jen Powell fourth. Nikki Dalton completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Heidi Hart, Rachell BeWard, Donna Rowley, Amanda Dalton and Fay Castanzo.

A nice crowd was on hand to enjoy the large candy scramble and bicycle giveaway. Over seven hundred dollars of candy was put on the ground for children to chase. Fans won passes to Heshey Park from WHP TV 21 in Harrisburg and Burger King of Mifflintown, Pa gave away meal passes. One fan won one hundred dollars as the speedway drew five tickets at random. Each ticket holder had one of the top four Sprint Car drivers names determined by speedway points. The fifth fan had the remainder of the field. Officials plan to play the game again. The program is similiar to the Winston Cup fan giveaways featured at NASCAR tracks during the season.

Port Royal features two shows during the coming week. Thursday night August 22 the Gumout World of Outlaws Sprint Cars run double 30 lap feature events at the Juniata County oval. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with Time Trials at 7.

Saturday August 24 a 30 lap Sprint Car championship will be spun off with Late Models and Pro Stocks also on the card. The night is the final points race of the season with the Sprint Car and Pro Stock championships still to be determined. Steve Campbell clinched the Late Model title by winning the Saturday August 17 show. The nights action is presented by Brenner Family of Dealerships, one of the regions top automotive groups. Leidy Chevrolet,Olds, Ford is one of the group members and continues as one of the speedways longest running sponsors.The speedway will be dark Saturday August 31 as Tracy Byrd takes to the stage in concert. Byrd is the headline act of the annual Juniata County Fair.

Persons seeking information may contact the speedways web site at www.portroyalspeedway.com or call (717)-527-2303.

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