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October 26th, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — – Quite a bit had changed since the last time that Kraig Kinser and his fellow World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series competitors raced at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania. The wings and tires on the 900-plus horsepower machines have changed quite a bit over the last decade. At Port Royal itself, a number of upgrades to the facility and track surface have also been made since the last time the Outlaws rolled into town. The series will return to the sprawling half-mile located at the Juniata County Fairgrounds this weekend for a full night of racing.
The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series event at Port Royal Speedway is set for Saturday, October 25. A full night of racing
begins with hot laps, followed by time trials, heat races, a dah,Last Chance Showdown and 25-lap, $10,000-to-win A- Feature. A special early start time will see heat races hit the track at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.
In the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series in their last visit to Port Royal Speedway in 2004, Kinser finished fifth in the A-Feature. The third-generation driver timed in ninth-fastest of the 25 entries to open the night. Kinser finished third in the first heat race, which put him in the second dash. In that five-lap contest, the native of Bloomington, Indiana, finished third to line up on the outside of the third row for the 25-lap main event.
“With it being so long since we’ve been at Port Royal, you have to treat it pretty much like a new track,” said Kinser, who drives the Mesilla Valley Transportation/Casey’s General Store Maxim. “Having raced on a number of bigger tracks this year that should help, but Port Royal is a pretty unique place. We’ll take a good look at the surface and configuration when we get there and look at some of our notes and go from there. It sounds like it’s going to be a great event and the fans up there are certainly excited.”
The third-generation driver has taken part in eight races in the state of Pennsylvania this season with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at three different tracks. Kinser’s most recent start in the state came in the National Open at the famed Williams Grove Speedway at the beginning of the month. He also has raced at Lernerville Speedway in Western Pennsylvania and Lincoln Speedway in the middle portion of the state.
Kinser finished 20th last weekend with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Fremont Speedway in Ohio. He opened the night as the 13th-fastest qualifier, which put him on the front row of the third heat race. Kinser finished second in that heat to transfer to the 40-lap A-Feature at the third-mile bullring.
The 2005 winner of the Knoxville Nationals is currently ninth in the series standings on the strength of 30 top-10 finishes, including a win at Clay County Fair Speedway in Iowa, last month.
“We really want to end the year on a strong note and have a good finish at Port Royal and then in both races at Charlotte as well,” Kinser said. “We’ll face stiff competition at Port Royal with the Pennsylvania guys and then at Charlotte, there will be cars from across the country there. Both races will be a good measuring stick to see how we go into the off-season.”
Kraig Kinser By the Numbers: Port Royal Speedway:
0.5- Miles around Port Royal Speedway
1-Win this season
4- Tracks in Pennsylvania that the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series will race at in 2014
5- Finishing position at Port Royal in 2004
7- Previous visits by the World of Outlaws to Port Royal
9- Main events contested thus far by the series in Pennsylvania this season
15.168- Track record at Port Royal Speedway
25- Laps led in A-Feature events thus far in 2014
30- Top-10 finishes this season
356- Miles from Fremont Speedway in Ohio, where the World of Outlaws raced on October 18 to Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania 2004- Year of last World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series event at Port Royal 10,215- Points earned through October 18
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September 8th, 2014
PORT ROYAL, PA.– Greg Hodnett put on a dominating performance Saturday to claim his fourth Tuscarora 50 victory at Port Royal Speedway. Not only was the win worth $13,350, but Hodnett wrapped up the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions Easter Region Championship and it’s $20,000 payday.
It was Hodnett’s second UNOH All Star win of 2014 – the other coming in April at Port Royal – and his 10^th overall victory in 2014. The win was also Hodnett’s fourth in the prestigious event, having won in 1998, 2004 and 2009. He ties hall-of-famers Doug Wolfgang, Fred Rahmer and Lance Dewease for the most Tuscarora 50 victories. Hodnett also now has 18 career UNOH All Star wins on his resume.
“My car owner (Heffner) won his first race as an owner at Port Royal. He and his dad used to spend a lot of time at this track and I know this race was pretty important to him. Mike’s cars have won the last three straight All Star Easter point championships with three different drivers. Daryn (Pittman) and Lance (Dewease) got him that title and I didn’t want to let him down,” said Hodnett of his Lelands.com/Eagle Steel/Trone Outdoor/Pasquariello’s Auto Body backed #27.
Sprint car drivers are always studying the track, and during the parade lap, Hodnett noticed some moisture at the top of the speedway. At the drop of the green he blasted to the cushion to drive past pole-sitter Danny Holtgraver in turn two and then ducked under Lynton Jeffrey going down the backstretch for the lead.
“It was soggy up there and when we went four abreast, I checked it a couple times,” Hodnett said. “I thought it would hold if I got up there and didn’t blow through it. We talked it through and had the car tight. The car held and didn’t slide through it. It propelled us enough to the front.”
As Hodnett began to pull away, the battle was shaping up for second. The only caution in the first half of the 50-lapper came on the seventh circuit for debris. When the green flew, so did Hodnett, distancing himself from the pack.
Meanwhile, four time UNOH All Star champion and current series point leader Dale Blaney lived up to his moniker “The Low Rider,” using the bottom to get past Ryam Smith and Holtgraver for third. A lap later he would pass Jeffrey for second but Hodnett had built up a sizeable lead.
Hodnett hit lapped traffic on the 12 circuit. While he pulled away, 10th-place starter Stevie Smith – who scored the win the previous night at Port Royal – was charging through the pack. Smith took third from Jeffrey on lap 17 and chased down Blaney by the 21^st circuit to take second.
The track started to take rubber and Hodnett saw the change and took a straightaway lead into the red flag at halfway.
“I wasn’t getting off the corners and down the straightaway very well,” Hodnett said. “We tried to cure that problem. The track rubbered up – it wasn’t Port Royal’s fault, they had to seal it up due to all the rain in the area. I figured we were going to make someone else do something crazy. I knew if we stayed on the bottom, we would be OK.”
Hodnett had two lapped cars separating him and Smith on the restart and he went to the bottom and opened up a huge lead by lap 28. Hodnett caught the back of the field late in the race but didn’t budge from the bottom grove and drove away to the win.
Smith banked $5,000 for his runner-up finish and $10,000 over the two-day show. Lance Dewease came from ninth to finish third, with Holtgraver and Lucas Wolfe completing the top five.
“It’s been a really good weekend,” Smith said beside his Miller Chevrolet/Aran Trading/Tru-Line Contractors/Don Ott Engines/Ken’s Tire/Durr Enterprises/Engler backed machine.
“But boy, I really wanted to win that 50. Greg did what he had to do and got up front.”
For Dewease, it was another night of passing a lot of cars, but when the track became one lane the second half of the race, he knew his chances of a fifth Tuscarora 50 win were slim.
“We were pretty good early during the first 25 laps. But when the track took rubber it was pretty much stay in the groove. Congrats to Greg and Mike. They had the better car when it counted,” said Dewease beside his Conduit Connections/C.C. Dietz Builders/Hess Ornamental Iron/XXX Racing backed #14.
September 7th, 2014
PORT ROYAL, PA– Stevie Smith held off charges from Danny Holtgraver to win the $5,000 Night Before the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway Friday Night. The win was Smith’s 16^th career University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions victory, as he has tied his dad, Steve Smith’s career series total.
Piloting the Fred Rahmer/Dave Prichard-owned #51, Smith took the lead from pole-sitter Doug Esh early in the non-stop 30-lapper. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania driver Danny Holtgraver, who started in the outside front row, challenged Smith several times late in the race, but his car faded in the final laps as Danny Dietrich took second on the last lap.
“I was thinking it was 25 laps,” Smith said with a chuckle beside his Miller Chevrolet/Aran Trading/Tru-Line Contractors/Don Ott Engines/Ken’s Tire/Durr Enterprises/Engler backed machine.
“It didn’t seem that long, but I guess when you are up front and having fun, it doesn’t seem like much,” continued the New Oxford, Pa. native who now calls Broken Arrow, Ok. home.
Car-owner Fred Rahmer may make the rest of the competition nervous for the 50 lap event Saturday at the Juniata County oval. A $12,000 – or more as there’s lap money involved as well – check awaits the winner.
“Stevie did a great job. He did what he had to do, and we hope we can get the car even better tomorrow,” said Rahmer.
It was Smith’s first UNOH All Star win since 2012 and he became the 16^th different series winner out of 32 events in 2014.
Esh took the early lead over Holtgraver and Smith. The top three ran within three car-lengths of each other at times before entering traffic by lap 7. Smith drove under Holtgraver on lap 8 and worked lapped traffic to perfection to take the lead from Esh on lap 11. Holtgraver would move into second two laps later.
Smith ran the middle and low line with Holtgraver blasting away along the outside fence which propelled him to close rapidly on Smith by lap 17. Holtgraver raced to Smith’s outside with five to go.
“I didn’t know who it was but I saw someone running the very top,” said Smith. “That is where I love to be, but I knew it was time to move down.” Smith stayed glued to the bottom which got faster as the race wore on. Holtgraver made a great run, but he didn’t challenge over the final four circuits.
“I just slowed down some more,” Smith said. “I hated to do it, but I think we were faster. I could run the top early, but it’s a decision I had to make. It could have cost us the race, but we won anyway.”
Dietrich, who took a UNOH All Star win at Lincoln Speedway in June, might have been the fastest car at the finish. He passed Esh for third on lap 16 and drove around Holtgraver for the runner-up spot exiting turn two on the last lap.
“We were pretty good,” Dietrich said beside his Gary Kauffman Racing/Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Mark Bell Trucking/Racers Used Parts Warehouse/Bear Mountain Orchards/Drop of Ink Tattoo and Body Piercing backed #48. “I didn’t think it would go 30 laps. A
caution would have been nice. I don’t know if we would have had anything for Stevie, but we sure as hell would have given it everything we had.” Holtgraver fell to third.
“The car just got worse and worse and worse. It faded bad at the end. I was running as hard as I could but I was hanging it off the turn two fence. I went to the bottom the last lap so I wouldn’t wreck and Danny got around me. The tires wore off and I couldn’t get the wing back fast enough. I can’t wait till tomorrow,” said Holtgraver of his Rob Hunter owned, Seneca Energy Corp./DKW Transport/Bonnell’s Rod Shop backed machine.
UNOH All Star point leader Dale Blaney came from 10^th to fourth, and Blane Heimbach completed the top five.
May 10th, 2013
PORT ROYAL, PA. -Doug Esh loves the challenge of a big race.
The ingredients were there for him Saturday at the 10th Annual Bob Weikert Memorial at Port Royal Speedway – a huge crowd, some of the best race drivers in the country; the PA Posse verses the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions, and the possibility of a very rich payday.
Esh has won several big races during his career at Port Royal including two Tuscarora 50 victories. He added another one to that list Saturday, driving by NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Brad Sweet to claim the hefty $12,200 prize.
?I felt pretty good in the dash and we did a bunch of things to the car and actually changed back,? said Esh beside his Tom and Fran Chiappelli owned #98.
?There was some tough competition up front there. We started going and Brad Sweet started hanging a little bit and we about got in trouble down there in four. I got to lapped traffic and we were way more maneuverable than those guys,? added Esh about his Golden Flavor Sesame Sticks/Macri Concrete/Leach?s Automotive/Keystate Transport backed machine. ?I wanted to win this for Pennsylvania guys and I didn?t have much help up there. We got it done and PA Posse stands victorious against the All Stars once again.?
Grass Valley, California?s Brad Sweet, piloting a Kasey Kahne Racing machine, earned the pole for the 30-lap Weikert Memorial main, flanked by four time and defending UNOH All Star champion Tim Shaffer. All Star regular Cap Henry and Esh lined up in row two.
When the green dropped, Sweet took the lead over Shaffer and Esh. After running the bottom early, Sweet changed lanes abruptly to the cushion to try to hold off a charging Shaffer but bobbled in the top groove, allowing ?The Steel City Outlaw? to pass on lap six for the lead.
The leaders were setting a blistering pace on the fast surface which saw five drivers surpass the track record during qualifications. Shaffer entered lapped traffic on the seventh circuit while Sweet and Esh stayed close. Esh, who recorded a regular season win at Port Royal earlier this year, was blasting around the top of the speedway and made an impressive
pass of both Sweet and Shaffer on the ninth tour to take command.
Sweet got back around Shaffer a lap later just before the caution would appear for a lapped Ryan Taylor who spun on the backstretch in front of Shaffer who looped his car in an effort to avoid heavy contact. That would advance three time All Star champion and current series point leader Dale Blaney to third for the restart.
When the green came back out, California?s Tim Kaeding, who has three World of Outlaw wins this season, rolled to a stop on the front chute. Only one more lap could be completed before another caution for defending Weikert Memorial winner Greg Hodnett, with series officials calling for a refueling stop.
During the stoppage, the crowd was abuzz about the progress of Kyle Larson, who has USAC, World of Outlaw and All Star wins along with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win and several top five runs in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The California driver was already up to ninth after starting 22nd in the field. He would blast by Lance Dewease and Mike Wagner when action resumed and was challenging Steve Buckwalter for sixth on the 16th lap when he spun in turn four after having a piece of debris lodge in his brakes, rendering them inoperable.
When the green reappeared, Esh took off with Sweet and Blaney in tow while Danny Lasoski drove by Henry for fourth. Esh would hit lapped traffic again with seven laps to go, allowing Sweet to close. With two laps to go, Esh slipped up over the cushion in the second corner and again in turn four, as Sweet ran right on his rear bumper. But, Esh was able to keep his composure and drove to his second career UNOH All Star win, taking home $12,200 including lap money, which was posted at $100 each.
Sweet would come home second in his Ollie?s Bargain Outlet/Team ASE/Sage backed machine, pleased with his effort after never seeing Port Royal Speedway before the night?s racing. He took home an additional $500 in lap money.
Blaney would finish third followed by Lasoski and Henry.
?We?re always good at the Port. I think we have top three finishes the last five All Star races here. We qualified well and had a good heat and that put us in a position to do well in the feature. I think Shaffer had a top three car and just got caught up with a lapped car. I don?t know if I could have gotten him or not. But, it was a good weekend for the All Star guys against the Posse,? said Blaney beside his Ti22 performance backed #2. ?We head to Eldora next weekend and hopefully have a good showing against the Outlaws?
Qualifications for the Weikert Memorial saw five drivers break the one lap track record set earlier this season by Mike Erdley. Logan Schuchart, driving a replica Weikert?s Livestock #29 sprinter, ended up setting the new record of 15.376 and took home $200 for the effort. The other four drivers under Erdley?s previous track record of 15.634 were Danny Holtgraver, Sweet, Shaffer and Esh.
September 11th, 2012
PORT ROYAL, Pa.–Doug ?The Hammer? Esh defended the PA Posse?s home turf against the invading University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions Saturday at Port Royal Speedway to claim the 45th Annual AB Auto Glass Tuscarora 50.
Esh, from Lancaster, Pa., had to hold off a charging UNOH All Star driver ?Dangerous? David Gravel to earn his first career UNOH All Star victory. Esh?s first win of the season was worth $11,450 for Esh.
But it was Owasso, Ok. native Daryn Pittman who took home the big money. With his sixth place finish, Pittman claimed the UNOH All Star?s $20,000 check for winning the series? Eastern Region Championship.
Also, with his 10th place finish, Chad Layton was crowned the Port Royal Speedway 2012 champion.
Esh blasted around the Port?s top shelf aboard his Leach?s Automotive/Macri Concrete #30, and for a stretch of 11 laps he had the field right where he wanted them as the competition was bogged down in the lower and middle grooves.
?Unbelievable,? Esh said in victory lane beside his Fire Protection./Pete?s Bridge Street Motors/Pancho?s backed machine. ?During the break, I figured if we could get to the top, we could smoke them. I used up the track.?
?Crew chief Rob Peters is one of the best around and Dick and Leslie Leach put one hell of a team together,? added Esh. ?We?ve run second here pretty much many times and should have a couple wins here. This place owed us one. We were leading an All Star race here a couple of years ago and blew a tire. It feels good to be on the stage here.?
For Watertown, Connecticut?s David Gravel, it was a good run, though he wished there were not two lapped cars between he and Esh on the late race restart.
?I never got a shot at him?wished those lapped cars weren?t there because I had a great car,? said Gravel beside his P&M Transportation/Musco Fuels/Model Craft backed #89G. ?We were fourth at the break (after starting 10th) and we put on a 200 (tire) on and went back a little bit. But late in the race the car really came on.?
?We broke a rear end in hot laps and had to thrash to get it fixed for qualifying. We didn?t even get a lap in hot laps. We went out and still qualified ninth and were able to transfer out of the heat and made the dash. We learned some things tonight,? added Gravel.
Mike Wagner and Mike Erdley would bring the field to the green for the 50-lap feature. Esh started eighth and plodded through the first 24 laps while Wagner, Erdley and Brent Marks asserted themselves at the front of the field. Wagner led the first 17 laps before Marks made his move. Marks took second on lap six and used the low groove through turns 1 and 2 to take over the top spot on lap 18.
Lance Dewease, the defending UNOH All Star Eastern Region champion, and Danny Dietrich were charging through the field when they made contact in turn 1 with 24 laps complete. Dietrich flipped to bring out the red and officials stopped the race for the midway break.
Esh restarted the race in sixth and rocketed into the top five at the drop of the green. He would pass Wagner for third on lap 29. Erdley was Esh?s next victim. The former Williams Grove National Open champion slid Erdley in turns 3 and 4 on lap 32 and shot around Marks coming out of turn 4 three laps later to take the lead.
?Once the tires heated up, we took off,? Esh said. ?Awesome job in the car with adjustments. I have a great team?they did a good job. I?m sick of talking tires?they are what they are. We?ll see what happens next year with that, but I hope this team can stick together next year.?
Erdley would make up ground on the bottom, passing Marks for second on lap 42 and closing to within two car lengths of Esh with three laps to go. But, Esh dropped to the bottom and got around the lapped car of Danny Holtgraver to stretch his lead.
Erdley blew a tire on the last lap, ending any chance of victory. Marks also had a flat and fell back in the order.
Friday night?s winner, Dale Blaney, who handed the UNOH All Stars their first ever win against the PA Posse at Port Royal the previous night, would bring his Ti-22 Performance backed #2 home in third, while Wagner and Danny Lasoski completed the top five.
?Overall it was a pretty good weekend for us. We were good all night but I didn?t get the start in the feature I needed to?it was hard to pass. I didn?t want any part of where Esh was running. I don?t know how he did it up there, but he made it work,? said Blaney.
September 10th, 2012
PORT ROYAL, PA.–Sprint car drivers like to set goals going into a season. There?s always the ?win more races? objective and the ?win a championship? goal. For Dale Blaney, he added ?win a race against the PA Posse? to his list of objectives for 2012.
The ?Low Rider? did just that Friday at Port Royal Speedway. Despite a car that spewed heavy smoke the last part of the race, Blaney led all 30 laps to become the first UNOH All Star in the series? history ? since 1981 – to conquer the challenges of Port Royal Speedway in the Night Before The 50. He would roll into victory lane with a completely flat right rear tire.
The win aboard the Ti22 Performance #2 is Blaney?s 9th UNOH All Star victory of 2012 and the 93rd of his career, moving him to within five of typing Kenny Jacobs atop the series? all-time win list. It is Blaney?s first victory since he scored back-to-back UNOH All Star wins July 21 and 24 at Wilmot (Wisconsin) and Hibbing (Minnesota).
?Luck was definitely on our side. Coming to the checkers I ran over something in turns three and four and when I rolled down the back stretch my right rear was completely flat. If we would have had a yellow I would have been done,? said Blaney of his George Fisher prepared machine.
?We?ve been really good at the Port the last three or four years but haven?t been able to close the deal. It?s tough here?.other than when the Outlaws are here, this is VERY tough competition. We put ourselves in a good position tonight. We qualified well, got lucky with the card draw for the dash and got to start up front. It feels great to finally win one here for the All Stars,? added Blaney. As for the oil, Blaney said the last seven or eight laps he knew something was wrong.
?It was blowing oil from some where. This motor was due to come out after Saturday. So, we?ll pull it and see what?s going on. The last seven or eight laps I don?t know if it was because the motor was laying down a little or the right rear was going flat, but something was helping me get a lot better on exit,? continued Blaney.
Blaney and Stevie Smith would bring the field to the green for the 30-lap feature, with Blaney grabbing the lead. Smith, Fred Rahmer, Lance Dewease, Paul McMahan, Danny Dietrich, David Gravel, Chad Layton, Tim Shaffer and Danny Lasoski in tow. Eighth starter Danny Dietrich was on the move early, driving up to fourth by the sixth lap.
Blaney would hit lapped traffic by lap 7, but Smith could only try to keep pace with the Hartford, Ohio driver as they worked through the back markers during the non-stop event. Dietrich would take third from Rahmer on lap 12 as Dewease, who clamed the UNOH All Star?s Eastern Region championship in 2011, drove into fourth with 10 circuits remaining.
But, just as it looked like Blaney would cruise to the win, smoke began spewing from his black and blue #2. But, Blaney never slowed as he threaded his way through lapped traffic to perfection, keeping Smith at bay.
Dewease would take third from Dietrich on lap 26 and applied heavy pressure to Smith for second all the way to the finish, but to no avail. As Blaney rolled into victory lane, his right rear tire was completely flat.
Smith, Dewease, Dietrich and Rahmer would complete the top five, with Gravel, Shaffer, Danny Holtgraver, Layton and McMahan rounding out the top 10. In total, six of the top 10 finishers were UNOH All Star regulars, also making history with an impressive showing for the traveling band.
For Smith, the defending winner of the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal, it was a hard-fought runner-up finish and he is excited about the 45th Annual AB Auto Glass Tuscarora 50 on Saturday. Smith also won the event in 1988.
?Dale was really good tonight. He got us on the start. But, I?m sure we made some gains tonight and I?m excited about tomorrow,? said Smith beside his CL Motorsports/DDNi/Spectro Oils backed Black Bandit #19. ?I got loose about half way through and moved down and then held my own. You had to search around tonight to find where your car was best. The guys at Port Royal gave us a great, racy track.?
Dewease also commented he had to constantly search for traction on the track.
?We had a second place car. It was hard to drive at times tonight. Dirty air was a big issue. It was a weird night for us. At times we were very good, then we were bad and then I?d move around and we?d be good again. The old surface of the track is beginning to come through and there?s spots where it?s very dirty. It?s racy and you have to move around. We are excited about tomorrow,? said Dewease beside his Catoctin Motorsports/Conduit Connections/Viper Risk Management Group/Advanced Development Services/Law Offices of Weinberg & Miller backed #30c.