AUTO RACING ROUNDUP: The Night Before The 50 only racing done due to wet weather

Freddie Rahmer won his first career Port Royal Speedway sprint car main in the All-Star Circuit of Champions Night. (File Photo/Clinton County Motor Speedway)

The Night Before The 50 ended up being the only night around getting any racing completed!

Young Freddie Rahmer was okay with his night, winning his first career Port Royal Speedway sprint car main in the All-Star Circuit of Champions Night before the Tuscarora 50. Freddie successfully held off Tim Shaffer to claim the victory.

Speedway officials are currently working out the details of a make-up date for the 51st annual Port Royal Speedway Tuscarora 50, sponsored by Packer’s Concessions and Ramsey’s Car Washes & Garage. The Tuscarora 50 will be rescheduled.

The close of the Juniata County Fair on September 8 has also brought an end to competitive point racing for three track titles at Port Royal Speedway with Logan Wagner, Jeff Rine and Derick Garman all claiming track crowns. Wagner, of Harrisonville, claimed the 2018 Weikert’s Livestock 410 sprint car track title on Friday night with a 10th place run in the All-Stars Night Before The 50 event.

Wagner scored a pair of wins on the season at Port Royal during his first full-time season as a sprint car pilot aboard his inaugural season at the wheel of the famous Zemco No. 1 sprint car.

Jeff Rine of Danville ended up winning the 2018 River Valley Builders super late model point title in style, by claiming the last event of the season on Friday night to end the oval season with five victories.

The 2018 track crown is the first of the veteran’s career at the Juniata County Port Royal oval although he does own two titles at Bedford Speedway, and an even dozen crowns at Selinsgrove Speedway in Snyder County.

Derick Garman of Elliottsburg claimed the Gray’s Insurance econo late model series title. Garman recorded two wins on the season on his way to the track crown.

Two Port Royal Speedway track titles still remain to be decided in October. Title holders will be determined in the Creasy Signs 305 sprint series and the Juniata Junction xtreme stocks.

Williams Grove Speedway returns to action this Friday, September 14 at 7:30 pm with The Al Hamilton Tribute Dirt Classic Qualifier for the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars paying $5,077 to win as part of the 2018 Hoosier Diamond Series. Presented by Planet Fitness, the winner of the Al Hamilton Tribute Dirt Classic Qualifier will earn a guaranteed starting spot in the upcoming Lincoln Speedway Dirt Classic.

The HJ Towing & Recovery 358 sprints are also on the September 14 racing card, featured in another Mahoney’s Plumbing and Heating Summer Series event boasting an increased purse. Time trials for the 410 sprints will begin at 7: 30 pm. Al Hamilton and his famed No. 77 sprint car, as well as several of his former drivers will be on hand for a meet and greet in the infield from 6:00-7:00 PM. Including: Todd Shaffer, Greg Hodnett, Lance Dewease, Fred Rahmer, Dave Calaman, Ed Zirkle, Steve Siegel, Aaron Ott and Keith Kauffman.

See you at the races!


Port Royal

A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 51R-Freddie Rahmer [2]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1]; 3. 11-Ryan Smith [5]; 4. 4-Brock Zearfoss [11]; 5. 69K-Lance Dewease [9]

Late model feature, 22 laps: 1. 1 Jeff Rine, 2. Dylan Yoder, 3. Andy Haus, 4. Ralph Morgan Jr., 5. Kyle Lee