PASS Champion honored
Eric Parker finally got his recognition as 2014 PASS Champion at Pancho's open house on Saturday. Numerous teams attended the open house which also served as a replacement for the 2014 meeting which was bumped from it's originally scheduled date. Parker was recognized after a brief overview of 2015 plans and schedule updates.
Teams in attendance for the presentation were then rewarded with several door prizes courtesy of Panchos with Parker and other top finishers in season standings choosing first.
More updates on the 2015 schedule are due to be out soon with tracks now finalizing their schedules. There are no rule changes expected for 2015 and schedule will be very similar to 2014.
Parker to be honored as 2014 champion
Eric Parker was all set to be recognized as the 2014 PASS champion at the Keystone RaceSaver Classic but was unable to attend as he was in an ambulance. Parker got caught up in a nasty crash at the end of the race and was taken to the hospital. This Saturday Parker will finally get recognition for his accomplishment at the PANCHO'S Racing Products open house.
Parker picked up the championship over good friend Michael Wagner in a very closely contended championship run. The Parker / Wagner competition was just one example of the close competition in the series in 2014. Here are some of the year ending stats.
The series completed 34 races with:
22 different winners
10 first time winners
67 Active local teams participated throughout the season and only about 1/3 ran more than 10 of the 31 race which encourages a recreational approach.
Eric Parker competed in the most races with 26. Parker and Wagner each had 4 wins which was the highest win total.
Cowboy Jim Kennedy was easily the oldest winner when he picked up a win at Racing for Heroes speedway just before he turned 80 years old.
2015 will be almost identical in schedule with most tracks doing very similar dates as 2014. There are no planned rule changes for 2015.
A late schedule change caused the cancellation of the annual meeting on October 25th so the open house will serve as an informal replacement for the meeting with teams invited to stop by between 9 am and noon have an opportunity to give feedback on the season and get some updates on 2015. New teams interested in the series are also invited to stop by for interviews.
Attendance at the open house is not mandatory and teams are welcome to come and go at any time due to the flea market and racing at SSP in the afternoon. We'll have a brief presentation for Mr Parker at 11 am and review any feedback we have from teams that visit. Teams that stick around for the presentation will be eligible for some door prizes from Panchos, Eric Parker will get first choice!
New Team interviews
We've added a few dates to our schedule for teams interested in joining the series (or just saying hello)
Friday night October 31st French Grimes will be on hand at the Flea Market at the Farm Show Complex, French will be generating Hard cards for teams that have their original tech sheets and wish to take advantage of the final opportunity to register their engine for the $20 fee. French has several engine blocks for sale if you're interested and we'll also have one of the new RaceSaver approved DART blocks on display.
Teams interested in interviewing should register ahead of time or e-mail Rod Ort at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be between 8pm and 10pm Friday.
Saturday November 15th we'll be at Panchos open house between 9am and noon where we'll honor this years champion and possibly have some other activities. Watch the web site for updates.
Reeser claims season finale
Tyler Reeser claimed his second career win Saturday in the season finale at SSP. Eleven cars were on hand for the special event that was added to the schedule just a month ago.
Reeser grabbed the early lead in the 20-lap PA Sprint Car feature event. Ken Duke fell into the runner-up spot behind Reeser. As the pair set the pace at the front, Michael Kiser began making a charge to the front. For many laps Kiser battled Adam Carberry for the third spot. At the end, Reeser took the win over Duke. Kiser finished ahead of Carberry to claim third. Phillip Meisner rounded out the top five. Carbery and Reigle were both heat race winners.
The win finishes up on a very competitive season which saw 21 different winners in 31 regular events with 9 first time winners which included Reeser earlier in the year.
A complete rundown will be posted soon
Geiges wins RaceSaver Challenge
Port Royal – Jeff Geiges of Hamilton, New Jersey, bested a 48-car field of RaceSaver 305 sprints to pick up the $1,000 victory in Saturday’s third annual Keystone RaceSaver Blue Collar Classic at Port Royal Speedway.
In the 410 sprint feature, Mike Erdley put an exclamation point on the end of his season as his car owner’s retirement nears with his second victory of the season at the track.
And in the xtreme stock main it was Todd Snook scoring the victory.
Tyler Bear of Elliottsburg, who entered the night tied with Jeff Miller Jr. for the point lead in the track 305 sprint series, started second and led the first lap of the Blue Collar Classic for the 305 sprints over fourth starter Adam Carberry of Bensalem. A slowing car on the frontstretch brought out the caution flag just as the first lap was put in the books. .
Carberry stayed right with Bear following the restart but as the laps started to click off, Bear began to pull away. A lap six caution flag brought Carberry back to Bear’s bumper.
Sixth starter Jeff Geiges powered under Carberry to take second on the restart. Logan Wagner –a 410 sprint car regular this season – passed Carberry for third as well during a rare 305 sprint start since moving out of the ranks for the bigger 410 sprint cars. .
The caution flag flew on lap 12 for a two-car crash in turn four, placing Geiges right on leader Bear’s bumper for the new green.
Geiges got a good restart and drove under Bear in bold style for the lead entering turn one . Wagner followed him by and into second but once in front, Geiges began to build a big lead.
After starting 14th in the field with his 2014 title hopes handing by a thread as Bear began at the front of the event, Jeff Miller Jr. raced into the top five with 10 laps to go as Geiges was in command of the field.
As Geiges raced under the white flag, the caution flag flew when defending Blue Collar Classic champion Jake Waters slowed to a stop entering the third turn.
On the restart, Geiges went low and Wagner went high in turn one, but then the red flag flew for a hard frontstretch crash involving Eric Parker and Roger Irvine. Both men were transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
Wagner put the pressure on Geiges on the final lap, but the New Jersey driver would hold on for the $1,000 win.
“I can’t believe it; this is huge,” said Geiges.
“To come out to central Pennsylvania and to be able to compete and beat these guys; this is legendary country. We had some problems Friday night, but we fixed it. Today, everything went perfect. My crew worked their butts off this weekend to get it faster and faster. The set-up was right, the motor was just struggling. I tried to be as smooth as I could. I’m going to relish this. It’s awesome.”
Wagner settled for second.
“There’s a lot of tough guys here tonight,” said Wagner. “My car came in a little bit too late. I’ve got to thank Rod Ort for letting me run this deal.”
Miller Jr. put on a terrific drive on the final lap after restarting two spots back of Bear to get by Carberry for fourth and then to nip Bear at the line for third, thus giving himself the 2014 track crown by the narrowest of margins, just five points and .17 seconds.
“I was a little scared starting 14th, but I knew we had a good car,” said Miller.
“Last night didn’t go the way I wanted it to, but we worked all night and got it done. This thing came on at the end. This is all I ever wanted to do was win a championship in a sprint car especially at Port Royal Speedway.”
Bear and Tyler Reeser completed the top five. Carberry, Shawn Kirkpatrick, Ken Duke Jr., Jordan Thomas and Cliff Brian rounded out the top 10.
Heat races for the 48-car field of 305 sprint cars were won by Anthony Fiore, Bear, Carberry, Geiges, Ryan Stillwaggon and Kirkpatrick. Colby Dice and Brian won the consolations.
Derrick Bowersox of Milton won the non-qualifiers Founder’s Cup race for the 305’s and is a guaranteed starter for next year’s event Classic a main. Cale Reigle, Reed Thompson, Erin Statler and Scott Ellerman were in the top five
Feature Finishes 10/11/14
305 sprints, 20 laps,: 1. Jeff Geiges, 2. Logan Wagner, 3, Jeff Miller Jr., 4. Tyler Bear, 5. Tyler Reaser, 6. Adam Carberry, 7. Shawn Kirkpatrick, 8. Ken Duke, 9. Jordan Thomas, 10. Cliff Brian, 11. Colby Dice, 12. Ed Newhauser, 13. Justin Hoffman, 14. Mike Wagner II., 15. Lance Newlin, 16. Jon Haegele, 17. Eric Parker, 18. Roger Irvine, 19. Jake Water, 20. Anthony Fiore, 21. Karl Freyer, 22. Mark Watkins, 23. Jim Kennedy, 24. Mike Shuckers, 25. Ryan Stillwaggon
DNQ: Derrick Bowersox, Cale Reigle, Reed Thompson, Erin Statler, Scott Ellerman, Scott Frack, Mike Alleman, Todd Lynn, Paul Snyder, Dave Guss Jr., Jef Vansteenburg, Daren Pifer, Kyle Lloyd, Ryan Lynn, Mike Esposito, Terry Schaeffer, John Bordlemay, Mike Kiser, Nathan Gramley, Brian Sweitzer, Joe Zap, Brad Franks, Matt Heimbach