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John Braim picks up his first win at Port
John Braim scored his first career win at Port Royal in the 305 sprint division. Braim wired the field for the 20-lap 305 sprint feature win and the third of his overall career.
A restart on the eighth lap placed prior winner Tyler Bear on Braim’s tail for the return to action but a battle never developed with Braim instead pulling away during the late stages.
Bear was second with seventh starter Kody Lehman finishing in third followed by Jeff Miller Jr., and 16th starter Mike Wagner II.
Sixth through 10th went to Erin Statler, Jake Waters, Scott Ellerman, Eric Parker and Reed Thompson.
Heats for the 32 cars in attendance were taken by Lehman, Miller Jr., Brandon Hetrick and Bear.
The consolation went to Wayne Dadetto.
305 sprints, 20 laps: 1. John Braim, 2. Tyler Bear, 3. Kody Lehman, 4. Jeff Miller Jr., 5. Mike Wagner II., 6. Erin Statler, 7. Jake Waters, 8. Scott Ellerman, 9. Eric Parker, 10. Reed Thompson, 11. Alex Schanz, 12. Randy Kaylor, 13. Anthony Fiore, 14. Nathan Gramley, 15. Wayne Dadetto, 16. Lance Newlin, 17. Mark Watkins, 18. Jason Bergstresser, 19. Ron Aurand, 20. Jonathan Wanchalk, 21. Zach Newlin, 22. Sean Kirkpatrick, 23. Roger Irvine, 24. Brandon Hetrick
DNQ: Jim Kennedy, Tyler Reeser, Cory Thornton, Clair Wintermyer, James Pride, Donny Hendershot, Russell Hammaker, Ken Duke
Lebo takes first victory ever at SSP opener
In the 20-lap PA Sprint Series feature, Tyler Lebo grabbed the early lead and set the pace en route to the victory by leading every lap. Mark Watkins tried to track down Lebo, but settled for second at the end. John Braim worked hard to make the high side work and finished third. Mike Wagner and Eric Walker finished fourth and fifth respectively. Tyler Bear, Mike Wagner II and Scott Ellerman won their respective heat races.
PA Sprint Series Feature (20 laps): 1. Tyler Lebo; 2. Mark Watkins; 3. John Braim; 4. Mike Wagner; 5. Eric Parker; 6. Dustin Shatzer; 7. Randy Kaylor; 8. Donnie Hendershot; 9. Lance Newlin; 10. Ken Duke; 11. Russ Hammaker; 12. Zac Newlin; 13. Clair Wintermyer; 14. Eric Statler; 15. Brandon Petrick; 16. Cole Griffin; 17. Jimmy Strausbaugh; 18. John Bordlemay; 19. Tyler Cochran; 20. Jonathan Walchalk; 21. John Bott; 22. Scott Ellerman; 23. Billy Ney; 24. Colby Dice; 25. Tyler Bear; 26. Tyler Reeser.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lebo (1-20).
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Bear; Wagner and Ellerman.
Tyler Bear takes chilly opener
Tyler Bear took the win Saturday with an impressive run, 26 cars were on hand for the opener which took place despite frigid temps and windy conditions. Hard work paid off at Port Royal as track conditions were very good and numerous improvements were made at the speedway over the winter.
Kody Lehman came home second followed by Alex Shantz , Jeff Miller and Nathan Gramley.
Our special Thanks to Christi and Dave Ort who helped out with paperwork and even had time for driver photos (including this victory lane shot) and Christi keeps everyone updated on our Facebook page.
Feature finish - 25 47 59 57 23 11z 44 10h 2 36 10
305 sprints, 20 laps: 1. Tyler Bear, 2. Kody Lehman, 3. Alex Schanz, 4. Jeff Miller, 5. Nathan Gramley, 6. Zach Newlin, 7. John Braim, 8. Brandon Hetrick, 9. Erin Statler, 10. Mark Watkins, 11. Jake Waters, 12. Anthon Fiore, 13. Scott Ellerman, 14. Wayne Dadetto, 15. Ken Duke, 16. Clair Wintermyer, 17. Steve Kennawell, 18. James Pride, 19. Cory Thornton, 20. Jason Bergstresser, 21. Erick Parker, 22. Lance Newlin, 23. Jonathan Wanehalk, 24. Tyler Reeser, 25. Jim Kennedy
DNS: Mike Wagner II.
Early start Saturday
The season will hopefully kick off this Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. Keep in mind this is an early start with pits opening at 2 and the PASS Drivers meeting at 3:45 followed by the Track Drivers meeting at 4 followed by heat in the engines.
Season opener delayed
We haven't even started the season and we've already had several weather related cancellations. Path Valley has cancelled for Saturday due to heavy rains expected throughout the weekend. Clinton County has also postponed the start of their season as a harsh winter and spring has delayed improvements being made by new management which will re-brand the speedway Racing for Heroes Raceway.
Our season opener now moves to next week for our April 5 race at Port Royal Speedway.