Port Royal - The fifth annual Keystone RaceSaver Challenge at Port Royal Speedway has added a familiar name to the event. Former KRC champ Jake Waters of Mifflintown will join as guest announcer for the event, offering color commentary during the evening.
Waters has also agreed to serve as Master of Ceremonies and host the PASS series banquet on January 21, 2017.
"Jake is an articulate and energetic personality" stated series director Rod Ort.
"We would love to have a full time announcer traveling with the series and while Jake is physically unable to race we're excited to have him try out the announcing duties."
Waters was badly burned in a crash at Selinsgrove Speedway on July 3 and continues a full recovery.
Hosted by the PA Sprint Series (PASS), the Port Royal Keystone RaceSaver Challenge is the series' biggest race and the interregional race invites RaceSaver teams from everywhere to compete for a purse exceeding $10,000 in a fun and friendly environment.
Over its four-year history at Port Royal, the car count has exceeded 50 cars each year.
Waters won the event in 2013, picking up his first ever win in the affair and has been a factor in every race run to date with two other top-five finishes while dropping out while running well in the third annual event.
"Jake knows all of these guys and can do a great job telling fans about the teams and their sponsors" continued Ort.
"This race and our banquet will be a celebration of what Jake has overcome this year and Jake is pumped to help showcase this event at his home track of Port Royal with his fellow racers and fans."
Jake's father Curt is a well-known wrench at the speedway and the Waters family has roots deep in the history of the oval.
The series has presented the father/son team with an affordable way to stay competitive.
RaceSaver is an affordable sprint car series and has exploded in popularity throughout the country.
This year's recent RaceSaver/IMCA nationals in Nebraska had 119 cars in attendance and was the largest car count for one division of sprint cars since the Knoxville nationals in 1979.
PASS is among the largest regions in the country.
Several former drivers have seen success in 410, 358 and 360-sprint action such as previous champions Logan Wagner, Tyler Bear and 2015 Selinsgrove champion Eric Parker but many talented drivers are choosing to stick with the series as it continues to garner national attention.
The 2015 PASS series champ, Zach Newlin finished fourth nationally in 2015 RaceSaver ranking and while locked in a tight race for the 2016 PASS title both Newlin and Ken Duke Jr. are in the top 15 nationally this year along with rookie Scott Lutz.
Several teams that will be at the Port Royal race were among the 119 at the recent nationals, making an impressive debut in their first appearance. Mark Watkins topped the group finishing 12th overall.
The PA Sprint Series is a RaceSaver regional series sanctioned by IMCA.
Teams from TSRS (Tri State RaceSaver Series), LHSS (Laurel Highlands Sprint Series), VSS Virginia Sprint Series) and CRSA (Capitol Region Sprint Association) are among those registered for the Port Royal October 8 race while any RaceSaver registered team throughout the country is invited to compete.
Visitors picked up victories in the first and third installment with locals winning the other two events run to date.
The series is looking for lap sponsors for the Port Royal event at $100 each as well as a fan participation prize sponsors and pre-registration contingencies for the first 50 teams that register. Race Sponsors will begin to appear on the event web site at keystoneracesaverchallenge.com within the next week.
A complete itinerary is being developed as sponsors sign on.
Interested parties can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Christi Baker at 717-648-7483.