The Beer Hill cup race 5 did not disappoint with 44 cars on hand on a beautiful Saturday night. Laurel highland and Mid Atlantic regions were idle allowing teams from far and wide an opportunity to tune up for the 6th annual Keystone RaceSaver Challenge as it was announced that a preliminary guarantee of bonuses could net the winner $1500.
There was plenty of great racing with several titles on the line.
Some of the best racing of the evening came through the heat races with close races in 3 of the 4 qualifiers as teams raced to earn a spot, Last year's champ Ken Duke Jr. got caught up in a nasty flip on the backstretch after some cars got together ahead of him crippling the car of Jay Krout who came across the track and into the wall. Duke and Krout we both OK.
In the feature Nick Sweigart made his first start ever at Port Royal and drew the pole position after a strong run in the heat, Sweigart set out on an early lead for the first 6 laps. Fourth place starter Jeff miller Jr. then took over the lead. On the 10th lap Sweigarts strong run ended abruptly when a brake rotor broke putting him into the first turn wall. Previous winner Darren Miller and Beer Hill cup contender passed several cars to pull into second and challenged Jeff Miller for the lead briefly but the unrelated Millers were both fast in the same groove and Jeff pulled away as Darren settled for second.
With Beer Hill cup, National and local points all in the mix the races throughout the field were epic as contenders drove from deep in the field overcoming poor pill draws with the high car count. Current BHC leader Colby Dice came from 19th and was into the top 10 before settling for 11th, Tyler Reeser had to transfer through the B-main and raced from the rear of the field for a 7th place finish and Kyle Ganoe also drove from deep in the field to claim a top 5 as he attempts to hold off 3rd finishing Zach Newlin and Reeser for the PASS title and National title contention.
Dave Grube had another strong run at Port finishing 4th then Ganoe with Kassidy Kreitz finishing 6th after a stellar effort in her heat that had the crowd on its feet. Reeser 7th, Drew Ritchey 8th and BHC contenders Scott Ellerman and Cale Reigle in 9th and 10th
The story lines are being drawn as August heats up with great racing. This week the series returns to Clinton County and Path Valley as title contenders look hit the best of 20 race max and eliminate bad early finishes reaching for the PASS and National title. In 2 weeks the series returns for a 3 day weekend with the Beer Hill cup finale at Williams Grove Co-sanctioned with Mass which should draw a decent car count and set the stage for a great finish.
Before the action gets hot stop out to Quaker Steak & Lube in Mechanicsburg on Thursday night for The Beer Hill cup fund raiser. Cars will be on display and we're having a Knoxville nationals viewing party.
Four heats went to Ritchey, Kreitz, Miller and Miller with twin consolations going to Kyle Smith and Jonathan Jones.
305 sprints, 18 laps: 1. Jeff Miller, 2. Darren Miller, 3. Zach Newlin, 4. Dave Grube, 5. Kyle Ganoe, 6. Kassidy Kreitz, 7. Tyler Reeser, 8. Drew Ritchey, 9. Scott Ellerman, 10. Cale Reigle, 11. Colby Dice, 12. Jaremi Hanson, 13. Austin Bishop, 14. Kyle Smith, 15. Jonathon Jones, 16. Tim Tanner, 17. Fred Arnold, 18. Andrew Hake, 19. Sidney Prince, 20. Dylan Shatzer, 21. Tom Worrick, 22. Joe Kay, 23. Nick Sweigart, 24. Nathan Gramley, 25. Mark Watkins, 26. Teddy Thomas\
DNQ: Jon Haegele, Ryan Lynn, Reed Thompson, Kristen Hess, Erin Statler, Ian Cumens, Jimmy White, John Walp, John Fiore, Stephanie Dodson, Tyler Denochik, Dave Graber, Dave Guss Jr., Josh Dressler, Ken Duke Jr., Billy Burkholder, Jay Krout, Brian Sweitzer