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73-year old wins 305 feature at Port!
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The 410 sprint cars had the night off at Port Royal Speedway. Some people may have been tempted to stay home or travel elsewhere for their racing entertainment. They missed a historic moment filled with emotion.

73 year old Cowboy Jim Kennedy of Everett, PA won the 20 lap 305 sprint car feature after starting seventh. Brent Comp started second and led the first five laps before giving way to Mike Wagner II. Kennedy moved by Comp for second place during lap ten.

On lap 12 Kennedy made the winning pass driving underneath Wagner entering turn one. The caution flag was displayed on lap 13 and the field relined on Kennedy's rear bumper. As excited fans watched and hoped for the best, Kennedy didn't disappoint them. The green light came on and Kennedy drove away from the field.

The race continued non stop and the crowd erupted with joy and some tears as Kennedy took the checker4ed flag. Kennedy received a standing ovation from the crowd. Even race officials, whom don't normally show partiality, clapped, shook hands, and requested to pose in victory lane photos with the long time driver.

Kennedy didn't disappoint the crowd. He exited the cock pit with his customary cowboy hat on and spoke to the fans. After talking, Kennedy did his trademark yodel to the delight of the everyone, some of whom witnessed Kennedy score his first career back in 1969. It was a moment many will not forget. Comp finished second with Wagner third. Nathan Gramley and Craig Laudermilch rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Todd Spangler, Tyler Bear, Michael Heckman, Mike Freet and Andy Haus. Heat races for the 29 car field were won by Kennedy, Conn, and Ellerman. Heckman won the consie.

Results from Port Web site
1 7 Jim Kennedy
2 5 Brent Comp
3 55 Mike Wagner II
4 23 Nathan Gramley
5 9 Craig Laudermilch
6 33T Todd Spangler
7 25 Tyler Bear
8 8H Michael Heckman
9 11 Mike Freet
10 76 Andy Haus
11 6 Tim Kline
12 27K Alan Kumpf
13 3 John Hagen
14 2 Erin Statler
15 17B Jason Brandt
16 10 Scott Ellerman
17 33Z Joe Zap
18 71 Nicole Bittner
19 23J Dave Youtzy
20 86 Ron Aurand
21 44W Tim Damiani
22 98 Wes Zimmerman
23 6R Reed Thompson

DISQ 84 Cliff Conner

DNS 52 Ron Farrar
1 Brian Sweitzer
17W Mark Watkins
99 George Riden
46 Mike Alleman
10 Jake Waters


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