Admin - 1/19/2018
Photo by: Danielle Duke
The PA Sprint Series held their annual Banquet Saturday night recognizing Tyler Reeser for his championship run. Fairfield Auto Group picked up the tab for trophies and plaques for the top 15 as well as some special recognition awards. Jake Waters was master of ceremonies and had some news of his own.
Tyler Reeser from Orwigsburg, ran 32 races with the series in 2017 with 6 wins, 10 runner up finishes, another 4 top 5's and 2 more top 10's. Using IMCA's best 20 formula, Reeser was runner up in the IMCA/RaceSaver National Points by only 9 points, was 3rd in the Pennsylvania State Points tallied by IMCA/RaceSaver, and the 2017 Port Royal Speedway Champion. Tyler is sponsored by MAS Trucking, CG Racing Engines, Bullrider Racecars, Reesers Soft Ice Creams, Maxim chassis.
Kyle Ganoe from Thompsontown was runner up in the points and also collecting the 2017 Clinton County Track Championship as well as the 2017 IMCA/RaceSaver Pennsylvania State Point championship he also tied for 7th in the IMCA/RaceSaver National Points.
Former champ Zach Newlin from Millerstown finished 3rd in PASS points 2nd in IMCA/RaceSaver Pennsylvania State points, and 11th in IMCA/RaceSaver National Points. Newlin was track champion at Susquehanna Speedway and Path Valley.
Last years champ Ken Duke from Selinsgrove endured several setbacks with mechanical issues and a bad crash at Port Royal but still managed to pick up 4th in overall PASS points. Duke was also recognized for his efforts at the Nationals in Nebraska making the show on his first try.
Cale Reigle from Newport rounded out the top 5 in PASS points, finishing 4th in IMCA/RaceSaver Pennsylvania State Points.
John Walp from Wapwallopen was crowned Rookie of the year and finished 10th in overall points as well as being the hardest name and hometown for announcers to get right.
Jake Waters received the sportsmanship award for his help with the series while he recovered from injuries received in 2016. Water officially announced his return to driving in 2018 with a flexible schedule which he hopes can include visits back to the tracks where fans were so helpful in his recovery.
Kelly Newlin form Millerstown was honored with the Directors award that recognizes a PASS volunteer each year for outstanding contributions. Kelly has been helping the series for several years and was honored for her work with PASS as well as the entire Newlin team that worked to help the family of William Sweger who passed away on Saturday July 15 at the age of 12.
Roger Watkins also received recognition for help behind the scenes upon his retirement from racing as a car owner. Watkins with his son Mark at the wheel rank among the top in career wins in the 20-year history of PASS.
Matthew Miller and the Beer Hill Gang also received recognition for their support in 2017 but was unable to attend as the BHG annual gathering were held the same night. Matt will receive the plaque at the Racing Xtravaganza show in York and details for the 2nd annual Beer Hill Cup will be finalized. Drivers Team Page
Bishop claims 2017 finale
Admin - 10/23/2017
Austin Bishop of Elverson wired the 20-lap 305 sprint main with a flag to flag performance.
The only caution of the race took place with just one lap to go and it produced a wild final lap and a four-car race for the win back to the line.
Jeff Miller restarted second with Nate Gramley and 12th starter Kyle Smith following and Miller went for the lead when action resumed.
But Bishop moved down to block his advance on the backstretch and Miller climbed his tail tank before jerking sideways toward the inside fence and then somehow saving the car.
This bottled up Gramley and allowed Smith to motor by both he and Miller during the final half lap.
Miller crossed the line in third followed by Gramley and Cale Riegle.
Sixth through 10th went to Dylan Shatzer, Nick Sweigart, Kassidy Kreitz, Scott Lutz and Drew Ritchey.
Heats went to Miller, Shatzer and Smith with the consolation race going to Brad Mellott.
Admin - 10/16/2017
25 cars were on hand Saturday night for our final race of the season at Susquehanna Speedway with Kyle smith picking up the win again, this time from the pole position. Donnie Henderhot picked up the Artwerks hard charger award
PASS / IMCA Sprints ( 25 Cars ):
1) 17NY Kyle Smith 2) 9C Darren Miller 3) 3D Dave Grube 4) 67 Ken Duke Jr. 5) 83 Billy Ney 6) 36 Jaremi Hanson 7) 11z Zach Newlin 8) 9s Rick Stief 9) 17A Colby Dice 10) 20 Stephanie
Dodson 11) 77 Andrew Hake 12) 31 Donnie Hendershot 13) 75 Dusty Shatzer 14) 50 Jay Krout 15) 8 Nick Sweigart 16) 61 John Scarborough 17) 13 Kurt Knepper 18) 44K Kirsten
Hess 19) 74 Vance Berry 20) 5 Wally Eshenaur 21) 0 Kyle Ganoe 22) 91J John Fiore 23) 93 Steve Kothe 24) 69 Eric Mathiot
DNS: 86 Kyle Craker
Lap Leaders: 17NY Smith ( 1 - 20 )
Heat Winners: 0 Ganoe, 77 Hake, 9C Miller
ArtWerks Hard Charger: 31 Hendershot ( 18th to 12th )
KRC News - 10/9/2017
Kyle Smith travelrd From Massachusetts For Port Royal Keystone raceSaver Challenge win as part of the Blue Collar Classic With the Smith becomes the 18th different winner in 37 races.
Stock cars go to Weaver, Renninger and Chronister
PORT ROYAL, Pa. - Kyle Smith of South Egremont, Massachusetts, scored the big victory in the sixth annual Port Royal Speedway Blue Collar Classic for the IMCA Keystone RaceSaver 305 sprint cars on Saturday night.
Smith surged during the final five laps to drive down leader Tyler Reeser and swoop past for the $1,350 win in the final two turns of the 25-lap feature event.
The 20-lap Mason Dixon Shootout limited late model main was taken by Justin Weaver after Weaver also made a late race pass for the victory.
The make-up Butch Renninger Memorial for xtreme stocks went to local driver Herm Renninger after he led 17 laps of the main and the four cylinder main was scored by Matt Chronister.
Nearly 140 cars filled the pits for action in the big October event.
Polesitter Nick Sweigart led only the first lap of the Blue Collar Classic for the 305 sprint cars before Tyler Reeser took over.
In a race for the track title, Reeser tried pulling away after he got to the front while point leader Jeff Miller battled into third spot behind Darren Miller.
Reeser hit the halfway point of the race with a .7 second lead over Darren Miller and Jeff Miller and then just as Jeff Miller put a move on for second with 10 laps to go, he lost control and spun the car in the fourth corner, ending his title hopes.
The restart saw 12th starter Kyle Smith taking the green from fourth spot and Smith raced up to third when action resumed.
With five laps to go, Reeser still had a .898 second lead over Darren Miller however Smith was clearly getting faster during the final stages, using great runs off of the cushion on the second corner to gain ground.
He took second with three laps to go and then ran down the leader to duck to his inside in the third and fourth turns as the leaders headed toward the finish line.
Smith was able to come out of turn four as the leader with Reeser glued to his tail back to the checkers.
Smith’s margin of victory was a scant .080 seconds.
Reeser ended up second and recorded the 2017 Creasy Signs Port Royal 305 Sprint Series track title.
Darren Miller was third followed by Nick Sweigart and Ken Duke Jr.
Sixth through 10th went to Zach Newlin, Jeff Geiges, Drew Ritchey, Scott Lutz and Jeff Miller.
Heats for the 57-car field went to Reeser, Dylan Schatzer, Darren Miller, Kyle Smith, Sydney Prince and Jeff Miller.
Twin consolations went to Austin Bishop and Greg Dobrosky with Tim Tanner Jr. setting fast time with a lap of 18.307 seconds.
Kyle Ganoe led all 15 laps of the Founders Cup non-qualifiers race for the 305 sprints to earn a guaranteed starting spot in the 2018 Blue Collar Classic main.
James Lichliter led the first 16 laps of the limited late model main over fourth starter Justin Weaver.
But Weaver’s bottom groove came in as the race wore into the late stages and with three laps to go, Weaver drove into control for the $1,000 victory.
Lichliter rode home second followed by George Dixon, Derrick Garman and Jim Yoder.
Heats went to Lichliter, Garman, Dillan Stake and Dixon. Andrew Stotler took the consolation race.
Herm Renninger took control from Bob Bussey on the third lap to speed to the Renninger Memorial xtreme stock main.
Bill Powell raced into second on a lap four restart and ended up finishing second and scoring the 2017 Juniata Junction xtreme stock track title.
Kevin Imes rode home third followed by Mike Goodwin and Ryan Zook.
Heats went to Renninger, Josh Bender and Imes.
Polesitter Matt Chronister wired the field for the four cylinder feature win.
Chronister was challenged by Chris Anderson for the win but Anderson would finish second followed by Noah Swank, Tim Campbell and Tim Raup.
Twin heats went to Chris Anderson and Justin Williamson.
Feature finishes to follow Sunday.
305 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Kyle Smith, 2. Tyler Reeser, 3. Darren Miller, 4. Nick Sweigart, 5. Ken Duke Jr., 6. Zach Newlin, 7. Jeff Geiges, 8. Drew Ritchey, 9. Scott Lutz, 10. Jeff Miller, 11. Austin Bishop, 12. Dave Brown Jr., 13. Tim Tanner Jr., 14. Jaremi Hanson, 15. Rick Stief, 16. Scott Ellerman, 17. Greg Dobrosky, 18. Scott Frack, 19. Samantha Lieberman, 20. Kassidy Kreitz, 21. Dylan Schatzer, 22. Cale Reigle, 23. Mark Watkins, 24. Sidney Prince
DNQ: Kyle Ganoe, Christian Rumsey, Brendon Poff, Nathan Gramley, Colby Dice, Ryan Lynn, Stevie Kennawell, Brian Lawson, Colton Hoover, Randy Sterling, Fred Arnold, Tim Smolenyak, Mike Alleman, Kristen Hess, Erin Statler, Darren Bolac, Dave Guss Jr., Dan Hennessy, Zack Burd, Jonathan Jones, Bradley Mellott, John Walp, Jay Krout, Brian Sweitzer, Tom Humphries, Kyle Craker, Ian Cumens, Jacob Gomola, Kurt Knepper, Matthew Kline, Andrew Hake, Roger Irvine, Mike Schuckers
Limited Late Model Feature, 20 laps: 1. Justin Weaver, 2. James Lichliter, 3. George Dixon, 4. Derrick Garman, 5. Jim Yoder, 6. Matt Cochran, 7. Andrew Yoder, 8. Dillan Stake, 9. Derrick Quade, 10. Jason Schmidt, 11. Brad McGinnis, 12. Todd Snook, 13. Eric Irvin, 14. Doug Ishler, 15. Andrew Stotler, 16. Curt Dunn, 17. Andrew Shoop, 18. Taylor Farling, 19. DJ Mease, 20. Matt Nailor, 21. Ralph Morgan Jr., 22. Dalton Bigler, 23. Shaun Jones, 24. Jared Fulkroad
DNQ: Rick Lias, John Myers, Matt Wilson, Donnie Farling, Kenny Yoder, Shaun Miller, Brandon Seibert, Devin Frey
Xtreme Stocks, 20 laps: 1. Herm Renninger, 2. Bill Powell, 3. Kevin Imes, 4. Mike Goodwin, 5. Ryan Zook, 6. Dylan Rutherford, 7. Alex Boozel, 8. Jeremy Stremmell, 9. Will Brunson, 10. Charlie Bryner, 11. Smith Cope, 12. Chase Kepner, 13. Jimmy Kessler, 14. Carl Graves, 15. Gary Calimer Jr., 16. Tom Brunson, 17. Pete Leister, 18. Walt Peters, 19. Jason Davis, 20. Bob Bussey, 21. Curtis Lawson, 22. Bryan Neff, 23. Keith Bissinger, 24. Josh Bender, 25. Darren Rice, 26. Tyler Amtower, 27. XX, 28. Chase Bowsman, 29. Nick Gentile
Four Cylinders, 15 laps: 1. Matt Chronister, 2. Chris Anderson, 3. Noah Swank, 4. Tim Campbell, 5. Tim Raup, 6. Jeff Foster Jr., 7. Ryan Smith, 8. Travis Semple, 9. Anthony Varner, 10. Zach Wright, 11. Bruce Beatries, 12. Brandon Hedstrom, 13. Pap Moist, 14. Adam Campbell, 15. Jared Rudy, 16. Justin Williamson, 17. Tony Hubler, 18. Andrew Moist