Port Royal – When late model racing begins at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, March 23, a new chapter will begin in the history of the division at the track as feature restarts will be conducted in double-file formation.
PRS Promotions officials made the decision after conferring with numerous race teams and getting an almost unanimous thumbs-up regarding the move.
The procedure will be that of a “Delaware” style restart wherein the leader of the race will realign and take the new green in a row and line of his own.
The second place driver will then choose whether he wants the inside or outside of the second row for the restart and the rest of the field will fall into line accordingly for the return to action.
Double-file restarts will be conducted throughout the race until there are four or less laps to go after which point all restarts will be conducted single file.
“This is really a positive for the fans, from a racing action standpoint,” says Port Royal Promoter Steve O’Neal.
“Some drivers wanted their features to be longer in distance and by taking this step we accomplish two things instead of one by not only creating more opportunity for passing as a few extra laps might have done but we also make the racing more exciting for the fans.”
“With the quality of the field we have developed at Port Royal over the last two seasons this is just a natural step that will increase the competitiveness of our events and help showcase the talents that our late model stars offer,” O’Neal says.
“Fans will really want to come out and see this style of late model feature racing.”
Following the season opener for sprint cars on March 16, coming up March 23 at the oval will be the season opener for the late models along with the 410 sprints and an enduro dash at 6 PM.
Kids Easter Night offering free chocolate Easter Rabbits to the first 200 youth entering the stands and a kids Easter Egg Scramble in the infield is slated for March 30. Racing will include 410 sprints, late models and the season opener for the pro stocks.