Former President Clark Passes

clarkFormer Port Royal Speedway and Juniata County Ag Society President Gerald “Jerry” Clark passed away on Thursday morning, April 23, 2015. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. His son Don is the current speedway and society president.

Gerald Clark became a fair board member in 1952 and served as board president during the 1970s and into the 1980s. Clark led the oval during and through the controversy surrounding the installation of cubic inch engine limits on sprint cars in the region when some of his decisions were noted as controversial yet in the end it was his line of thought regarding the limitations that became the norm. Clark was also noted for his support of the oval’s stock car late model division and was credited with its continuation as a headline class at the track even as sprints emerged as “king” of area short track programs.

In 2012, Jerry Clark and his son, current president Donald, were honored with the Port Royal Speedway Butch Renninger Loyalty, Dedication & Determination Awards.

Hewitt & Dietrich Help Honor Weikert Saturday At Port Royal

Fans can meet Hewitt, see Weikert sprinter

Port Royal – While the focus of this Saturday’s prestigious Port Royal Speedway All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints Bob Weikert Memorial will be on honoring the memory of the Hall of Fame car owner, another famous name will be on hand to help celebrate.

A Hall of Fame inductee himself and USAC Silver Crown Champion, Jack Hewitt will be making a rare appearance in Pennsylvania for the race with his ride-along sprint car and will be offering three chances for fans to take a ride with him around the historic oval.

But before taking to the track for the rides, Hewitt will be meeting and greeting fans and signing autographs from approximately 5 to 6 pm behind the main grandstand.

Raffle tickets for a chance at one of the rides with Hewitt will be offered for just $1 each or six for $5 with proceeds going to benefit the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The LLS has been chosen as the recipient of the proceeds in honor of Weikert, who succumbed to a long battle with Leukemia in 2003.

Also honoring Weikert in the event will be Gettysburg driver Danny Dietrich, who rode to a third-place finish on April 18 at the track.

Dietrich will carry the famous Weikert No. 29 number and colors on his car for the special event and Dietrich will have the car on display behind the grandstand beginning at approximately 4:30 on Saturday night.

Limited edition Dietrich/Weikert Memorial shirts are also expected to be on sale at the event.

Racing action gets underway at 7 pm with gates opening at 4 pm.

Competition also includes the Gray’s Auto & Towing econo late models and the Len Krautheim Auto Sales xtreme stocks.

Nearly $50,000 in total is on the line for the sprint car teams including $15,000 to win the 40-lap feature event to go along with $100 to lead a lap, $100 to win heats and the dash, $300 to set fast time and a $200 hard charger award.

The first 450 fans entering the main grandstand will receive either a FREE Weikert’s Livestock hat or can cooler.

Also during the night 20 five-pound packs of ground beef will be given away off of adult general admission wrist bands. In addition, five girls and five boys bicycles will be given away to registered youth ages 12 and under.

Adult general admission for the show is set at just $25 with students ages 12 – 18 priced at just $7.

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August 6, 2003    No. 88H Fred Rahmer

July 28, 2004        No. 88H Fred Rahmer

June 18, 2005        No. 88 Todd Shaffer

May 20, 2006        No. 25 Lance Dewease

June 14, 2007        No. 22 Greg Hodnett

May 10, 2008        No. 1 Jeff Shepard

May 10, 2009        No. 1 Stevie Smith

2010 – rain/wind

April 30, 2011        No. 39 Greg Hodnett

April 28, 2012        No. 39 Greg Hodnett

April 27, 2013        No. 98 Doug Esh

April 26, 2014        No. 27 Greg Hodnett

Port Royal ASCoC Bob Weikert Memorial Is This Week,

Total Sprint Car Cash Worth Nearly $50,000 Up For Grabs!   Fans get free hats, can coolers, beef & bikes and chance to meet and ride with Hewitt

Port Royal – Port Royal Speedway will present the twelfth running of the prestigious Bob Weikert Memorial for sprint cars, sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints, this Saturday, April 25 at 7 pm.

Racing action also includes the Gray’s Auto & Towing econo late models and the Len Krautheim Auto Sales xtreme stocks. Read more »

Wolfe Claims Port Royal All Star Weikert Tune Up, Lupfer Continues Late Model Domination, Miller Wins In 305 Sprints

Fans & Track Raise $1,550 For Cancer Society On Race To Cure Cancer Night

Port Royal – Lucas Wolfe held off the challenges of Greg Hodnett on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway to pick up the 410 sprint win in the tune-up race for next week’s All Star Circuit of Champions Bob Weikert Memorial.

Mike Lupfer continued his domination in the super late model ranks by winning his third race in a row in what was the third race of the year for the division at the oval. Read more »

Race To Cure Cancer This Week At Port Royal, All Stars Weikert Memorial Follows

Port Royal – Port Royal Speedway will present Race To Cure Cancer Night this Saturday, April 18 at 6 pm with a racing program featuring the 410 sprints, super late models and River Valley Builders 305 sprint cars.

Fifty-cents off of every general admission ticket sold will go to the American Cancer Society on Race To Cure Cancer Night.

A special auction will take place in front of the grandstand during the night with proceeds going to the ACS. Read more »

Hodnett Puts On Passing Clinic For Port Sprints Win, Lupfer 2 For 2 In Super Lates

Eric Irvin wins first in econo lates

Port Royal – Greg Hodnett of Thomasville put on a passing clinic on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway to claim the 25-lap sprint car feature after starting in the 13th spot.

Hodnett became just the second driver in four years to claim posted bonus money for driving to a regular event win from a starting position behind the first five rows. The victory was his 37th at the oval.

Mike Lupfer of Shermansdale made it back-to-back wins in the super late model division by out-racing Dylan Yoder for the 22-lap victory for the second week in a row as well in what was an exciting stock car main.

In the 18-lap econo late model main Eric Irvin of Petersburg drove to his first victory in the division at the track in its two year history while Kurt Zimmeran of Pasadena, Md., won the all american outlaws feature event.

Lucas Wolfe started on the pole of the 410 sprint featur along side Blane Heimbach.

Wolfe took the lead at the start as fourth starter Aaron Ott zipped by Heimbach for second before an early red flag with just two laps completed for a frontstretch flip by Brock Zearfoss, who escaped injury.

Ott failed to challenge Wolfe on the restart with Heimbach, Mark Smith and Mike Wagner following.

The leader entered the rear of the field on the eighth tour of the event with 13th starter Hodnett now up to sixth.

And while Ott stuck with Wolfe without mounting a challenge Hodnett was just mowing down his adversaries as he marched to the front.

With 15 laps to go he had worked his way into fourth behind Smith and with 12 laps to go he was sitting in third but was still a good half-lap back of the leaders.

But that distance just steadily shrunk as Hodnett’s fleet running No. 27 blistered around the speedway and with sixth to go Hodnett was around Ott and closed in on Wolfe as he worked traffic.

Hodnett was scored the leader with five laps to go but Wolfe and he would exchange the lead in the first corner for split seconds as the pair perfected their slide job and recovery skills to see Hodnett go back out in front on the backstretch.

And then again in turn three Wolfe dove in on Hodnett who this time twitched on the cushion as the pair drove up on a lapped car with Wolfe coming away the leader this time only to see a caution flag before the lap could be scored, putting Hodnett back out in front for a restart.

And that clear track was eaten up by Hodnett when action resumed to become the pilots third overall win of the young 2015 season.

Wolfe was second with 10th starter Brent Marks finishing third followed by Ott and Smith.

Sixth through 10th went to Mike Wagner, Davey Sammons, Dylan Cisney, Heimbach and Doug Esh, who started 21st.

Heats went to Heimbach, TJ Stutts and Mike Wagner.

Lupfer started fourth in the late model main and watched as Dylan Yoder set the pace from the second starting position.

Third starter Matt Parks drove in to second at the start and was followed by Lupfer into third with four away.

And the trio then circled the smooth track with Yoder low, Parks up high and Lupfer on the bottom for virtually the remaining distance, each driver working their favored groove.

Slowly but surely Lupfer honed in on Parks, who kept testing the high side’s durability and with six laps to go as the race waged through traffic, he secured second spot to set his sights on the lead.

It took Lupfer three laps to drive down Yoder and make his race-winning pass using his low groove, locked down mastery to record the checkers.

Yoder was second followed by Parks, Mitch Hack and Coleby Frye.

Sixth through 10th went to Andy Haus, Jeff Miller, Tim Wilson, Jeff Rine and Tim Smith Jr.

Heats went to Yoder, Parks and Lupfer.

Todd Snook led the first nine laps of the 18-lap econo late model main before falling out of the event, handing the lead over to Eric Irvin, who had taken second from Jared Fulkroad on the fifth circuit.

Andrew Yoder rode home second in the event but never challenged Irvin for the win.

Ralph Morgan Jr., Shaun Miller and Fulkroad completed the top five with heats going to Morgan and Yoder.


Race Results:

Feature Finishes



410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Lucas Wolfe, 3. Brent Marks, 4. Aaron Ott, 5. Mark Smith, 6. Mike Wagner, 7. Davey Sammons, 8. Dylan Cisney, 9. Blane Heimbach, 10. Doug Esh, 11. Ryan Taylor, 12. TJ Stutts, 13. Nate Snyder, 14. Logan Wagner, 15. Dave Ely, 16. Daryl Stimeling, 17. Tyler Bear, 18. Curt Stroup, 19. Dave Hahn, 20. Ryan Wilson, 21. Joey Hershey, 22. Rick Lafferty, 23. Wayne Dadetto, 24. Troy Fraker, 25. Brock Zearfoss


Late models, 22 laps: 1. Mike Lupfer, 2. Dylan Yoder, 3. Matt Parks, 4. Mitch Hack, 5. Coleby Frye, 6. Andy Haus, 7. Jeff Miller, 8. Tim Wilson, 9. Jeff Rine, 10. Tim Smith Jr., 11. Jason Schmidt, 12. Eric Zembower, 13. Trent Brenneman, 14. Hayes Mattern, 15. Andy Fries, 16. Patrick Bryner, 17. Meade Hahn, 18. Austin Berry, 19. Lindsay Barton, 20. Scott Flickinger

DNS: Waylon Wagner, Chad Hollenbeck, Mike Mort, Jeremy Ohl, Cole Amsden


355 econo late models, 18 laps,: 1. Eric Irvin, 2. Andrew Yoder, 3. Ralph Morgan Jr., 4. Shaun Miller, 5. Jared Fulkroad, 6. Dillan Stake, 7. Tim Fedder, 8. Jason Nace, 9. Harold Ranck, 10. Garrett Gray, 11. Bobby Ballantine, 12. Rod Stroup, 13. Curt Dunn, 14. Ken Beck, 15. Troy Miller, 16. Todd Snook

DNS: Brett Hockenberry, Devin Hart


All American outlaws, 15 laps: 1. Kurt Zimmerman, 2. Bryan Green, 3. Fred Cullum, 4. Hunter Nester, 5. Brad Alexander, 6. Jim Minter, 7. Carnie Fryfogle, 8. Jim Chenoweth, 9. Gary Moreland Sr., 10. Justin Cullum, 11. Tim Faker, 12. Phil Williams

Port Royal All Stars Weikert Memorial April 25 Worth $15,000 To Win,

Total Purse Worth $43,000 Plus Contingency Cash & Fan Giveaways!

Jack Hewitt Brings “Dewitt With Hewitt” Driving Experience For Rare Keystone State Stint

Port Royal – The prestigious All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprints Bob Weikert Memorial is set for Saturday, April 25 at Port Royal Speedway. Read more »

Port Royal Offers $1 Dogs & Four-Division Racing Program Saturday

Port Royal – Port Royal Speedway will be in action this week, Saturday, April 11 at 5 pm with a four-division racing program on $1 Hot Dog Night.

Races will include the 410 sprints, super late models, Gray’s Auto & Towing 355-econo late models and the all american outlaws.

Hot dogs will be sold for the entire night at the low price of JUST $1. Read more »

Ott, Lupfer And Gramley Open Port Royal Season With Wins

Port Royal – Aaron Ott of East Berlin etched his name in the Port Royal Speedway opening day record books as the sprint car winner on Saturday night, staying in front of Nate Snyder and Lucas Wolfe for the $3,600 payday.

In the super late model main it was defending super late model champion Mike Lupfer of Shermansdale taking a $2,500 victory as sponsored by G N R Excavating and S & R Towing.

And in the 305 sprint main Lewistown’s Nate Gramley won his first career Port Royal feature. Read more »

Late Models Race For $2,500 To Win In Saturday’s Port Royal Season Opener

Port Royal – Thanks to G & R Excavating of Tyrone and S & R Towing and Recovery of Milesburg, the super late model winner in Saturday’s season opener at Port Royal Speedway will walk away with $2,500.

The increased purse was announced Wednesday night as the track spun off a successful practice session with some 30 cars on hand. Read more »

After Wednesday Practice, Port Royal Opens With Easter Night This Saturday

“Wabbits & Wacin” on the agenda including free chocolate, sked mags, egg scramble

Port Royal – Port Royal Speedway will try again to get the 2015 racing season underway this Saturday night, April 4, at 5 pm with a three division program of 410 sprints, super late models and River Valley Builders 305 sprints.

However prior to the opener, another attempt at a practice session will be made this week, on Wednesday night, April 1, from 6 – 9 pm.   Read more »

March 26 And 28 Port Royal Programs Cancelled, New Practice Slated April 1

Starting Times April 4 & 11 Moved To 5 PM  

Port Royal – Impending afternoon rain has forced Port Royal Speedway to cancel the Thursday, March 26 practice session slated for tonight from 6 – 9 pm. 

With afternoon and late day rains and a storm front predicted on a work night when the practice was slated, it seemed the most prudent move was to call off the practice in plenty of time for everyone involved to plan accordingly. Read more »

March 26 And 28 Port Royal Programs Cancelled, New Practice Slated April 1

Starting Times April 4 & 11 Moved To 5 PM 

Port Royal – Impending afternoon rain has forced Port Royal Speedway to cancel the Thursday, March 26 practice session slated for tonight from 6 – 9 pm. 

With afternoon and late day rains and a storm front predicted on a work night when the practice was slated, it seemed the most prudent move was to call off the practice in plenty of time for everyone involved to plan accordingly. Read more »

Port Royal Practice Date March 26, Opener March 28

Port Royal – Port Royal Speedway will spin off a practice session this Thursday night, March 26, from 6 to 9 pm before opening the gates for the first racing competition of the year on Saturday, March 28 with action slated to start at 6 pm.

Gates for this Saturday’s season lidlifter will open at 4 pm with practice laps slated for 5:30. Read more »

The passing of Port Royal champion Eddie McCardle on March 18, 2015, brings back a feature story done for the Daily Item newspaper of Sunbury, Pa., back in 2009.  That story told the story of “Fast Eddie.”

By Shawn Brouse

For The Daily Item

 BEAVER SPRINGS - To say that 89-year old Eddie McCardle of Beaver Springs has seen and done a lot in his life would be an understatement.     But it is McCardle’s contribution to and involvement in area auto racing that he should be recognized for.

He graduated from the University of Southern Cal with a degree in aircraft structural engineering in 1939, fought the Germans in WWII, ran his own businesses, was married for 67-years and has lived to see Barack Obama be president. Read more »