Nearly 50 Cars Tune Up At Fiery Fast And Smooth Port Royal

 Port Royal – Port Royal Fairgrounds Speedway spun off a successful Bug Day Test and Tune session Saturday afternoon with nearly 50 cars in action.

 For the first time in recent memory, a 410 sprint car broke into the 15-second bracket at the oval, nearing the track record.

Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove circled the fast and smooth afternoon surface and turned a lap of 15.944.  The existing, pre weight rule record is 16.652.

A few hundred fans turned out to watch the groups of cars that included some 24 late models perform on the fiery fast clay.  

Late model pilot Matt Parks neared the existing division track record as well. 

 After nighttime lows of near 20-degrees that froze the track, drivers lauded officials for producing such a fine surface for the daytime session. 

 Connecticut native Michael Ruttkamp tested his No. 8 sprint car out and informed officials he plans to be a frequent competitor this season in 410 action. 

 The speedway will officially open its 2012 season next week on Saturday, March 17 at 6 PM when it hosts 410 and 358 sprint cars for an open wheel doubleheader. 

 Adult general admission is $15.00 with students ages 12 – 18 admitted for just $5.00.

 Courtesy of Juniata Beverage, free 2012 schedule magnets will be given to the first 250 fans coming into the stands for the season opener. 

 Blane Heimbach is the defending 410 sprint opener winner while Pat Cannon won the 2011 358 sprint portion of opening day. 

 Both men will defend their opening day titles.