Port Royal Hosts Big Money Late Model Renninger Memorial Saturday

Late Models Race For Purse Worth Over $15,000 To Open 160th Annual Juniata Fair

410 sprints, econo lates and xtreme stocks also on August 30th Fair Opener

Port Royal – Port Royal Speedway will open the 160th annual Juniata County Fair this Saturday, August 30 at 7 pm with the prestigious and lucrative 11th annual Butch Renninger Memorial for late models, boasting a total A Main purse worth more than $15,000 including $3,333 to win and $300 just to start the 30-lap feature.

The Renninger Memorial late model feature event will also pay $33 a lap to lead and heats for the event will pay $33 to win along with a $33 award for fast time, which means if one driver could win his heat and wire the field for the Renninger victory, he could pocket over $4,400.   

The Jake’s Carts/Enviroman super late models will be joined in the Renninger Memorial program by the Aumiller’s Insurance 410 sprints, Gray’s Licensing 355 econo late models and the Len Krautheim Auto Sales xtreme stocks.

Both the econos and xtreme stocks will race for increased purses as well, all in honor of Renninger.  Econo heat races will pay $25 to win and payoffs for second and third have also been posted.

Butch Renninger was a three-time Port Royal late model track titlist that passed away suddenly after completing an enduro dash at the track in May, 2004 at the young age of 62.

Renninger, whose father had prepared the track prior to his son’s involvement, was a fixture at the track for some four decades, overseeing among other things the oval’s concessions and track preparation.

York Haven’s Jason Covert is the defending winner of the Renninger Memorial for late models.

Other previous winners have been: Steve Campbell, 2005; Scott Haus, 2006; Mitch Hack, 2007; Jere Wierman, 2008; TimWilson, 2009; Waylon Wagner, 2010; Jeff Rine, 2011; and Greg Satterlee, 2012.  Super lates were not part of the first Renninger Memorial races in 2004.

Gates for the big August 30 Port Royal program will open at 4 pm with racing slated for 7 pm. 

Adult general admission is set at $18 with students ages 12 – 18 priced at JUST $5. 

Port Royal returns to action the next night, August 31 at 7 pm with an exciting Interstate Truck And Tractor Pullers Association sanctioned modified and turbo truck and tractor pull on the speedway frontstretch.

And then the finale for the weekend takes place on Labor Day, Monday September 1 at 1 pm with the running of the 63rd annual Labor Day Classic for 410 sprints, paying $4,000 to win and $300 to start.’

Econo lates and four cylinder stock cars are also on the Labor Day agenda.

Fair admission is free for the Labor Day races with race admission for adults set at JUST $10 and students ages 12 – 18 priced at the usual low price of $5.

Labor Day will conclude with a two division Demolition Derby at the track at 6 pm Monday evening with admission set at just $5 for the grandstand.