Port Royal Taking Summer Break, Will Return With Two PA Speedweek Races Next Week

By Justin Snyder

PORT ROYAL, Pa- Following an exciting weekend of racing featuring the Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Cars, the River Valley Builders Super Late Models, the Selinsgrove Ford Limited LATE Models and the Juniata Junction Xtreme Stocks, Port Royal Speedway will be dark this weekend as Pennsylvania Speedweek comes to Central Pennsylvania.

However, the Speedway will return next week with two races as part of the yearly Central Pennsylvania racing tradition.

The 2019 Pennsylvania Speedweek kicks off June 28th with 9 straight nights of racing action and a total point fund of $16,700 dependent on all 9 races being completed.


The yearly series, a Central PA staple since 1991, will visit Williams Grove Speedway twice, Lincoln Speedway twice, Port Royal Speedway twice, along with solo stops at Selinsgrove Speedway, Grandview Speedway and Hagerstown Speedway.

Greg Hodnett, who passed away following a racing accident last season, is the reigning 2018 Speedweek champion. Retired driver Fred Rahmer captured to point tile a record 13 times, Hodnett 5 times, Lance Dewease 3-times, Lucas Wolfe 3-times along with single triumphs for Keith Kauffman, Steve Smith, Stevie Smith and Danny Dietrich.


Port Royal Speedway has been a staple on the Speedweek schedule dating back to 1998 when Jeff Shepard picked up the first ever Central PA Speedweek victory at the Juniata County oval. Last year Lucas Wolfe and Danny Dietrich picked up victories and they will both be looking to repeat this season.

Once again, Port Royal Speedway will host 2-events as part of the grueling schedule, with the first event happening July 3rd. This event will showcase the Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint cars, paying $7,000 to win, along with the United Racing Club 360 Sprints paying $2000 to win.


Racing activities will kick off at 7pm with gates opening at 4pm. General Adamission is $20, Students $10 and Pit Admission is $35.

The second event, on July 6th, will be a special event as the Speedway will honor the life of Greg Hodnett with the first ever ‘Greg Hodnett Classic’ paying $7027 to the winner.


Racing activities will feature the Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Cars and the Grit House Route 35 Challenge Series Late Models. Gates open at 4pm with racing scheduled to start at 7pm. General Admission is $22, Student is $10 and Pit Admission is $35

Hodnett, the 2002, 2009-2010, 2013 and 2018 PA Speedweek champion and a 26-time winner, will be honored throughout the evening and numerous events will occur at the Speedway.


At 4:30pm there will be an auction featuring various items to includes wing panels, memorabilia and more to benefit the Greg Hodnett foundation isndie the building just behind the main grandstand. All fans are welcome to bid and items are being accepted to help raise funds.


At 12:00 Noon there will be the first ever Greg Hodnett Foundation Cornhole Classic. Registration will take place between 10:30 and 11:45 and it will be a blind draw for teams. The tournament is double elimination and cost is $10/person. There will be a guaranteed purse for the top 6 teams with 1st place guaranteed at least $300.


100% of money raised will go towards the foundation and it is BYOB (Bring your own Bags and Beverages). There will also be a raffle taking place during the tournament with a package of all 5 Greg Hodnett 20 years of Posse t-shirts being offered to the winner.


Lastly there will also be the 1st Annual Greg Hodnett Foundation 5k Race. Race Registration begins at 8am with Race Time at 9am. Race Fee is $30 for pre-registartion and $35 day of. Age groups are 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-29, 50-59 and 60 plus. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers of each category. Race registration ends July 4th at 11:59pm  and can be done at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/PortRoyal/GregHodnettFoundation5KRace.


This will be an event race fans will not want to be miss and the Speedway is looking forward to honoring a man so important to our sport and history!