PORT ROYAL, PA – All eyes will be on the Port Royal Speedway this weekend as the best drivers from across the country will gather to help close out the 167th Annual Juniata County Fair with the 54th running of the Tuscarora 50, Sept 9-11.
Sanctioned by the FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1, the annual spectacle is one of the most highly anticipated events in all the Sprint Car world and this year it’s only gotten bigger.
Sponsored by Packer’s Concessions, LLC. and Ramsey’s Car Wash & Garage, Saturdays finale will pay a whopping $54,000 to the winner and $1500 to start. Including C-Main, B-Main, a non qualifiers feature and A-Main payouts, the one-day purse currently sits at more than $140,000, which is the largest ever offered in the history of ‘The Speed Palace’. The entire three-day payout for all events tops $215,000.
The three-race weekend kicks off Thursday with a regular All Star sanctioned event presented by Folken’s Brothers Trucking and Tedd Reitz paying $8000 to win. Also on the card will be the Penns Valley Meat Market PA Sprint Series 305 Sprint Cars.
Dave Grube is the current points leader in the 305 division and he also leads the division in wins for the 2021 season with two. He won in the series last visit to the Speedway on August 21st and holds a 25-point advantage over Garrett Bard in the standings. Austyin Reed (-175), Kassidy Kreitz (-300) and Doug Dodson (-300) round out the rest of the top five.
Friday’s Night Before the 50 presented by Tedd Reitz will pay $10,000 to win and the River Valley Builders Super Late Models will also be on the card racing for $3500 courtesy of Lauver’s Concessions. This event will also be the final points race of the season for both divisions.
Logan Wagner continues to be in full control of the Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Car points battle in search of his fourth consecutive title at the Speedway. Logan’s father, Mike Wagner, sits second in the standings and trails by 230 markers. Dylan Cisney (-320), Jeff Halligan (-335) and Gerard McIntyre (-955) complete the rest of the top-five.
However, in the River Valley Builders Super Late Model division the battle for the championship is as close as it has been in recent memory. The ageless Gary Stuhler currently sits atop the standings by a mere 10-point margin over Dylan Yoder. Colton Flinner (-145), Jeff Rine (-310), and Ross Robinson (-345) complete the top-five. This would be Stuhler’s first career track title at the Port Royal Speedway and would add to an illustrious resume for the Greencastle, Pa native affectionately known as ‘Mr. Smooth’.
Finally, the three-race weekend ends with the most anticipated event of the year, the Tuscarora 50. The crown-jewel event is the highest paying race on the All Star Circuit of Champions schedule and has been won by the who’s who of drivers over it’s 54 years of being held.
There will also a full purse paying non-qualifier feature held on Saturday with the winner receiving $2000 and a guaranteed starting spot for next year’s event. Lucas Wolfe earned the win and spot last season and is already locked into Saturday’s finale as a result.
Last year Lance Dewease picked up his record seventh Tuscarora 50 title and made him a winner of the event in four different decades. Dewease is not scheduled to compete on Thursday night, but enters the weekend with 119 career Port Royal Speedway victories, which leaves him 10 shy of Keith Kauffman on the all-time wins list at the track.
Other past winners include Aaron Reutzel, Donny Schatz, Lance Dewease, Brent Marks, Greg Hodnett (4-time), Don Kreitz Jr. (3-time), Doug Esh (2-time), Stevie Smith (2-time), Brian Montieth, Mike Erdley, Fred Rahmer (4-time), Keith Kauffman (2-time), Todd Shaffer (3-time), Len Krautheim III, Bobby Allen (2-time), Doug Wolfgang (4-time), Dave Blaney, George Ferguson Jr, Smokey Snellbaker (2-time), Lynn Paxton (3-time), Gary Howsare, Jim Nace, Steve Smith, Kenny Weld and Mitch Smith (3-time).
Various contingency prizes will be handed out throughout the event including lap sponsors, hard charger, fast time and more. No bigger of an award though will be the J&S Fabrication Jim & Sandy Kline Warrior Award. The award typically pays $1000 to a random “hard luck” driver, but will pay $6000 for the Saturday night finale and all feature qualifying drivers will be eligible . This means last place could obtain a total of $7500, while the winner could take home $60,000. The winner will be drawn via random draw in victory lane Saturday.
For information regarding format, contingency prizes and drivers attending, please check out the Port Royal Speedway Facebook page, Twitter and more for more info leading up to race day. Parking is free during the Juniata County Fair, but certain restrictions exist inside the fairground.
Limited amounts of Reserved seats remain for Saturday’s portion of the Tuscarora 50 and they may be reserved by calling 717-527-2303 between 8am-4pm. Make sure to have your ID with you when picking up reserved seating tickets.
Sunday, September 12th is the advertised rain date for the Tuscarora 50 if needed. Saturday tickets and wristbands can only be used for Sunday and cannot be refunded. Should both days rain out, normal cancellation policies apply. Details are on the website under Information.
Racing will again be available via PPV on FloRacing and more information regarding that can be found at www.floracing.com
Thursday Prices/Info: Gates 4pm, Racing at 7pm
General Admission- $25
Friday Prices/Info: Gates 4pm, Racing at 7pm
General Admission- $30
Saturday Prices/Info: Gates 2pm, Racing 6pm
General Admission- $35
Reserved Seating- $40