PORT ROYAL, PA – As a celebration of this year’s Port Royal Speedway 50th annual Tuscarora 50 paying $50,000 to win coming up on Saturday, September 9, a Tuscarora 50 Hall of Champions Reunion will take place.
Sprint car racing for the enormous $105,000 purse up for grabs will begin at 7 pm but an autograph session with no less than 12 champions will take place underneath the grandstand, adjacent to the main admission gate, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.
The eldest statesman of the Tuscarora 50 Hall of Champions, slated to appear for the fan meet and greet is three-time Tuscarora winner Lynn Paxton, who took Tuscarora laurels in 1972, 1975 and 1980.
Also appearing will be defending Tuscarora champion and the only five-time event victor in history, Lance Dewease, who took wins in 1994, 2001, 2002, 2006 and in 2016.
Len Krautheim III., who won the Silver Anniversary 15th Annual Tuscarora 50 in 1992 has also committed to the pre-race session.
Other winners scheduled to appear are Keith Kauffman, 1978 and 2003; Dave Blaney, 1983; Todd Shaffer, 1990, 1991 and 1995; Don Kreitz Jr., 1993, 1992 and 2013; Fred Rahmer, 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2005; Greg Hodnett, 1998, 2004, 2009 and 2014; Doug Esh, 2007 and 2012; Mike Erdley, 2008 and Brian Montieth, 2010.
In preparation for the upcoming $50,000 to win, 50th Annual Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway on September 9, oval officials are preparing to better accommodate race-goers and fans as they come and go from the prestigious event.
Aside from the standard, long-established speedway and Juniata County Fair parking accommodations, additional parking fields for 2017 will be available for access to the west of the facility and adjacent to the large parking field at the end of Eighth Street.
New parking fields available for this year’s event are located at the west end of Cross Street and to the south side of the upper parking field located at the end of Eighth Street.
Additionally, in an effort to accommodate fans and Juniata County Fair-goers before and after the races, several shuttle busses will be running from all parking areas, with drop-off and pickup points located at sixth and eighth street gates.
Traffic control along Rt. 75 leading into and out of the borough of Port Royal will also be provided.
The 50th annual Tuscarora 50 will be the biggest race ever held in the history of Port Royal Speedway.
Friday night will offer the 30-lap, $5,000 to win Night Before The 50 for the Pennsylvania Posse and All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars before both faction reconvene to contest the Tuscarora 50 itself on Saturday night.
The weekend affair will conclude the weeklong 163rd annual Juniata County Fair held adjacent to the speedway.
The $50,000 to win, $50th annual Tuscarora 50 sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints boasts a purse of nearly $100,000 and is being presented by: Aumiller & Associates Retirement Specialists, Milroy; Mike Cleck Paving & Sealcoating, Mifflintown; J & S Fabrication, Grantville; Weikert’s Livestock, Fairfield; Packer’s Concessions, Centre Hall; Slivinski Law Offices, Selinsgrove and Middleburg; Ramsey’s Car Washes & Garage, Mifflintown; Hamilton Motorsports, Hoseheads.com website, Pennian Bank, Trone Outdoor Advertising, Mr. Terry Ritzman and Mr. Tedd Reitz.
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