PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Logan Wagner scored his second win of the season for the Zemco stables at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, taking the $3,600 sprint car main over Rick Lafferty.
The 22-lap super late model main saw Dover’s Gene Knaub record his first-ever oval division win for a $2,000 payday by holding off a surging Andy Haus.
The 18-lap 305 sprint car main was a thrilling event that went non stop with Newport’s Zach Newlin claiming his second oval checkers of the season while Eric Irvin claimed the econo late model main to close out the night.
Second starter Justin Whittal of Medford, New Jersey took the lead at the start of the 25-lap 410 sprint car main with Kody Lehman and Rick Lafferty giving chase.
The first 18 laps of the event would go non-stop before the only caution flag of the race unfurled.
And during those 18 laps, eighth starter Logan Wagner stormed to the front, up to third on the fourth circuit, behind Lafferty.
It took Wagner seven laps to muscle by Lafferty for second before making an attempt to steal the lead.
But a swoop into the third turn shortly after getting second failed to net him the top spot and instead it allowed Whittal to get away during the ensuing laps.
In fact, Whittal was comfortably in front of Wagner’s No. 1 when the aforementioned caution lights came on for a stopped Dylan Cisney on the frontstretch.
Cisney was running in fourth when he blew a right rear tire in front of a challenging Lucas Wolfe with Wolfe narrowly avoiding major contact.
The caution wiped out a more than one second lead held by Whittal and on the restart, instead of Wagner taking a shot for the win it was Lafferty blasting to the bottom in the first turn.
But Wagner was up to the challenge and held on to second while trying to keep the leader in his sights.
Whittal seemed to be struggling in the turns with five laps to go but still Wagner didn’t close dramatically but then as the pair raced toward the line for the two-to-go sign, Whittal seemed to slip high, allowing Wagner to zoom by for control in a sudden turn of events.
Whittal then zinged down across the track, grazing the inside frontstretch barrier as he worked to keep his wheels underneath all the while losing more spots, to both Lafferty and Wolfe.
Wagner then blasted to the win by 3.897 seconds over the final two laps, followed by Lafferty, Wolfe, Whittal and Jared Esh.
Sixth through 10th went to Tyler Reeser, Mike Wagner, Trenton Sheaffer, Kody Lehman and Joe Kata III.
Heats went to Cisney and Logan Wagner.
Gene Knaub would lead all 22 laps of the super late model main, most of it with Tim Wilson racing in second.
Three caution flags and a red flag hampered Knaub’s pace.
The red flag appeared on the seventh tour when the cars of Tim Smith Jr., Trent Brenneman and Dillan Stake connected in the third turn.
The final restart with two laps to go found Knaub and Wilson followed by Dylan Yoder, Andy Haus and Jeff Rine.
And when action resumed, Haus zoomed to the low side in the first and second turns to dig by both Yoder and Wilson to take over second with a lap to go.
Haus then shot across the bottom in the first and second turns on the final lap to try to steal the win but his car pushed up the track, allowing Knaub to get away to the victory by 1.060 seconds.
Wilson was third followed by Yoder and Rine.
Sixth through 10th went to Dan Stone, Kyle Lear, Roy Deese Jr., Andrew Yoder and Chad Myers.
Heats went to Deese, Rine and Wilson.
Zach Newlin would win the 18-lap 305 sprint main but only after a wild fracas for the win staged between he, Kyle Smith and Drew Ritchey.
Smith started 12th in the field and rolled around the top groove on the opening lap to be sitting fourth when it was completed.
He battled with Ritchey for the first half of the event for second before taking the spot with six laps to go.
Both he and Ritchey then closed on leader Newlin and raced just off of each others bumpers for the final six laps with Newlin outlasting repeated attempted passed for control by Smith with Ritchey waiting to pounce.
Newlin and Smith were side by side more than once including in the final turns but Newlin won the race back to the line for the victory by .172 seconds.
Ritchey was third followed by 16th starter Ken Duke Jr. and Ron Aurand.
Sixth through 10th went to Jonathan Jones, Jaremi Hanson, Nick Sweigart, Tyler Denochik and Austin Bishop.
Heats were won by Newlin, Hanson, Sweigart and Jeff Miller. John Scarborough won the consolation race.
Derick Garman led the first two circuits of the econo late model main before Tim Krape drove by for the lead.
A restart on lap seven saw Eric Irvin blast by Krape for the lead and win.
Irvin amassed a 2.023 second lead by the finish with Krape finishing second followed by Todd Snook, Tim Fedder and Kenny Yoder.
Sixth through 10th went to Derick Garman, JR Toner, Ryan Walls, Ryan Sager and Chase Bowsman.
Heats were taken by Fedder, Irvin and Toner.
410 sprints, 35 laps: 1. Logan Wagner, 2. Rick Lafferty, 3. Lucas Wolfe, 4. Justin Whittal, 5. Jared Esh, 6. Tyler Reeser, 7. Mike Wagner, 8. Trenton Sheaffer, 9. Kody Lehman, 10. Joe Kata III., 11. Dylan Cisney, 12. Joey Hershey
Late models, 22 laps: 1. Gene Knaub, 2. Andy Haus, 3. Tim Wilson, 4. Dylan Yoder, 5. Jeff Rine, 6. Dan Stone, 7. Kyle Lear, 8. Roy Deese Jr., 9. Andrew Yoder, 10. Chad Myers, 11. Robbie Black, 12. Jerry Bard, 13. Dave Brouse Jr., 14. Dave Stamm,15. Kyle Knapp, 16. Kody Lyter, 17. Scott Flickinger, 18. Billy Wampler, 19. Nick Dickson, 20. Tim Smith Jr., 21. Dillan Stake, 22. Trent Brenneman, 23. Austin Berry, 24. Vern Zerby, 25. Mike Lupfer
DNQ: Ralph Morgan J r., Justin Kann, Paul Cursey
Econo late models, 18 laps: 1. Eric Irvin, 2. Tim Krape, 3. Todd Snook, 4. Tim Fedder, 5. Kenny Yoder, 6. Derick Garman, 7. JR Toner, 8. Ryan Walls, 9. Ryan Sager, 10. Chase Bowsman, 11. Jason Davis, 12. Cory Lawler, 13. Jared Fulkroad, 14. Derrick Gahagan, 15. Curt Dunn, 16. Scott Landis, 17. John Myers, 18. Roger Beason, 19. Harold Ranck Jr.
DNS: Dillan Stake, Andew Stotler
305 sprints, 18 laps: 1. Zach Newlin, 2. Kyle Smith, 3. Drew Ritchey, 4. Ken Duke JR., 5. Ron Aurand, 6. Jonathan Jones, 7. Jaremi Hanson, 8. Nick Sweigart, 9. Tyler Denochik, 10. Austin Bishop, 11. Greg Dabrosky, 12. Jake Waters, 13. Jeff Miller, 14. John Scarbourough, 15. Kyle Ganoe, 16. Christian Rumsey, 17. Erin Statler, 18. Eric Husick, 19. John Fiore, 20. Josh Dressler, 21. Reed Thompson, 22. Robert Garvey, 23. Dave Guss Jr., 24. Cale Riegle
DNQ: Kassidy Kreitz, Nathan Gramley, Jimmy White, Dave Grube, Randy Sterling, Tim Stallings, Wally Eshenaur, Stephanie Dodson, Dave Wickham, Fred Arnold, Tim Smolenyak, Ben McCall, Dave Graber, Scott Ellerman