Story By: JUSTIN SNYDER / PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY – PORT ROYAL, PA – Coming off a successful Living Legends Dream Race, Port Royal Speedway is off this weekend .
However, the ‘Speed Palace’ will return next Saturday, August 17th, for one of the most highly anticipated events of the year.
The Morton Buildings World of Outlaw Late Models Series, presented by River Valley Builders, will join the Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Cars for a two division showdown.
The Late Models will compete in a 40-lap, $10,000 to win event that will be filled with some of the best drivers in the country, along with many of the Port Royal River Valley Builders Super Late Model series regulars.
Brandon Sheppard enters the event with a 230 point advantage in the series standings over Ricky Weiss and he has won an astonishing 15 times this season. Sheppard is a former event winner at Port Royal, picking up a win in 2017. Third in the standings is Shane Clanton (-256), Chase Junghans (-258) is in fourth and Darell Lanigan (- 268) makes up the top five.
Dylan Yoder leads the charge from the River Valley Builders local competitors vying for the upset of the traveling series and he currently holds a 350 point advantage over Andy Haus in the point stadings, with Jeff Rine (-570), Nick Dickson (–820) and Mike Lupfer (-1050) rounding out the top five.
Other past Outlaw Late Model winners at the track were Darrell Lanigan (2007), Clint Smith (2008) and Mike Marlar (2018).
In the Weikert’s Livestock Sprint Cars, A.J Flick comes into the weekend looking to back up his impressive $12,000 payday for winning the Dream Race.
The win was his first of the season at the Juniata oval and his second career triumph.
Defending track champion and 3-time winner this season, Logan Wagner, currently holds a 365 point advantage over second place Dylan Cisney. Flick (-635), TJ Stutts (- 645) and Blane Heimbach (-705) fill out the top five.
The Sprint Cars will be racing for $4000 and will take part in dual heats, where passing points will help set the feature events starting lineup.