Story By: BRETT DEYO / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES – PORT ROYAL, PA – Valentine’s Day is a holiday for lovers. And the racing community – fans and racers – have a love affair with Port Royal Speedway.
So it’s only appropriate the race information for the third edition of the ‘Speed Showcase’ at the pristine fairgrounds facility be released on the 14th of February. Port Royal Speedway, known in the Central Pennsylvania racing community as the ‘Speed Palace’ will host the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco for the third consecutive season on Sunday, March 22.
In the two previous STSS Modified visits to Port Royal, fans have left the huge grandstands buzzing about what they had witnessed.
Last March, Middletown, N.Y.’s Anthony Perrego emerged from a back-and-forth battle with Matt Sheppard through lapped traffic to pick up the victory. Sheppard finished second, followed by Mat Williamson (up from 19th), Danny Bouc and Brett Hearn.
The inaugural ‘Speed Showcase’ run in October 2018 saw Ryan Watt of Boyertown, Pa., fend off a rim-riding Brandon Grosso to put his name in the record books. David Van Horn, Duane Howard, Grosso and Craig Von Dohren filled out the front five.
This year’s edition again sees the STSS Modifieds run 40 laps for a purse structure totaling more than $25,000 plus contingency awards and bonuses: $5,000 minimum to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green.
The event serves as Race No. 2 of the STSS Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central as the STSS Modifieds race toward a $10,000 championship for the eight-race schedule.
Joining the STSS Modifieds on the Port Royal Sunday soiree are the United Late Model Series (ULMS) Super Late Models in a $3,000-to-win South Region special.
Pit and grandstand gates will unlock at 11 a.m. on the 22nd. The drivers’ meeting is set for 12:45 p.m., with hot laps at 1:15 p.m. and racing at 2 p.m.
Adults pay $25 grandstand admission. Students pay $15 (ages 12-18). Children 11 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35 with no license required.