From Port Royal Speedway
Port Royal, PA – When fans file into Port Royal Speedway to take part in the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints Bob Weikert Memorial on April 30, they’ll be lucky enough to see a blast from the past circle the track.
As part of a conjoined effort between Weikert’s Livestock, the Weikert family and current car owner Jesse Keen, fans will get to see the famed, legendary Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 circle the track just one more time.
“When Todd Weikert called and asked me to prepare and race a sprint car to look just like the Weikert’s Livestock No. 29, I said yes without any hesitation,” says Keen.
“I hope we can be as fast as Bob Weikert’s cars.”
Keen’s customary No. 17 driven by Tyler Walker will carry the Weikert’s colors and number for the event as a way of paying homage to the always powerful and proud car owner Bob Weikert and his iconic No. 29 red, white and blue sprint cars.
“Bob Weikert loved racing and fielded the most competitive sprint cars and drivers in the United States for over 40 years and I was very fortunate to race against Bob’s cars in the 1970’s and 80’s,” Keen recalls.
”Bob Weikert was Mr. Beef and Mr. Sprint Car and in the winner’s circle he let all us know it! He was great for the sport.”
Keen’s Weikert’s car will be schemed after perhaps one of the most identifiable versions of the machine through the years, that of the historic seasons when Midwestern pilot Doug Wolfgang dominated sprint car racing across the nation in the mid-1980’s aboard the terrorizing Weikert No. 29.
And if ever there was a present day example of the kind of driving talents Weikert looked for, it certainly can be found in Keen driver Tyler Walker.
“I think Bob would be proud to have a very competitive driver like Tyler Walker wheeling one of his cars and we’ll try hard to make Mr. Beef proud,” says Keen.
“And I want to thank Todd again for asking us. This is an honor.”
Gates for the Weikert Memorial will open at 5 PM with time trials slated to get underway at 7 PM. Adult General Admission will be $20.00 with students ages 12 – 17 admitted for just $10.00. Kids under 12 are free.