By Shawn Brouse
Port Royal – When Port Royal Speedway makes history on June 4 by spinning off the inaugural appearance at the track by the wingless USAC sprint cars, it will also take time to honor two very important men from the speedway’s past.
Lewistown brothers Eddie and Guy McCardle, now ages 90 and 89 respectively, barnstormed around the Port oval in the 1950’s and helped shape Port Royal Speedway into a weekly racing venue that has become nationally known.
And it’s that commitment and contribution to the track during its formative weekly auto racing years that has earned them the bestowment of the 2011 Port Royal Speedway Founders Award.
The racing brothers will be feted during the USAC program as the Founders Award winners.
Elder brother Eddie McCardle, now residing in Beaver Springs, was the 1950, 1951 and 1954 track champion at Port Royal, racing under the Penn Central Racing Association banner that created and conducted weekly programs at the track beginning in late 1950.
Guy McCardle, still of Lewistown, toured the oval as well, picking up a pair of wins while Eddie accumulated 14 at Port Royal alone.
But the pair not only was forces at Port Royal.
Together they raced and won at Penn Central tracks including Reedsville, Ebensburg and Snow Shoe. And before that they toured and raced midgets with AAA.
Port Royal Speedway and PRS Promotions will proudly present the 2011 Founders Award to brothers Eddie and Guy McCardle on June 4.
The powerful USAC sprint cars will compete in the USAC Eastern Storm finale on June 4 along with the ARDC Midgets. The USAC feature will be 40-laps in distance paying $6,000 to the winner.
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