By Shawn Brouse
Port Royal – The USAC Eastern Storm continues to plague Pennsylvania with its climax slated for Port Royal Speedway Saturday night.
The 2011 Eastern Storm finale will take place at the oval beginning at 7 PM. Gates for the show that also includes ARDC Midgets will open at 5 PM. The winner of the USAC feature will take home $6,000.
Never before has wingless 410 sprint car racing been held at the track and anticipation is running high for Saturday’s Port Royal show which is likely to be one of if not the biggest show of the season at the historic Juniata County oval.
The USAC showing to date in the state has been a strong one featuring more than 30 cars in wingless competition at Lernerville, Grandview and Lincoln Speedways with no repeat winners.
Jon Stanbrough of Avon, Ind., scored the 40 lap main at Lernerville Speedway to kickoff the tour on Monday. Tuesday’s show at Grandview Speedway went to Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. Levi Jones of Olney, Ill., scored Wednesday’s show at Lincoln Speedway.
As part of the Port Royal program, the annual Williams Grove Old Timers/Penn Central Racing Reunion will be taking place on speedway grounds with a host of restored racecars on display that will receive track time.
The restored Bogar No. 99 Jan Opperman sprint car driven by Opperman to a win against USAC at Eldora Speedway in 1974 will be on display as well.
And the track will honor brothers Eddie and Guy McCardle with the 2011 Founders Awards for their accomplishments and efforts in helping create the track as a weekly racing venue during its formative auto racing years in the 1950s.
With the annual Penn Central/WGOT Racing Reunion taking place on speedway grounds Saturday along with restored racecars on display and the USAC program, passenger vehicle parking will be at a premium.
As a result, all campers attending Saturday’s USAC show are requested to put down roots in the speedway parking/camping field located behind the school, adjacent to the speedway.
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