Eliason Wins Opening Night Feature of Tuscarora 50 Weekend

Cory Eliason. (Image courtesy of the All Star Circuit of Champions)

From Tyler Altmeyer

PORT ROYAL, Pa. (September 10, 2020) – For the fifth time in his career, and for the first time in Pennsylvania, Visalia, California’s Cory Eliason is an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 main event winner, doing so during night one of the 53rd running of the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway. The 2019 All Star Rookie of the Year is now a three-time Series winner in 2020, accumulating all three since August 2 when the driver of the Rudeen Racing entry secured $20,000 during the Huset’s Speedway grand reopening. The Port Royal Speedway victory earned Eliason a $6,000 top prize.

“They don’t call this place the ‘Speed Palace’ no nothing,” Cory Eliason said in victory lane, driver of the Rudeen Racing/Hagar Realty/Rayce Rudeen Foundation/No. 26 sprint car. “It was a blast here tonight. Definitely a lot different than what we saw on Monday during the Labor Day Classic. The kind of track we had here tonight is kinda my forte. Hats off to this entire team. They work hard and continue to work hard day in and day out. We were fast right out of the gate tonight and it really showed. All we can do is come back tomorrow and try to do this again.”

Lining-up third on the main event grid, Eliason was an obvious threat right from the start. Although forced to withstand a pair of red flag incidents which halted action before a single lap could be completed, and fading one position to fourth when the race finally commenced, Eliason was quick on his feet, eventually regaining third from Kerry Madson on lap two, then sneaking by Brian Brown to capture second with only three laps in the books. Meanwhile, feature pole sitter Tony Stewart was the man in charge, maintaining command over the field while Eliason moved through the top five.

By lap six, Eliason was all over Tony Stewart for the race lead, actually pulling even with the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion as the pair raced into turn one to begin lap seven. Unfortunately for Eliason, caution flags would wave, negating Eliason’s bid for the lead. Eliason would be forced to restart second with Kerry Madsen and Brian Brown in tow.

Despite the ensuing restart not giving Eliason the jump that he needed, it was only a matter of time, as the 2020 All Star championship contender put himself back within striking distance by lap 12. In much similar fashion as lap seven, Eliason dove to the bottom of turn one to begin lap 13 and slid across the nose of Stewart, securing control for the California hotshoe for the first time.

Once in command, it was smooth sailing for Eiason, and although faced with a number of cautions, one of which inducing a green-white-checkered finish, and a few glimpses of slower traffic, on top of the field is where Eliason stayed. Kerry Madsen battled home to finish second, followed by Tony Stewart, Gio Scelzi and Tyler Courtney.

“We worked on a few things tonight, but nothing major,” Eliason said. “We were fortunate enough to find the curb which allowed us to make up a lot of ground in three and four. I really didn’t have to adjust my driving style much to determine how the car was going to act. I’ve always wanted to stand up here in Port Royal’s new victory lane, and now here we are. Just an awesome night all around.”

In addition, the preliminary victory secured Eliason a spot in Saturday’s 50-lap, $53,000-to-win main event.

Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1
Port Royal Speedway
Port Royal, Pennsylvania
Thursday September 10, 2020

Lincoln Electirc Qualifying
1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.842[31]
2. 57-Kyle Larson, 15.892[40]
3. 26-Cory Eliason, 15.905[15]
4. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.939[23]
5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 15.945[42]
6. 9-James McFadden, 15.950[17]
7. 24-Rico Abreu, 15.950[39]
8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.971[3]
9. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.031[24]
10. 13-Paul McMahan, 16.037[26]
11. 11T-TJ Stutts, 16.045[18]
12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.047[37]
13. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.056[27]
14. 1-Logan Wagner, 16.072[12]
15. 21B-Christopher Bell, 16.083[46]
16. 70-Cale Thomas, 16.115[7]
17. 21-Brian Brown, 16.116[6]
18. 39-Spencer Bayston, 16.124[22]
19. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 16.148[19]
20. 14-Tony Stewart, 16.151[34]
21. 5-Brent Marks, 16.165[16]
22. 91-Anthony Fiore, 16.177[28]
23. 72-Shane Stewart, 16.184[10]
24. 2F-AJ Flick, 16.195[1]
25. 24W-Lucas Wolfe, 16.208[35]
26. 17-Ian Madsen, 16.213[4]
27. 21M-Brian Montieth, 16.222[43]
28. 99-Skylar Gee, 16.223[8]
29. 25-Tyler Bear, 16.225[32]
30. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.225[41]
31. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 16.230[25]
32. 42-Sye Lynch, 16.251[33]
33. 55-Mike Wagner, 16.265[9]
34. 6-Ryan Smith, 16.298[36]
35. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 16.322[2]
36. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.352[45]
37. 11-Zeb Wise, 16.430[5]
38. 14T-Tyler Walton, 16.444[20]
39. 98-Jared Esh, 16.448[30]
40. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.466[21]
41. 17M-Kyle Smith, 16.513[29]
42. 33W-Michael Walter, 16.538[14]
43. 99M-Kyle Moody, 16.590[44]
44. 75-Nicole Bower, 16.599[11]
45. 73B-Brett Michalski, 16.755[38]
46. 24B-Dustin Baney, 16.803[13]

Ford Performance Heat Race #1 (8 Laps)
1. 21-Brian Brown[2]
2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[4]
3. 72-Shane Stewart[1]
4. 70-Cale Thomas[3]
5. 17-Ian Madsen[6]
6. 99-Skylar Gee[7]
7. 2F-AJ Flick[5]
8. 55-Mike Wagner[8]
9. 55K-Robbie Kendall[9]
10. 11-Zeb Wise[10]

All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat Race #2 (8 Laps)
1. 26-Cory Eliason[4]
2. 1-Logan Wagner[1]
3. 9-James McFadden[3]
4. 11T-TJ Stutts[2]
5. 5-Brent Marks[6]
6. 51-Freddie Rahmer[5]
7. 33W-Michael Walter[7]
8. 75-Nicole Bower[8]
9. 24B-Dustin Baney[9]

Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat Race #3 (8 Laps)
1. 69K-Lance Dewease[1]
2. 13-Paul McMahan[2]
3. 39M-Anthony Macri[3]
4. 87-Aaron Reutzel[4]
5. 39-Spencer Bayston[5]
6. 91-Anthony Fiore[6]
7. 5C-Dylan Cisney[7]
8. 14T-Tyler Walton[8]
9. W20-Greg Wilson[9]

Mobil 1 Heat Race #4 (8 Laps)
1. 14-Tony Stewart[2]
2. 24W-Lucas Wolfe[1]
3. 2M-Kerry Madsen[4]
4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[3]
5. 25-Tyler Bear[5]
6. 42-Sye Lynch[6]
7. 17M-Kyle Smith[9]
8. 6-Ryan Smith[7]
9. 98-Jared Esh[8]

Kistler Racing Products Heat Race #5 (8 Laps)
1. 21B-Christopher Bell[1]
2. 24-Rico Abreu[2]
3. 57-Kyle Larson[4]
4. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[3]
5. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt[6]
6. 21M-Brian Montieth[5]
7. 48-Danny Dietrich[7]
8. 99M-Kyle Moody[8]
9. 73B-Brett Michalski[9]

Kears Speed Shop Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 14-Tony Stewart[1]
2. 26-Cory Eliason[3]
3. 69K-Lance Dewease[2]
4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[5]
5. 21B-Christopher Bell[4]
6. 87-Aaron Reutzel[6]

Elliotts Custom Trailers and Carts Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 21-Brian Brown[1]
2. 2M-Kerry Madsen[2]
3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[4]
4. 24-Rico Abreu[6]
5. 57-Kyle Larson[5]
6. 9-James McFadden[3]

Computer Man Inc C-Main (10 Laps)
1. 55-Mike Wagner[1]
2. 55K-Robbie Kendall[6]
3. 14T-Tyler Walton[3]
4. 99M-Kyle Moody[4]
5. 98-Jared Esh[7]
6. W20-Greg Wilson[8]
7. 75-Nicole Bower[5]
8. 73B-Brett Michalski[9]
DNS: 24B-Dustin Baney
DNS: 6-Ryan Smith
DNS: 11-Zeb Wise

Classic Ink USA B-Main (12 Laps)
1. 51-Freddie Rahmer[2]
2. 39-Spencer Bayston[1]
3. 5-Brent Marks[3]
4. 17-Ian Madsen[4]
5. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt[6]
6. 5C-Dylan Cisney[12]
7. 21M-Brian Montieth[8]
8. 99-Skylar Gee[9]
9. 42-Sye Lynch[10]
10. 2F-AJ Flick[11]
11. 25-Tyler Bear[5]
12. 17M-Kyle Smith[14]
13. 91-Anthony Fiore[7]
14. 55K-Robbie Kendall
DNS: 48-Danny Dietrich
DNS: 33W-Michael Walter

Ollies Bargain Outlet A-Main (35 Laps)
1. 26-Cory Eliason[3]
2. 2M-Kerry Madsen[4]
3. 14-Tony Stewart[1]
4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[7]
5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[6]
6. 87-Aaron Reutzel[11]
7. 17-Ian Madsen[24]
8. 39M-Anthony Macri[16]
9. 5-Brent Marks[23]
10. 69K-Lance Dewease[5]
11. 13-Paul McMahan[13]
12. 5C-Dylan Cisney[25]
13. 70-Cale Thomas[20]
14. 11T-TJ Stutts[18]
15. 25-Tyler Bear[26]
16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[19]
17. 24-Rico Abreu[8]
18. 72-Shane Stewart[17]
19. 1-Logan Wagner[14]
20. 39-Spencer Bayston[22]
21. 24W-Lucas Wolfe[15]
22. 21B-Christopher Bell[9]
23. 21-Brian Brown[2]
24. 57-Kyle Larson[10]
25. 9-James McFadden[12]
26. 51-Freddie Rahmer[21]