Thursday, August 01, 2019

Port Royal Living Legends Dream Race This Weekend- Largest Un-Sanctioned Sprint Car Purse in Pennsylvania

By- Justin Snyder

PORT ROYAL, Pa- It’s the 13th Annual Living Legends Dream Race at the Port Royal Speedway!

The Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Cars and the River Valley Builder’s Super Late Models will compete with a grand total $70,000 purse available between the two-divisions and many contingency sponsor prizes as well.

This year’s honorees will be Joe Gravino on the Sprint Car side and Ken Dickson on the Late Model side.

 Gravino is most known by speedway regulars for his yellow Polaris sponsored #28 and has 10 career victories at the Juniata County oval, including an opening day win at the speedway in 1989.

 Dickson has 54 career victories at the speedway, second only to Scotty Haus. Dickson’s son Nick Dickson is a frequent competitor in the Super Model division at the speedway and picked up a win earlier in the season.

 The first ever Dream Race was held in 2007, where Sean Michael triumphed in a very popular and emotional win driving for the late Jim Nace in his #6 Sprint Car. Since then, Greg Hodnett (2), Cody Darrah, Chad Layton, Blane Heimbach, Ryan Taylor, Brent Marks, Rick Lafferty and most recently Lance Dewease have won the annual event. The win last year was Dewease’s second in the race.

 For the 410 Sprint Cars there will be an entire purse totaling nearly $55,000 with the 30-lap feature winner guaranteed $10,000 and the track paying $500 to start. The main event will pay over $35,000 throughout the field. The total purse is the largest un-sanctioned purse in Pennsylvania as of this weekend.

 As traditional there will also be twin 16-lap semi mains carrying full purses as well that will help set the field for the A-Main. Winners will earn $2,000 for their efforts, $200 to start and nearly $10,000 making up the purse for each Semi.

 Time trials will set the semi lineups with an inversion draw. Odd and even qualifiers will split into the semi-mains with the top 10 from each semi advancing to the A-Main. The top 3 from each semi will go into inversion draw as well.

 There will also be a $100 fast time award presented by Packer’s Concessions for each semi, hard charger awards presented by York County Racing Club in both semi’s, along with three $200 bonuses in the A-Main’s selected from the 11th-25th place finishers. Fans will have a chance to play a part in the night as well as they will be voting for the 25th place starter in the A-Main. To be eligible for the fan vote, drivers must finish the B-Main and be a non-qualifier. Longtime promoter and racing announcer Ted Reitz is sponsoring the semi-purses.

 Thousands of dollars in contingency prizes and cash will also be handed out throughout the night. They include 6 Right Rear Tires via Hoosier Tires, 2 Rider Racing Engine Dyno’s, 2 Don Ott Racing Engine Dyno’s, 4 $100 Gift Certificates via Diversified Machine Inc., 4 $50 Gift Certificates via Zemco Speed Equipment, 25 $30 Kreitz Oval Track Parts Gift Certificates, 1 Set of Bumpers and Nerf Bars via Mach-1 Chassis, 1 Set of Penske Shocks, 24 $100 Gift Certificates via A; Drive Lines for the A-Main starters and 3 Wings Unlimited Buy 1 Get 1 Free Certificates for Nose Wings.

The late models will be racing for $2500 to the winner with a 25-lap feature featuring a purse of close to $12,500. A-Main qualifiers will be guaranteed $250 to take the green along with $100 in tow money.

There will be a Kid’s Money Scramble courtesy of Pennian Bank for Kids 11 and Under. Kids will assemble in the infield during Tim-Trials, where $500 in coins will be up for the taking!

Admission Prices

General Admission- $30

Students- $15

Pit Admission- $40

Gates Open at 4pm EST, Racing at 7pm EST


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