Port Royal, PA – April 12, 2022
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
Feature Photo Credit: Chris Hockley / WRT SpeedWerx
Never underestimate the value of back to back solid performances for a race team. It’s proof one good result wasn’t a fluke. It confirms correct decisions are being made. Most of all, it brings confidence. In motorsports, a confident driver behind the wheel can be more valuable than almost anything else.
Jeff Halligan is on exactly such a roll lately. Saturday’s 4th place finish at Port Royal Speedway was his second consecutive top five finish, not to mention he has passed thirteen cars in recording three top-10 finishes this season.
April 9: Open Wheel Madness / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA
(27 cars, Qualifying 2nd, Heat 3rd, A-main 4th)
A chilly April afternoon saw 27 teams register to get their shot at the $5,000 winner’s share. Time trials were completed in a group format, with three groups set by pill draw.
Halligan’s qualifying run as part of group two was somewhat eventful. The Ephrata, PA driver completed a very quick first lap just before the engine on his Risser Motorsports / TheTreeCenter.com / Victory Auto of Lewistown / EMM Sales & Service / Jake’s Golf Carts, No.45 shut off unexpectedly, robbing him of a second lap that would likely have been even better. Zeb Wise’s second lap knocked Halligan from the top of the chart by 0.062 seconds.
Upon his return pit-side, Halligan’s team immediately went to work and resolved the issue in plenty of time for Jeff to assume his starting spot inside row two for the second heat race. He temporarily slipped back to 4th in the opening laps, but he was able to overtake Blane Heimbach to finish 3rd, just missing the redraw by one spot.
As the sun began to set, Halligan lined up 8th for the 25-lap feature event. From the drop of the green, he began his workmanlike grind toward the front, climbing into 7th after five laps, then to 6th after ten laps. Halligan was fast and battling with Zeb Wise for a spot in the top five when the red lights flashed on for T.J. Stutts, who was uninjured in the crash.
The late break in the action bunched the field with four laps remaining. Halligan capitalized on the situation, clearing Wise for good to take 5th, then raced past Parker Price-Miller for the 4th spot as the main event drew to a close.
“We were really good tonight. Each time I got by someone, I was able to track down the next guy, even in traffic. I never had a chance to get in clean air to find out how good we really were, but I know we passed some really good cars“, a clearly energized Jeff Halligan said.
Halligan now sits 5th in the competitive season championship point standings at Port Royal Speedway. The top five are only separated by 165 points. To provide some context, a win is worth 350 points and there are still 25 races remaining in 2022.
“The car is really balanced well right now. We just need to improve our starting spot to give ourselves a chance to be on the podium. In two weeks, we have a big race here (at Port) with the All Stars, so we have been trying things the past few weeks. We want to make sure we are ready for that race. You have to be on your game for a race like that”, Halligan commented.
Jeff and the Risser Motorsports team will return to Port Royal Speedway Saturday night, April 16th for the final tune-up for 410 sprint cars before the All Star Circuit of Champions roll into town for the $10,000 to win Keith Kauffman Classic at ‘The Speed Palace’ on April 23rd.
5 races, 0 wins, 2 top 5s, 3 top 10s
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