By- Justin Snyder
Port Royal Speedway – PORT ROYAL, PA – (April 12, 2022) Over the past decade, the Port Royal Speedway has rapidly grown to become one of the crown jewel racetracks in the entire country with jam-packed diverse schedules featuring the best dirt track racing has to offer.
With six consecutive promoter of the year awards courtesy of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame being housed in the Speedway office, it would be easy to credit that meteoric rise to those working at the Speedway week in and week out and the promotional team the Speedway has established today.
However, the tradition that is Port Royal Speedway and the Speed Palace began long ago in September of 1938. Besides a four-year break in action during World War II from 1941-1945, the Speedway has continuously run weekly events for the Port Royal faithful and there have been many of names and faces over the years who have contibuted to the history and legacy of the track to get us where we are today.
Without their efforts and love of the track, the community and the sport, we are well aware that we would not be where we are today as an establishment. As the old saying goes, you've got to understand where you've been and how you got there, to ever know where it is that you're going.
One of those individuals was Glenn Stitt. Stitt served as the head scorer at the Port Royal Speedway from 1965-1985. An unheralded, yet important, position among many employees at the track, he pencil scored the first Tuscarora 50 ever held in 1968.
He also served as a car owner in the 60's and his son Ken Stitt drove in the late model division in the 70's and a year in sprint cars. He also had two grandsons (Ken Jr. and Steve) who drove Thunder Cars, Pro Stocks and late models over the years.
Upon moving away from the area, Glenn presented the Speedway with a detailed history of all racing events from past years that we were able to preserve and document. Because of his efforts and passion, future generations of race fans to come will have a road map to the past and an understanding of how it is that we got this far.
Truly a pioneer at the Speed Palace, his impact still resonates today with deep family roots and a passion for dirt track racing and the Port Royal Speedway. Glenn passed away at the age of 92 in December of 2020.
In an effort to recognize his contribution to our history and our future, the Speedway has joined forces with his family to host a special 10-lap Australian Pursuit event for the Krill Recyling Super Late Models this coming Saturday, April 16.
The old-time nostalgic event uses a format in that if a driver is passed at any point on the track, they are eliminated from contention and will head to the pits. The last driver remaining at the completion of 10 laps will be crowned the winner and earn $1000 for his eofforts. Second-place will pay $500, third-place will pay $400, fourth will pay $300 and fifth will pay $200. Sixth through tenth will receive $100.
The top ten finishers of the night's 25-lap feature event in the division will be eligible to compete for the added cash and we will invert the field completely and start in single-file.
While the family is unsure if Glenn ever scored an Australian Pursuit event during his time at the Speedway, they noted the event was among his favorites as a fan and they ran pursuit races in quarter midgets in the 50's and mid 60's that he scored.
We encourage all fans to stick around after the late model feature event to witness this special event and we look forward to honoring the memory and legacy of Glenn Stitt!