Port Royal Speedway 9.23.13 News and Notes
Port Royal Speedway Announces New Division For 2014 Season
Port RoyalPort Royal Speedway is making a division change for the 2014 racing season, instituting an all-new 355 econo-late model class that will replace the pro stocks and at the same time afford the pro stock drivers a relatively easy avenue to transfer their talent and interest into the new class.
In an effort to create a natural segway, if desired, into full-blown super late model racing, the 355 econo-late division will take to the track in 2014 while also creating an option for veteran drivers who may find the cost of fielding and driving a super late model out of reach in today’s market.
The new class, designed to be an economical choice for stock car drivers, will utilize more easily acquired late model chassis’ as it replaces the pro stocks, however limitations regarding engines and shocks among other specifications are intended to keep operating costs more budgetary.
“Any time when you decide to make a change or try starting any new division there is always a risk factor to it,” admits Port Royal promoter Steve O’Neal.
“But over the past several years there has been a steady decline in the pro stock numbers competing not only at Port but at all the area tracks.”
“Ever since the federal government ran their ‘Cash For Clunkers’ program there has been a shortage of old streetcar frames and body parts or any cheap parts in general for the pro stocks and the result is now you have cars that really don’t resemble anything that is stock.”
“The race committee realizes that there must be a feeder class where new drivers can get a start and veteran drivers can still afford to race. The committee has seen and promoted the 305 Racesaver sprints from the beginning and has seen the success of this division and now we are hoping to do the same with this econo-late class and our late models,” O’Neal says.
“The only real difference between the 305 sprints and the 410 sprints is really the motor limitations to keep the cost down. The drivers starting in that division actually get a real feel of a 410 sprint car.”
“So now we are planning on doing the same thing with this new class of late models to give the guys that are starting out the real feel of a super late model without the large motor costs.”
“This division will also give the guys that have raced the super late model class in the past and that cannot afford to run competitively in it anymore a chance to still come out on Saturday nights and have fun racing.”
The ultimate goal of Port Royal officials is ensuring the viability of the support division while keeping costs in check.
“Since we are the only track around that runs 410 sprints and super late models weekly it just make sense to try to build feeder classes for both divisions,” O’Neal summarizes.
A minimum of 15 shows are tentatively slated on the 2014 Port Royal schedule of events.
The entire 2014 355 econo-late model division specifications are available on the track website under the rules page atwww.portroyalspeedway.com.
More Details Announced For Port Royal Blue Collar Classic Oct. 11 & 12
Port Royal - Nearly 40 teams and drivers have already pre-registered for the October 11 and 12 Keystone RaceSaver 305 Sprint Challenge Blue Collar Classic at Port Royal Speedway.
Teams representing the states of New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina are already on the registration list.
Last year’s one-day event drew a stellar field of 51 cars and this year’s field is expected to be even bigger for the two-day show.
The interregional RaceSaver 305 sprint event at Port Royal will see the 305 sprints compete in a regular program on Friday night along with 358 limited late models, a pro stock/street stock challenge and an enduro dash.
The stock cars will race for $1,000, $600 and $200 to win respectively.
Friday’s 305 sprint winner will earn a guaranteed starting spot in Saturday’s feature race.
Saturday’s show offers a purse worth more than $10,000 for the RaceSaver 305s up for grabs in a 25-lap feature as well as in a 15-lap non-qualifiers event.
The 25-lap RaceSaver Blue Collar Classic main for 305s will pay $750 to win and $250 to start while the special non-qualifier’s champion will earn $200 for his victory.
Also on the Saturday card will be the super sportsman and an enduro dash paying $300 to win.
The sportsman will race in a regular program plus a special 10-lap, $1,000 to win finale for their 2013 heat race point series finale.
Adult general admission for both shows is JUST $12 with students ages 12 – 18 priced at JUST $5.
Friday action begins at 7 pm with Saturday racing slated for 5 pm.
Port Royal Speedway will close the season on October 19 at 6 pm with the final show of the season for the 410 sprints along with super sportsman and a demolition derby.