Port Royal – Of all the big winners at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night including Mike Erdley and Doug Esh in 410 sprints and Coleby Frye and Mike Lupfer in late models, nobody took more money home from the track than the winner of the 50/50 from Middletown, Pennsylvania, who pocketed over $5,600 as his take.
Including the grandstands and infield areas, a near capacity crowd of thousands crowded into the speedway on Free Fan Appreciation Night, backing up traffic along access routes into the borough of Port Royal upon their arrival to watch seven exciting features that also saw Mark Watkins and Eric Parker split 305 sprint features and Bill Powell claim xtreme stocks.
Erdley ended up winning the make-up Fallen Heroes Championship 410 sprint feature worth $5,000 after the race restarted with nine laps recorded, picking up where it was rained out back on May 24.
But his victory was a hard fought and exciting one as the Elizabethville driver was passed early after the resumption of action by Rick Lafferty only to reclaim the spot with a crossover lane change in the fourth corner as the pair raced back to the stripe.
And then Erdley began opening up a comfortable advantage in the affair as eyes turned to Lucas Wolfe, who restarted fourth in the field but came to life as the race got to the halfway point.
Wolfe took second from Lafferty with seven laps to go in the 25-lapper and ran down Erdley’s lead by the final lap in order to raise the fans that could find a seat onto their feat for the checkers.
Wolfe raced just off Erdley’s rear bumper down the backchute on the final circuit before putting on a swoop deep in the third corner that netted him the lead.
But just as he had done early after the restart with Lafferty, as Wolfe slid up the track and took the lead, Erdley hit the binders and turned the car off of the cushion to drive back underneath Wolfe as the pair headed for the checkers in order to reclaim control and the victory by a scant .24 second margin.
Wolfe, Lafferty, Blane Heimbach and Davey Sammons rounded out the top five.
The May 3 410 sprint make up went to the line with Rodney Westhafer and Justin Barger on the front row and when the green flag dropped fourth starter Davey Sammons put on a run out of the second corner that saw him blast underneath Westhafer in the third turn only to loose control of the car and back it into the outside fence before turning over.
Westhafer took command when action resumed with sixth starter Curt Stroup muscling to the front early, taking second immediately ahead of Barger.
Meanwhile, seventh starter Esh went to the outside cushion and rocketed through the field and was up to fourth with five down in the race as fifth starter Mike Wagner honed in for the lead.
Wagner took control of the event on the seventh tour as Esh continued his assault on the pack, taking third with eight in the books and then second a lap later.
But Wagner proved to be tougher to handle for Esh, who dogged the Port Royal veteran for numerous laps as the race waged through the backmarkers.
With eight laps to go Esh finally caught Wagner and using his skillful prowess around the outside of the track he blasted in to the lead on the 18th tour to never look back enroute to the popular win worth $3,000.
Wagner settled for second followed by Lafferty, 16th starter Blane Heimbach and Stroup.
Frye led every lap of the 25-lap Fallen Heroes Championship for the super late models after starting second on the field.
He entered the back of the pack on the eighth lap and worked through traffic easily.
Andy Haus was running second when the first of two caution flags fell on the field with 17 laps down.
Another restart with just two laps to go regrouped the field but Frye was too stout for the field, taking the $2,000 victory for his second in a row in the Fallen Heroes race for the late models.
Haus rode home second with a fine run for Dave Zona placing him third followed by 10th starter Tim Wilson and Nick Dickson.
Matt Parks threatened to dominate the May 3 make up late model main, starting second in the field but point leader Mike Lupfer had other ideas.
Although Parks got away during the first half of the 20-lap race, Lupfer took second with five in the books and then slowly and steadily reeled him in to contest for the lead.
It took until there were just six laps left for the Shermansdale driver to get inside Parks in the second turn.
And once the bottom was cleared for Lupfer he rode the money lane down low to the victory, pulling away to the finish over Parks.
After starting 18th in the field, Tim Smith Jr. put on a clinic to finish a stout third followed by polesitter Mitch Hack and Tim Fedder.
Mark Watkins wired the field for the victory in the Fallen Heroes Championship for the 305 sprints, withstanding a pounding assault from Tyler Bear for the lead.
Bear took second with 11 laps to go and threw everything but the kitchen sink at Watkins, who proved to be unshakable to the finish.
Bear, Anthony Fiore, Jeff Miller Jr. and 22nd starter Mike Wagner II., completed the top five.
Eric Parker wired for his 305 feature win as well.
Tyler Bear started eighth in the main and drove into second with six laps left in the 20 lapper but soon withdrew from the event, letting Parker have it all his way to the finish.
Jeff Miller Jr. was second followed by Nathan Gramley, Ken Duke and 10th starter Mark Watkins.
The 15-lap xtreme stock feature closed the night with Bill Powell taking his second win of the season in the division but only after a volley of misfortunes altered the outcome of the race.
Early leader Deron Henry fell back on the sixth lap when Matt Wampler took over at the helm but then along came 11th starter Corey Kepner, who stormed to the front, taking the lead with only two laps to go.
But just after Kepner was scored the leader the red flag appeared for Henry, who flipped his car in the second turn.
And then under the stoppage, Kepner withdrew from the race, handing the lead and eventual win over to Powell with Wampler ending up second followed by Bob Bussey, Mike Goodwin and Tyler Amtower.
A power outage effecting the frontstretch and first turn lighting delayed the show after the first three features were completed, forcing an approximate one hour delay before the final four main events could be completed.
Race Results: 6/14/14
410 sprints, 25 laps (make up from May 24): 1. Mike Erdley,2. Lucas Wolfe, 3, Rick Lafferty, 4. Blane Heimbach, 5. Dave Ely, 6. Davey Sammons, 7. Mike Wagner, 8. Chad Layton, 9. Doug Esh, 10. Nate Snyder, 11. Curt Stroup, 12. Logan Wagner, 13. Dave Hahn, 14. Trenton Sheaffer, 15. Scott Wilson, 16. Dylan Cisney, 17. Dustin Baney, 18. Justin Barger, 19. Joey Hershey, 20. Greg Hodnett, 21. Brent Marks, 22. Brock Zearfoss, 23. Lance Dewease
DNS: Rodney Westhafer
410 sprints, 25 laps (make up from May 3): 1. Doug Esh, 2. Mike Wagner, 3. Rick Lafferty, 4. Blane Heimbach, 5. Curt Stroup, 6. Rodney Westhafer, 7. Mike Erdley, 8. Justin Barger, 9. Dave Ely, 10. Chad Layton, 11. Nate Snyder, 12. Mark Coldren, 13. Dave Hahn, 14. Trenton Sheaffer, 15. Scott Wilson, 16. Dustin Baney, 17. Dylan Cisney, 18. Davey Sammons, 19. Jon Brennfleck, 20. Francis Sesco, 21. Ryan Taylor
Late Models, 25 laps (make up from May 24): 1. Coleby Frye, 2. Andy Haus, 3. Dave Zona, 4. Tim Wilson, 5. Nick Dickson, 6. Brett Schadel, 7. Matt Parks, 8. Tim Smith Jr., 9. Mike Lupfer, 10. Rance Garlock, 11. Scott Haus, 12. Eric Zembower, 13. Jason Schmidt, 14. Hayes Mattern, 15. Austin Berry, 16. Patrick Bryner, 17. Matt Sponaugle, 18. Trent Brenneman, 19. Tim Fedder, 20. Mitch Hack, 21. Waylon Wagner, 22. Bob Dunn, 23. Dustin Hoffman, 24. Mike Mort, 25. Derrick Casner
DNS: Jim Yoder, Dylan Yoder
DNQ: Meade Hahn, Danny Snyder, Brad Kling, Harold Ranck, Chuck Haydt
Late Models, 20 laps (make up from May 3): 1. Mike Lupfer, 2. Matt Parks, 3. Tim Smith Jr., 4. Mitch Hack, 5. Tim Fedder, 6. Scott Haus, 7. Randy Burkholder, 8. Nick Dickson, 9. Waylon Wagner, 10. Trent Brenneman, 11. Brett Schadel, 12. Dustin Hoffman, 13. Patrick Bryner, 14. Jason Schmidt, 15. Austin Berry, 16. Eric Zembower, 17. Mike Mort, 18. Bertt Hockenberry, 19. Harold Ranck
DNS: Bud Phillips, Dave Brouse Sr.
305 sprints, 25 laps (make up from May 24): 1. Mark Watkins, 2. Tyler Bear, 3. Anthony Fiore, 4. Jeff Miller Jr., 5. Mike Wagner II., 6. Alex Schanz, 7. Scott Ellerman, 8. Shawn Kirkpatrick, 9. John Braim, 10. Zach Newlin, 11. Reed Thompson, 12. Jason Bergstresser, 13. Erin Statler, 14. Jon Haegele, 15. Randy Kaylor, 16. Wayne Dadetto, 17. James Pride, 18. Mike Shuckers, 19. Kody Lehman, 20. Eric Parker, 21. Nathan Gramley
DNS: Clair Wintermyer, Roger Irvine, John Bott, Paul Snyder, Lance Newlin
305 sprints, 20 laps (make up from May 3): 1. Eric Parker, 2. Jeff Miller Jr., 3. Nathan Gramley, 4. Ken Duke, 5. Mark Watkins, 6. Kyle Lloyd, 7. Zach Newlin, 8. Wayne Dadetto, 9. John Braim, 10. Mike Wagner II., 11. Erin Statler, 12. Ron Aurand, 13. Scott Ellerman, 14. Reed Thompson, 15. Randy Kaylor, 16. Anthony Fiore, 17. Jake Waters, 18. James Pride, 19. Cory Thornton, 20. Tyler Bear
DNS: Kody Lehman, Tyler Reeser, Jonathan Wanchalk, Roger Irvine, Colby Dice, Clair Wintermyer, Lance Newlin
Xtreme Stocks, 15 laps: 1. Bill Powell, 2. Matt Wampler, 3. Bob Bussey, 4. Mike Goodwin, 5. Tyler Amtower, 6. Curtis Lawson, 7. Craig Dodson, 8. Karl Miller, 9. Darien Trego, 10. Jason Zook, 11. Corey Kepner, 12. Deron Henry, 13. Dave Kepner, 14. Joey Burdge, 15. Johnny Palm, 16. Mark Auker
DNS: Floyd Sheetz