Geiges wins RaceSaver Challenge
Port Royal – Jeff Geiges of Hamilton, New Jersey, bested a 48-car field of RaceSaver 305 sprints to pick up the $1,000 victory in Saturday’s third annual Keystone RaceSaver Blue Collar Classic at Port Royal Speedway.
In the 410 sprint feature, Mike Erdley put an exclamation point on the end of his season as his car owner’s retirement nears with his second victory of the season at the track.
And in the xtreme stock main it was Todd Snook scoring the victory.
Tyler Bear of Elliottsburg, who entered the night tied with Jeff Miller Jr. for the point lead in the track 305 sprint series, started second and led the first lap of the Blue Collar Classic for the 305 sprints over fourth starter Adam Carberry of Bensalem. A slowing car on the frontstretch brought out the caution flag just as the first lap was put in the books. .
Carberry stayed right with Bear following the restart but as the laps started to click off, Bear began to pull away. A lap six caution flag brought Carberry back to Bear’s bumper.
Sixth starter Jeff Geiges powered under Carberry to take second on the restart. Logan Wagner –a 410 sprint car regular this season – passed Carberry for third as well during a rare 305 sprint start since moving out of the ranks for the bigger 410 sprint cars. .
The caution flag flew on lap 12 for a two-car crash in turn four, placing Geiges right on leader Bear’s bumper for the new green.
Geiges got a good restart and drove under Bear in bold style for the lead entering turn one . Wagner followed him by and into second but once in front, Geiges began to build a big lead.
After starting 14th in the field with his 2014 title hopes handing by a thread as Bear began at the front of the event, Jeff Miller Jr. raced into the top five with 10 laps to go as Geiges was in command of the field.
As Geiges raced under the white flag, the caution flag flew when defending Blue Collar Classic champion Jake Waters slowed to a stop entering the third turn.
On the restart, Geiges went low and Wagner went high in turn one, but then the red flag flew for a hard frontstretch crash involving Eric Parker and Roger Irvine. Both men were transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
Wagner put the pressure on Geiges on the final lap, but the New Jersey driver would hold on for the $1,000 win.
“I can’t believe it; this is huge,” said Geiges.
“To come out to central Pennsylvania and to be able to compete and beat these guys; this is legendary country. We had some problems Friday night, but we fixed it. Today, everything went perfect. My crew worked their butts off this weekend to get it faster and faster. The set-up was right, the motor was just struggling. I tried to be as smooth as I could. I’m going to relish this. It’s awesome.”
Wagner settled for second.
“There’s a lot of tough guys here tonight,” said Wagner. “My car came in a little bit too late. I’ve got to thank Rod Ort for letting me run this deal.”
Miller Jr. put on a terrific drive on the final lap after restarting two spots back of Bear to get by Carberry for fourth and then to nip Bear at the line for third, thus giving himself the 2014 track crown by the narrowest of margins, just five points and .17 seconds.
“I was a little scared starting 14th, but I knew we had a good car,” said Miller.
“Last night didn’t go the way I wanted it to, but we worked all night and got it done. This thing came on at the end. This is all I ever wanted to do was win a championship in a sprint car especially at Port Royal Speedway.”
Bear and Tyler Reeser completed the top five. Carberry, Shawn Kirkpatrick, Ken Duke Jr., Jordan Thomas and Cliff Brian rounded out the top 10.
Heat races for the 48-car field of 305 sprint cars were won by Anthony Fiore, Bear, Carberry, Geiges, Ryan Stillwaggon and Kirkpatrick. Colby Dice and Brian won the consolations.
Derrick Bowersox of Milton won the non-qualifiers Founder’s Cup race for the 305’s and is a guaranteed starter for next year’s event Classic a main. Cale Reigle, Reed Thompson, Erin Statler and Scott Ellerman were in the top five
Feature Finishes 10/11/14
305 sprints, 20 laps,: 1. Jeff Geiges, 2. Logan Wagner, 3, Jeff Miller Jr., 4. Tyler Bear, 5. Tyler Reaser, 6. Adam Carberry, 7. Shawn Kirkpatrick, 8. Ken Duke, 9. Jordan Thomas, 10. Cliff Brian, 11. Colby Dice, 12. Ed Newhauser, 13. Justin Hoffman, 14. Mike Wagner II., 15. Lance Newlin, 16. Jon Haegele, 17. Eric Parker, 18. Roger Irvine, 19. Jake Water, 20. Anthony Fiore, 21. Karl Freyer, 22. Mark Watkins, 23. Jim Kennedy, 24. Mike Shuckers, 25. Ryan Stillwaggon
DNQ: Derrick Bowersox, Cale Reigle, Reed Thompson, Erin Statler, Scott Ellerman, Scott Frack, Mike Alleman, Todd Lynn, Paul Snyder, Dave Guss Jr., Jef Vansteenburg, Daren Pifer, Kyle Lloyd, Ryan Lynn, Mike Esposito, Terry Schaeffer, John Bordlemay, Mike Kiser, Nathan Gramley, Brian Sweitzer, Joe Zap, Brad Franks, Matt Heimbach
Wagner takes Friday win at Challenge
Port Royal – Mike Wagner II of Harrisonville kicked off the 305 sprint Blue Collar Classic weekend at Port Royal Speedway with a win on Friday night
It was Wagner’s first Port Royal win of the season and the fifth overall of his career at the track.
He nearly gave the win away when he lost the lead to Jeff Miller Jr. on the ninth tour of the 20-lap main.
“I was just flirting with the inside wall a little bit and it gave me a bite,” said Wagner referring to contact with the wall when he lost the lead mid-race.
“The track was fast. I made a small mistake and it cost me the lead for a little bit.”
Shortly after track point leader Miller took the lead he took a dramatic ride up and over the right rear tire of Mifflintown’s Jake Waters, somehow landing on four wheels on the backchute but ending Waters’ night.
“There was a scuffle in front of me and Jeff Miller got into it, but he kept going. He had a really fast car as he always does. He probably deserved to win. I got pretty lucky,” Wagner said in victory lane.
“I started up front and the car was fast. This is my win at Port this year, so I’m happy about that.”
Wagner started on the pole and drove into the lead to start the 20-lap main event for the RaceSaver 305 sprints.
Zach Newlin of Millerstown drove by Brad Franks of Collegeville and into second at the start
Jeff Miller Jr. also drove by Franks and into third as Newlin looked under Wagner in turn four for the lead, but couldn’t make the pass. Miller would take second from Newlin shortly thereafter.
Miller drove by Wagner as they raced down the backchute to take the lead on lap eight after Wagner clipped the inside fence off turn two, dramatically slowing his momentum.
Waters slowed on the backstretch the next lap and Miller jumped his tire and got airborne but somehow came down and didn’t stop, allowing him to maintain the lead.
Miller’s luck came to an end on the restart however as he slowed to a stop in turn four with a blown tire.
“I almost got into him when his car broke,” said Wagner.
“It was really close. I’m glad it all worked out for me tonight.”
Wagner controlled the final 11 laps to score the win over Franks, Matt Heimbach, Paul Snyder and Tyler Bear. Bill Jones Jr., Jordan Thomas, Scott Frack, Scott Ellerman and Roger Irvine completed the top 10.
The 305 sprint heats for the 34 cars were won by Mike Esposito, Wagner II, Shawn Kirkpatrick and Miller Jr. The consolation was won by Nathan Gramley.
Grant Adams of Grantville grabbed the early race lead in the 20-lap main event for the limited late models before the caution flew with one lap completed. Rick Singleton drove by Todd Snook and into second on the restart.
Division kingpin Gene Knaub was making his way through the field from the seventh starting spot and he moved to fourth on the restart and a pass of Snook got him into third.
Singleton took a shot under the leader in turn two in lapped traffic but Adams held on. The caution flew on lap eight and then another yellow for a frontstretch crash on the restart again bunched the field.
Singleton went after Adams hard on the restart as the pair nearly made contact off of turn two. They were close again down the backstretch and into the third turn seconds later when they made contact again with Singleton slipping high off turn four allowing Knaub to take over second.
Singleton then stopped on the backstretch with 10 laps completed.
Adams, of Grantville, would hold off the challenges of Knaub over the final eight laps to score the $1,000 win.
Knaub settled for second ahead of Snook, J.R. Rodriguez and Brad Kling. Dave Leidy, Nathan Lasalle, Chad Latshaw, Ken Yoder and Dave Stamm completed the top 10.
“That was exciting,” said Adams. “We didn’t get to race much this year so to end the season with a win is good for us. It was a good race. I’m glad I came out on top.”
The limited late model heats for the 25 cars went to Knaub, Rodriguez and Adams.
The Blue Collar Classic concludes at Port Royal Saturday with a 25-lap, $1,000-to win feature for the 305 sprints, along with the final tune-up for the 410-sprints prior to the World of Outlaws sprint cars coming up Saturday. Oct. 25.
Miller Jr. and Bear are tied for the point lead heading into Saturday’s 305 sprint Port Royal finale.
305 sprints, 20 laps,: 1. Mike Wagner, II., 2. Brad Franks, 3. Matt Heimbach, 4. Paul Snyder, 5. Tyler Bear, 6. Bill Jones Jr., 7. Jordan Thomas, 8. Scott Frack, 9. Scott Ellerman, 10. Roger Irvine, 11. Eric Parker, 12. Shawn Kirkpatrick, 13. Justin Hoffman, 14. Ed Newhauser, 15. Ryan Lynn, 16. Mike Esposito, 17. Jeff Miller Jr., 18. Erin Statler, 19. Tyler Reaser, 20. Nathan Gramley, 21. Lance Newlin, 22. Jake Waters, 23. Jeff Geiges, 24. Zach Newlin
DNQ: John Haegele, Terry Schaeffer, James Pryde, Mike Alleman, Ryan Stillwaggon, John Bordlemay, Reed Thompson, Dave Guss, Jr., Anthony Fiore, Ken Duke
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Goshorns Racing Products
The PA Sprint Series would like to thank Goshorns Racing Products for contributing two $25 gift certificates. The certificates were awarded at the Keystone RaceSaver Sprint Series Challenge held at Port Royal Speedway on October 10th and 11th, 2014.
Goshorns Racing Products is located at:
14408 Summit Vista Lane
Blairs Mills, PA 17213
They can be reached at 814-599-5436.
A sincere thank you to Goshorns Racing Products for supporting our Division!
Pro Cart, LLC
The PA Sprint Series would like to thank Pro Cart, LLC for contributing ten certificates for 10% off a complete set of stainless sprint car bumpers. The certificates were awarded at the Keystone RaceSaver Sprint Series Challenge held at Port Royal Speedway on October 10th and 11th, 2014.
Pro Cart, LLC is located at:
1534 US Highway 522 North
Lewistown, PA 17044
They can be reached at 717-250-1448.
A sincere thank you to Pro Cart, LLC for supporting our Division!