Dale Blaney Invades Port Royal
PORT ROYAL, Pa. – There’s something about Easter Saturday at Port Royal Speedway that suits the racing Blaney brothers.
Last year on Easter eve it was Dave Blaney invading and winning in the 410-sprint division at the oval and this year it was his brother Dale who pulled of the same feat, taking Saturday night’s 25-lap sprint main with an impressive performance through traffic.
Blaney of Hartford, Ohio, who recently notched his 100th career UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car circuit victory, showed up at Port Royal Saturday night in order to prepare for next Saturday’s ASCoC Bob Weikert Memorial and he couldn’t get more prepared.
He lined up on the pole for the start of the 25-lap feature and watched as Justin Barger led the first circuit before he took over. From there Blaney began an assault on the field in the non-stop event that saw him move into lapped traffic on the seventh tour.
Greg Hodnett, who started eighth in the field, would eventually end up second, taking over the spot from Barger with five laps to go. But by the time he had secured the spot, Blaney was in the middle of the backstretch as he crossed the start-finish line on the frontstretch.
Hodnett was unable to bite into Blaney’s massive lead before the finish however, instead riding home second by 6.392 seconds. The win was the second of Blaney’s career at Port Royal.
Barger finished a solid third. Sixth starter Lucas Wolfe gained late in the race to end up fourth with Mike Wagner finishing fifth. Sixth through 10th went to 12th starter Rick Lafferty, Doug Esh, Blane Heimbach, Dave Blaney and Chad Layton.
Heats for the 25-car field went to Barger, Layton and Wagner.
Brett Schadel broke a more than year long dry spell in the late model division by beating Mike Lupfer to the finish line while John Braim scored his first career win at Port Royal in the 305 sprint division.