Erdley & Esh Rule Port Royal
PORT ROYAL, Pa. — Mike Erdley and Doug Esh won 410 sprint car features Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway.
Erdley won 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 he 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
Wolfe raced just off Erdley’s rear bumper down the back chute 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.
Eric Parker wired for his 305 feature win as well.
The 15-lap xtreme stock feature closed the night with Bill Powell taking his second win of the season.