Layton Beats The Odds At Port Royal
PORT ROYAL, Pa. - Chad Layton overcame the odds Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway to pocket the 25-lap 410 sprint car feature after a duel with Mike Erdley that came down to the checkered flag.
In the late model feature, invader Jeff Rine wired the field for his 10th career victory at the oval while elsewhere Logan Wagner made his moves early to lead the 305 sprint feature and seal his victory.
Layton and Danny Lasoski started on the front row of the sprint feature and Layton took the lead immediately when the green flag fell over fourth starter Erdley as the pair shuffled Lasoski to third.
The race entered the backmarkers on the fifth circuit but shortly after a caution flag slowed the pace, regrouping the field with six away.
Layton dropped the hammer when action resumed, getting away from Erdley as Lasoski raced third and last weeks winner Doug Esh raced into fourth from his ninth starting spot.
The leaders again entered the rear of the field, lapping cars on the 11th circuit and thats when Erdley began trying to cut down Laytons leading distance by slicing across the bottom of the corners.
But still, Layton didn’t miss a trick in traffic, staying just free enough of Erdley as the race wound down, appearing headed easily to his ninth career checkers at the track but that was before the race hit the two to go point and he started to develop a right rear flat tire as well.
It was then that Doug Esh and Cliff Brian brought out the red flag after contact in the fourth turn resulted in fuel being spilled onto the track