Taylor Tops Port Royal Dream Race
PORT ROYAL, Pa. - Ryan Taylor scored the biggest 410 sprint car win of his career Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway by first driving by Fred Rahmer for the lead and then later holding off a hard charging Chad Layton for the prestigious victory.
At the end of the night, Taylor’s total event financial take was $11,580 including lap money and his prize money for winning the Dream A Main itself and finishing second in his semi main.
The entire nights action was delayed at the start by one hour thanks to a pair of heavy but short downbursts of rain that hit the facility around 5:15 pm.
A near event record 45 super sprint cars entered the event that thanks to the rain produced electrifyingly exciting speed and a fast time set by Mark Smith that was just one-tenth of a second off of the track record.
The event honored, declared and bestowed laurels upon car owner Patty Beam and driver Todd Shaffer as 2013 Living Legends.
In the revenge draw to set the front three rows of the Dream feature, Fred Rahmer pulled a number one and looked over the candidates available before handing off the pole to Taylor.
As it worked out, Rahmer lined up on the outside of the front row to start the lucrative feature event and the Salfordville veteran took the lead when green came out over Taylor.
But Taylor was strong and just as he did earlier in his semi when he drove from sixth to second on the nasty-fast oval by muscling past Mark Smith and Rahmer among others, he muscled Rahmer with what would be the race-winning move on the second circuit of the feature.
After completing lap one hot on Rahmer’s tail, Taylor stuck his No. 20 to Rahmer’s inside in the first corner and drove up off of the second corner side by side with him.
And as the pair headed for the scoreboard, Taylor stayed even with Rahmer and began to nose ahead as a battle of wills developed as the pair saw the third corner coming up quick with something needing to give before they set their mounts into the turn.
That’s when Taylor got the best of Rahmer and surged ahead for control as Rahmer fell back to second.