The Tuscarora 50 for the sprint cars at Port Royal Speedway kicks off Pennsylvania’s Month of Money this weekend.
The Saturday night finale pays $51,000 to win and $1,000 to start.
Fayetteville’s Lance Dewease has dominated the last two Tuscarora 50’s in the Donnie Kreitz 69K sprinter and is certainly the favorite once again headed into Saturday.
Dewease owns the most T50 wins with six in his career coming with five different cars owners including Walter Dyer, Joe Harz, Al Hamilton, Pete Postupak and Kreitz.
It could be history making for Kreitz should Dewease win it. With three victories himself in the 50 and two with Dewease, a sixth victory would make him the winningest car owner in the history of the event breaking out of a tie with Al Hamilton and Bob Weikert.
Last year, 65 cars ran the event with numerous outsiders like Brian Brown and Kerry Madsen. This year should be about the same with a strong field of cars.
Greg Hodnett will look to lock-up his first career Port Royal track championship leading Logan Wagner by 110 points (before the Labor Day Classic) and a close All Star point battle between Carson Macedo and Aaron Reutzel will continue as well.
Over $106,000 is up for grabs in the Tuscarora 50. The runner-up gets $12,000 and third place $5,000.
The Night Before the 50 pays $5,000 to win and the weekend is sanctioned by Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions.
Four-time winners of the race include Doug Wolfgang, Fred Rahmer and Greg Hodnett, while Kreitz, Todd Shaffer, Lynn Paxton and Mitch Smith won the T50 three times.
Beginning with the 2010 race, the following have won the T50: Brian Montieth, Stevie Smith, Doug Esh, Kreitz, Hodnett, Brent Marks and Dewease.
The past two weeks, Port Royal has seen two new winners. Tyler Reeser got his first two weeks ago and Lernerville Champion AJ Flick scored his first last Saturday over Dewease coming off another win at Lernerville Friday night.
The Month of Money continues next Saturday night with the Jim Nace Memorial National Open at Selinsgrove paying $10,000 to win.
In two weeks, the 5th Annual Dirt Classic will be held at Lincoln Speedway paying $25,000 to win and $1,500 to start.
The Williams Grove National Open is in three weeks with the Open paying $56,000 to win this season. Williams Grove lost another race to rain last Friday night and will make-up the Al Hamilton tribute race on Sept. 14 and will be a Dirt Classic qualifier race.
Brian Monteith clinched his seventh Lincoln Speedway championship with a win at the speedway Saturday night.
Williams Grove was rained out Friday night, but was in action Sunday night as was Selinsgrove Speedway. Port Royal hosts its Labor Day Classic this afternoon.