The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 30, 2013

Shawn Wood's Inside Track column: Shaffer recalls special night


A few weeks ago, Shaffer was honored along with Patty Beam at the Port Royal Speedway on Living Legends night.

When track announcer Shawn Brouse asked if the fans want to see Shaffer race again, it was an overwhelming response. "I get the bug all the time, but as far as being with done racing, we'll have to see what happens in the coming years," Shaffer said. "My favorite race is the Labor Day race at Port Royal and that eats at me bad that I am not racing it."

Shaffer went on to say that he recently spoke with Fred Rahmer, who is retiring at the end of the year. Rahmer told him that he was tired and wore out.

"Trust me, there's a large part of me that still wants to race," Shaffer said. "But, the dedication that it takes to do it and to be successful, I don't know if I can do that any more."

Whether or not he gets back in the car again, Shaffer has left race fans with many great memories, especially for those who were there on June 1, 1991, when "Mr. Excitement" pulled off the upset of the Outlaws.

n Shawn Wood covers motorsports for The Daily Item. Comments can be sent to

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