The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 30, 2013

Motorsports notebook: 62nd Labor Day Classic at Port Royal


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---- — By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

PORT ROYAL -- Port Royal Speedway will host a daytime fair classic when it present the 62nd version of the Labor Day Classic for 410 sprints on Monday afternoon at 2.

The ARDC Midgets will join the sprint cars for a open-wheel doubleheader as part of the 159th annual Juniata County Fair.

The sprint cars will vie for a $4,000 pay day.

It will be the third show of the season at Port Royal for ARDC. The first two shows were won by Steve Buckwalter and Bruce Buckwalter Jr.

The first Labor Day Classic was held in 1952 when Earl Bryner took the win.

No driver has been more successful in the Labor Day Classic for the 410 sprint car than veteran Todd Shaffer, who owns six victories in the prestigious race.

Shaffer's first win came in his own sprint car in 1987. He won back-to-back Classics in 1990 and 1991. He then returned for wins in the Beam No. 88 in 1995, 2004 and in 2008.

Following Shaffer on the Labor Day win list is Lynn Paxton who not only won five times in his career but did it back-to-back from 1976 through 1980.

Don Kreitz Jr. also owns five Labor Day wins, coming in 1986, 1992, 1993, 1998 and in 2001.

Mike Wagner was declared the 2011 Labor Day winner. Wagner got the title after the race was rained out and officials averaged all drivers' fair week race finishes with the lowest average getting the crown.

Daryn Pittman won the race in 2010. Greg Hodnett is the defending winner.

n TWICE THE FUN: Williams Grove Speedway will be in action twice during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.

Tonight, the track will honor the late Jack Gunn with the running of the 31st annual Jack Gunn Memorial for the 410 sprints. The 30-lap feature pays $6,000 to the win.

The Williams Grove Saturday Night Series street stocks have been added to the Friday program in place of the sidewinder sprints. The street stocks will compete under Williams Grove rules in a non-point event.

On Sunday, September 1, the track will honor that late Billy Kimmel with a regular program of 410 and 358 sprint cars.

Fred Rahmer continues to lead the 2013 410 sprint car points over defending titlist Greg Hodnett. Kevin Nouse is the current Tool Shed of America 358 sprint car points.

n EXTRA, EXTRA: This Saturday's Three State Flyers Series Butch Renninger Memorial for super late models at Port Royal Speedway pays $3,333 to win the 33-lap feature. Group time trials will set the late model starting grids. Mark Pettyjohn, Jason Covert and Kenny Pettyjohn currently hold the top spots in 2013 Three State Flyers Series points.

Greg Satterlee is the defending event champion. Both the pro stocks and enduros will compete for increased purses as well.

n ONE MORE TIME: Fred Rahmer enters the final points race of the season at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday with a 265-point lead over Brian Montieth. Rahmer, who is retiring at the end of the year, scored his all-time leading 169th win last week at the track. He has three wins, 20 tops fives and 24 top-10s at the speedway this year.

n ONE LAST TIME: The season-ending points races at Clinton County Raceway tonight has a new start time of 7 with hot laps at 6:30. The six-division show includes the 305 sprint cars, the late models, IMCA modifieds, pro stocks, 270 micro sprints and the 4-cylinders.