By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
PORT ROYAL -- Keith Kauffman will wrap up his Hall of Fame career this weekend during the 46th annual Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway.
"Win, lose or draw, Saturday will be my last race," said Kauffman, known to fans as "The Man from Mifflintown."
Kauffman, 63, is the track's all-time winningest sprint car driver with 129 career victories.
He announced his retirement at the start of the year and enters the final weekend sixth in points.
"I have no regrets and I just have to accept it and move on," he said. "I've been doing this for a long time and someone told me once that you'll know when its time to quit. This is that year and I said when I decide to quit, that will be it and I won't get back into a race car again."
This weekend's racing is sanctioned by the All Stars. Tonight's 30-lap feature pays $5,000 to win while Saturday's 50-lapper pays $12,000 to win.
Kauffman is a 13-track sprint car track champion having won his first title in 1978. He's the only sprint car driver to win four straight titles from 1978 to 1981. His last title came in 2007.
He is a two-time winner of the Tuscarora 50. His last win in the event came in 2003.
"My dad, Robert, was a member of the Juniata County Fair Board so I would tag along with him to the races when I was young," Kauffman said. "We used to sit in the grandstands with my mother and two sisters and watch the races."
Kauffman said that he enjoyed watching the likes of Mitch Smith and Dick 'Toby' Tobias race at the speedway, but he did not have an overall favorite driver.
Kauffman's journey over the past 43-years -- he started racing when he was 20 -- began in a 30x90 super modified in 1970.