Wolfe Pounces at Port Royal
PORT ROYAL, Pa. (July 2, 2016) – Lucas Wolfe used the middle groove to drive by leader Tim Shaffer and claim the PA Speedweek feature at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, worth $5,000.
Four-time All Star titlist Tim Shaffer of Aliquippa jumped into the lead at the start of the non-stop 30-lap PA Speedweek feature over polesitter James McFadden.
Third starter Stevie Smith drove by McFadden for second on the fourth tour with fourth starter Wolfe following suit a lap later.
Shaffer approached the rear of the field by lap seven and at the same time Wolfe began slicing down the advantage that Smith had for second.
He muscled around Smith for the spot with 11 laps completed and quickly closed in on Shaffer and rather easily drove into the lead while pounding the middle lane through the first and second turns.
After getting the point in the event, no one could get close enough to challenge Wolfe for control.
Smith overtook Shaffer for second at the halfway point while eighth starter Brent Marks entered the picture at the front of the field simultaneously.
Marks took third at the same time Smith raced into second with Greg Hodnett up to fourth with 12 laps to go.
Blistering around the extreme top of the speedway, Marks was able to get by Smith for second with 10 laps to go but that’s as far as he would go in his advance.
Hodnett got by Smith for third with seven laps left but he too would advance no further at the front.
Wolfe took the checkers with a 1.373 second lead over Marks and Hodnett followed by Stevie Smith and Ryan Smith.
Sixth through 10th went to Danny Dietrich, Aaron Ott, James McFadden, Tim Shaffer and Doug Esh.
Dietrich left the event as the speedweek point leader with a 13 point lead over Hodnett for the title with just one event remaining.
Heats went to Dietrich, Marks and Hodnett with Steve Buckwalter taking the consolation.
Wolfe set quick time in time trials with a lap of 15.919 seconds.
(Photo courtesy of Racing Photos by Tony De Seta)
410 sprints, 30 laps: 1. Lucas Wolfe, 2. Brent Marks, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Ryan Smith, 6. Danny Dietrich,7. Aaron Ott, 8. James McFadden, 9. Tim Shaffer, 10. Doug Esh, 11. Ryan Taylor, 12. Dave Blaney, 13. Bryan Clauson, 14. Kyle Reinhardt, 15. Wayne Dadetto, 16. Dylan Cisney, 17. Mike Wagner, 18. Blane Heimbach, 19. Mike Erdley, 20. Brock Zearfoss, 21. Steve Buckwalter, 22. TJ Stutts, 23. Kody Lehman, 24. Curt Stroup
DNQ: Trenton Schaeffer, Joey Hershey, Dustin Baney, James Pryde, Tyler Bear, Cale Grubb