Port Royal celebrates champs at banquet

Sentinel photo by TIM SHUMAKER
The 2018 Port Royal Speedway Banquet crowned their Speedway Champions Saturday Night they are Logan Wagner Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Car Class, Bill Powell Juniata Junction Xtreme Stocks, Derick Garman Grays Insurance Econo Late Models, Jeff Rine River Valley Builders Super Late Models and Kyle Smith Creasy Signs 305 Sprint Cars.

PORT ROYAL — Port Royal Speedway officials, drivers and teams gathered Nov. 17 for the oval’s annual awards banquet, held this season at the Moose Family Center in Lewistown.

Feted were the five speedway champions along with the top 10 in points from all divisions.

All champions received engraved watches as well as personalized jackets.

Logan Wagner of Harrisonville took home top honors in the 410 sprint car division for what was his first oval track title.

Aboard the Zemco No. 1 sprinter, Wagner notched two wins on the season plus 18 additional top-10 finishes to secure the title with an average feature finish of ninth.

Finishing second in points, the late Greg Hodnett was declared the 2018 Sportsmanship Award winner.

Officials announced upon bestowment of the award that henceforth all division sportsman would be the recipients of the Greg Hodnett Sportsmanship Award with yearly laurels being dedicated in his honor.

Apollo’s A.J. Flick received the Most Improved Award in the 410 sprints having secured his first ever oval victory on Sept. 1. Flick was the 2017 Rookie of the Year.

Tyler Reeser was named the 410 sprint Rookie of the Year after also notching his first oval win in 2018 in his first full rookie season.

Danville’s Jeff Rine accepted accolades for his first track title in the super late model class.

Rine scored five wins at the track in 2018 plus nine additional top 10 finishes to put up an average feature finish of fourth for the title.

Rine now has a Port Royal fairgrounds title to go on his wall along with an even dozen at the Selinsgrove fairgrounds speedway and five at the Bedford fairgrounds speedway.

Coming home fourth in 2018 Port Royal late model points, Andy Haus was recognized as the 2018 Route 35 Dirt Late Model Challenge Series champion as a representative of Port Royal on the perpetual trophy.

After finishing 14th in 2017 season points, Maryland’s Chad Myers took home Most Improved honors in late models with a 2018 point finish of seventh.

Jerry Bard was the 2018 super late model Rookie of the Year.

Dylan Yoder, who ended the year second in late model points by just 10 markers received the Greg Hodnett Sportsmanship Award.

Massachusetts’s driver Kyle Smith was applauded as the 305 Sprint Car Series titlist at the track.

Smith ended the season with an average feature finish of fourth and a pair of wins.

Drew Ritchey, who was third in series points, received the Hodnett Sportsmanship Award.

Derick Garman won his first Port Royal title in the econo late model class, ending the year with an average feature finish of third and a pair of victories.

Devin Hart was the econo late model Greg Hodnett Sportsmanship Award winner.

Perennial track champion Bill Powell walked away with his fourth xtreme stock division title after four wins and an average feature finish of second. Powell also owns three previous track titles in the now defunct pro stock class.

Josh Bender was the Greg Hodnett Sportsmanship Award recipient.