Wagner sweeps features at Port Royal
Wagner earns fourth win at Port Royal
PORT ROYAL – Logan Wagner broke out the broom Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway.
After sweeping the 20-lap sprint car features, Wagner hopped on the top wing of the Zemco sprinter in victory lane with a broom in hand.
Wagner, the defending track champion and current points leader, earned $6,000 for the rare sweep. The wins were his third and fourth of the season at Port Royal. He also earned a $1,000 bonus for sweeping the features from race sponsors.
“I can’t believe it,” Wagner said. “To win one of them two years ago
would have been unheard of for me. The Zemco guys have been doing this for a long time and they know what they’re doing. I’m just the loose nut behind the wheel.”
In the first feature, Wagner started second and shot into the lead.
Kyle Reinhardt grabbed second from Ryan Smith.
Wagner had no trouble when he reached slower traffic blasting by those cars losing no time.
The first yellow of the race flew 11 laps in when Trenton Sheaffer stopped, getting Wagner out of the heavy lapped
traffic and erasing his comfortable 2.469-second lead.
Wagner streaked away from the field on the restart as the top cars all
blasted around the cushion. He built another big lead and was headed for the white flag when Justin Whittall stopped bringing out another yellow. He raced right through the center of the corners on the restart.
Reinhardt stayed closer this time, but Wagner took the bottom line away from him on the final lap. Wagner’s third Port Royal win of the season came by 1.297 over Reinhardt. Smith, Dewease and 15th starter Dylan Cisney completed the top five.
“We capitalized on starting position,” Wagner said. “We have a really fast hot rod. I can’t thank the Zemco Team enough. I did a lot of saving on the right rear for the second feature. I’m not sure what the other guys’ tires look like, but we should be okay. I’m sure if we have a car similar to that we should be alright.”
Danny Dietrich, Mike Wagner, Antony Macri, Blane Heimbach and TJ Stutts rounded out the top 10.
The 28-year-old from Harrisonville drew the lowest number possible for the second feature inversion. He picked a four putting Dewease and Smith on the front row.
Dewease grabbed the lead over Smith and Wagner to start the second 20-lappper. Meanwhile, Reinhardt, Dietrich and Cisney battled for the fourth spot.
Smith stayed close to Dewease with Wagner third. The battle continued behind them with Dietrich securing the spot.
Dewease worked the middle while Smith and Wagner worked the top. Smith was right on Dewease as they completed lap nine. Dewease washaving trouble lapping cars. Smith drove next to Dewease as they raced down the backstretch, but Wagner went way up top entering turn three making the race for the lead three-wide in the corners.
Wagner completed the pass on Smith and then passed Dewease in turns one and two taking the lead with 11 laps completed.
“Ryan had no idea I was there,” Wagner said. “I knew Lance was running the bottom and he wasn’t going to leave it. When Ryan saw Lance, he started to pick it up and spin his tires. I got a good run off of two and when the gap opened up, I had to pull the trigger then. I skated up. I was probably close to him, but I had to do what I had to do. Two laps later, I got a good run in the middle and got by Lance, too.”
Wagner gave plenty of credit to crew chief Tommy Carl and crew.
“Hats off to the crew,” he said. “For a car to operate like and get by Lance Dewease on his race track, slick, 20-second laps, that speaks volumes on what my guys are doing. We had a good right rear tire going into it and I felt like we could go anywhere.”
Wagner pulled ahead off turn two while Dewease and Dietrich got by Smith. Dietrich took second from Dewease with three to go.
But it was all Wagner winning by 1.569 se conds over Dietrich, Dewease, Cisney and Smith. Macri, Reinhardt, Mike Wagner, Heimbach and Stutts rounded out the top 10.
Wagner set the fastest lap time over the 32-car field with a lap of 16.346 seconds.
Steve Buckwalter, Dietrich, AJ Flick and Mike Wagner won the heat races. Jared Esh won the B-main.
Devin Adams took the lead from Jonathan Jones and went on to win the 20-lap feature for the 305 sprint cars. After the pass, Jones challenged Adams back for the rest of the event. His final shot to retake the lead resulted in a 360-spin in turn four coming to the checkers.
It was a first-career win for Adams, who recently graduated high school Christian Rumsey, Zach Newlin, Dave Grube and Jones completed the top five. Ken Duke Jr., Cale Reigle, Kassidy Kreitz, Drew Ritchey and Doug Dodson rounded out the top 10.
Pete Leister won the 15-lap feature for the Juniata Junction Xtreme Stocks. Brad Mitch, Dustin Hoffman, Andrew Shoop and Dustin Snook completed the top five.