PORT ROYAL, Pa. – NASCAR star, former World of Outlaws champion and former Port Royal Speedway opening day winner Dave Blaney picked up a surprising but pleasing win in the 2013 season opener for sprint cars at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night.
For Blaney at the wheel of his No. 10, a car specially designed and built by himself, it was as second career opening day Port victory, his last coming on March 17, 1984.
Worth $3,300 thanks to Dipperys Evergreens of Reedsville, the victory was the third of Blaneys overall career at the track where he also scored a Tuscarora 50 win in 1983.
In the 20-lap late model main, Scott Haus led from start to finish to pick up his 96th career oval win despite heavy pressure from track hard hitters Chad Hollenbeck, Mike Lupfer and Brett Schadel.
Keith Garman was awarded the win in the 15-lap pro stock main after Tim Krape failed to pass post race inspection.
The 25-lap sprint car main, though exciting, was a marathon event that started off with a red flag before the first lap could be completed.
The team cars of Cliff Brian and Mark Coldren started the race on the front row and just after crossing the stripe in an effort to complete the first lap, Coldren hit the inside wall and shot across the track, getting hit hard by Mike Erdley as well as the outside wall.
After a lengthy extrication, Coldren climbed from the car under his own power.
Brian held the lead for four circuits before the red again appeared, this time for defending opening day winner Greg Hodnett who touched wheels in the fourth turn and careened hard into the outside wall just past the pit entrance.
Rick Lafferty and Lance Dewease restarted second and third when action resumed with Lafferty threatening to challenge before a caution regrouped the field with nine away.