PORT ROYAL, Pa – Justin Kann took just shy of $4,000 out of Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, claiming the annual Butch Renninger Memorial for super late models as the kickoff race to the 160th annual Juniata County Fair.
In the 410 sprint main, Justin Barger recorded his first ever payday at the track after holding off Greg Hodnett. The 15-lap econo late main was taken by Todd Snook for his third win of the season while Mike Goodwin scored the xtreme stock main event.
Jeff Miller Sr. started on the pole of the 33-lap Renninger Memorial, run in honor of the late three-time track champion. Miller took the lead over third starter Kann when the race got started and was being chased by Kann when he entered the rear of the field on the 12th tour.
Miller slipped a bit on the turn two cushion amid heavy traffic on the 14th tour and that was all it took for Kann to take advantage and bolt into the lead. Up to that point, Miller pocketed $429 in lap money.
A lap after giving up the lead to Kann, Miller looped his car in the second turn, bringing out the races first caution flag. Kann restarted with Andy Haus and 12th starter Brett Schadel in pursuit. Kann pulled his No. 66 away from any challengers when action resumed and appeared home free with four laps to go when the final yellow of the event unfurled for a stopped Eric Zembower.
By this time Mike Lupfer was up to third but no one had anything for Kann over the final two miles. Including lap money and the fast time award, Kann walked away from the race with $3,993 plus other prizes and contingencies.
It was his first career win at the track and he became the 146th driver to claim a late model main at the oval.
Andy Haus rode home third followed by Mike Lupfer, Tim Smith Jr. and Schadel. Sixth through 10th went to Patrick Bryner, Mitch Hack, Jason Schmidt, Waylon Wagner and Scott Flickinger.
Heats for the 21-car field went to Hack, Wagner and Haus with Kann setting fast time in qualifications with a lap of 18.416 seconds.
Barger started on the pole of the 410 sprint main and was chased by Nate Snyder when the race began but only two laps could be recorded before Lance Dewease slowed in the second corner, bringing out the yellow flag.
On the restart sixth starter Greg Hodnett made a two car pass of Rodney Westhafter and Davey Sammons to zoom into third. Barger began lapping cars on the 10th tour and a lap later Hodnett bolted under Snyder for the second spot.