PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Rick Lafferty scored the ninth 410 sprint car win of his career at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, taking the lead from Steve Buckwalter just shy of the halfway point for the victory.
Matt Parks was the winner of the 20-lap late model main that was marred by a violent crash early on that saw one driver airlifted to Hershey Medical Center.
And in the 305 sprint main it was Eric Parker holding off Logan Wagner to open up the season for the division at the track.
Buckwalter started the 25-lap sprint main on the pole and took the lead at the start with third starter Lafferty moving right into second when the initial green flag unfurled.
Buckwalter entered lapped traffic on the seventh circuit just before the races first caution flag unfurled.
Chad Layton and Lance Dewease lined up behind the pair for the restart.
Yellow again fell over the field with 10 laps down for a stopped Davey Sammons and the restart saw Lafferty motor into the lead with a pass off of the fourth corner to complete the 11th tour.
With 10 to go the yellow again regrouped the field, this time for a stopped Layton, while second starter Mike Erdley sat third for the restart.
While Lafferty took off, Erdley began applying heavy pressure to Buckwalter for second and the pair raced closely for the spot until lap 22 when they collided after a low move by Erdley in the third corner ended up pushing both cars across the track and into the outside wall, bringing out the red flag.
With no injuries reported, Blane Heimbach restarted second for the final three laps and ended there ahead of Mike Wagner, Doug Esh and Dewease.
Lafferty’s margin of victory was 2.615 seconds.