Heimbach Claims Port Royal Opener


PORT ROYAL, Pa. — Blane Heimbach surprised the field with a dominating victory in the season opener for the 410 sprint cars at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night.

Heimbach, a regular in 358 sprint-car competition in central Pennsylvania, had a big engine under the hood for the opener and the move paid off.

Heimbach started third and followed leader Todd Shaffer for a few laps before making the winning move in turn one on lap seven.

From there, Heimbach survived several caution flags, including one with five to go, and held on for his second career victory in the more powerful sprint cars.

Shaffer, back behind the wheel of a Gary and Patty Beam No. 88, had a tire blow ending his night on lap 10.

Stevie Smith drove from the 11th starting spot to finish second. Mark Smith came from 16th to third, Tyler Walker from 10th to fourth and Lance Dewease 12th to fifth.

“We didn’t know what to do for the feature,” Heimbach said. “We weren’t all that great in the heat race. We drew a good spot for the feature and that never happens. We threw a basic set-up at it and went out with the attitude, if it works, it works.”

Pat Cannon won the 358 sprint-car feature over Nate Hammaker and Logan Schuchart.

The finish:

Blane Heimbach, Stevie Smith, Mark Smith, Tyler Walker, Lance Dewease, Mike Wagner, Mike Erdley, Ryan Taylor, Davey Sammons, Daryn Pittman, John Brennfleck, Brian Ehrenzeller, Keith Kauffman, Lynton Jeffrey, Cliff Brian, Joey Hershey, Bill Jones, Rick Lafferty, Chad Layton.