Heimbach Claims Port Royal Speedweek Cash


PORT ROYAL, Pa. — Blane Heimbach made it two sprint car wins in a row Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway when he made a pass with just over a lap to go to score the Pennsylvania Speedweek feature worth $5,000.

Heimbach started second in the 30-lap speedweek feature race and took the lead over polesitter Doug Esh when the green flag appeared.

The first 13 laps of the event went non-stop with Heimbach entering traffic on the seventh tour with Esh, Stevie Smith, Mike Erdley and Lance Dewease chasing him.

Fast timer Logan Schuchart was the reason for the first caution flag with 17 laps to go when he stopped in the second turn.

And on the restart Esh pounced for control which he took before crossing the stripe as the new leader just before the red flag unfurled for a nasty first turn spill by Brent Marks.

Now with 14 laps recorded, Heimbach was second for the restart and when action resumed he watched as Stevie Smith bolted to his inside for second.

But Heimbach had the momentum of rolling the high side through the first and second turns and held onto the spot as the race went down the backchute.

For a time after the restart it seemed as if Esh might streak to this third win of the season at the track but then as the race hit its final 10 laps, Heimbach dropped off of the high groove to begin circling the middle of the track and that’s when he began really biting into Esh’s amassed advantage.

But it took until just before the white flag for Heimbach to regain control after the leaders again entered the rear of the field with seven laps to go.

With Esh circling the high outside of the speedway, Heimbach put a drive on low into the third turn as they headed for the white flag that saw him drive up in front of Esh in the middle of the corners only to see Esh turn the car and try to rally back running low off of the fourth turn.

But it was not to be for Esh as instead Heimbach went back to back in the 410-sprint division at Port Royal, scoring his third of the season at the track and second in a row after also winning on June 22 at the oval.

Esh crossed the finish line .847 seconds behind the winner followed by Smith, Erdley and Greg Hodnett.

In the 20-lap late model main, Nick Dickson drove to just his second career win at the track while Deron Henry took the enduro dash feature event.

The finish:

Blane Heimbach, Doug Esh, Stevie Smith, Mike Erdley, Greg Hodnett, Danny Lasoski, Fred Rahmer, Lance Dewease, Steve Buckwalter, Dylan Cisney, Chad Layton, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brady Bacon, Mike Wagner, Nate Snyder, Davey Sammons, Brent Marks, Danny Dietrich, Logan Schuchart, Ryan Taylor, Brian Montieth, Cliff Brian, Dave Hahn, Joey Hershey