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Stutts earns big victory after battling tumor

PORT ROYAL — When the 2019 racing season started, T.J Stutts wasn’t sure if he’d be behind the wheel of a race car, let alone in victory lane.

A grueling offseason that saw the Liverpool, Pa., native fighting the effects of a neuroendocrine tumor on the tail of the pancreas, Stutts was just happy to be living his life.

However, he kept his head up and he kept working hard. With his kids serving as crew members, Stutts got his health in order and the race team trudged along.

Bad luck and a lack of speed made for many tough nights at the track. All the hard work and dedication paid off Saturday night as Stutts picked up his first Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Car victory at Port Royal Speedway in front of a packed crowd on Open Wheel Madness Night 3.

Garrett Bard lead all 20 laps and fought off a hard-charging Ken Duke to pick up his second Penns Valley Meat Market PASS/IMCA 305 Sprint Car victory of the season at Port Royal Speedway.

Brock Zearfoss overcame a rough start to his night that ended in wrecked fashion in 410 Sprint Car action to pick up his first career United Racing Club 360 Sprint Car feature win at Port Royal.

Port Royal Speedway will close out its 2019 racing season with a two-day visit by the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series Friday and Saturday October 25-26 for the Nittany Showdown.

This will be the second consecutive season the Outlaws will attempt to visit for a two-day event, and it’s expected that a large field of cars will trek to Juniata County for a chance to take home the victory and the bragging rights against the best the sport has to offer. There is a Sunday Oct. 27 rain date

BAPS

YORK HAVEN — Brian Walls came into the two-day BAPS Motor Speedway weekend looking for a clean sweep of Street Stock action in 2019.

The Gettysburg standout already earned eight wins on his way to the track championship at the York Haven facility. If he could win Saturday’s Insinger Performance Street Stock 50, he would sweep all three events in the MJR Equipment Triple Crown. It wasn’t close.

Walls took the lead on Lap 5 of the 16th annual Sunoco Insinger Performance Nationals fueled by Miller’s Racing Parts event and drove away from the field to capture the 50-lap victory and $2,000 payday.

In Superior Homes Extreme Stock action, Sam Rial banked $1,000 for topping the competition in the 50-lap event.

Jeremy Ott swept the Pizza Shop of Etters Central Pa. Legends presented by Baker Door Company weekend. He set quick time and won his heat race Friday night and topped the field in Saturday’s 20-lap feature.

Dan Zechman outdueled Jake Moser to collect the win in the 20-lap Creekside Auto Sales Late Model feature.

Matt Chronister banked $1,000 for winning the 4-Cylinder Front Wheel Drive main event. Chronister passed Travis Brown on Lap 11 of the 20-lap affair and led the rest of the way for the win.

Ken Eckert wired the field in the 20-lap Sportsman Modified feature. Brett Perigo and Wes Brown won the Penn Mar and Classic Racing Series events.

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