Port Royal Speedway
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Hamilton and Paxton Auto Session Part of Port Living Legends Dream Saturday
by Shawn Brouse
PORT ROYAL, Pa. -- Fans visiting the Living Legends Dream Race at Port Royal Speedway this Saturday, August 4 will get the chance to meet Living Legend honorees Lynn Paxton and Al Hamilton during a pre-race autograph session with the men beginning at 5:30 pm.
The exciting racing action itself begins at 7:30 pm with twin 16-lap semi mains and the 30-lap Dream A on tap along with a B Main.
Joining the 2012 Living Legends honorees will be Paxton?s famous car owner Maynard Boop, who owned the Boop?s Aluminum Special No. 1 sprint car in the 1970?s and early 1980?s.
Hamilton drivers slated to attend the autograph session aside from Paxton include Greg Hodnett, Lance Dewease, Fred Rahmer and Keith Kauffman along with the current pilot of his Hamilton sponsored car, Aaron Ott.
No less than eight historic restored sprint cars either owned by Hamilton or driven by Paxton will be on hand as well.
One of Paxton?s earlier race cars, an Emrich Chevrolet No. 1 will be on display along with at least two restored versions of Paxton?s famed Boop?s Aluminum Special No. 1.
Also on hand in honor of both driver Paxton and owner Hamilton will be a rarely seen red, white and blue Hamilton No. 77 sprinter that was campaigned by the duo near the end of Paxton?s career, which came in 1983.
Another outing for the event will be made by Hamilton?s famed No. 77 from 1975 as driven by the immortalized Jan Opperman.
Other Hamilton cars that will be on display include a version driven by Rahmer in the 1990?s and another as driven by Billy Cassella , Roger Larson, Ray Lee Goodwin and others in the early 1970?s.
Plus, Ott will have his Hamilton Motorsports-sponsored No. 77 on display prior to the races as well.
The 2012 Living Legends Dream Race will feature not only a more than $50,000 total purse payout but it will also distribute thousands in contingency cash and prizes to the sprint car drivers in attendance that will push the total night?s payout to $60,000 or more.
For fans, a treat in itself will be the chance to essentially see four main events in one night including the Dream A, a pair of semi features and a B Main as well.
The format will see the odd and even finishers in time trials be split apart into respective 16-lap semis.
From there, every position gained during each semi by a driver will serve to advance that driver into their Dream A starting spot for those who finish inside the top 10.
The balance of the semi fields finishing outside of the top 10 will fall back to the B Main with Dream starting positions 21 - 24 to be determined by its finish.
Plus, a fan voted 25th starter will be put into the Dream based on which non-qualifying driver in the B garners the most raucous response from the crowd.
Sponsors of the 2012 Dream Race are River Valley Builders, Selinsgrove; Brown?s Funeral Home, Mifflintown; and First National Bank of Mifflintown.
Go to the speedway website at portroyalspeedway.com to see the most up to date list of contingency cash and prizes slated to be given away to racers.
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