With the racing scene mostly quiet right now, Port Royal Speedway made the news last week in a big way with some much-needed change that will take place in the 2011 racing season.
A few weeks ago, Juniata County Agricultural Society President and Port Royal Race Director Tommy Little was voted out of office and replaced by longtime stockholder Don Clark as president of the fair association.
Two outside sources presented lease options for the speedway last Tuesday night, but the board decided to keep racing under its wing and will bring in PRS Promotionals, led by former track race director Steve O’Neal along with John Krall and Shawn Brouse.
O’Neal will be the race director and oversee the racing part, while Krall will be his righthand man. Brouse will take over as track announcer and take charge of public relations.
Clark and a new crew of officers will put much-needed checks and balances in place to account for the money coming and going.
This is a positive change for Port Royal, and hopefully the fair board will work with the new promotions team on turning things around at the track.
A schedule will be released soon and will feature 410 Sprints and Late Models on a near weekly basis. The track may not race on nights that it lost money in recent years and look for a summer vacation as well.
Port plans a mid-March 2011 Sunday afternoon opener for the 410 Sprints.
Not much else is going on, so we will keep it short. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday as we begin the countdown until Christmas. E-mail reaches me at Bvores@comcast.net.