Speedy recovery, speedy driver Austin Reed

Austin Reed bounced back from a tough outing two weeks ago with the convincing Saturday night Pennsylvania Sprint Series victory at Port Royal Speedway. (Photo by Rod Ort)

By Frank Buhrman

PORT ROYAL, Pa. (June 1, 2024) – Talk about a quick turnaround!

Just two weeks to the night after injuring his hand in a wicked flip into the trees while heading for a runaway win at Hagerstown Speedway, Austin Reed planted his no. 34 IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car in victory lane after charging through the field to win the 20-lap River Valley Builders Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature Saturday at Port Royal Speedway.

He became the fifth different winner in PASS’s rain-hampered 2024 season, and the win was his eighth with the series and first at Port Royal.

Reed started 11th in a tough field, already narrowed down from 44 entrants, and by lap 12 he was up to third, behind race-long frontrunner Owen Dimm and determined challenger Mike Melair. As Dimm and Melair waged a fierce battle for the lead, Reed patiently waited for his chance, and on lap 18 he pounced, passing both drivers.

In those last two laps, the winner pulled away slightly and edged Dimm by 1.273 seconds, with Melair less than half a second back in third.

Doug Dodson came home fourth and Nick Sweigart was fifth, battling for that position at the checkered flag.

The race was largely incident-free. Fred Arnold brought out the caution on lap three when his rear axle locked up on the backstretch, and the next lap, Tim Iulg took a 360 degree spin while challenging Melair for second place. Iulg was able to continue without stopping, but Port Royal rules required him to go to the rear of the field.

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