Phased Approach Keeps Risser Motorsports Team Focused
Port Royal, PA – April 19, 2022
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
Feature Photo Credit: Chris Hockley / WRT SpeedWerx
Jeff Halligan has had the Risser Motorsports / TheTreeCenter.com / Victory Auto of Lewistown / EMM Sales & Service / Jake’s Golf Carts, No.45 near the front through the first five races at Port Royal Speedway. The performances have been consistent, but more importantly the less visible details show their program has gotten better from race number one to race number five. That’s not a coincidence. There is a plan.
April 16th: Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA
(23 cars, Heat 1st, A-main 5th)
On an unseasonably cool Spring evening with threatening skies, twenty-three 410 sprint car teams filed into Port Royal Speedway for the final tune-up before the All Stars arrive the following week for their first ‘Speed Palace’ event of the 2022 season.
Three 8-lap heats were lined up by pill draw. While all cars would transfer to the A-main, the handicap system was in use, so the top three spots were the coveted ones, resulting in a total of nine handicapped drivers. Those drivers would line up for the A-main based on their season points average per race, with the lowest average starting first. Any handicapped driver who had not competed in a minimum of 3 races at ‘The Speed Palace’ in 2022 would be required to start behind the other handicapped starters.
Halligan started from the pole of heat number three and used the high line to power his way to the lead and survive a heated battle with Dylan Cisney over the first half of the race. He would pull away in the closing laps and win by 1.5 seconds.
Lining up 6th for the 25-lap main event, Halligan set his sights on another top-5 finish or possibly his first podium of the season. The objective got a little harder when he didn’t get the start he wanted and slid back a spot in the running order. For nearly three-quarters of the race, he fought unsuccessfully to get back the ground he lost at the outset.
Over the course of the final eight laps, the Ephrata (PA) resident finally got within striking distance and made his move. Halligan grabbed 6th away from Gerard McIntyre on the 18th circuit, then claimed 5th from TJ Stutts with five laps remaining.
It was Halligan’s 3rd consecutive top-5 at Port Royal and it moved him into 3rd in the season point standings.
“All our work so far this season has been gearing us up for the All Stars next week. That’s our approach. We circled certain events on the schedule, like the Kauffman Classic, the Weikert Memorial, PA Speedweek, and the Tuscarora 50. We use the races leading up to those events to prepare for them. That doesn’t mean we don’t care about the other races or points. We’re just trying to be as prepared as we can be for the big ones. It’s all about being prepared, then executing“, Halligan shared.
This Saturday, April 23rd, the first benchmark of the 2022 season will be at hand for Jeff Halligan and the Risser Motorsports team. They will roll into Port Royal Speedway to take on the Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions in the 7th annual Keith Kauffman Classic with $10,000 on the line for the victor.
“We’re right there. We were able to run a 15.636 in our heat race today, so we know we have the speed to get it done. This next race (here at Port) is an opportunity for us“, Halligan said, sounding confident and determined.
6 races, 0 wins, 3 top 5s, 4 top 10s
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