Busy PA Speedweek Schedule on Tap for Risser Motorsports Team
Port Royal, PA – June 21, 2022
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
Feature Photo Credit: DK Photography/Derick Kriner
Jeff Halligan and the Risser Motorsports team decided to make the most of their final PA Speedweek preparation opportunities last weekend. The team elected to compete at both Williams Grove Speedway and Port Royal Speedway. Both outings turned out to be very productive, collecting good notes and two podium finishes in the process.
June 17: Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA
[21 cars, Heat 1st (1), A-main 3rd (1)]
A pill draw set the lineups for the three heat races for the 21 cars on hand at Williams Grove Speedway Friday night. Jeff Halligan landed the pole for the first 10-lap qualifying race, and he took full advantage. Halligan powered away from the field, keeping a firm grasp on the top spot throughout and winning by just over 4 seconds in the Risser Motorsports / TheTreeCenter.com / Victory Auto of Lewistown / EMM Sales & Service / Jake’s Golf Carts, No.45.
The 25-lap A-main lineup was determined by the track’s handicapping system, which worked in Halligan’s favor and provided him with the point position for the race.
Lucas Wolfe got out in front of Halligan on the opening lap and led the event through the first five circuits before Halligan wrestled the top spot away.
The Ephrata, PA driver settled in comfortably in front, running the high side of the speedway and was not seriously challenged for the next ten laps. As the race entered the final phase, Billy Dietrich found the rubber on the bottom and slipped by Halligan.
Moments later, Chase Dietz was able to get by both of them and went on to win, while Halligan settled for a 3rd place finish.
“I felt really good. The best I have felt all year here (at Williams Grove). We came here to get some final Speedweek prep. It probably sounds odd, but things we learn here can actually help us at Lincoln too.“, Halligan shared.
“Honestly, I should have won that race. I was really good up top while I was leading, so I wasn’t searching for a better line, but the low groove took rubber, and I didn’t move down quick enough.“
June 18: Open Wheel Madness II / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA
[25 cars, Heat 1st (2), A-main 3rd (6)]
Saturday night’s $5,000 to win 410 sprint car race at Port Royal Speedway drew a field of 25 teams.
Jeff Halligan started heat number two from outside the front row and immediately grabbed the lead from rookie Nick Sweigert. By the second trip around the Juniata County half-mile, Anthony Macri had slid his way into 2nd and began his pursuit of the top spot.
Halligan and Macri put on an entertaining battle, exchanging crossover moves on occasion during the 8-lap heat race. Halligan was up to the challenge and held off Macri for the win by 0.813 seconds.
From his 6th starting spot in the 25-lap A-main, Jeff Halligan knew he would have to ‘crack the whip’ from the drop of the green. Beside him was former track champion, Mike Wagner, and behind him in the 4th row were his two strongest competitors thus far during the 2022 season, Logan Wagner and Anthony Macri.
Halligan got the start he needed, climbing into the 3rd position by lap two. By lap nine he had powered his way into the 2nd spot and set his sights on the No.55 of Mike Wagner.
Over the next ten laps, Macri and Logan Wagner entered the fray. An intense battle among the top three unfolded and Halligan held tough, still running 2nd to Macri when the caution lights flashed on with seven laps remaining.
On the ensuing restart, Logan Wagner slipped into 2nd when he went to the middle in turn one, just above Macri who was hugging the bottom rail and under Halligan who had taken the high line.
The three went all out the final five laps but crossed the finish line with no further position changes, giving Jeff Halligan his second 3rd place finish in as many nights.
“I was really good until that last caution. We just missed something and didn’t quite have what we needed in the closing laps.“, Halligan commented.
“One of our goals this season was to be consistent with two different cars, so a couple weeks ago we pulled out a second Panther Frameworx chassis. We’re getting it dialed in now, so I feel like we have accomplished that goal.“
Halligan has amassed some pretty solid stats so far this season, logging 12 top-10’s in 19 outings, including one victory thus far.
“We’ve been fast, consistent and near the front all year. We just have to keep knocking on the door. If we keep doing that, it’ll open once in a while.“, Halligan concluded.
Currently, Halligan and the Risser Motorsports team plan to race seven of the ten nights during PA Speedweek. Their schedule will include the two shows each at Williams Grove Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, and Port Royal Speedway, in addition to the Tuesday night event at Grandview Speedway. Be sure to follow Jeff Halligan Racing and Addicted2DirtPR on social media for updates.
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