Halligan Earns Top 10 with All Stars

Pleased with Season So Far, Poised for Next Level

Port Royal, PA – April 25, 2022

by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management

Feature Photo Credit:  Bert WoJo Images

Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway, Jeff Halligan and the Risser Motorsports team had their best opportunity of the young 2022 season to find out how they measure up against some of the best sprint car competition the country has to offer.


At the end of the night, they had their answer.  They were able to load up feeling good about their program after a hard-earned top-10 finish against the Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions.


April 23:  Keith Kauffman Classic / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA

     (42 cars, Qualifying 1st in group/8th overall, Heat 3rd, Dash 7th, A-main 9th)


Halligan’s Risser Motorsports / TheTreeCenter.com / Victory Auto of Lewistown / EMM Sales & Service / Jake’s Golf Carts, No.45 was one of 42 cars registered to take a shot at the $10,000 prize awaiting the winner of the Keith Kauffman Classic, honoring the winningest driver in the speedway’s history.


The All Star sanctioned event used a five group qualifying format for the large field.  Halligan was the fifth of nine cars in Group B to take time.  On his first of two laps, he laid down a 15.737 that held up and earned him quick time in the group and 8th quickest in the entire field.


We timed well and we’ll be in the dash as long as we can transfer in our heat.  This is our first true night race of the season, so we’ll have to adjust a little.  The things we’ve learned so far this season on the daytime surfaces don’t all translate.  We need to make the right decisions the rest of the night“, Halligan commented after time trials.


The qualifying effort put Halligan 4th in the starting lineup for heat number two.  Under All Star rules, the 8-lap heats are lined up “straight up by time, except for the fastest qualifier in each group/heat, which will invert to the 4th starting position”.   In the five group format, the top four finishers of each heat transfer directly to the A-main, with the heat winner and the quickest transfer from each heat earning a spot in the random draw for their starting position in the dash.


Given the rule, all Halligan needed to do was fend off some stout competition and finish in a transfer position to secure a spot in the dash draw.  He was able get it done, finishing 3rd in the heat race.


During the draw for the ten available starting spots in the 6-lap dash, Halligan pulled pill number eight.  On the opening lap, he was able to charge into the 6th spot but ultimately came home 7th, earning the inside row four starting spot for the night’s finale.


Halligan didn’t get the start he wanted in the 30-lap A-main.  By lap three he had slipped back to the 11th position.  Around the halfway point of the event, the Ephrata (PA) driver started to find a rhythm and make forward progress.  With five laps remaining, he had clawed his way back to 8th in the running order.  When the checkered flag fell on the event, Halligan crossed the line with a hard-earned 9th place finish.


We just missed it a little in the feature tonight.  The positives are that even though the car didn’t feel very good out there and we dropped early, we were able to pass cars later and we were really strong at the end.  We definitely learned some things in the feature.  Overall, the night was a success”, Halligan commented.


Halligan now sits 5th in the season point standings at ‘The Speed Palace’.  A mere 15 points separates a very close battle among the 3rd-5th place teams.


“We’re in a really good spot with everything right now.  Even though we may not have been a top-10 car in the feature, we were able to get a top-10 because we put ourselves in a good position all night long.  Every time you hit the track; it matters.  Every spot you earn matters at the end of the night”, Halligan concluded.


Remember the well-known and often repeated quote by the late author Zig Ziglar?  He said, “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.


Halligan and Risser Motorsports have been the model of consistency thus far at Port Royal, but that isn’t a result of just doing the same thing every week.  In today’s sprint car racing, being good on one night is hard, being good on multiple nights is very difficult.  Behind the scenes, Halligan and team have been adjusting, learning, trying new things, and improving.


When you add it all together, the result is a team that it going to get hot at some point.  To fans it may appear as if it happens suddenly, but it will have been because of weeks and months of effort leading up to it.


Up Next


Halligan and the Risser Motorsports team will be back at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, April 30th for a dual heats, passing points format show.  It will also be camera and autograph night for fans, with the pits being open to all ticketholders for an hour prior to the night’s event.  Stop by to say hello, get a photo and get a close up look at Jeff’s No.45!


Season Stats


7 races, 0 wins, 3 top 5s, 5 top 10s




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Broadcast coverage of Port Royal Speedway events is available at https://www.floracing.com/


As always, thank you to all our sponsors and partners, including our silent partners who do everything they can to help but ask for nothing in return!  Below are the businesses…the people…the families…that make what these teams do possible. PLEASE take the time to browse this information and help the teams by giving your business to these partners. 

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Jake’s Golf Carts

ACP Headers

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Scheaffer’s Racing Oil

Newlin Bar Service

Ephrata Recycling

Alloy Wheel Repair

AL Driveline

Pine Hill Trailers

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RV 4 Wheel Drive & Performance Automotive

Roach Wings

Panther Framworx

HP Engines

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