Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS – BROWNSBURG, IN – In what has become the “Granddaddy Of Them All” for the Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1, the Port Royal Speedway “Speed Palace” in Port Royal, Pennsylvania, is set to host the annual Tuscarora 50 during the coming weekend, all of which blasting off tomorrow night, Thursday, September 7, with a $10,000-to-win preliminary main event.
The 56th running of the prestigious Juniata County program will feature three, full days of All Star and Pennsylvania Posse action, highlighted with the weekend-ending 50-lap, $56,000-to-win Tuscarora 50 on Saturday night. Friday’s program, dubbed The Night Before The 50, will also feature a $10,000-to-win preliminary.
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania’s Anthony Macri, a name certainly synonymous with high speeds at the Speed Palace, is the defending Tuscarora 50 champion, earning his $60,000 prize all the way back from row ten. Marcri hard-charged his way forward in 41 circuits, taking command from five-time track champion, Logan Wagner, after a late-race restart.
The All Star Circuit of Champions will roll into Port Royal Speedway fresh off of a two-day sweep in the Buckeye State, taking over the home of “Ohio’s Finest Racing” for the annual Attica Ambush on Friday and Saturday, September 1-2. Two programs ended with two different winners with the “Madman” Kerry Madsen and Zeb Wise each attaining high honors. Madsen, at the helm of the Vermeer Motorsports No. 55, took the $6,000 opener on Friday with Wise, ace of the Rudeen Racing No. 26, earning the $12,000 Attica Ambush finale crown. The $12,000 score was the richest ever for an All Star at the Attica bullring.
Speaking of Wise, the Angola, Indiana, native is currently on top of the All Star driver title chase heading into Tuscarora 50 weekend, leading the pair of NOS Energy Drink-backed entries of Chris Windom and Tyler Courtney. Wise is a seven-time winner thus far in 2023.
Despite being behind in the driver chase, partially due to his mid-season absence as the result of injury, Tyler Courtney’s Clauson Marshall Racing still holds down the fort in the All Stars’ owner title chase, holding an eight point advantage over Rudeen Racing. With only five events remaining on the schedule, the 2023 All Star owner chase could come down as the closest in the Series history.