Keep the memories of these racing friends we have recently lost in
your heart during this time
Hock, Dick Pray, Ponytail, Doug McIntire, Gary Beam
Events that Keith does:
Thursday night Keith was a part of the celebrity bar tenders at the Trackside Bar to benefit the kids night race at Port.
Last Saturday morning he and his race team along with other competitors did a radio spot for the track at the Trackside Bar in Mifflin with race cars on display in the parking area.
Don't compare yourself to others, you have no idea what their journey is.
Congratulations to Kendra Jacobs,
daughter of Kim and Kenny Jacobs upon being chosen one of the fifty most beautiful people in Nascar
Photo courtesy of WRT Speedwerx - Hertzler
PORT ROYAL VICTORY!
By Brad Vores
After some early season bad luck, everything worked out for Keith and the Heckman Tree Farm racing team Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway where Keith led all 25-laps of the feature to give the team its first career 410 sprint car feature win.
After winning the first heat race, Keith drew the pole position for the feature and dominated all 25 laps for his first win of the year and first with his new car owners Gary and Linda Heckman. The win was Keith's 129th career sprint car win at Port Royal.
2012 Press Releases.....
Weikert Pilots Kauffman, Haudenschild & Frey Meet Fans At Port Weikert Memorial Saturday, Bikes & Beef To Be Given Away!
Port Royal – A trio of Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 drivers will greet fans for autographs when they arrive for Saturday night’s All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints Bob Weikert Memorial at Port Royal Speedway. >>
2011 Press Releases.....click here
We recently lost a very dear friend and avid race fan, Jim Marshall.
Please keep his wife Mae in your prayers.
Thanks for all you did for Sprint Car Racing-Gary and Patty Beam
and the Beam Racing Team. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
more photos added to the
Keith Kauffman with car owners Gary, Linda and Michael Heckman and wife Kathy
and son Chase enjoy victory lane at Hagerstown Speedway...WRT Speedwerx - Carman Photo
KAUFFMAN STILL KNOWS HIS WAY TO VICTORY, TAKES SPEEEDWEEK TRIUMPH
By Bob Vores for Hagerstown Speedway
Hagerstown, Md. -- The crowd erupted with cheers when Keith Kauffman sped past Hagerstown Speedway’s flag stand on Wednesday in the 22nd
Annual PA Sprint Speedweek $5,000 event. At age 62, Kauffman dubbed ‘The Man from Mifflintown, (PA)’ proved he still knows how to wheel a sprint car around the track.
“This is what it’s all about, winning these races,” Kauffman said. “That’s why I’m still doing it.at this age. I knew I had a couple more left, but you don’t know how many so every one has to count.”
“You can’t say enough about “The Man from Mifflintown,” said car owner Gary Heckman of Chambersburg, PA ,” I was a fan in the stands and just a kid and watching him my whole life and it’s an honor to have him sitting in the seat of the sprint car. We work hard at this, we’re not a big budget team, but it was a great victory for us. We needed this.”
The victory was Kauffman’s first at Hagerstown since the 1992 season opener. It was a night with no humidity and a temperature nearing 100 degrees with lightening flashing through the skies to the west as a severe thunderstorm passed by.
After Fred Rahmer set the fast time of 19.090 in time trials, with Mike Wagner, Greg Hodnett and Danny Dietrich winning the heats plus Alan Krimes taking the B main, the redraw was for an inversion of six cars which placed Cody Darrah and Kauffman on the front row.
Kauffman sped off when the green waved and by the third lap was more than 3.5 seconds ahead of Darrah and fourth starter Lance Dewease and still pulling away as the race continued under green. He was more than seven seconds ahead when he caught the rear of the field on lap ten and got past the first back marker two laps later.
Darrah and Dewease were slowly making up the distance while Kauffman was being cautious. Dewease used the backstretch to power past Darrah and take second on the 19th
lap while Danny Dietrich got past Fred Rahmer for fourth the next circuit.
Dewease closed to a few lengths and was nearly on Kauffman’s bumper with five to go, but Kauffman still was able to hold him to a few lengths for the next laps with the final winning margin being .44 seconds.
“I knew there wasn’t going to be much left of that right rear, it was a soft one,” Kauffman said. “I knew I had to baby it there at the end. Hopefully if I stayed in line I’d be all right, but you never know. I knew somebody would be right there when you have rubber down racing like this. I took off pretty good and the car was nice. I thought ‘I gotta finish this thing.’ I just made it.”
Darrah, Dietrich and Rahmer completed the front five with Stevie Smith ending sixth. Mike Wagner was seventh followed by Grandview’s winner, Greg Hodnett and then Brent Marks and Alan Krimes.
Keith brought the Heckman Tree Farm #8H home in 10th place Saturday night at
Port Royal Speedway. Keith started 11th and was working his way deep into the
top 10 before contact with another car sent him backwards over the final laps.
The team returns to action on Saturday night,
July 7th for the PA Speedweek event at Port Royal Speedway.
Heckman Tree Farm Racing and National Sprint Car Hall of
Fame driver Keith Kauffman are pleased to welcome Ol’ Ed’s Dog Banquet
along with Dan and Michelle Stoner and Trackside Tavern
as new associate sponsors aboard the 8H.
Wade Cleck of Ol’ Ed’s Dog Banquet, and the Stoners have been long time
Keith Kauffman fans and are native to the Port Royal Speedway area.
Hopefully this additional support will position Keith to be in contention
for his 14th
track title at the Juniata County oval this year.
Car owners Gary and Linda Heckman are grateful for Mr. Cleck and the
Stoners’ support for this year. HP Engines is also assisting the team with
engine development. The team would like to thank the returning sponsors
from last season including: Heckman Tree Farm, The Toyer’s Shop,
TQ Fiberglass, Simpson Racing Products, ButlerBuilt Seats, Jake’s Carts,
and Moo&Co. The HTF Racing team’s schedule was also just released.
The team is planning on running all of the Port Royal Speedway
shows, and possibly some select time trial shows at the famed
Williams Grove Speedway.
Now at age 61, Keith Kauffman started racing when he was 20 in 1970.
He has won in Central Pa, with the All Stars, the Outlaws, USA and
USAC. Titles to his name include 13 at Port Royal, 2 at Williams Grove
and 1 in Susguehanna, Selinsgrove and Hagerstown Speedways.
He has also won series titles in Pa Speedweek, Western Pa Speedweek and Ohio
Speedweek. That makes 21 total track and series titles to his name.
He was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.
The best season fo his career had 34 overall wins.
To date he has some 309 overall career victories including 3 late model and 1 champ car.
He owns 25 All Star and 8 World of Outlaw wins. He has raced in 41 states and Australia.
Along the way he has driven for car owners including himself, Bob Hampshire, Gary Stanton,
Daryl Saucier, Jasper Petite, Bob Weikert, Al Hamilton, Roy Morrall, Dave Middleswarth,
Warren Johnson, The Woelfling brothers at Lebanon Pattern Shop, Maynard Boop, Leon Wintermyer,
Rod Fauver, Jim Wahlie, Gil Sonner, Bob Stewart, Joe Harz, Sal Scarpita, Denny Ashworth, Don Berry,
Mike Heffner, John Trone and more along with present car owner Gary Heckman.
He scored his first win at East Windsor Speedway in 1975.
His first Port Royal win was on July 7, 1977 with his last coming June 11, 2011.
His best season at Port Royal was in 1985 when he won 15 times in one season.
At Port Royal he owns 13 track titles for 5 different car owners including himself in 1978, 1979
and 1980 when he was sponsored by local contractor John Gronginger in the K33,
Bob Weikert in 1981, Al Hamilton in 1984 and 1985, Roy Morral in 1986 and 1988 and
Dave Middleswarth in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007. He has won 2 Tuscarora 50's in 1978
and 2003 and one Tuscarora 50 Preliminary in 2006, 2 Labor Day Classics in 2002 and 2003,
1 Pete Swarmer Memorial in 2001, 4 season openers in 1981,1985,1993 and 2002
and 4 Pa Speedweek features in 2001,2002,2004 and 2007.
He is the all time winningest driver in the history of Port Royal Speedway with
129 sprint car wins to his credit plus 2 late model victories.