Tuscarora 50 Boasts Purse Of Nearly $200,000

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Tuscarora 50 Boasts Purse
The Tuscarora 50 purse at Port Royal Speedway has ballooned to roughly $200,000. (Dan Demarco photo)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. – The largest-paying program in Port Royal Speedway history has become even bigger, as the 53rd running of the Tuscarora 50 will boast a weekend purse of approximately $200,000.

The event, featuring the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1, will pay out $53,000 to Saturday’s main event winner.

The three-day showstopper will hit the ground running with back-to-back $6,000-to-win preliminary programs on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 10-11. Each preliminary feature winner will be guaranteed a starting position in Saturday’s 50-lap main event.

Already boasting a winner’s share equaling $53,000, every starter who qualifies for the historic 50-lapper on Saturday, Sept. 12, will be awarded a minimum of $1,500. Saturday’s total A-main purse exceeds $115,000 – marking a $12,500 increase from 2019.

In addition, a non-qualifiers program will also be conducted during Saturday’s weekend finale which carries a $2,000-to-win, $400-to-start purse.

A minimum of 24 cars will participate in the 20-lap non-qualifiers feature, with a grid set according to the finishes from the B and C-mains.

Two-time and defending All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Aaron Reutzel is the defending Tuscarora 50 champion, after earning a $52,000 top prize in 2019 by outdueling a slew of Pennsylvania Posse representatives in Anthony Macri, Lance Dewease and Danny Dietrich.

The Clute, Texas native will enter the 2020 edition of the Tuscarora 50 as the current All Star point leader, holding down a 92-point command over Rudeen Racing’s Cory Eliason.

Reutzel and Eliason own a combined 11 All Star victories in 2020, nine of those coming courtesy of the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87.

Leading All Star Circuit of Champions Rookie of the Year contender Zeb Wise is currently third in the 2020 All Star title chase, followed by Paul McMahan, Canadian hotshot Skylar Gee, past champion Greg Wilson, and former ASCS full-timer Josh Baughman.

Tuscarora 50 gates will open at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 10-11, with racing to follow at 7 p.m. Saturday’s gates will swing open at 2 p.m., with racing to follow at 6 p.m.

For more information, including ticket pricing and seat availability, visit the Port Royal Speedway website at www.portroyalspeedway.com.

If needed, the speedway will utilize a rain date of Sunday, Sept. 13.

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