Cory Eliason earns fifth-career All Star win in Tuscarora Weekend opener

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Cory Eliason earns fifth-career All Star win in Tuscarora Weekend opener

PORT ROYAL, Pa. (September 10, 2020) – For the fifth time in his career, and for the first time in Pennsylvania, Visalia, California’s Cory Eliason is an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 main event winner, doing so during night one of the 53rd running of the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway. The 2019 All Star Rookie of the Year is now a three-time Series winner in 2020, accumulating all three since August 2 when the driver of the Rudeen Racing entry secured $20,000 during the Huset’s Speedway grand reopening. The Port Royal Speedway victory earned Eliason a $6,000 top prize. 

“They don’t call this place the ‘Speed Palace’ no nothing,” Cory Eliason said in victory lane, driver of the Rudeen Racing/Hagar Realty/Rayce Rudeen Foundation/No. 26 sprint car. “It was a blast here tonight. Definitely a lot different than what we saw on Monday during the Labor Day Classic. The kind of track we had here tonight is kinda my forte. Hats off to this entire team. They work hard and continue to work hard day in and day out. We were fast right out of the gate tonight and it really showed. All we can do is come back tomorrow and try to do this again.” 

Lining-up third on the main event grid, Eliason was an obvious threat right from the start. Although forced to withstand a pair of red flag incidents which halted action before a single lap could be completed, and fading one position to fourth when the race finally commenced, Eliason was quick on his feet, eventually regaining third from Kerry Madson on lap two, then sneaking by Brian Brown to capture second with only three laps in the books. Meanwhile, feature pole sitter Tony Stewart was the man in charge, maintaining command over the field while Eliason moved through the top five. 

By lap six, Eliason was all over Tony Stewart for the race lead, actually pulling even with the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion as the pair raced into turn one to begin lap seven. Unfortunately for Eliason, caution flags would wave, negating Eliason’s bid for the lead. Eliason would be forced to restart second with Kerry Madsen and Brian Brown in tow. 

Despite the ensuing restart not giving Eliason the jump that he needed, it was only a matter of time, as the 2020 All Star championship contender put himself back within striking distance by lap 12. In much similar fashion as lap seven, Eliason dove to the bottom of turn one to begin lap 13 and slid across the nose of Stewart, securing control for the California hotshoe for the first time. 

Once in command, it was smooth sailing for Eiason, and although faced with a number of cautions, one of which inducing a green-white-checkered finish, and a few glimpses of slower traffic, on top of the field is where Eliason stayed. Kerry Madsen battled home to finish second, followed by Tony Stewart, Gio Scelzi and Tyler Courtney.

“We worked on a few things tonight, but nothing major,” Eliason said. “We were fortunate enough to find the curb which allowed us to make up a lot of ground in three and four. I really didn’t have to adjust my driving style much to determine how the car was going to act. I’ve always wanted to stand up here in Port Royal’s new victory lane, and now here we are. Just an awesome night all around.” 

In addition, the preliminary victory secured Eliason a spot in Saturday’s 50-lap, $53,000-to-win main event. 

What’s Next:
The Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will continue Tuscarora 50 weekend with another round of preliminary competition on Friday evening, September 11. Like Thursday, Friday’s preliminary main event will award a $6,000 top prize. For more information, please visit Port Royal Speedway online at www.portroyalspeedway.com.

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Contingency Awards/Results: Port Royal Speedway – September 10, 2020:
Event: 53rd Annual Tuscarora 50 – Opening NightEntries: 46

C&R Racing Warm-Ups: James McFadden – 16.015

Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Kerry Madsen – 15.841

Ford Performance Heat #1 Winner: Brian Brown

All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2 Winner: Cory Eliason

Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3 Winner: Lance Dewease

Mobil 1 Heat #4 Winner: Tony Stewart
Kistler Racing Products Heat #5 Winner: Christopher Bell

Kear’s Speed Shop Dash #1 Winner: Tony Stewart

Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts Dash #2 Winner: Brian Brown

Classic Ink USA Screenprinting & Embroidery B-Main Winner: Freddie Rahmer

Rayce Rudeen Foundation First Non-Transfer: Kyle Reinhardt

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet A-Main Winner: Cory Eliason

Hercules Tire A-Main Hard Charger: Ian Madsen (+17)

Qualifying

Group (A)

1. 18-Gio Scelzi, 15.971; 2. 70-Cale Thomas, 16.115; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 16.116; 4. 72-Shane Stewart, 16.184; 5. 2F-AJ Flick, 16.195; 6. 17-Ian Madsen, 16.213; 7. 99-Skylar Gee, 16.223; 8. 55-Mike Wagner, 16.265; 9. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 16.322; 10. 11-Zeb Wise, 16.430 

Group (B)

1. 26-Cory Eliason, 15.905; 2. 9-James McFadden, 15.950; 3. 11T-TJ Stutts, 16.045; 4. 1-Logan Wagner, 16.072; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 16.148; 6. 5-Brent Marks, 16.165; 7. 33W-Michael Walter, 16.538; 8. 75-Nicole Bower, 16.599; 9. 24B-Dustin Baney, 16.803 

Group (C)

1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.939; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.031; 3. 13-Paul McMahan, 16.037; 4. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.056; 5. 39-Spencer Bayston, 16.124; 6. 91-Tony Fiore, 16.177; 7. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 16.230; 8. 14T-Tyler Walton, 16.444; 9. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.466

Group (D)

1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.842; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.047; 3. 14-Tony Stewart, 16.151; 4. 24w-Lucas Wolfe, 16.208; 5. 25-Tyler Bear, 16.225; 6. 42-Sye Lynch, 16.251; 7. 6-Ryan Smith, 16.298; 8. 98-Jared Esh, 16.448; 9. 17M-Kyle Smith, 16.513 

Group (E)

1. 57-Kyle Larson, 15.892; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 15.945; 3. 24-Rico Abreu, 15.950; 4. 21B-Christopher Bell, 16.083; 5. 21m-Brian Montieth, 16.222; 6. 91r-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.225; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.352; 8. 99M-Kyle Moody, 16.590; 9. 73B-Brett Michalski, 16.755 

Heat #1 – Group (A) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 18-Gio Scelzi [4]; 3. 72-Shane Stewart [1]; 4. 70-Cale Thomas [3]; 5. 17-Ian Madsen [6]; 6. 99-Skylar Gee [7]; 7. 2F-AJ Flick [5]; 8. 55-Mike Wagner [8]; 9. 55K-Robbie Kendall [9]; 10. 11-Zeb Wise [10] 

Heat #2 – Group (B) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 2. 1-Logan Wagner [1]; 3. 9-James McFadden [3]; 4. 11T-TJ Stutts [2]; 5. 5-Brent Marks [6]; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer [5]; 7. 33W-Michael Walter [7]; 8. 75-Nicole Bower [8]; 9. 24B-Dustin Baney [9]

Heat #3 – Group (C) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 69K-Lance Dewease [1]; 2. 13-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri [3]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 5. 39-Spencer Bayston [5]; 6. 91-Tony Fiore [6]; 7. 5C-Dylan Cisney [7]; 8. 14T-Tyler Walton [8]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [9] 

Heat #4 – Group (D) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 14-Tony Stewart [2]; 2. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3]; 5. 25-Tyler Bear [5]; 6. 42-Sye Lynch [6]; 7. 17M-Kyle Smith [9]; 8. 6-Ryan Smith [7]; 9. 98-Jared Esh [8] 

Heat #5 – Group (E) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 21B-Christopher Bell [1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [2]; 3. 57-Kyle Larson [4]; 4. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [3]; 5. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt [6]; 6. 21M-Brian Montieth [5]; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich [7]; 8. 99M-Kyle Moody [8]; 9. 73B-Brett Michalski [9] 

Dash #1 (4 Laps)

1. 14-Tony Stewart [1]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease [2]; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi [5]; 5. 21B-Christopher Bell [4]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6] Dash #2 (4 Laps)1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [4]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [5]; 6. 9-James McFadden [3] 

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer

1. 55-Mike Wagner [1]; 2. 55K-Robbie Kendall [6]; 3. 14T-Tyler Walton [3]; 4. 99M-Kyle Moody [4]; 5. 98-Jared Esh [7]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [8]; 7. 75-Nicole Bower [5]; 8. 73B-Brett Michalski [9]; 9. 6-Ryan Smith [2] 

B-Main (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 51-Freddie Rahmer [2]; 2. 39-Spencer Bayston [1]; 3. 5-Brent Marks [3]; 4. 17-Ian Madsen [4]; 5. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt [6]; 6. 5C-Dylan Cisney [12]; 7. 21M-Brian Montieth [8]; 8. 99-Skylar Gee [9]; 9. 42-Sye Lynch [10]; 10. 2F-AJ Flick [11]; 11. 25-Tyler Bear [5]; 12. 17M-Kyle Smith [14]; 13. 91-Tony Fiore [7]; 14. 55K-Robbie Kendall [17]; 15. 33W-Michael Walter [15]; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich [13]; 17. 55-Mike Wagner [16] 

A-Main (30 Laps)

1. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4]; 3. 14-Tony Stewart [1]; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi [7]; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [6]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [11]; 7. 17-Ian Madsen [24]; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri [16]; 9. 5-Brent Marks [21]; 10. 69K-Lance Dewease [5]; 11. 13-Paul McMahan [13]; 12. 5C-Dylan Cisney [23]; 13. 70-Cale Thomas [20]; 14. 11T-TJ Stutts [18]; 15. 25-Tyler Bear [26]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19]; 17. 24-Rico Abreu [8]; 18. 72-Shane Stewart [17]; 19. 1-Logan Wagner [14]; 20. 39-Spencer Bayston [22]; 21. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [15]; 22. 21B-Christopher Bell [9]; 23. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 24. 57-Kyle Larson [10]; 25. 9-James McFadden [12]; 26. 51-Freddie Rahmer [25] Lap Leaders: Tony Stewart (1-12), Cory Eliason (13-30)

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2020 All Star Circuit of Champions Driver Standings: (As of September 10, 2020)
1. Aaron Reutzel – 5116
2. Cory Eliason – 5018
3. Zeb Wise – 4704
4. Paul McMahan – 4562
5. Skylar Gee – 4442
6. Greg Wilson – 4306
7. Josh Baughman – 3858
8. Danny Dietrich – 2860
9. Brock Zearfoss – 2770
10. Kyle Larson – 2744

Contact: Tyler Altmeyer

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1

(724) 954-4915, pr@tonystewart.com

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