By Debi Domby (Sept. 27) Sunday afternoon the fans at Winchester Speedway watched 29 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro race cars take the green flag for the 29th Annual Snap-On Tools/Roger Holdeman Memorial Winchester 400. Derrick Gilchrist held off a...
By Debi Domby
(Sept. 27) Sunday afternoon the fans at Winchester Speedway watched 29 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro race cars take the green flag for the 29th Annual Snap-On Tools/Roger Holdeman Memorial Winchester 400. Derrick Gilchrist held off a late race challenge from series point leader Freddie Query to win his second feature of the season.
Jeff Fultz captured the Bud Pole Award for the second time in his All Pro career. The Milford, Ohio driver opted to start the feature on the outside of the front row, giving defending series champion Hal Goodson the actual pole. The move didn't work to Fultz's advantage, as Goodson pulled into the lead ahead of Fultz. Fultz moved his JaniKing Monte Carlo around Goodson on lap 55 and kept the lead until a yellow flew on lap 86 when he pitted.
Local favorite Brian Ross took over the lead and pulled out to a straightaway lead over Rookie of the Year contender David Moyer, who also didn't pit. Fultz moved into second on lap 130 and set sail after Ross who by now had built his lead to a 1/3 of a lap. Several laps later Fultz closed in on Ross who had to been navigating through a six pack of cars. Fultz regained the lead on lap 156 when Ross' tires began fading.
A rash of caution flag periods occurred during laps 212 and 235 with only three green flag laps run during that stretch. Steven Howard, who had taken over the lead on lap 217, was able out to nearly half lap lead over Fultz and Gilchrist. On lap 270 Howard's Greer Flooring Centers/Trucks and More Monte Carlo's engine developed a deep throaty sound. Fultz quickly closed to within seven car lengths behind Howard. A caution he needed came out on lap 298 for a blown tire. Unfortunately the tire was on his black and white #86 causing him to brush the turn two wall. Fultz later retired with brake problems.
Caution #10 came out on 375 and the 25 lap rule was invoked. Only Gilchrist, who had taken over the lead on lap 299, and Howard were able to start on the outside row. Freddie Query led the lapped cars on the inside. On the restart Query got a great jump going into turn one, putting him back onto the lead lap. With five laps remaining Sean Studer blew a tire and a caution was thrown so he could get his damaged car into the pits.
All Pro rules states that a race cannot end under yellow flag conditions, requiring a green-white-checker run for the win. Howard, whose engine was really sour by now, moved over allowing Query by. Gilchrist took the checkered flag holding off Query by 1.074 seconds.
"I'd like to thank Roger Hamke for the great car he gave me today and I would like to dedicate the win to his dad. The car ran wherever I put it. We had a fuel evaporation problem early on. We bought more fuel and after that the car ran great and I felt I had a car that could win the race. I'd also like to thank CDR Motors, Circle Wheels and Tanner Racing," said the driver of the Hamke Race Cars & Parts Monte Carlo.
NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series 29th Annual Snap-On Tools/Roger Holdeman Memorial Winchester 400
Derrick Gilchrist 401, Freddie Query 401, Steven Howard 401, Ron Young 400, Scott Riggs 300, Ken Weaver 399, David Reutimann 395, Sean Studer 392, Keith Gardner 392, Randy Gentry 390, Trent Owens 389, Josh Clemons 385, Keith White 378, Joe Williamson 378, Ken Alexander 364, Lee Raymond 360, Wayne Anderson 358, Jeff Fultz 351, Ronnie Burkett 311, Billy Bigley Jr 276, Hal Goodson 227, Brian Ross 213, David Moyer 180, Conrad Burr 170, Steven Christian 142, Hank Parker Jr 104, Robert Burroughs 88, Scott Kilby 45, Ray Skillman 26
POINTS: Freddie Query 2486, Hal Goodson 2437, Derrick Gilchrist 2350, Steven Christian 2208, Billy Bigley Jr 2167, David Reutimann 2121, Ron Young 2070, Scott Kilby 2016, Ronnie Burkett 1962, Randy Gentry 1927