By Todd Tappel Attica, OH - April 18 - Fremont, Ohio's Frankie Kerr came out on top of an exciting late race duel with Kelly Kinser and Joey Saldana to win the second night of the All Star Sprint Coors Spring Nationals Saturday at Attica ...
By Todd Tappel
Attica, OH - April 18 - Fremont, Ohio's Frankie Kerr came out on top of an exciting late race duel with Kelly Kinser and Joey Saldana to win the second night of the All Star Sprint Coors Spring Nationals Saturday at Attica Raceway Park. Kerr actually led the race twice on the cushion with Kinser leading in between running his patented bottom groove. Kerr stated, "I'd like to dedicate this win to my daughter Sammy. I thought Kelly had the race won but the yellow flags really hurt him. We've had some shake-ups in the crew but we're set now and its going to be a heck of a year." Kerr's win was worth $5,000.
Kinser echoed Kerrs comments, "The yellow flags really hurt. The track kept getting blacker and blacker and it got faster on the top. I really thought we had this one." Joey Saldana, who would pass Kinser late in the race for second summed things up this way, "Kelly was really fast on the bottom but the top got better at the end. We were really good on the top at the end of the race but Frankie was already up there."
Brett Mann was on the ButlerBuilt Hot Seat pole position but it was Dean Jacobs flying to the early lead. Kerr immediately moved Stan Shoff's Chevy-powered Eagle into second with Sarah Fisher third, Jeff Shepard fourth, and Joey Saldana fifth. While everyone but Fisher in the lead pack was motoring around the top of the track, Kinser was working his way up from a 14th place start, hugging the inside tire markers. Jacobs caught lapped traffic at lap nine and that allowed Kerr to close in and challenge for the lead. Kerr was finally able to use the lapped traffic to his advantage and he snuck around Jacobs for the lead on lap 15.
While Kerr had his machine up front, Kinser began picking off drivers in the top five one by one. By the halfway point of the 40 lap feature, Kinser had moved into second ahead of D. Jacobs, Saldana and Fisher while Shepard faded. Kinser continued his remarkable run and passed Kerr for the lead on lap 24. Kinser then appeared to be firmly in command as he opened up a several car length advantage over Kerr. However, the cautions that would eventually lead to his demise started flying. The first one came on lap 28 and then again at lap 32. With Kinser committed to the bottom, the rubber-laden top groove became the line of choice and Kerr swept back into the lead with four laps remaining and Saldana followed suit around Kinser one lap later. A final caution at lap 39 wouldnt make a difference as Kerr held off Saldana, Kinser, D. Jacobs, and Kevin Huntley. Shepard, Kenny Jacobs, Fisher, Chad Kemenah, and Todd Kane would round out the top ten. For the second night in a row, Joey Saldana collected $200 from Ramsey Trucking and a Weld Wheel for setting fast time.
In support action, Art Ball won his third straight Limited Late Model feature over Mark Steinmetz, and Chris Smith. Chad Pendleton won a spirited Dwarf Car main over Bo Wiley and Tracy Fritter.
Qualifications: 1. Joey Saldana, Mox 17, 11.759; 2. Jeff Shepard, Double L 4J, 11.792; 3. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 11.795; 4. Sarah Fisher, Fisher 9, 11.834; 5. Dean Jacobs, Ashworth 92, 11.843; 6. Keith Kauffman, Johnson U2, 11.860; 7. Brett Mann, Mann 19, 11.875; 8. Butch Schroeder, Gottschalk 17, 11.934; 9. Chad Kemenah, Harble 15, 11.990; 10. Kevin Huntley, Daugherty 7, 12.010; 11. Tim Kern, Hay/Doss 28K, 12.261; 12. Kenny Jacobs, Hughes 94, 12.289; 13. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 12.324; 14. Rob Chaney, Chaney 42, 12.363; 15. Kelly Kinser, Kinser Timber 4K, 12.423; 16. Rodney Duncan, Harrison 22, 12.456; 17. Randy Wolfe, Allebach 75, 12.465; 18. Scott Miller, Miller 5M, 12.493; 19. John Ivy, Bogner 5i, 12.528; 20. Scott Jones, Jones 13, 12.572; 21. Todd Kane, Hampshire 63, 12.619; 22. Judi Bates, Mourar 121, 12. 671; 23. Dan Brettnacher, DTC Corp. 33, 12.841; 24. Alvin Roepke, R&F 99, 12.843; 25. John Wisbon, Wisbon 5W, 12.907; 26. Todd Cramer, Burmeister 16, 12.941; 27. Ed Neumeister, Neumeister 11N, 12.945; 28. Bill Bailey, Bailey 28, 12.948; 29. Landon Stover, Melick 2M, 13.074; 30. Dwaine Leiber, Leiber 62, 13.177; 31. Bobby Teeple, Teeple 8T, 13.239; 32. Greg Wilson, Davis 99, 13.272; 33. Brian Smith, Smith 2+, 13.315; 34. Eric Spencer, Spencer 3E, NT; 35. Mark Keegan, Keegan X, NT.
United Expressline Heat (10 Laps): Todd Kane, Joey Saldana, Chad Kemenah, Randy Wolfe, Dean Jacobs, John Wisbon, Landon Stover, Ed Lynch, Jr., Brian Smith.
Southwest Expressline Heat (10 Laps): Kevin Huntley, Judi Bates, Jeff Shepard, Rob Chaney, Scott Miller, Dwain Leiber, Todd Cramer, Keith Kauffman
Southwest Glass Heat (10 Laps): John Ivy, Kelly Kinser, Frankie Kerr, Tim Kern, Brett Mann, Ed Neumeister, Bobby Teeple, Dan Brettnacher.
United Specialties Heat (10 Laps): Kenny Jacobs, Alvin Roepke, Rodney Duncan, Butch Schroeder, Greg Wilson, Scott Jones, Sarah Fisher, Bill Bailey
Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash (4 Laps): Kevin Huntley, Dean Jacobs, Jeff Shepard, Frankie Kerr, Joey Saldana, Brett Mann
United Expressline B Main (12 Laps): Ed Lynch, Jr., Sarah Fisher, John Wisbon, Scott Jones, Keith Kauffman, Brian Smith, Dwain Leiber, Todd Cramer, Ed Neumeister, Bill Bailey, Bobby Teeple, Eric Spencer, Landon Stover, Dan Brettnacher.
Feature (40 Laps): Kerr, Saldana, Kinser, D. Jacobs, Huntley, Shepard, K. Jacobs, Fisher, Kemenah, Kane, Duncan, Lynch, Ivy, Mann, Wilson, Miller, Wisbon, Wolfe, Jones, Bates, Schroeder, Chaney, Roepke, Kern.
All Star Points: 1. Jeff Shepard 470, 2. Kenny Jacobs 456, 3. Joey Saldana 444, 4. Kevin Huntley 427, 5. Frankie Kerr 424, 6. Dean Jacobs 403, 7. Keith Kauffman 397, 8. Sarah Fisher 326, 9. Judi Bates 320, 10. Dan Brettnacher 317.