GIBSONTON, FL - Wednesday night's rain delayed East Bay Raceway All Star sprint Winternationals show was run Friday afternoon. Tim Shaffer, from the pole, earned $4,000 for his first win of 2002, topping a 66 car field. The win for Shaffer, in his...
GIBSONTON, FL - Wednesday night's rain delayed East Bay Raceway All Star sprint Winternationals show was run Friday afternoon. Tim Shaffer, from the pole, earned $4,000 for his first win of 2002, topping a 66 car field. The win for Shaffer, in his own Stanton-Mopar powered Maxim, was his fifth career All Star win and first since 1996. He led all 25 circuits.
After crashing hard Thursday, Shaffer gave all the credit to his crew of Duane Plevel, Terry Blair and Dave Laurence for burning the midnight oil, working until 5:00 am to rebuild his battered machine. "The car was awesome last night,' Shaffer recalled of the machine that led the first 11 circuits on Thursday. "But it was a different track today with all the rubber down. We tried to be patient (last night) and maybe we just weren't patient enough. "
Louisiana's Jason Johnson ran second the whole way in Lanny Row's Eagle with a Wesmar engine under the hood. Crew chief Wayne Priddy had the car dialed in well for the daytime surface.
Tyler Walker ran third behind the leaders all afternoon long. Standing beside his Eagle-Wesmar, Walker thanked Pro-shocks and his car owners, Colletta and Wallace Ledford for providing him with excellent equipment. "We couldn't take any chances today with the track like it was," Walker said of his conservative driving style.
Shaffer started on the pole with Johnson alongside him, and Walker and Sean Michael in the Zemco Maxim made up row two, followed by Chad Kemenah's Kistler-Eagle and Greg Hodnett in the Apple Motorsports Maxim. Michael Dupuy, Jason Sides and Byron Reed spun together in turn two on the initial start, making for a complete restart. Shaffer took the top spot when the green was re-displayed, hugging the inside groove on the black and slick rubber laden surface. Johnson tucked in behind, with Walker next followed by Michael and Kemenah. Shaffer caught up to the tail of the pack by lap seven, but he could not lap Mike Erdley until he trailed him for four laps and finally tiptoed by. Reed spun again on lap 11, giving Shaffer the break he needed, which was getting him out of lapped traffic. Shaffer was really locked down to the track surface, and opened up a three second lead over Johnson within two laps after the green reappeared.
With 16 laps down, Shaffer again caught the back markers, which slowed his progress on the one groove track, allowing Johnson to move right in on his back bumper. Zach Chappell spun two laps later, again giving Shaffer a clear track for the restart. He pulled out to another three second lead, but with two laps to go, the back markers again impeded his progress, but he threaded the needle past lapped cars to win the event over Johnson and Walker.
Michael came in fourth with Kemenah fifth, Hodnett sixth, Stevie Smith seventh, Fred Rahmer eighth, Phil Gressman ninth and Lance Dewease tenth. Dewease had started 13th.
The Crown Battery heat was won by Zach Chappell, the B&B Oval Track Products heat went to Danny Lasoski (fresh off a sixth place finish in the IROC race at Daytona), the Engler Machine & Tool heat went to Shane Stewart, the TP Wings heat to Kenny Jacobs and the fifth heat was won by Paul McMahan. Jeff Hodgson and Joey Saldana won the Georgia Marketing & Promotions C Mains while fast timer Greg Hodnett was the B Main winner. A survey of the pits found a total of 17 track champions from 2001 were on hand, including the nation's leading feature winner Terry McCarl.