ALLSTAR: Eldora Showdown summary 2006-04-07

SAMMY SWINDELL WINS ELDORA SHOWDOWN -- NIGHT ...

SAMMY SWINDELL WINS ELDORA SHOWDOWN -- NIGHT #1

ROSSBURG, OH (4-7-06) -- What started off as a warm and sunny day in western Ohio turned into a cold, windy, rainy night with temperatures dropping into the low 40's and wind gusts blowing at 30 mph. Funnel clouds were reportedly seen in the Rossburg area. Eldora Speedway, however, escaped the worst of the weather that was dumping buckets of rain to the north and to the south.

During the hotlap sessions the temperature was still mild, but the threat of rain was looming and dark clouds could be seen all around the speedway. With just two cars left to go in qualifying, those skies finally opened up and the rain came down. Thankfully it was only a small amount and a half hour later we were ready to roll again.

With the track conditions now changed, fairness had to come into play and the entire field had to be re-qualified. By the time another hot lap session was run for the 46 cars in the pits, the temperature was dropping--fast. The wind was beginning to shift from the North and there was still plenty of moisture in the air. This would take its toll on many motors. The field would take just one lap this time to determine their heat starting positions, and for some this would be the end of their evening.

Rookie contender James Mosher lost a piston during his qualifying run and was forced to scratch for the evening. Rookie contender Brandon Martin also head engine trouble after his qualifying run, and though the crew was working feverishly to get it corrected he was not able to make the call to line up for his heat. Brandon was also done for the evening. Paul May changed a motor and was not able to make it out for his qualifying run, which put him on the tail of his heat. He then had some mechanical problems that forced him to drop out early. Brock Mayes, who was running up front throughout that same heat race, lost a motor with just 3 laps to go. He was solidly in a transfer spot but the motor gremlins got him as well.

The competition within the 46 car field made it challenging for everyone with the top names in sprint car racing rolling into the infamous half mile, high-banked speed plant. However, it wasn't necessarily the competition who got the best of the All Stars--it was the changing weather and Eldora Speedway itself. With the World of Outlaws, the newly formed National Sprint Tour, and some independent racers from all around the area on hand to do battle, it was the All Stars who took the biggest hit on motors.

Greg Wilson and Butch Schroeder were able to transfer from their heats and also had qualifying times that allowed them to run the Dash. However, it was Butch who was now unable to make the call and was scored last in his Dash. The problems were fixed in time to start the A-main where he came home 12th. Greg Wilson had a good run battling side by side for several laps with former All Star champion Chad Kemenah. Greg finished 14th in the 25 lap A-main event.

Sammy Swindell, who is not officially affiliated with any series, won the event in grand fashion. The veteran star finished the race with no brakes and a stuck throttle. "I had both feet on the floor because there weren't any brakes and the throttle wouldn't go down or come up. It wasn't wide open, but it was close. The problem was that you needed to work the throttle a little bit when you hit the ruts and I couldn't do that. I knew it was getting close to the end because they gave me the five-to-go. I hoped I had a bit of a lead because I tried to ride it out. I was a sitting duck. I couldn't go faster and I couldn't go slower. I was just fortunate that I got into some open track where I could just run laps by myself. It was good enough. I saw somebody right there at the end, but once I got past the checkered flag I just turned the switch off. That was the only way I could stop," said Swindell.

Through the efforts of the Eldora track crew facing adverse weather conditions, the All Stars will be back at Eldora for the second night of co-sanctioned competition with the World of Outlaws on Saturday, April 8th. The temperature will be cold, but the sun will be shining and the All Star teams will make the needed adjustments and take another crack at the half mile dirt monster we call Eldora Speedway.

All Star Circuit of Champions Points as of 4-7-06:

1. Jason Solwold -- 269 2. Greg Wilson -- 259 3. Chad Blonde -- 208 4. Brock Mayes -- 207 5. Paul May -- 206 6. Jeremy Campbell -- 204 7. Barry Ruble -- 196 8. James Mosher -- 135 9. Greg Hodnett -- 163 10. Lance Dewease -- 162 11. Danny Smith -- 146 12. Spud Gustin -- 142 13. Butch Schroeder - 96 14. Jessica Zemken -- 66 15. Brandon Martin -- 55 16. Tim Hunter -- 55 17. Ron Blair - 55

Qualifying

1) Craig Dollansky, Karavan 7, 13.043 2) Jason Solwold, Carnahan R19, 13.057 3) Jason Meyers, Elite Racing Team 14, 13.066 4) Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 13.108 5) Sammy Swindell, Forbrook 5, 13.128 6) Kenny Jacobs, Woodring 19J, 13.161 7) Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 13.185 8) Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 13.206 9) Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.238 10) Tim Kaeding, Kinser 11K, 13.244 11) Brooke Tatnell, Rush Racing 8, 13.284 12) Greg Wilson, Warnimont 20W, 13.297 13) Justin Henderson, Oswalt D1, 13.314 14) Daryn Pittman, Titan Racing USA 21, 13.316 15) Joey Saldana, Kahne 9, 13.332 16) Butch Schroeder, Jessup 7K, 13.332 17) Brock Mayes, Mayes 11B, 13.343 18) Chad Kemenah, Kemenah 15K, 13.351 19) Stevie Smith, Smith 19S, 13.387 20) Brian Paulus, Pender 28, 13.389 21) Rob Chaney, Martin 36, 13.395 22) Randy Hannagan, TH Racing 1X, 13.399 23) Bill Rose, Rose 6, 13.415 24) Ryan Coniam, Miller 2X, 13.416 25) Shane Stewart, Rudeen 26, 13.431 26) Tim Shaffer, Parsons 6, 13.434 27) Jac Haudenschild, Wright 35, 13.440 28) Chad Blonde, Blonde 5B, 13.474 29) Kevin Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.489 30) Barry Ruble, Ruble 63, 13.519 31) Nick Smith, MPHG 81, 13.536 32) Ron Blair, Blair 35B, 13.537 33) Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 13.560 34) Billy Alley, Gifford 17G, 13.568 35) Ryan Myers, Myers 56R, 13.570 36) Becca Anderson, Woodring 19, 13.580 37) Jeremy Campbell, Campbell 10C, 13.616 38) Tim Hunter, Morrison 0, 13.637 39) Mike Brecht, Warnimont 20M, 13.653 40) Brian Carlson, SC Motorsports 18, 13.656 41) Paul McMahan, Stewart 20, no time 42) Brandon Martin, Martin 11M no time 43) Paul May, may 71M, no time 44) Mike Miller, Holbrook/Wood 8X, no time 45) James Mosher, Mosher 12M, no time

First Heat Race (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) Kraig Kinser 2) Craig Dollansky 3) Danny Lasoski 4) Kevin Swindell 5) Butch Schroeder 6) Shane Stewart 7) Jeremy Campbell 8) Ryan Coniam 9) Brock Mayes 10) Dion Hindi 11) Paul May

Second Heat Race (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) Joey Saldana 2) Chad Kemenah 3) Tim Kaeding 4) Jason Solwold 5) Bill Rose 6) Terry McCarl 7) Paul McMahan 8) Tim Shaffer 9) Billy Alley 10) Tim Hunter 11) Barry Ruble

Third Heat Race (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) Randy Hannagan 2) Brooke Tatnell 3) Stevie Smith 4) Jason Meyers 5) Jac Haudenschild 6) Daryn Pittman 7) Kenny Jacobs 8) Nick Smith 9) Ryan Myers 10) Mike Brecht

Fourth Heat Race (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) Donny Schatz 2) Brian Paulus 3) Rob Chaney 4) Sammy Swindell 5) Greg Wilson 6) Justin Henderson 7) Chad Blonde 8) Becca Anderson 9) Brian Carlson 10) Ron Blair

First Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined inside first 6 rows of A-feature)

1) Kraig Kinser 2) Sammy Swindell 3) Craig Dollansky 4) Joey Saldana 5) Brooke Tatnell 6) Jason Meyers

Second Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined outside first 6 rows of A-feature)

1) Danny Lasoski 2) Tim Kaeding 3) Donny Schatz 4) Jason Solwold 5) Greg Wilson 6) Butch Schroeder (DNS)

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) Terry McCarl 2) Daryn Pittman 3) Kenny Jacobs 4) Shane Stewart 5) Justin Henderson [$150] 6) Tim Shaffer [$125] 7) Brock Mayes [$100] 8) Nick Smith [$100] 9) Jeremy Campbell [$100] 10) Chad Blonde [$100] 11) Tim Hunter [$100] 12) Dion Hindi [$100] 13) Billy Alley [$100] 14) Paul McMahan [$100] 15) Ron Blair [$100] 16) Paul May [$100] 17) Barry Ruble [$100] 18) Brian Carlson [$100] 19) Becca Anderson [$100] 20) Ryan Myers [$100] 21) Ryan Coniam (DNS) [$100] 22) Mike Brecht (DNS) [$100] 23) James Mosher (DNS) [$100] 24) Brandon Martin (DNS) [$100] 25) Mike Miller (DNS) [$100]

A-main (25 laps)

1) Sammy Swindell [$5,000] 2) Danny Lasoski [$3,000] 3) Donny Schatz [$2,500] 4) Tim Kaeding [$2,200] 5) Joey Saldana [$2,100] 6) Craig Dollansky [$2,000] 7) Chad Kemenah [$1,800] 8) Brooke Tatnell [$1,600] 9) Jason Solwold [$1,500] 10) Terry McCarl [$1,300] 11) Jason Meyers [$1,200] 12) Butch Schroeder [$1,100] 13) Kraig Kinser [$1,000] 14) Greg Wilson [$700] 15) Daryn Pittman [$600] 16) Shane Stewart [$600] 17) Kevin Swindell [$600] 18) Randy Hannagan [$600] 19) Bill Rose [$600] 20) Stevie Smith [$600] 21) Rob Chaney [$500] 22) Brian Paulus [$500] 23) Jac Haudenschild [$500] 24) Kenny Jacobs [$500] Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-25

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Kevin Swindell , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Sammy Swindell , Mike Miller , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Brian Carlson , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Becca Anderson , Greg Wil , Bill Rose , Nick Smith , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Paul May