FLORENCE, KY - The state of Kentucky is known for fast race horses. Well, the man with the most horsepower under the hood Saturday night at Florence Speedway in the All Star sprint 30-lap feature was Greg Wilson. This marked the return of the All...
FLORENCE, KY - The state of Kentucky is known for fast race horses. Well, the man with the most horsepower under the hood Saturday night at Florence Speedway in the All Star sprint 30-lap feature was Greg Wilson. This marked the return of the All Stars to Florence after an 11 year absence and a huge crowd was on hand to see Wilson take his second win of the season.
Wilson was the last of four leaders, taking over from Chad Kemenah on lap 22 to lead the final eight circuits. Kemenah, who led the first 16 laps and lap 21, was second ahead of a hard charging Jason Johnson.
"My mechanic (Bob Hampshire) put the right tires on the racecar," an excited Wilson recalled. "And I just had to be patient and wait till they came in. Our car was just perfect." That car was a Maxim with Hampshire power and American Racer tires. His tire was a harder compound, and it heated up just in time for Wilson to make the winning pass.
"The caution flag killed us," a dejected Kemenah said of his second place finish, lamenting the cooling off of his Goodyear tires.
"We set up the car real tight," third place Johnson, the pilot of Jack Elden's No. 22, said. "At the beginning of the race the track was slick and once it got down rubber it helped us and hurt the leaders."
Mike Wagner started on the ButlerBuilt Hot Seat pole alongside Kemenah with Travis Rilat and Byron Reed in row two. Kenny Jacobs and quick qualifier Wilson made up row three. Kemenah led over Rilat, Wilson and Reed at the start. Reed was on the move and took second, passing Wilson and Rilat on lap four. Lapped traffic came into play by lap five as Kemenah led with Reed second and Rilat and Wilson battling hard for third.
Curt Trainer spun on lap 13 for the only caution of the event, erasing Kemenah's half straightaway lead over Reed. Wilson was now third with Johnson fourth after starting tenth. Reed switched to the high groove after the restart as Kemenah kept to the low groove. Reed was alongside the leader on lap 16, making a high pass for the lead in turns one and two. He was scored as the leader on lap 17 and rocketed away from Kemenah. Two laps later, Kemenah reeled in Reed, and the pair were side by on laps 19 and 20. Kemenah edged ahead to lead lap 21, but Wilson blew by low in turn four to lead lap 22 and the rest of the way.
Kemenah held on for second ahead of Johnson and seventh starter Jerrod Hull, who finally snapped a long streak of bad luck. Danny Smith was fifth ahead of Jacobs while Reed faded to finish seventh, winning the Team Simpson Racing Lucky Seven award. Rilat was eighth and Rob Chaney in ninth earned the $100 TW Metals nightly cash bonus ahead of Kelly Kinser.
The K-T Equipment heat went to Wilson, the JB Enterprise Racing Products heat to Rob Chaney and the Crown Battery heat fell to Byron Reed and Hull captured the Haulmark Dash. Jerry Rice won the non-stop 25-lap late model main.
Time Trials: 1. Greg Wilson, Hampshire 63, 15.332; 2. Kenny Jacobs, Jacobs/Honecker 6, 15.908; 3. Byron Reed, B&S 5, 15.947; 4. Travis Rilat, Archer U2, 15.956; 5. Chad Kemenah, Harble 15k, 15.966; 6. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 16.026; 7. Jerrod Hull, Webb 51, 16.041; 8. Danny Smith, Baker 4, 16.042; 9. Dean Jacobs, Daugherty 7r, 16.283; 10. Jason Johnson, Elden 22e, 16.292; 11. Rodney Duncan, Harrison 22, 16.447; 12. Kevin Huntley, Ashworth 92, 16.447; 13. Jim Dayton, Dayton 2x, 16.537; 14. Rob Chaney, Courtad 9x, 16.599; 15. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4k, 16.681; 16. Blake Feese, Feese 1, 16.704; 17. Nick Naber, G&N 6, 16.745; 18. Tom Busch, Busch 4B, 16.753; 19. Curt Trainer, Trainer 29%, 16.875; 20. Jeremy Minton, Minton 7, 16.943; 21. Brian Ellenberger, Ellenberger 20, 17.174; 22. Jarod Larson, Clemson 47, 17.248; 23. Steve Bixler. Bixler 51, 17.294; 24. Barry Ruble, Ruble 63, 17.383; 25. Brad Ellenberger, Ellenberger 87, 17.423.
K-T Equipment Rental Heat (8 laps): 1. Wilson 2. Dayton 3. Johnson 4. Hull 5. Rilat 6. Feese 7. Trainer 8. Brad Ellenberger 9. Larson.
JB Enterprise Racing Products Heat (8 laps): 1. Chaney 2. Kemenah 3. Smith 4. Duncan 5. K. Jacobs 6. Naber 7. Bixler 8. Minton.
Crown Battery Heat (8 laps): 1. Reed 2. Kinser 3. Huntley 4. Busch 5. D. Jacobs 6. Wagner 7. Brian Ellenberger 8. Ruble.
Haulmark Dash (4 laps): 1. Hull 2. Kemenah 3. Reed 4. K. Jacobs 5. Wilson 6. Rilat.
A Main (30 laps): 1. Greg Wilson 2. Chad Kemenah 3. Jason Johnson 4. Jerrod Hull 5. Danny Smith 6. Kenny Jacobs 7. Byron Reed 8. Travis Rilat 9. Rob Chaney 10. Kelly Kinser 11. Rodney Duncan 12. Mike Wagner 13. Dean Jacobs14. Kevin Huntley 15. Brian Ellenberger 16. Jim Dayton 17. Curt Trainer 18. Nick Naber 19. Jarod Larson 20. Jeremy Minton 21. Steve Bixler 22. Brad Ellenberger 23. Blake Feese 24. Barry Ruble 25. Tom Busch.
All Star Sprint Points: 1. Chad Kemenah 1318; 2. Kenny Jacobs 1267; 3. Danny Smith 1249; 4. Rodney Duncan 1237; 5. Greg Wilson 1214; 6. Dean Jacobs 1205; 7. Jason Johnson 1204; 8. Travis Rilat 1195; 9. Jerrod Hull 1150; 10. Brian Ellenberger 1070.