All Star Sprint Western Pa. Speedweek Race Results Lernerville Speedway, Sarver, Pa. - Fri. 6/12/98 SARVER, PA - Jeff Shepard broke out of his self proclaimed slump in the All Star Sprint 30-lap Western Pa. Speedweek feature Friday night ...
All Star Sprint Western Pa. Speedweek Race Results Lernerville Speedway, Sarver, Pa. - Fri. 6/12/98
SARVER, PA - Jeff Shepard broke out of his self proclaimed slump in the All Star Sprint 30-lap Western Pa. Speedweek feature Friday night at Lernerville Speedway. Shepard defeated Dean Jacobs by a full straightaway for his third series win of the season, worth $4,000. The event kicked off the rain-shortened sixth annual Western Pa. Speedweek series
"I got into a bunch of trouble with the lapped cars," Shepard said. "I got real lucky to make it between them. It was our night to start on the pole, and we finally could do something with it." It was the first win for the Les and Lynda Stewart team with new crew chief Judd Shepard aboard. The team’s Cat Construction Maxim utilizes Kriner-Chevrolet power and rode Goodyear tires.
Shepard started on the ButlerBuilt Hot Seat pole with Sarah Fisher alongside. Fisher grabbed the lead for one lap, but Shepard pulled under her going down the frontstretch to take over on lap two and lead the rest of the 15 mile run. Jacobs started fourth, and took over second as Fisher faded and dropped out after five laps. As Shepard got into lapped traffic on lap six, Jacobs began to close in, with Frankie Kerr third aboard Stan Shoff’s Eagle and Keith Kauffman fourth in the United Expressline U2. By lap 11 Shepard cleared traffic, and pulled away again from Jacobs. Meanwhile, Lynch and Kenny Jacobs were battling for fifth when K. Jacobs got sideways and stopped in turn two, bringing out the only yellow of the event.
For the restart it was Shepard, one lapped car, D. Jacobs, Kerr, Kauffman, Lynch and Joey Saldana. Shepard pulled out to another big lead before he hit lapped traffic again, with Jacobs trying to close as the lead pair sliced through the lapped machines. Now Lynch and Kauffman were battling for fourth, and they ran nose to tail or side-by-side for eight laps until Lynch got by on lap 28.
Shepard flashed under the checkered flag a full straightaway ahead of Jacobs, with Lynch and Kauffman both passing Kerr on the last lap for third and fourth. Kerr held on for fifth, followed by Saldana, Jimmy Hawley, K. Jacobs, Bob Felmlee and Brian Ellenberger.
Jack Lewis of Simcox Grinding and Steel added a $100 bonus for the drivers finishing in positions seven through ten.
"It was just a matter of getting through the lapped cars," Jacobs recalled. "I got up to him a couple of times and thought I had a shot, but he drove a real good race. He just did a good job of getting through the lapped cars." Jacobs piloted Denny Ashworth’s Kriner-powered Schnee.
"Our brakes were messed up," Lynch recalled. But we put on a good race for third, fourth and fifth." Lynch piloted his father’s J&J with Kriner power.
The United Expressline heat fell to Keith Kauffman, the Southwest Expressline heat to K. Jacobs, the Southwest Glass heat was won by D. Jacobs and the United Specialties heat went to Craig Rankin. Quick timer Lynch, Jr. won the Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash with Scott Jones the United Expressline B Main winner. Time Trials: 1. Ed Lynch Jr., Lynch 2L, 13.492; 2. Joey Saldana, Mox 17, 13.495; 3. Dean Jacobs, Ashworth 92, 13.626; 4. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23s, 13.626; 5. Sarah Fisher, Fisher 9, 13.633; 6. Jeff Shepard, Double L 4j, 13.665; 7. Jimmy Hawley, Crawford C3, 13.697; 8. Ralph Spithaler, Spithaler 56, 13.698; 9. Keith Kauffman, Johnson U2, 13.729; 10. Kenny Jacobs, Hughes 94, 13.771; 11. Scott Bonnell, Bonnell 3, 13.817; 12. Scott Jones, Jones 8J, 13.865; 13. Brian Ellenberger, Ellenberger 20, 13.920; 14. Bob Felmlee, Felmlee 6, 13.973; 15. James Wray, Wray 24, 14.008; 16. Craig Rankin, Guzzo 77, 14.041; 17. Rodney Duncan, Harrison 77, 14.066; 18. Jamie Smith, Smith 5, 14.079; 19. Brian Smith, Smith 2+, 14.355; 20. Scott Priester, Priester 11x, 14.376; 21. Tom Marshall, Dionise 15, 14.435; 22. Bill Kiley, Kiley 4k, 14.498; 23. Daryl Stimeling, Stimeling 30, 14.656; 24. John Stickley, Stickley L7, 14.842; 25. Erik Skomo, Skomo 1e, 15.040; 26. Charlie Holben, Holben 42g, 15.357; 27. Bob Walters, Walters 42, 15.386; 28. Gary Rankin, Rankin 16r, 15.405; 29. Brian Rivers, Rivers 187, 15.754; 30. Shelia Rankin, Rankin 6, 16.012; 31. Mike Sub, Sub 78, 16.775; 32. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, NT; 33. Skip Dougherty, Dougherty 81, NT. United Expressline Heat (8 laps): 1. Kauffman 2. Ellenberger 3. Duncan 4. Lynch 5. Fisher 6. Marshall 7. Skomo 8. Rivers. Southwest Expressline Heat (8 laps): 1. K. Jacobs 2. J. Smith 3. Saldana 4. Shepard 5. Felmlee 6. Kiley 7. S. Rankin 8. Holben. Southwest Glass Heat (8 laps): 1. D. Jacobs 2. Hawley 3. Bonnell 4. Wray 5. B. Smith 6. Stimeling 7. Walters 8. Sub. United Specialties Heat (8 laps): 1. C. Rankin 2. Spithaler 3. Kerr 4. Priester 5. Allen 6. Jones 7. Stickley 8. G. Rankin. Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash: (4 laps): 1. Lynch 2. Saldana 3. Kerr 4. Shepard 5. D. Jacobs 6. Fisher. United Expressline B Main (12 laps): 1. Jones 2. Stimeling 3. Marshall 4. Kiley 5. Stickley 6. Skomo 7. G. Rankin 8. Holben 9. Walters 10. Rivers 11. S. Rankin 12. Sub. A Main (30 laps): 1. Shepard 2. D. Jacobs 3. Lynch 4. Kauffman 5. Kerr 6. Saldana 7. Hawley 8. K. Jacobs 9. Felmlee 10. Ellenberger 11. Jones 12. J. Smith 13. C. Rankin 14. Bonnell 15. Stimeling 16. B. Smith 17. Wray 18. Marshall 19. Kiley 20. Allen 21. Spithaler 22. Duncan 23. Priester 24. Fisher.