FRIGIDAIRE ALL STAR SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS

VOLUSIA CO. SPEEDWAY, Barberville, FL - Thursday 2/6/97

Wright Gets it Right in Volusia All Star Round No. Two - By Jean Lynch

BARBERVILLE, FL - "We didn’t have to touch the car all night, it was perfect," said Gary Wright after leading all but the first lap of the non-stop Frigidaire All Star Sprint Florida Speedweek main at Volusia Co. Speedway Thursday night.

"It was good for me that the race went non-stop because I didn’t have any brakes from the tenth lap on, so the only flag I wanted to see was a checkered one. I wouldn’t have been able to stop because a bolt, that I had put in myself to hold the brake petal on, fell out."

Driving one of four new-style downtube cars built by Brian Schnee that were in competition tonight, Wright’s driving style and his five year association with Schnee were overpowering for the 24 car starting field. At the end, all cars were running but Wright had lapped nine and won by a straightaway over Danny Smith.

Sponsored by Action Rent-To-Own, Crown Racing Engines and Texas Kenworth, the winning car is owned by Brian Scherer and the crew consists of Davis Whitworth, Dave Ochs and Brian. Coming off a year of 20 feature wins, Wright can now add a first-ever win at Volusia to his eight career All Star wins.

Happy with his second place finish, Smith is experiencing the dual role of owner-driver for the first time in his long career. Now on his own, he used a ’97 Stealth with a Shaver engine, with sponsor help from Kiger’s Sunoco, Shaver, Hoosier tires, PRO-shocks and Stealth.

Smith started in the "Butlerbuilt Hot Seat" pole position and led the first lap but his Hoosier’s could not keep up with Wright’s McCreary tires.

Fifth place starter Lance Dewease had a mag go sour in the heat and had to win the United Expressline B Main to get into the feature which inverted eight at the start. He raced with Billy Pauch the entire distance, finally getting by on the white flag lap. Comparing the tire wear on two nights here, Dewease said, "We ran the same right rear McCreary compound as we did last night, when the cords were showing with ten laps to go. Tonight they could run another 30 laps."

Behind Dewease in Walt Dyer’s Brickmobile came Pauch in the Zemco Headers 1z wrenched by Dave Yingst. Wednesday night’s winner Terry McCarl started the Jr. Holbrook Stealth in 13th and advanced to fifth ahead of Frankie Kerr, Tim Allison, Fred Rahmer, Bobby Allen and Dean Jacobs.

GMP Rookie-of-the-Year contender Allison did a good job, advancing from 15th to finish seventh. The eight inversion for the start put fast timer Rahmer and Allen in the fourth row and they ran near those spots most of the race.

The United Expressline heat went to Rahmer, the Southwest Expressline heat to Kerr, the Southwest Glass heat to Randy Wolfe and the United Specialties heat to John Bankston.

Time Trials: 1. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 14.149; 2. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 14.252; 3. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4k, 14.267; 4. Lance Dewease, Dyer 461, 14.347; 5. Gary Wright, Action 9, 14.367; 6. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23s, 14.459; 7. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1z, 14.461; 8. Danny Smith, Smith 4, 14.559; 9. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 14.588; 10. Jim Nace, Weikert 29, 14.601; 11. Dean Jacobs, Jacobs 1f, 14.637; 12. Tim Shaffer, Reidling 50, 14.706; 13. Terry McCarl, Holbrook 8h, 14.722; 14. Bobby Adamson, Adamson 2a, 14.792; 15. Van Gurley, Jr., Gray 51, 14.855; 16. Tim Allison, Mox 11, 14.860; 17. Donnie Kreitz, Jr. Stone 3, 14.871; 18. Dale Blaney, Hughes 94, 14.892; 19. James Horton, Horton 80, 14.911; 20. Chad Kemenah, East Harbor 92, 14.920; 21. Daniel Coggeshell, Coggeshell 3c, 14.949; 22. Brian Schnee, Tanksle 20, 15.050; 23. Randy Wolfe, Johnson U2, 15.064; 24. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 15.079; 25. Mike Frost, Frost 88, 15.101; 26. Jeff Shepard, J&M 55, 15.127; 27. Sarah Fisher, Fisher 9, 15.226; 28. Andy McKisson, McKisson 0, 15.231; 29. Bob Felmlee, Felmlee 6, 15.258; 30. Kenny Jacobs, Ashworth 92, 15.288; 31. John Koller, Koller 27, 15.356; 32. Jim Moughan, Smith 2s, 15.419; 33. Lou Kennedy, Kennedy 21k, 15.527; 34. Danny Jennings, Jennings 61, 15.576; 35. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7, 15.683; 36. Brian Ellenberger, Ellenberger 20, 15.833; 37. Scott Jones, Jones 13, 15.894; 38. Brenda Buster, Buster 31, 16.229; 39. Howie Gleason, Gleason 21, 16.489; 40. Joe Houck, Filla 34, 16.887; 41. Johnny Johnson, Johnson 72j, 18.399; 42. Jimmy Stinson, Spectrum 84, No time. United Expressline Heat: (10 laps): 1. Rahmer 2. Wright 3. McCarl 4. Kreitz 5. Todd Shaffer 6. Felmlee 7. Coggeshell 8. Frost 9. Jones 10. Johnson 11. Kennedy.

Southwest Expressline Heat: (10 laps): 1. Kerr 2. Blaney 3. Shepard 4. Schnee 5. Nace 6. K. Jacobs 7. Allen 8. Jennings 9. Adamson 10. Buster.

Southwest Glass Heat: (10 laps): 1. Wolfe 2. Gurley 3. Kinser 4. D. Jacobs 5. Pauch 6. Horton 7. Fisher 8. Whitney 9. Kohler 10. Gleason.

United Specialties Heat: (10 laps): 1. Bankston 2. Kemenah 3. Allison 4. Tim Shaffer 5. Smith 6. McKisson 7. Moughan 8. Ellenberger 9. Houck 10. Dewease.

United Expressline B Main: (12 laps): 1. Dewease 2. Allen 3. K. Jacobs 4. Whitney 5. Coggeshell 6. Felmlee 7. Adamson 8. Jennings 9. Fisher 10. McKisson 11. Ellenberger 12. Johnson 13. Buster 14. Frost 15. Koller 16. Houck 17. Gleason 18. Horton 19. Moughan 20. Jones 21. Kennedy.

Frigidaire A Main (25 laps): 1. Gary Wright 2. Danny Smith 3. Lance Dewease 4. Billy Pauch 5. Terry McCarl 6. Frankie Kerr 7. Tim Allison 8. Fred Rahmer 9. Bobby Allen 10. Dean Jacobs 11. Todd Shaffer 12. Kelly Kinser 13. Dale Blaney 14. Tim Shaffer 15. Kenny Jacobs 16. Brian Schnee 17. Jeff Shepard 18. Randy Wolfe 19. Jim Nace 20. Don Kreitz Jr. 21. Travis Whitney 22. Chad Kemenah 23. John Bankston 24. Van Gurley Jr.