David Reininger - Motorsport News International Mechanicsburg, PA (February 21, 1999) - A small but hearty crowd braved twenty degree temperatures to see Brian Paulus win Williams Grove Speedway's Sixtieth season opener this afternoon. The top...
David Reininger - Motorsport News International
Mechanicsburg, PA (February 21, 1999) - A small but hearty crowd braved twenty degree temperatures to see Brian Paulus win Williams Grove Speedway's Sixtieth season opener this afternoon. The top five from each heat race, if there is such a thing in twenty degree weather, drew for starting postions in the feature. When Brian Paulus pulled his number from the bag it was ten. The worst he could pull.
"I've been telling the guys, if I could win a race, I wanted to win it from the worst possible position," Paulus said from victory lane.
The race started off a bit choppy. With one lap completed, Todd Gracey, winner of the first heat, spun out of fourth place. Then Rick Kaylor brought out the red flag with a flip on the backstretch. He was unhurt.
Paulus lined up ninth behind Keith Kauffman, Jeff Shepard, Fred Rahmer, Lance Dewease, Dave Ely, Mike Wagner, Jeff Rohrbaugh and Don Kreitz.
On the restart, Dewease moved into third. Finding the high line early, Paulus rode the rim to fifth position in just four laps. With the bottom line starting to lose some grip, Rahmer slid back to greet the advancing No. 28 car of Paulus.
"Everybody in front of me was down low," said Paulus. "Karl Kinser told me, if everybody's low, run high."
Keith Kauffman continued to lead from his pole position with Jeff Shepard on his tail. Three car lengths back, Dewease tried to keep Paulus from taking third. Each pair swapped positions by lap ten with Shepard pulling out a three car length lead on Kauffman. Paulus continued his ride up near the fence. As soon as he moved around the outside, the others moved up to follow in his tracks.
At half distance, Paulus moved around Kauffman for second and set his sights on the leader. Shepard, who was still running low, had to drop anchor when he encountered backmarkers in the middle of turn three. Paulus was in perfect position to take advantage of the situation and he powered into the lead.
After being balked in turns three and four, Shepard got a poor run down the front straight. This allowed Dewease into second in turn one. With all the front runners settling into the top groove all eyes were on Billy Pauch's march from the rear of the field.
Pauch started from the rear after reporting late to the field. Just past half distance, Pauch moved around Dave Ely to take sixth. Three laps later, Pauch put a slide job on Mike Wagner for fifth. Rahmer was off in a distant fourth place and Pauch, with eight laps to go, gave it all he had. It was too late. Pauch certainly had something for Rahmer but ran out of time befoe he could deliver it.
Kreitz and Cris Eash spun in turn three with twenty two laps complete. The field was bunched once more for a three lap dash. Paulus showed that he was the man to beat as he motored away to win with a comfortable margin over Shepard, Dewease, Rahmer and Pauch.
Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA Season Opener February 21, 1999
Heat One Results (10 laps)
1. 25-Todd Gracey, 2. 77-Fred Rahmer, 3. 4j-Jeff Shepard, 4. 69-Don Kreitz, 5. 461-Lance Dewease, 6. 1-Billy Pauch, 7. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh, 8. 10n-Dave Haight, 9. 87-George Suprick, 10. 13k-Rick Kaylor DNF Time: 3:01.74
Heat Two Results
1. 88a-Kenny Adams, 2. 28-Brian Paulus, 3. 77e-Dave Ely, 4. 55-Mike Wagner, 5. 7-Keith Kauffman, 6. 17e-Cris Eash, 7. 65-Johnny Mackison, 8. 10-Len Thompson, 9. 53-Shawn Keen, 10. 3-Bob Bennett DNS Time: 3:05.94
Feature Results (25 laps)
1. Brian Paulus ($3,000), 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Lance Dewease, 4. Fred Rahmer, 5. Billy Pauch, 6. Dave Ely, 7. Mike Wagner, 8. Cris Eash, 9. Len Thompson, 10. Don Kreitz, 11. Jeff Rohrbaugh, 12. Kenny Adams, 13. Dave Haight, 14. Shawn Keen, 15. Johnny Mackison, 16. Keith Kauffman, 17. Todd Gracey, 18. George Suprick, 19. Rick Kaylor