McMahan Scores First Win at Williams Grove By Kendra Jacobs MECHANICSBURG, PA (August 25)-Paul McMahan has been struggling to overcome his string of bad luck. McMahan survived a horrific accident while competing at the Amoco Knoxville Nationals.
McMahan Scores First Win at Williams Grove
By Kendra Jacobs
MECHANICSBURG, PA (August 25)-Paul McMahan has been struggling to overcome his string of bad luck. McMahan survived a horrific accident while competing at the Amoco Knoxville Nationals. Three races later, the U-joint in the United Expressline #U2 broke, crashing into McMahan's feet. Still, mildly limping McMahan turned the bad luck around with his first victory at the historic Williams Grove Speedway, and his third Gumout Racing Series victory of 2000.
"Ever since I started travelling back in 1996, there have been three race tracks I wanted to win at. One is Williams Grove, and Knoxville and Eldora. I finally got one here," McMahan told the crowd at Williams Grove.
McMahan did everything right en route to picking up the win. After winning the fourth Manufacturer's Heat Race, he went on to win the Weld Race Components Dash. McMahan started on the outside front row, alongside Williams Grove regular Chris Eash, who is also recovering from previous injury. McMahan immediately dove to the bottom to take the lead. Eash fought back to take the lead from McMahan on the backstretch. Lance Dewease took the third position, followed by Jeff Shepard and Don Kreitz, Jr. Dollansky moved up to battle Kreitz for the fifth position, but Kreitz held on. Lap four saw the first yellow of the night as Jason Statler spun high in turn four. After minor repairs, the DFRios #00 rejoined the field. On the restart, a three car pile-up ensued in turn two. Shawn Keen, Sean Michael, and Todd Hestor were involved in the accident. Shawn Keen was the only one able to restart.
At the restart, McMahan dove low but held nothing for Eash. Kreitz moved up to take the fourth position away from Shepard. As Eash created a ½ straightaway lead on McMahan, the battle began between Kreitz and Dewease for the third position. Kreitz passed Dewease on lap 5, but Dewease relinquished the position along the backstretch. Dollansky picked up momentum, as he passed Shepard in turn two to take the fifth position. On lap 10, Eash entered lapped traffic. Three laps later, McMahan had used his experience in traffic to close the gap between the race leader and himself. Lap 14 saw Eash again pull out ahead of McMahan, allowing Dewease to move up on McMahan's tail. McMahan continued to charge through the lapped cars until he once again cut Eash's lead down. On lap 16, Eash struggled with a lapped car as McMahan dove to the bottom in turn two to take the lead. McMahan immediately created a sizeable lead on the now second place Eash.
The first red of the night came on lap 21 as Todd Shaffer in the Beam owned #88 caught fire. Shaffer evacuated the vehicle and rolled on the racing surface to extinguish all flames. Shaffer was taken into the infield for treatment of minor burns to his right lower leg and foot.
While McMahan continued to pull out in front of the field, the rest of the pack battled for position. Lance Dewease took the second position away from Eash in turn two, only to have Eash regain the position on the backstretch. Dewease again charged around the high side of turns three and four to get back by Eash, and hold onto the second position. As Keith Kauffman moved up to battle Shepard for the sixth position, the second red of the night was dropped. Jason Meyers had flipped down the frontstretch, finally tangling with the fence and stopping before the flagstand. Meyers walked away uninjured, but his night was over.
With four laps remaining, McMahan once again led the field to the green. Dewease ducked to the inside but couldn't get by. Kauffman took the sixth position away from Shepard. Kauffman then moved up to battle for the fourth position with Kreitz and Dollansky. Dollansky passed Kreitz as the white flag dropped, leaving Kreitz and Kauffman to fifth and sixth positions.
At the flagstand, McMahan held onto the victory ahead of Dewease, Eash, Dollansky and Kreitz. Kauffman finished in sixth position with Shepard close behind. Kasey Kahne, Fred Rahmer and Curt Michael rounded out the top 10.
Ronald Laney and Randy Kinser were both forced to take provisionals after they failed to qualify through the Hank's Performance Products "B" Feature. Kinser suffered engine problems throughout the night as he quickly retired in the "A" Feature. Laney charged through the field, passing seven cars on his way to another KSE Hard Charger Award.
Craig Dollansky earned his second Huggins Fast Qualifier Award with a time of 16.925, just barely inching out Kreitz. Skip Jackson turned a first lap time of 17.077, before flipping into the turn one wall on his second lap. Jackson was taken to the nearest hospital where he recovered from a concussion.
The Gumout Racing Series will battle the Pennsylvania Posse again on
Saturday, August 26 at Port Royal Speedway.
2000 Gumout Racing Series
Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
Friday, August 25, Feature Program #27
Huggins Qualifications: 1. Craig Dollansky, Karavan Mtspts. 7, 16.925; 2. Don Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 16.926; 3. Chris Eash, Eash 17E, 16.932; 4. Curt Michael, Dyer 461, 16.975; 5. Skip Jackson, Keen 53K, 17.077; 6. Kasey Kahne, Kahne 23K, 17.113; 7. Keith Kauffman, Middleswarth 7K, 17.151; 8. Jeff Shepard, Double L Mtspts. 4J, 17.153; 9. James Chesson, Chesson Mtspts. 22, 17.226; 10. Brad Furr, Furr Racing 2F, 17.228; 11. Lance Dewease, Harz 88H, 17.232; 12. Kenny Jacobs, Jacobs/Honecker Mtspts. 6, 17.249; 13. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 17.273; 14. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 17.275; 15. Sean Michael, Zemaitis 1Z, 17.390; 16. Jason Meyers, Carter Racing 14M, 17.436; 17. Todd Hestor, Middleswarth 7M, 17.448; 18. Shane Stewart, Holbrook Mtspts. 9H, 17.518; 19. Len Thompson, Thompson 10, 17.532; 20. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 17.597; 21. Mike Erdley, Lisi 11, 17.615; 22. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 17.617; 23. Jason Statler, Statler Racing 00, 17.666; 24. Brian Carlson, SC Mtspts. 18, 17! .690; 25. Brook Weibley, Rebels Construction 32, 17.711; 26. Ronald Laney, Laney Racing 52, 17.775; 27. Dave Ely, Weikert 29, 17.786; 28. Mark Smith, Smith 22M, 17.864; 29. Bob Bennett, Acme Trailers 3B, 17.877; 30. Jimmy Carter, Rudeen Racing 14C, 17.889; 31. Josh Wells, Wells 6W, 17.971; 32. Mike Lutz, Tanger 07, 17.983; 33. Shawn Keen, Keen 53, 18.071; 34. Darren Eash, Leach 30, 18.074; 35. Brian Gobrecht, Gobrecht 92, 18.097; 36. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 2¢, 18.174; 37. Todd Rittenhouse, Gallagher 5G, 18.350; 38. Glenndon Forsythe, Forsythe 94, 18.416; 39. Rick Lafferty, Lafferty 0, 18.690; 40. Jay Reichard, Reichard 15, 18.851; 41. Randy Kinser, Kinser Racing 14, 19.200.
First Manufacturer's Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Brad Furr, 2. Kasey Kahne, 3. Fred Rahmer, 4. Craig Dollansky, 5. Todd Shaffer, 6. Shane Stewart, 7. Ronald Laney, 8. Jimmy Carter, 9. Glenndon Forsythe, 10. Darren Eash. (Top five qualified for "A" Feature)
Second Manufacturer's Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Lance Dewease, 2. Don Kreitz, Jr., 3. Keith Kauffman, 4. Sean Michael, 5. Len Thompson, 6. Dave Ely, 7. Jason Statler, 8. Josh Wells, 9. Rick Lafferty, 10. Brian Gobrecht. (Top five qualified for "A" Feature)
Third Manufacturer's Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Chris Eash, 3. Kenny Jacobs, 4. Jason Meyers, 5. Mike Wagner, 6. Mark Smith, 7. Mike Lutz, 8. Jay Reichard, 9. Tim Kuhn, 10. Brian Carlson. (Top five qualified for "A" Feature)
Fourth Manufacturer's Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. James Chesson, 3. Curt Michael, 4. Todd Hestor, 5. Shawn Keen, 6. Brook Weibley, 7. Bob Bennett, 8. Mike Erdley, 9. Randy Kinser, 10. Todd Rittenhouse. (Top five qualified for "A" Feature)
Weld Racing Dash (five laps): 1. Chris Eash, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Brad Furr, 5. Kenny Jacobs, 6. Kasey Kahne. (Finish determined inside starting rows 1-6 in "A" Feature)
Weld Race Components Dash (five laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Lance Dewease, 3. Don Kreitz, Jr., 4. Keith Kauffman, 5. Curt Michael, 6. James Chesson. (Finish determined outside starting rows 1-6 in "A" Feature)
Hank's Performance Products "B" Feature (12 laps): 1. Shane Stewart, 2. Jason Statler, 3. Mike Erdley, 4. Dave Ely, 5. Ronald Laney, 6. Mark Smith ($200); 7. Jimmy Carter ($150); 8. Josh Wells ($120); 9. Rick Lafferty ($100); 10. Mike Lutz ($100); 11. Randy Kinser, 12. Brook Weibley ($100); 13. Darren Eash ($80); 14. Jay Reichard ($60); 15. Todd Rittenhouse ($50); 16. Glenndon Forsythe ($50); 17. Brian Carlson ($50); 18. Bob Bennett ($50); 19. Tim Kuhn ($50). (Top four qualified for "A" Feature)
Gumout Racing Series "A" Feature (30 laps): 1. Paul McMahan ($5,000); 2. Lance Dewease ($3,000); 3. Chris Eash ($2,000); 4. Craig Dollansky ($1,800); 5. Don Kreitz, Jr. ($1,600); 6. Keith Kauffman ($1,400); 7. Jeff Shepard ($1,300); 8. Kasey Kahne ($1,200); 9. Fred Rahmer ($1,100); 10. Curt Michael ($1,050); 11. Kenny Jacobs ($1,000); 12. Brad Furr ($800); 13. James Chesson ($700); 14. Mike Wagner ($600); 15. Len Thompson ($600); 16. Shane Stewart ($500); 17. Shawn Keen ($500); 18. Ronald Laney ($500); 19. Jason Statler ($500); 20. Mike Erdley ($500); 21. Jason Meyers ($500); 22. Dave Ely ($500); 23. Todd Shaffer ($500); 24. Sean Michael ($500); 25. Todd Hestor ($500); 26. Randy Kinser ($500). Provisionals: Ronald Laney, Randy Kinser.
Lap Leaders: Chris Eash 1-15; Paul McMahan 16-30.
Huggins Fast Qualifier: Craig Dollansky
KSE Hard Charger: Ronald Laney