WICHITA, KS -- Iowa's Terry McCarl led wire-to-wire Friday night at 81 Speedway in the Haulmark All Star sprint car 30 lap feature. The race was co-sanctioned by the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) and dubbed "Rumble on the...
WICHITA, KS -- Iowa's Terry McCarl led wire-to-wire Friday night at 81 Speedway in the Haulmark All Star sprint car 30 lap feature. The race was co-sanctioned by the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) and dubbed "Rumble on the Prairie." McCarl's first All Star win of 2003 was worth $5,000 and came by four car lengths over Jeff Shepard, Jason Johnson and defending NCRA champion Brooke Tatnell.
Tatnell was on the pole for the start alongside Dean Jacobs, but the NCRA driver was sent back two spots for jumping on the original start, moving McCarl to the pole. McCarl took off when the green reappeared, with Jacobs second, followed by Tatnell. Shepard was the man on the move. After starting fifth he moved around Chad Kemenah, Tatnell and Jacobs into second on the second circuit. But McCarl had already built a half straightaway lead when the yellow flew on lap three for a Barry Ruble spin.
McCarl led Shepard, Jacobs, Tatnell and Johnson for the restart, with Johnson moving around Tatnell into fourth when action resumed. By lap six, 12th starting Craig Keel was on the move, up to seventh, just behind a great battle for fourth and fifth between Tatnell, Kemenah and Aaron Berryhill.
In lapped traffic, Shepard began to close on the leader, McCarl. He was five lengths back on lap 9, and on lap 13 Shepard drove his Miller Rigging No. 2 to the top of 81's surface, but he could not make the pass for the lead stick. A lap later, further back in the pack, Johnson got by Jacobs for third in the Harrison Trucking No. 22. At the halfway point, Johnson dove under Shepard in turn two for second. Shepard fought back to get alongside, but he could not repass Johnson, and had to settle for third right before a lap 16 caution for Jacobs who tried to get under a lapped car, but the two collided, forcing Jacobs to stop on the track and restart on the tail of the field.
For the restart it was McCarl, Johnson, Shepard, Tatnell and Kemenah. Further back, Keel and Berryhill thrilled the crowd with a battle for sixth, with Berryhill grabbing that spot on lap 17.
With the laps winding down and the leaders into lapped traffic, McCarl's lead began to evaporate, but Johnson, in second had his hands full with Shepard. Shepard got past Johnson in traffic as McCarl went on for the win. At the stripe it was McCarl, Shepard, Johnson, Tatnell, All Star points leader Kemenah, Berryhill, Keel, Wayne Johnson, Dennis Park and last starter Greg Wilson.
The Crown Battery heat fell to Jacobs, the B&B Products heat went to Shepard, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Kemenah and the TP Wings heat fell to Justin Henderson. Greg Wilson won the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main after he moved to a back up car and came from the tail driving around everyone riding the cushion. Wilson hurt the motor in the heat in his primary car. Craig Keel captured the Haulmark Dash. Jason Johnson was the Huggins Cams Fast Time qualifier.
"America's Series, The All Star Circuit of Champions" will present a slate of 60 sprint car race dates in 2003 from February to October in action at 31 speedways in 17 states. America's favorite dirt track series is in its' 23rd year and has presented fans with the largest average car count and greatest number of different race winners in the United States over the past two decades.