All Star Pit Notes From Attica - By Scott Hall ATTICA, OH (4/15/00) - In front of a sellout crowd Saturday, the All Stars made their "northern" opener at Gene Frankhart's Attica Raceway Park. Defending All Star champion Kenny Jacobs suffered...
All Star Pit Notes From Attica - By Scott Hall
ATTICA, OH (4/15/00) - In front of a sellout crowd Saturday, the All Stars made their "northern" opener at Gene Frankhart's Attica Raceway Park. Defending All Star champion Kenny Jacobs suffered through a horrible night. He was first out on the speedway for time trials and set quick time, but failed to transfer through his heat or the B Main to the feature. Jacobs, debuting a new race car, couldn't get the Eagle Chassis sorted out and used a provisional starting spot to take the green for the A Main. All Star members are allowed two provisional starts this season.
Frankie Kerr and Butch Schroeder also suffered bad nights. Kerr drew the last pill for time trials, and timed in 34th out of the 43 cars on hand, and started last in the main, struggling to a 15th place finish after spinning on lap 19. Schroeder and his team lead by Rick and Nick Daugherty and Jim Dunham struggled with their race car all night, searching to find the source of their handling problems. Speaking of the Daugherty Peterbilt of Northwest Ohio team, they sold last year's immaculate red hauler to Jim Nier and debuted their new hauler. Nier is working this season without his crew chief of the past several seasons, George Fisher, who left Nier for the Fritz Andrews-Eric Hysong team.
None of the 2000 All Star Rookie of the year contenders fared well at Attica. The contenders this season include a pair of Pennsylvania drivers using Ford powerplants, Todd Gracey and Daryl Stimeling. Gracey was involved in a lap nine collision with Bob Teeple, wiping out his front end and ending his night. Stimeling failed to make the A main after smoking in hot laps. An interesting slogan on the back of Stimeling's trailer reads, "When this door drops, the Heartbeat stops."
Barry Ruble, another rookie from Burton, OH, caused a 45 minute delay in time trials when he jumped the cushion and slammed the turn four concrete, going up and over and tearing out a section of catch fence. His machine was a write-off. The other Ohio rookie contender, Jason Dukes, a third generation pilot, also failed to qualify for the A Main. Former All Star regular Brian Smith is now a competitor in Attica's 305 econo sprint ranks.
NARC driver Jason Meyers (to whom we apologize to for misspelling his name in our race report) was impressive, leading the first six laps from the pole Saturday. However, the first restart was his undoing, as he jumped Attica's tricky turn two-backstretch cushion and drove off the track, losing the lead. He eventually soldiered home 14tn.
Most of the traveling teams who are non-All Star regulars spent several hours Saturday swapping components to ensure their machines met the All Stars 1200 lb. minimum weight requirement. Among the items teams changed were going with their heavier engines, steel motor plates, heavier rear ends and swapping titanium pedals for heavier steel or aluminum ones. Several teams also switched from their extra-light fuel tanks to conventional ones.