ALLSTAR: All Star Sprint 1999 Season Wrapup

PONCE INLET, FL - When the All Star Sprints opened their 20th Anniversary season in February in Florida at Volusia Raceway Park, Kenny Jacobs was still scrambling to make his plans for the '99 season. After driving for Jr. Holbrook and...

PONCE INLET, FL - When the All Star Sprints opened their 20th Anniversary season in February in Florida at Volusia Raceway Park, Kenny Jacobs was still scrambling to make his plans for the '99 season. After driving for Jr. Holbrook and Howie Gleason in the Florida Speedweeks, Jacobs decided to start his own team and Kenny Jacobs Motorsports was born. And that "rookie" team, with young Aaron Hammer turning the wrenches, scored seven feature wins and a second consecutive All Star title for Jacobs. Hammer was also named the 1999 Outerwears Company "Crew Chief of the Year". At the end of their 20th season, the All Stars had run 1100 races with 120 different winners. Jacobs' excellent performance has kept him out front as the all-time series feature winner with 84 victories. Jacobs drove his Kriner-Chevrolet powered Eagle chassis to double wins at Eldora Speedway, Attica Raceway Park and New 96 Speedways with a lone win at K-C Raceway. After chasing his brother Dean the early part of the season in driver points, Kenny took over the points lead following his first win as a car owner on May 1 at K-C. He then crept up on Junior Holbrook in owner points all season long, and finally took over that position late in the season to earn the keys to the 1999 All Star pace Truck, courtesy of the General Motors Powertrain division. Along the way Kenny chalked up 40 top ten finishes, seven runner-ups, four fast times, five Commercial Truck and Trailer Dash wins and 11 heat race triumphs. Champion Jacobs also pocketed the lions share of the All Star points fund at the series banquet in November, with funds coming from series associate sponsors United Expressline, Commercial Truck & Trailer, TW Metals and the General Motors Corporation, plus contributions from 40 other contingency sponsors. D. Jacobs was the runner-up in points, driving for Holbrook, with a pair of wins at K-C Raceway and Lernerville. Dean amassed six runner-up finishes and finished in the top ten 26 times, but engine problems plagued him throughout the season, causing him to lose ground while in contention many times. Rodney Duncan drove the No. 22 for Al Harrison Trucking and ended up third in points, with his best finish a third in the season finale at Eldora after Andy Potter joined the team as mechanic. He ended up with 17 top ten finishes. Duncan called Harrison "the best owner I have ever driven for." Fourth in the points was Missouri's Jerrod "Bubba" Hull, who had nine top tens driving the Wesmar-Chevrolet powered Eagle of Illinois owner Guy Webb, assisted in the pits by Jerrod's father-in-law George. He returned to the series this season after running the full circuit in 1994 and finishing ninth in points. Joey Saldana ran in only 45 of the 54 events completed, ending up fifth in points in the Steve Mox Trucking machine wrenched by Rob Hart and Cathie Barrows. Saldana pushed his Charlie Fisher built powerplant to nine feature wins. He won at Eldora twice, Wayne Co., Lima, Butler, Bloomington, Salina (KS), Sharon and Attica. Saldana also won the season ending Commercial Truck and Trailer shootout at Eldora, leading all ten laps. Saldana amassed 43 top ten finishes with 13 fast times, five dash wins and 11 heat race wins. Ohio rookie Greg Wilson completed his first All Star campaign for owner Bob Hampshire, with nine heat race wins and three top tens to his credit for sixth in the points. Californian Paul McMahan competed in 43 events, missing 11 races due to a broken shoulder, but still managed to secure the KSE Racing Products Rookie of the Year crown. Driving Warren Johnson's U2 Eagle, McMahan had four seconds, five thirds and five fourths with four fast qualifying times and four dash wins. Veteran Indiana driver Danny Smith drove the No. 92 of Denny Ashworth to eighth in the final points, with 24 top tens and eight heat race wins. Brian Carlson from Linden, IN finished ninth in points in the Dynamite Chassis owned by himself and wife Sarah. Rounding out the top ten was Western Pa. rookie contender Brian Ellenberger, with one eighth place finish and a pair of heat race wins. Over the past 20 years it has been said many times, "You never know who is going to win an All Star race." That adage proved true again in 1999. Amazingly, six drivers scored their first career All Star wins in 1999. Byron Reed captured that first elusive win at Kokomo, IN on June 6, and recorded another at K-C Raceway two weeks later. Alvin Roepke scored a huge $10,000 victory after starting deep in the pack in the annual Freedom 40 at K-C Raceway, and Chad Kemenah scored an impressive September Hoosier Fall Classic win at Lawrenceburg (IN), also worth $10,000. After a near win at New 96 Speedway in Michigan, Washington's Kasey Kahne recorded his first All Star win in the Dave and Earl Bauman Memorial at Lernerville Speedway in September. Tulsa Speedway regular Mike Goodman drove his C&W Racing No. 3 to a win in the Thunder Through the Plains final at Tulsa Speedway, while Pennsylvania teenager Dave Ely logged his first career 410 sprint car win at Port Royal Speedway in the Keystone State. Other drivers scoring A Main wins in 1999 included Jeff Shepard with five wins, Fred Rahmer with four wins, all in Pennsylvania, Texan Gary Wright with three checkereds, Hoosier Kelly Kinser also with three and Jac Haudenschild with a pair of Eldora triumphs. Lance Dewease, Billy Pauch, Butch Schroeder, Greg Hodnett and Frankie Kerr each logged two victories while the late Kevin Gobrecht recorded a Florida Speedweeks triumph and Donnie Kreitz, Jr. drove away from the field to earn $10,000 in the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal. In the traditional major events on the All Star 20th anniversary tour, the season kicked off in Florida in February with Frankie Kerr capturing the Volusia Speedway Park Speedweeks closer, racing for his tenth season with owner Stan Shoff. Next Jeff Shepard captured $10,000 on the final night of the East Bay Nationals. D. Jacobs captured his first Western Pa. Speedweek series title in the seventh annual Western Pa Speedweek in June. Jacobs won the opener at Lernerville, with Dewease scoring at Pittsburgh's Pa. Motor Speedway and Shepard winning the finale at Tri-City Speedway for the second straight season. Reed's K-C win was worth $8,000 as it came in K-C's Night the Stars Come Out anniversary race, and Saldana won the annual June Eldora anniversary race. The 17th annual Ohio Speedweek suffered two rainouts at Millstream and Sharon, but Saldana won a pair of races at Wayne County and Limaland to grab the Speedweek series championship. Kelly Kinser won the Muskingum round with Schroeder victorious at K-C. Kenny Jacobs took the big $10,000 prize in the Saturday night finale at Attica Raceway Park. Schroeder also won on Brad Doty night at Attica, with Kerr winning the inaugural New 96 Speedway GM Powertrain Nationals in July. Hodnett won the September Sharon National preliminary event, with Saldana securing $10,000 with his first Sharon Nationals win. Saldana then turned around and won the rain shortened Labor Day event Attica Ambush feature. Saldana next closed the season with a victory in the final Eldora event in October, also winning the Commercial Truck & Trailer Shootout that same evening. On a solemn note, Bill Knisley of Batavia, Ohio, a nine-year veteran who raced mostly at K-C Raceway, was killed at Eldora Speedway in that season ending show on October 2. Statistically on the season, the All Stars averaged 40 cars per event, with 21 different feature winners, 88 different heat race winners, 19 different Commercial Truck and Trailer Dash winners, 35 United Expressline B Main winners and 24 fast qualifiers out of the 414 different drivers who competed with the All Stars this season. Sponsor support in '99 came from Associate Sponsor United Expressline plus 40 product and contingency sponsors. Tire company support came from Competition Tire West, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Dayton Enterprises/McCreary, Race Tires America and Hoosier Racing Tires. The contingency award sponsors were All Pro Heads, Bailey Racing Products, Brodix Cylinder Heads, C&R Racing, Chazang Precision Racing Tools, Donovan Engineering, Eagle Chassis, Fisher Performance, Frankland Racing Products, Fuel Safe, Gaerte Engines, Hank's Performance Products, J&J Auto Racing, Kear's Speed Shop, Lunati Cams, MPD Racing, NBC Steering, Outerwears Company, PRO-shocks, Red Devil Brakes, Rodeck Aluminum Blocks, Royal Publishing (who printed the All Star yearbooks), Rydin Decal (who produced the All Star decals), Sander Engineering, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson, Torco Racing Fuels, TW Metals and Weld Racing. Georgia Marketing and Promotions was the series C Main Sponsor with United Expressline the B Main sponsor. General Motors and GM Performance Parts provided the series pace truck and year-end product awards. Commercial Truck and Trailer was the series Dash and Shoot-out sponsor with heat races sponsored by United Expressline, Southwest Expressline, Southwest Glass and United Specialties. With a new 1200 pound minimum weight rule already announced for the 2000 season, the All Stars are looking forward to making their 21st season the best ever. The 2000 campaign kicks off at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL, Feb. 10-13, with the 24th annual East Bay Nationals next in Gibsonton on Feb. 16-19. Additional information on the series or an update on the latest news is available on the Internet at Final 1999 All Star Sprint Driver Points: 1. Kenny Jacobs 4219, 2. Dean Jacobs 3911, 3. Rodney Duncan 3565, 4. Jerrod Hull 3417; 5. Joey Saldana 3196; 6. Greg Wilson 3098, 7. Paul McMahan 2993; 8. Danny Smith 2948; 9. Brian Carlson 2733; 10. Brian Ellenberger 2576; 11. Frankie Kerr 2423; 12. Byron Reed 2119; 13. Kelly Kinser 1804; 14. Jim Damon 1613; 15. Kasey Kahne 1542; 16. Butch Schroeder 1265; 17. Jim Nier 871; 18. Chad Kemenah 778; 19. Jonathan Stevens 607; 20. Joe Gaerte 596.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Warren Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Kenny Jacobs , Brian Carlson , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Billy Pauch , Greg Wil , Chad Kemenah