ALLSTAR: Butler: Race report

QUINCY, MI -- Greg Wilson passed Jeff Shepard after a late race restart Saturday night at Butler Motor Speedway to become a surprise winner in the All Star sprint 35-lap feature. The $5,000 to win event was run in front of the largest crowd at ...

QUINCY, MI -- Greg Wilson passed Jeff Shepard after a late race restart Saturday night at Butler Motor Speedway to become a surprise winner in the All Star sprint 35-lap feature. The $5,000 to win event was run in front of the largest crowd at Butler this season and it was Wilson's third win of 2002.

"First off I'd like to thank the good Lord for watching over me and helping me do a good job tonight" Wilson stated. "We fell back a bit at the beginning but Hamp (owner Bob Hampshire) had her set up for late in the race. I knew on the caution we were catching him. We needed that caution. Our American Racers were locked down and our Maxim Chassis was awesome. It's great to come home with a win at Butler."

"My car wouldn't go on the restart with three laps to go there," Shepard said dejectedly. "I actually though the right rear tire was bald and when I went into one it just slid up the track and I couldn't keep it on the bottom of three and four. Greg's car rolled right around there. Looking at my tire it had enough to go the distance. It just wouldn't go on the restart. We weren't sticking."

With Wilson and Chad Kemenah on the front row for the start it was Kemenah who shot out to the early lead. Third starting Shepard, in Denny Ashworth's No. 92, took second from Wilson on lap four with a low move on the front chute, and began chasing Kemenah. Shepard maintained second through a lap 12 caution, and pulled to within two car lengths of the leader in lapped traffic on lap 15. Shepard kept closing in traffic, and was on Kemenah's back bumper on lap 17.

Shepard drove high around Kemenah on the backstretch to lead lap 18, but Kemenah fought back and regained the lead the next circuit in Jim Harble's Eagle Chassis. Shepard remained within striking position, and took over the top spot on lap 23 by diving under Kemenah coming down the frontstretch. Shepard began building his lead over Kemenah, but Wilson was back on the move and took over second from the All Star points leader on lap 28. Billy Rose stopped on the track with front end damage and a flat on lap 32, setting up a three lap dash to the finish.

Once the green flew, Shepard held the lead on lap 33, but drifted wide and Wilson dove under and into the lead on lap 34, recording the win by two car lengths. Shepard was second, with Kemenah third and sixth starter Paul McMahan fourth. Kenny Jacobs was sixth, ahead of Kelly Kinser (up from 10th), Rodney Duncan, Dean Jacobs (up from 13th), 14th starter Danny Smith and last starter Paul May.

The Crown Battery heat fell to Paul McMahan, the B&B Products heat went to Danny Smith, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Mike Wagner and the TP Wings heat fell to Mark Stemen. Ken Mackey won the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main and Jeff Shepard captured the Haulmark Dash.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs , Dean Jacobs , Paul McMahan , Greg Wil , Chad Kemenah , Paul May