All Star Sprint Results Eagle (NE) Raceway August 17, 1998 by David Smith, Jr. EAGLE, NE (Aug. 17) - Jeff Shepard survived a brush with the backstretch wall and over took leader Joey Saldana to win the opening round of the fourth annual All...
All Star Sprint Results Eagle (NE) Raceway August 17, 1998
by David Smith, Jr.
EAGLE, NE (Aug. 17) - Jeff Shepard survived a brush with the backstretch wall and over took leader Joey Saldana to win the opening round of the fourth annual All Star Circuit of Champions O'Reilly Auto Parts NCRA Outlaw Sprint Thunder Through the Plains Tour IV challenge series Monday night at Eagle Raceway. It was Shepard's second career win in the combined NCRA/All Star series and it came aboard the Les and Lynda Stewart Kriner Chevrolet-powered Maxim Chassis.
ButlerBuilt Hot Seat pole sitter Saldana and Australian Peter Murphy started on the front row of the 30-lap feature with Saldana putting his #17 sprinter into the lead on the 1/3 mile oval as the green flag fell. By lap two Saldana held a four-car length advantage with third starting Randy Hannagan, Shepard and Murphy battling for the runner up position. One lap later the first yellow of the evening appeared as Danny Smith spun his Bob Viehlhauer sprinter in turn one, also collecting the Holbrook Motorsports sprinter of Rocky Hodges. On the restart Shepard, who had started fourth in the feature, caught Saldana high in turns three and four to take over the lead. The two battled side by side for several laps when the second caution appeared for the stalled Zemco sprinter of Kevin Gobrecht.
Shepard and Saldana again battled for the top spot on the restart with Shepard being credited leading each lap completed. The red flag waved on lap ten when Frankie Kerr and his Shoff Motorsports Eagle and Mike Peters got together in turn two causing Kerr to flip. Neither driver was injured, however Kerr was done for the night.
With the field bunched together on the final restart Shepard went low in turns one and two allowing Saldana to take the lead coming out of turn two. In the meantime seventh starting Brian Paulus over took Hannagan for third with current NCRA points leader Gary Wright also battling for the third position. Wright took the third spot at the races midway point and began to set his sights on the two front runners.
Saldana approached lapped traffic on lap sixteen, keeping Shepard behind when, on lap twenty-one Shepard hit the wall coming out of turn two. That didn't stop the Maryland driver as four laps later, Shepard caught Saldana down low in lapped traffic and took the lead for good coming out of turn four.
From there it was all Shepard as he led the final five laps to take the checkered by three car lengths over Saldana. Eighth starting Wright finished third with Hannagan settling for fourth and tenth starting Dean Jacobs rounding out the top five in the Denny Ashworth Schnee. Brian Paulus, Murphy, Brooke Tatnell, Neighbors and Kenny Jacobs followed.
FAST TIME: Jeff Shepard, 11.982.
UNITED EXPRESSLINE HEAT (8 laps) - Brad Furr, Bill Robertson, Kenny Jacobs, Gary Wright, Jeff Shepard, Joey Saldana, Shane Carson, Jason Dukes, Terry Reilly, C.J. Johnson.
SOUTHWEST EXPRESSLINE HEAT (8 Laps) - Keith Kauffman, John Bankston, Jason Johnson, Rocky Hodges, Danny Smith, Randy Hannagan, Dan Oswalt, Wayne Johnson.
UNITED SPECIALTIES HEAT (8 laps) - Dean Jacobs, Scott Jones, Frankie Kerr, Mike Peters, Larry Neighbors, Rick Bubak, Brian Smith, Earnest Jennings, Don Droud, Jr.
SOUTHWEST GLASS HEAT (8 laps) - Peter Murphy, Kevin Gobrecht, Scott Whitworth, Brian Paulus, Jason Statler, Ricky Logan, Brooke Tatnell, Tim Crawley.
UNITED EXPRESSLINE B MAIN (12 laps) - 1, Randy Hannagan. 2, Brooke Tatnell. 3, Saldana. 4, Tim Crawley. 5, Shane Carson. 6, Wayne Johnson. 7, Billy Vielhauer. 8, Don Droud, Jr. 9, Rich Bubak. 10, Brian Smith. 11, John Lambertz. 12, C.J. Johnson. 13, Jason Dukes. 14, Dan Oswalt. 15, Terry Reilly. 16, Earnest Jennings.
A FEATURE (30 laps) - 1, Jeff Shepard. 2, Joey Saldana. 3, Gary Wright. 4, Randy Hannagan. 5, Dean Jacobs. 6, Brian Paulus. 7, Peter Murphy. 8, Brooke Tatnell. 9, Larry Neighbors. 10, Kenny Jacobs. 11, Jason Statler. 12, Jason Johnson. 13, Rocky Hodges. 14, Brad Furr. 15, Keith Kauffman. 16, Scott Whitworth. 17, Danny Smith. 18, Scott Jones. 19, Mike Peters. 20, Bill Robertson. 21, Tim Crawley. 22, John Bankston. 23, Kevin Gobrecht. 24, Frankie Kerr.