All Star Sprint Results - Eldora Speedway - Sat. 4/7/01 By Scott Hall ROSSBURG, OH - Phil Gressman was almost a surprise winner Saturday night at Eldora Speedway in the All Star sprint 30-lap feature. Gressman ran down racelong leader Chad...
All Star Sprint Results - Eldora Speedway - Sat. 4/7/01
By Scott Hall
ROSSBURG, OH - Phil Gressman was almost a surprise winner Saturday night at Eldora Speedway in the All Star sprint 30-lap feature. Gressman ran down racelong leader Chad Kemenah to take the lead on lap 21 and cross the line first for the Susan Wise Motorsports team. But Gressman lost the race at the scales after his victory lane interview, failing to make the 1,200 lb. minimum weight. This handed the win to Kemenah.
"The car just got a little bit loose," Kemenah recalled of his apparent second place run which turned into a victory. "We had too much stagger," Kemenah added, speaking of his Jim Harble owned Kistler powered Gambler. "But it's a 1,200 lb. weight rule and 1199 doesn't cut it," Kemenah said of Gressman's disqualification. "After leading all those laps I'm not going to complain about winning this way. The track tonight was absolutely beautiful, we could race from the inside wall clear up to the outside wall." Kemenah's main wrench is his brother Brian with sponsorship form Underground Utilities Inc. and he rode Goodyear tires.
Kemenah started on the ButlerBuilt Hot Seat pole with Gressman alongside. Kasey Kahne and Kyle Sauder comprised row two, ahead of Jason Dukes and Kenny Jacobs. Kemenah jumped out to the immediate lead, followed by Jacobs who got a great start in the high groove. Kemenah and Jacobs pulled away from the pack, with Sauder third and Gressman next. Kemenah was in lapped traffic on lap five, with Jacobs able to cut Kemenah's four car length lead to two lengths in traffic. Kemenah narrowly avoided a disaster on lap seven when Kraig Kinser, in his first Eldora start, got sideways in turn one right in front of the leader, but they avoided hitting and kept going. Kinser exploded a right rear on lap 10, bringing out the first caution with the order Kemenah, Jacobs, Kahne, Gressman and Sauder. Sauder had to pit with two flats under caution, putting him on the tail with Kinser unable to restart.
Once the green reappeared, Jacobs got sideways in turn one, with Kasey Kahne hitting him and Brian Ellenberger, a lapped car, T-boning Jacobs. The restart was called back, with Jacobs and Kahne both eliminated. This set up Kemenah in the lead for the restart ahead of Gressman, Danny Smith and Greg Wilson. Kemenah put six car lengths on Gressman with Smith third and Wilson and Dean Jacobs battling hard for fourth. As the track surface got blacker, Kemenah's machine began to get looser and Gressman reeled in the leader. Gressman dove low under Kemenah going down the backstretch to take over the lead on lap 21, and pulled away to a big advantage at the end. Behind Kemenah it was Wilson crossing the line next, followed by Smith, Huntley, up from ninth, Rodney Duncan who started tenth, 15th starting Todd Gracey, Mike Wagner up from 16th, Ed Lynch Jr. and Jason Johnson, in his first career Eldora start, ninth, winning the $100 TW Metals nightly bonus. Jimmy Stinson completed the top ten.
With 31 cars on hand, the K-T Equipment heat went to Jimmy Stinson, the JB Enterprise Racing Products heat to Dean Jacobs, the Crown Battery heat to Rob Chaney and the Engler Machine & Tool heat to Kasey Kahne. Kyle Sauder won the B Main and Kenny Jacobs captured the Haulmark Dash.