ALLSTAR: Fremont race notes

FREMONT, OH -- Kelly Kinser was the master of lapped traffic Saturday night at Fremont Speedway in the Haulmark All Star sprint car 40 lap feature. His expertise paid off to the tune of $5,000 for his first win of 2003 and he becomes the tenth ...

FREMONT, OH -- Kelly Kinser was the master of lapped traffic Saturday night at Fremont Speedway in the Haulmark All Star sprint car 40 lap feature. His expertise paid off to the tune of $5,000 for his first win of 2003 and he becomes the tenth different All Star winner in 13 races this season.

"We've been struggling a bit," Kinser said from victory lane. "But tonight we got back to what we needed to do. I knew someone was right behind me because of all the photographers taking pictures, so I knew they were coming up on me." That driver was Chad Kemenah, who eventually finished third behind runner-up Greg Wilson. Kinser's winning ride is an Eagle Chassis with Gaerte power, riding on Hoosier Tires and sponsorship from Rotochopper, Crone Lumber and JB's Salvage.

As Dean Jacobs and Jason Johnson brought the field down for the start, Jacobs jumped into the lead in the Ray Pullins No. 29 over third starting Kinser and fourth starter Kemenah. Fifth starter Dale Blaney took over third from Kemenah on lap six and was second ahead of Kinser by lap eight. Blaney was using the high groove and took the lead from Jacobs on lap nine, but held on only three laps before Kinser, in his patented low groove, ducked under and into the lead. They were side by side for five laps, but Kinser kept command until dense lapped traffic allowed him to stretch his margin over Blaney. As traffic thinned, Blaney pulled right back onto Kinser's bumper, but as the lead pair moved through more backmarkers, Kinser once again stretched his advantage.

Kemenah moved in on Blaney in traffic and got the second spot on lap 23 with Wilson now fourth. The only caution of the night came out on lap 25 when Paul McMahan, who had a great run going in fourth and was challenging for third, hit the front stretch concrete and flattened a right rear tire.

For the restart it was Kinser over Kemenah, Blaney, Wilson and Jimmy Stinson. Kinser went low when the green reappeared, with Kemenah running the high groove. They were side by side into lapped traffic, but those lapped cars thwarted Kemenah's attempts to take the lead. Meanwhile, Wilson was closing in on Kemenah, and took second with just four laps remaining. Kinser pulled away from the battle for second in traffic, and Wilson went high to try and reel him in but to no avail.

"We were hanging out around fourth or fifth," runnerup Wilson recalled. "I about smoked the fence a couple of times but at the end the American Racer tires were really coming in. In lapped traffic we got bottled up and we could not get to him (Kinser) quick enough."

Kemenah said, "I knew I was going to be in trouble when we saw that caution," which caused him to lose his advantage over the third and fourth place cars.

Jimmy Stinson got past Blaney for fourth on the last lap, with Danny Smith sixth after starting 11th, followed by Byron Reed, 22nd starter John Ivy, Jacobs and McMahan.

The Crown Battery heat fell to Wilson, the B&B Products heat went to Jason Dukes, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Paul McMahan and the TP Wings heat fell to Bobby Clark. Mark Keegan won the Outerwears Pre-filters C Main and the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main fell to Jimmy Stinson while Dale Blaney captured the Haulmark Dash. Wilson was the Huggins Cams Fast Time qualifier. Phil Gressman had set the third fastest time in qualifying, but came up light at the scales and was disqualified, forcing him to start last all night long.

In the 20-lap 305 sprint main, fourth starting Roger Shammo took over from early leader Mark Lang on lap 12 and led the rest of the way over Lang, Matt Merrill, Scott Miller and Caleb Griffith.

"America's Series, The All Star Circuit of Champions" will present a slate of 60 sprint car race dates in 2003 from February to October in action at 31 speedways in 17 states. America's favorite dirt track series is in its' 23rd year and has presented fans with the largest average car count and greatest number of different race winners in the United States over the past two decades.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Dean Jacobs , Paul McMahan , Greg Wil , Chad Kemenah , Jason Johnson