All Star Sprint Race Results Grandview Speedway (Pa) Wed. 8/26/98 By Roy Stoutamyer III BECHTELSVILLE, PA. - Billy Pauch won the race of survival to claim the $6,000 top prize in the 40-lap All Star Circuit of Champions King of the Hill...
All Star Sprint Race Results Grandview Speedway (Pa) Wed. 8/26/98 By Roy Stoutamyer III
BECHTELSVILLE, PA. - Billy Pauch won the race of survival to claim the $6,000 top prize in the 40-lap All Star Circuit of Champions King of the Hill sprint car feature Wednesday, August 26 at the Grandview Speedway. Sidelined from a knee injury sustained in competition for three months, the Frenchtown, N.J. driver made his return to sprint car competition less than a week ago, but showed little signs of fatigue as he brought his John Zemaitis-owned, Chevrolet-powered Maxim up from the 12th starting spot to the front to overtake early race leader Jeff Shepard on lap 32. "I don't know what happened to Jeff (Shepard)," Pauch said. "Maybe he was set-up for earlier in the race."
The last 20 laps the track got pretty good. I thought the cushion was going to be the fast way around tonight, but I went down to the bottom and found something. With all the cautions I think I was more concerned about running out of fuel than with how my knee felt."
Shepard, behind the wheel of the Les and Linda Stewart No. 4J Maxim, grabbed the lead at the start from the outside of the front row in the caution-plagued event. While the Upperco, Md. driver had an easy time at the front early on, the action behind him was less than tame.
Fred Rahmer brought out the first of four red flags when he turned his Hamilton Motorsports No. 77 J&J over in the third and fourth turns. Rahmer was uninjured and the Hamilton crew was able to make the necessary repairs to get him back in the event, where he eventually would rebound to claim third at the wire.
Just two laps later Lance Dewease took a nasty spill in his Dyer Masonry No. 461 on the backstretch. With cars scrambling to avoid Dewease's disabled mount, Cliff Brian had no where to go as he hit Dewease head-on. Neither driver was injured.
On the first attempt to restart the race, Todd Shaffer got out of control in the second turn while running fifth and flipped his Beam No. 88, collecting the Swope Salvage No. 65 of Johnny Mackison Jr. Again, both drivers were unharmed.
The final red flag fell on the next restart as the second and third-place cars of Dave Ely and Greg Hodnett collided in the third and fourth turns, with both flipping violently. Tempers flared momentarily as both Ely's family-owned No. 77E and Hodnett's Apple No. 12 cars were knocked out of competition.
When the racing action resumed, Shepard wasted little time stretching his lead over the field as he entered traffic on lap 16. As the 28-year-old was maneuvering through the slower cars late in the event, he brushed the backstretch wall. The contact appeared to slow Shepard's car and Pauch took advantage of the situation as he quickly closed on the leader on lap 31, before sliding under Shepard as they raced through the second turn one lap later.
Dean Jacobs brought the caution flag out on lap 36 when he spun the Jr. Holbrook Eagle in turn four, while Shepard's night came to an end on lap 38 when he stopped in turn two with a broken drive-line.
Pauch went unchallenged to the checkered flag as he scored his fourth win in this event in nine years. Kenny Jacobs, who took over the runner-up spot on lap 37 from Shepard in his Hughes Motorsports No. 94 J&J after starting sixth, held off the late-race charge of Rahmer to place second.
"We just kept maintaining," Jacobs said. "With all the accidents we kept moving up without passing a car. There at the end we were going pretty good, but we're just happy to be able to put it in the trailer in one piece."
Joey Saldana brought his Mox Motorsports No. 17 Stealth up from the seventh starting spot to take fourth with ninth-place starter Kevin Gobrecht completing the top five in his Zemaitis No. 1 Maxim team car. The second five included Frankie Kerr, Dean Jacobs, Sean Michael, Keith Kauffman and Randy Wolfe. In time trials, Hodnett established a new one-lap track record turning the one-third mile oval in 11.839 seconds, eclipsing the mark set by Steve Kinser back in 1996 of 12.034 seconds.
Qualifications: 1. Greg Hodnett, Apple 12, 11.839 (new track record); 2. Sean Michael, Harz 88M, 12.051; 3. Jeff Shepard, Double L 4J, 12.101; 4. Dave Ely, Ely 77E, 12.114; 5. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 12.119; 6. Kenny Jacobs, Hughes 94, 12.120; 7. Joey Saldana, Mox 17, 12.130; 8. Don Kreitz Jr., Kreitz 69, 12.159; 9. Kevin Gobrecht, Zemco 1, 12.164; 10. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 12.221; 11. Johnny Mackison Jr., Swope 65, 12.228; 12. Billy Pauch, Zemco 1Z, 12.247; 13. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 12.304; 14. Van Gurley Jr., J&M 55, 12.347; 15. Lance Dewease, Dyer 461, 12.388; 16.Brian Paulus, P&P 28, 12.464; 17. Dean Jacobs, Holbrook 8R, 12.478; 18. Todd Gracey; Cooper 25, 12.496; 19. Keith Kauffman, Johnson U2, 12.500; 20. Danny Jones, Creasy 8, 12.505, 21. Randy Wolfe, Allebach 75W, 12.560; 22. Shawn Keen, Keen 53, 12.576; 23. Scott Jones, Jones 8J, 12.602; 24. Len Thompson, Thompson 10, 12.638; 25. Cliff Brian, Brian 16C, 12.653; 26. Bill Brian Jr., Penn 5G, 12.668; 27. Jeff Rohrbaugh, Tanger 07, 12.676; 28. Billy Wilburn, Wilburn 0, 12.686; 29. Judi Bates, Mourar 121, 12.902; 30. Curt Michael, Michael 6, 12.932; 31. Brian Smith, Smith 2+, 12.968; 32. Dave Cordier, Cordier 7, 13.063; 33. Dave Hahn, Hahn 2H, 13.075; 34.Tracey Readinger, Readinger 2T, 13.422. United Expressline Heat (10 laps): 1. D. Jacobs, 2. Gobrecht, 3. Hodnett, 4. Wolfe, 5. Kerr, 6. Shaffer, 7. C. Brian, 8. Bates, 9. Hahn. Southwest Expressline Heat (10 laps): 1. Gracey, 2. Rahmer, 3. Keen, 4. S. Michael, 5. K. Jacobs, 6. B. Brian, 7. C. Michael, 8. Gurley, 9. Readinger. Southwest Glass Heat (10 laps): 1. Kauffman, 2. S. Jones, 3. Mackison, 4. Shepard, 5. Dewease, 6. Saldana, 7. Rohrbaugh, 8. B. Smith. United Specialties Heat (10 laps): 1. D. Jones, 2. Pauch, 3. Thompson, 4. Ely, 5. Kreitz, 6. Wilburn, 7. Cordier, 8. Paulus. Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash (4 laps): 1. K. Jacobs, 2. Shepard, 3. Pauch, 4. Rahmer, 5. Kerr, 6. Kreitz. United Expressline B Main (12 laps): 1. Shaffer, 2. Saldana, 3. C. Brian, 4. Rohrbaugh, 5. C. Michael, 6. B. Brian, 7. Gurley, 8. Cordier, 9. Hahn, 10. Wilburn, 11. B. Smith, 12. Bates. Feature (40 laps): 1. Pauch, 2. K. Jacobs, 3. Rahmer, 4. Saldana, 5. Gobrecht, 6. Kerr, 7. D. Jacobs, 8. S. Michael, 9. Kauffman, 10. Wolfe, 11. D. Jones, 12. Gracey, 13. Rohrbaugh, 14. Keen, 15. Shepard, 16. Thompson, 17. Ely, 18. Hodnett, 19. Shaffer, 20. Mackison, 21. Dewease, 22. C. Brian, 23. Kreitz, 24. S. Jones.