All Star Pit Notes (5/10/99) By Scott Hall HANOVER, PA - The All Star sprint cars made their annual eastern swing this past weekend, visiting Grandview Speedway near Pottstown Pa., then moving on to the long staightaways of Williams Grove ...
All Star Pit Notes (5/10/99) By Scott Hall
HANOVER, PA - The All Star sprint cars made their annual eastern swing this past weekend, visiting Grandview Speedway near Pottstown Pa., then moving on to the long staightaways of Williams Grove Speedway near Harrisburg and the quick half-mile Lincoln Speedway in Hanover. Kenny Jacobs and the new team he owns are beginning to jell and get things together. Jacobs hastily assembled his team after February's Florida Speedweeks and currently has Pa. native Barry Jackson turning the wrenches on his Kriner Powered Eagle Chassis No. 6. When asked recently how he chose that car number, Jacobs responded, "The number of the first real sprint car I drove was six, a black number six, so that's what we chose."
Jacobs purchased a truck and trailer from former Ohio car owner Kenny Bodkins, and this weekend picked up some help from ex-from car owner Les Stewart, who lent Jacobs an engine and enclosed trailer.
Wednesday at Grandview, Jacobs set fourth quick time, but could not run the heat or feature due to problems that were later discovered to be a bad fuel tank pickup. Then Friday at Williams Grove, Jacobs timed 14th and finished ninth, and Saturday at Lincoln he timed in seventh and finished a fine fourth.
Dale Blaney made his return to All Star competition aboard the Tim Hughes No. 94, wrenched by his mechanic from last season, Todd Palmer. Blaney recently vacated the Amoco No. 93, so he just moved up one digit in car number to 94. Blaney plans to run a selected schedule of All Star and other big money events around Ohio and Pa. Hughes, who in the past was with the team on almost every race weekend, will be a mostly absentee car owner this season as he is co-promoter of Selinsgrove, Pa. Speedway.
The All Stars pulled nice fields of cars for the eastern swing, with 31 at Grandview, 49 at Williams Grove and 47 at Lincoln. A total of ten All Star regulars towed in to Grandview, and the ranks were upped to 17 at Williams Grove. The teams heading east were Jacobs, Dean Jacobs, Blaney, Paul McMahan, Brian Ellenberger, Frankie Kerr, Joey Saldana, Rodney Duncan, Brian Carlson, Brad Furr, Jerrod Hull, High Schoolers Kasey Kahne, Jonathan Stevens and Boston Reid, Jim Damon, Greg Wilson and Ed Lynch, Jr.
Furr, from Pleasanton, Ca., was making his East-Midwest debut for 1999. He qualified fastest at Lincoln and had a fine eighth place finish. Furr plans to run a lot of All Star shows this summer. He completed with the series last season in the Thunder Through the Plains tour the week following the Knoxville Nationals. Saldana had the best All Star finish of the mini-swing, a third at Lincoln.
The All Stars return to action this weekend, Friday May 14 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio for Chuck Ward Night as a fundraiser for the injured driver, and Saturday May 15 for "The Best Bargain of the Year" with $10.00 general admission at Rossburg's Eldora Speedway.
Updated All Star points after Lincoln: 1. Kenny Jacobs, 630; 2. Dean Jacobs, 609; 3. Jerrod Hull, 514; 4. Rodney Duncan, 489; 5. Greg Wilson, 479; 6. Brian Ellenberger, 457; 7. Paul McMahan, 430; 8. Kasey Kahne, 416; 9. Jim Damon, 356; 10. Brian Carlson, 331.