ALLSTAR: K-C Raceway: Ohio Speedweek race report 2002-07-03

All Star Sprint Ohio Speedweek Results - K-C Raceway - Wed. 7/03/02 ALMA, OH - Starting position was everything for Paul McMahan Wednesday night at K-C Raceway in the All Star Circuit of Champions Arizona Sport Shirts Ohio Sprint Speedweek...

All Star Sprint Ohio Speedweek Results - K-C Raceway - Wed. 7/03/02

ALMA, OH - Starting position was everything for Paul McMahan Wednesday night at K-C Raceway in the All Star Circuit of Champions Arizona Sport Shirts Ohio Sprint Speedweek 30-lap feature. McMahan sat on the pole at the start and he led every lap, becoming the fourth winner in four Speedweek shows to date.

"Mike Wagner scratched and put me on the pole and tonight and that's what it took. I just protected the bottom the best I could tonight," an elated McMahan said from victory lane. "I have to thank my mechanic Mike Cool, United Expresslines, United Specialties, Eagle Chassis, Hoosier Tires and Gaerte Engines. Also Arizona Sport Shirts for putting up the money for us for Speedweek and also thanks to Jim Nier for buying this racetrack."

With McMahan on the pole in the United Expressline No. U2, Butch Schroeder was outside in the SC Racing Kistler-powered Eagle. McMahan grabbed the early lead, with Dale Blaney tucking in behind Schroeder for third and after four laps Blaney began challenging for second.

McMahan came up on lapped cars by lap seven, with Jody Keegan the last car running, and with everyone running the inside groove of the rubber laden surface, McMahan could not get by Keegan lap after lap. This allowed Schroeder and Blaney to close on the leader's back bumper, and they were poised to take over if McMahan made a mistake. Kenny Jacobs ran fourth behind that trio, with Byron Reed fifth, Hud Horton sixth and Jimmy Stinson seventh.

A lap 14 caution for Keegan slipping off the track got McMahan a clear track again with Schroeder second, Blaney third and Jacobs still fourth. McMahan pulled out to a nice lead following the restart as Blaney pressured Schroeder for second. Lapped traffic came into play again on lap 22 with Keegan again looming ahead of McMahan. McMahan almost lost the race when he banged the concrete wall, due to popping a wheelie. "I had my wing too far back and it just kind of stood up on me and drove me out. The way my luck's been going I thought I was going to get upside down," McMahan recalled.

On lap 23 in traffic Blaney dove under Schroeder coming off turn four to take over second and he began moving in on the leader.

Jacobs stopped with a flat on lap 28, bringing out the final caution, which dropped Jacobs from fourth place. This gave McMahan another clear track for the restart, and he rode home to a three car length margin of victory over Blaney's Andrew Motorsports No. 72, Schroeder's Stan Courtad No. 9x, Reed, Chad Kemenah, Stinson, Horton, Danny Smith, Joe Gaerte's Mopar powered machine and 22nd starter Kelly Kinser.

"Paul was really tough," Blaney stated about his second place finish. "I was going to get maybe one shot in one and two but once the yellow came out I knew I couldn't do anything with him unless he made a mistake, but he's too good to do that."

"We had a tire going down a little bit," third place Schroeder said of his American Racers, which were bald after the race. "We were picking up a pretty good push at the end."

The Crown Battery heat fell to Jeff Shepard, the B&B Products heat went to Dean Jacobs, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by John Ivy and the TP Wings heat fell to Rodney Duncan. Hud Horton won the Georgia Marketing & Promotions C Main and the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main fell to Jimmy Stinson while Dale Blaney captured the Haulmark Dash. In the 305 sprint feature, Bill Kraylek won the 20 lap main over Jamie Miller, Dustin Keegan, Scott Kraylek and Doug Heck.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs , Dean Jacobs , Paul McMahan , Chad Kemenah