All Star Sprint Race Results - K-C Raceway - Sat. 7/31/99 By Scott Hall ALMA, OH - In a stunning upset, Elmore, Ohio's Alvin Roepke scored his first career All Star feature win in the Freedom 40 Saturday night at K-C Raceway. The win was...
All Star Sprint Race Results - K-C Raceway - Sat. 7/31/99 By Scott Hall
ALMA, OH - In a stunning upset, Elmore, Ohio's Alvin Roepke scored his first career All Star feature win in the Freedom 40 Saturday night at K-C Raceway. The win was worth $10,000 to Roepke, who runs at K-C on a weekly basis, and who started 14th in the field. A total of 45 cars were on hand with Joey Saldana the fast qualifier.
Roepke passed race long leader Frankie Kerr with only five laps to go to seal the win. Roepke owns his own Dowker-Chevrolet powered machine, and won on K-C's spec McCreary American Racer Tires.
"All of a sudden on that last restart, we just passed them," Roepke exclaimed after the popular win. "I never though we'd be sitting here tonight. It's fantastic. What a night!" Roepke's machine is sponsored by Cicanese Metals, TW Metals, Tim Engler Machine and Joe Darmofal Racing. Ropeke's crew includes Jim Ford and a pair of teenage mechanics.
"Our Goodyear's wouldn't take off," Kerr said of second." All those reds and yellows killed us. McCreary tires just came on at the end."
With Kerr starting on the ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment Hot Seat pole position alongside Jac Haudenschild, Kerr bolted into the lead in Stan Shoff's No. 23s with Haudenschild in tow. Kenny Jacobs tucked in for third with Paul McMahan fourth. The top four ran that way through a lap 10 caution for the stopped cars of Byron Reed and Kasey Kahne. Kahne was in eighth spot and glanced off the frontstretch wall, breaking the front end of his machine. He had to be towed off but Reed continued. Saldana was on the move after starting sixth and falling back to seventh. He passed Mark Keegan for sixth a lap after the restart and began chasing Chad Kemenah for fifth.
At the halfway mark, Kerr led over Haudenschild, Jacobs, McMahan and Saldana. In traffic again on lap 22, Haudenschild moved right up on Kerr, while McMahan got around Jacobs for third. Then it became a three way dogfight for the lead. Kerr and Haudenschild came up on the lapped machine of Ed Neumeister on lap 28, with the leaders making a Neumeister sandwich, but when Haudenschild darted high around the lapped machine, losing a front wheel, he tagged the frontstretch wall exiting turn four, sending him into a barrel roll flip down the front stretch.
The race restarted following the cleanup, but Dean Jacobs, Jim Nier and Kevin Huntley slid off turn four, with D. Jacobs and Nier flopping over on their sides. Only Nier was eliminated. The restart order was now Kerr, McMahan, Saldana, K. Jacobs, Chad Kemenah, Roepke and Hull. Kerr led again when the green flew, with Saldana taking second from McMahan after the restart.
On lap 30, Saldana dove low under Kerr off turn four and the leaders crossed the stripe side-by-side. Saldana repeated the move on lap 31 to take the lead, but Kerr dove low in turns one and two and drove up in front of the rim riding Saldana, colliding with the leader and pushing him off the lip of the track for another caution.
Roepke went low to take seconmd after the restart, and all eyes were on him now as he seemingly came out of nowhere to contend for the win. He was reeling in Kerr in the low groove of the rubber laden surface, and on lap 34, the leaders were side-by-side and Roepke ducked ahead to lead lap 35 at the start-finish line, and pulled away to a full straightaway win. Kerr finished second in Stan Shoff's machine, with Hull's Guy Webb Wesmar-Eagle third, McMahan fourth, K. Jacobs fifth and Butch Schroeder next in the Daugherty Kistler-powered Eagle.
Mark Keegan finished seventh, earning the "Team Simpson Racing Lucky Seven" award. Saldana came back from the rear to finish eight, followed by Rodney Duncan, up from 10th and Kemenah.
"We just had a bad qualifying run and had to start 20th," third place Hull recalled. "Once we got through traffic the car started working good. I have to thank McCreary tires and my crew who worked hard all night."
The United Expressline heat fell to Hull, the Southwest Expressline heat to Byron Reed, the Southwest Glass heat was won by Nier and the United Specialties heat went to Danny Smith. Kerr won the Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash with Kemenah the United Expressline B Main winner. Jim Gibbs won the modified feature.
Time Trials: 1. Joey Saldana, Mox 17, 11.335; 2. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 11.656; 3. Chad Kemenah, Harble 15, 11.706; 4. Kenny Jacobs, Jacobs 6, 11.714; 5. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 11.742; 6. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23s, 11.827; 7. Mark Keegan, Steinbrick 92, 11.843; 8. Kasey Kahne, Kahne 23K, 11.844; 9. Kevin Huntley, Johnson U22, 11.889; 10. Rodney Duncan, Harrison 22, 11.901; 11. Phil Gressman, Holbrook 18h, 12.070; 12. Dean Jacobs, Holbrook 8, 12.072; 13. Greg Wilson, Hampshire 63, 12.119; 14. Alvin Roepke, R&F 99, 12.134; 15. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 12.145; 16. Brian Ellenberger, Ellenberger 20, 12.145 17. Jason Dukes, DHP 3, 12.183; 18. Byron Reed, B&S 5, 12.208; 19. Ed Neumeister, Neumeister 11n, 12.289; 20. Butch Schroeder, Daugherty 7, 12.292; 21. Jerrod Hull, Webb 51, 12.368; 22. Charlie Fisher, Brown 99, 12.391; 23. Jim Nier, Nier 00, 12.398; 24. Danny Smith, Ashworth 92, 12.505; 25. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 12.512; 26. Hud Horton, Pullins 22, 12.540; 27. John Wisbon, Burmeister 16, 12.564; 28. Landen Stover, Stover 96, 12.568; 29. Jason Statler, Statler 00, 12.708; 30. Boston Reid, Keppel 9, 12.787; 31. Brian Carlson, SC Motorsports 18, 12.792; 32. Craig McGuire, McGuire 4, 12.845; 33. Keith Baxter, Baxter 1, 12.885; 34. Jimmy Stinson, Stinson 84, 12.948; 35. Todd Kane, Mossbarger 95, 13.069; 36. Keith Crabtree, Baker 51, 13.161; 37. Mike Bowling, Jarrell 22, 13.214; 38. Chuck Waddell, Waddell 22, 13.217; 39. Scott Miller, Melick 2m, 13.288; 40. Jim Carter, Rudeen14c, 13.432; 41. Eddie Slone, Slone 4x, 13.478; 42. Jeff Barnhart, Barnhart 2B, 13.513; 43. Dewey Cassel, Cassel 5, 13.588; 44. Lonnie Darst, Darst L5, 13.716; 45. Jim Damon, Damon 50x,13.768.
United Expressline Heat (8 laps): 1. Hull 2. Wilson 3. Haudenschild 4. K. Kinser 5. Saldana 6. Huntley 7. Statler 8. Dukes 9. Baxter 10. Slone 11. Damon.
Southwest Expressline Heat (8 laps): 1. Reed 2. Roepke 3. Kerr 4. Fisher 5. Duncan 6. McMahan 7. Stinson 8. Horton 9. Reid 10. Waddell 11. Barnhart.
Southwest Glass Heat (8 laps): 1. Nier 2. Keegan 3. Neumeister 4. R. Kinser 5. Gressman 6. Wisbon 7. Kemenah 8. Kane 9. Miller 10. Carlson 11. Cassel.
United Specialties Heat (8 laps): 1. Smith 2. D. Jacobs 3. Schroeder 4. K. Jacobs 5. Kahne 6. McGuire 7. Ellenberger 8. Stover 9. Carter 10. Darst 11. Crabtree.
Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash (4 laps): 1. Kerr 2. Haudenschild 3. Saldana 4. K. Jacobs 5. Keegan 6. Kahne.
United Expressline B Main (12 laps): 1. Kemenah 2. McMahan 3. Huntley 4. Dukes 5. McGuire 6. Stinson 7. Horton 8. Wisbon 9. Reid 10. Stover 11. Kane 12. Miller 13. Carter 14. Baxter 15. Carlson 16. Cassel 17. Darst 18. Waddell 19. Ellenberger 20. Slone 21. Crabtree 22. Barnhart 23. Damon 24. Statler.
A Main (40 laps): 1. Alvin Roepke 2. Frankie Kerr 3. Jerrod Hull 4. Paul McMahan 5. Kenny Jacobs 6. Butch Schroeder 7. Mark Keegan 8. Joey Saldana 9. Rodney Duncan 10. Chad Kemenah 11. Danny Smith 12. Ed Neumeister 13. Phil Gressman 14. Kevin Huntley 15. Dean Jacobs 16. Greg Wilson 17. Jim Nier 18. Jac Haudenschild 19. Randy Kinser 20. Charlie Fisher 21. Jason Dukes 22. Brian Ellenberger 23. Byron Reed 24. Kelly Kinser 25. Kasey Kahne.
All Star Points: 1. Kenny Jacobs 2865, 2. Dean Jacobs 2693, 3. Jerrod Hull 2373; 4. Rodney Duncan 2319; 5. Danny Smith 2283, 6. Greg Wilson 2197, 7. Byron Reed 2015; 8. Brian Ellenberger 1925; 9. Brian Carlson 1887, 10. Joey Saldana