ALLSTAR: Mid-Nebraska: Race report

Shepard combines luck and patience at Mid-Nebraska. DONIPHAN, NE. (August 15, 2002) - Jeff Shepard combined a little luck and a lot of patience to win his second straight All Stars vs. NCRA Thunder Through the Plains event Thursday at...

Shepard combines luck and patience at Mid-Nebraska.

DONIPHAN, NE. (August 15, 2002) - Jeff Shepard combined a little luck and a lot of patience to win his second straight All Stars vs. NCRA Thunder Through the Plains event Thursday at Mid-Nebraska Speedway.

The luck came when early leader Jerrod Hull suffered a flat right rear. The patience came as Shepard chased Hull and waited for his chance to take the lead as the two threaded their way through lapped traffic during the first half of the 30-lap feature.

"I just wanted to keep him (Hull) in sight and not get pressure from the guys behind me and maneuver through traffic," said Shepard. "I did not want to hit a guy and spin out when we had the car to win the race.

"I looked at the scoreboard and it said lap 14 and I decided it was time to put some pressure on. We got around him on the outside "then I guess a lap later he blew a tire."

After winning the first two Thunder Through the Plains events Shepard looks to be the one to beat in the remaining three events.

"We had a real good starting position and timed fifth quick," said Shepard who also won at WaKeeney Speedway on Tuesday. "Our team is just focusing on dialing in the car. We are not focusing on winning or anything but making forward progress. We are working real good together right now. I can't complain."

Shepard felt the track was good enough to allow a lot of passing.

"The track was great," Shepard said, standing beside the Denny Ashworth Imperial Packaging.com No. 92. "You could run dead on the bottom you could run the top or run through the middle. Those last five laps it took rubber around the top but that was better for me as I could keep on the gas and run harder."

Hull started on the pole next with Shepard to his outside and immediately jumped into the lead on the start. Shepard, Kelly Kinser, Chad Kemenah and Kenny Jacobs gave chase. By lap five Hull was already in lapped traffic and maintained a good margin over Shepard despite heavy traffic. The only change in the running order came on lap eight when Kemenah got around Kinser for third. The front runners continued their pace till lap 19 when Hull slowed down with a flat bringing out the yellow. Shepard inherited the lead on the restart with Kemenah taking over second. Kemenah followed Shepard through traffic the final 11 laps unable to mount a challenge. Kinser finished third with Kenny Jacobs leading brother Dean across the finish line for fourth.

The Crown Battery heat went to Travis Mize, the B&B Oval Track Products heat to Jerrod Wilson, the Engler Tool and Machine heat fell to Travis Rilat and the TP Wings heat was won by Jan Howard. Kenny Jacobs captured the Haulmark Dash and Greg Wilson won the United Window Sales and Consulting B Main.

Wilson took advantage of Travis Whitney's misfortune to capture the B main and earn his way into the A feature.

Whitney led from the start with Wilson in second till Barry Ruble spun in turn two on lap 5 and brought out a yellow. Whitney suddenly ducked to the pits with a flat and Wilson inherited the lead on the restart.

Ruble rejoined the race and charged into second on lap nine but could not reel in Wilson. Whitney. Whitney returned to the race and finished third. Kevin Hulse rounded out the top four transfer positions.

-allstair-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs , Travis Rilat , Greg Wil , Chad Kemenah