All Star Sprint Race Results - Rt. 66 Raceway (IL) - Fri. 9/18/98 - By Scott Hall JOLIET, IL - Sometimes it pays to go back to basics. Thatâ€™s what Joey Saldana did in winning the All Star sprint 30-lap feature Friday night at Rt. 66 Raceway.
All Star Sprint Race Results - Rt. 66 Raceway (IL) - Fri. 9/18/98 - By Scott Hall
JOLIET, IL - Sometimes it pays to go back to basics. That’s what Joey Saldana did in winning the All Star sprint 30-lap feature Friday night at Rt. 66 Raceway. It was his seventh win of the season in the Steve Mox, Goodyear-shod Foxco-Chevrolet powered Stealth.
"We just got our engine back from Foxco, and put the car back like it was in the beginning of the year and it was awesome. I could go anywhere on the racetrack and it felt good," Saldana recalled. "We’ve been down on motor recently and were changing the car to compensate for it. Now we have a good motor back. I finally got some luck, they drew the right pill and it put us on the front row."
Travis Whitney started on the ButlerBuilt Hot Seat pole position with Saldana alongside. Saldana took off like a rocket on the big half mile, with Whitney and third starting Jeff Shepard in tow. The race was red flagged on lap three for a Ken Ratchford engine fire. He was okay. Saldana held off Whitney following the restart in the first ever All Star event here, with Shepard in third, waiting for a chance to move on Whitney. A Joe Hauck spin on lap eight slowed action again, and a lap 11 yellow saw Terry McCarl and Paul Ptasiensky both stop on the track. Unbeknownst to McCarl, rock went through his hood, breaking the kill switch and oil pressure gauge. McCarl thought he lost oil pressure, so he retired to the pits.
After the halfway mark, on lap 16, Shepard finally moved past Whitney for second and began to reel in Saldana and moved within striking distance by lap 23. A red for another engine fire on lap 26 set up a four lap dash to the finish, but Saldana was able to retain control and pocket the $4,000 paycheck. Shepard finished second with tire problems, and Kerr was making a move on Shepard for second on the last lap, but he hooked a rut and finished third, followed by Kenny Jacobs, who started 11th and 12th starter Keith Kauffman was fifth.
Danny Smith was sixth, followed by Skip Jackson, Dean Jacobs, Don Droud, Jr. and Brian Paulus.
"We got lucky to finish the race with two flats," Shepard admitted, standing beside Les and Lynda Stewart’s Maxim. "I was better than he (Saldana) was in lapped traffic and caught him with seven to go, but I basically limped on home. On that last red my right rear was flat and we put seven plugs in it. In victory lane all the plugs were out and it was flat, plus my right front had a big gash in it."
Kerr, the new track record holder and winner of an IRA show here in August, said, "I just started too far back in eighth, it’s a big racetrack and it’s hard to make up ground."
The United Expressline heat fell to Scott Jones, the Southwest Expressline heat to Kenny Jacobs and the Southwest Glass heat was won by Keith Kauffman. Kerr won the Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash in Stan Shoff’s Maxim with Brian Paulus the United Expressline B Main winner. Bobby Allen lost a driveline in time trials, ending his evening early.
Time Trials: 1. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23s, 14.865 (NTR); 2. Don Droud, Jr., DOCC 1BK, 14.928; 3. Skip Jackson, Serace 55, 15.000; 4. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 15.022; 5. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 15.034; 6. Jeff Shepard, Double L 4J, 15.038; 7. Joey Saldana, Mox 17, 15.044; 8. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7s, 15.055; 9. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4k, 15.074; 10. Dean Jacobs, Holbrook 8, 15.139; 11. Kenny Jacobs, Hughes 94, 15.313; 12. Keith Kauffman, Johnson U2, 15.315; 13. Dan Brettnacher, DTC 33, 15.391; 14. Scott Young, Young 1y, 15.410; 15. Ken Ratchford, Ratchford 5k, 15.443; 16. Scott Jones, Jones 8J, 14.458; 17. Danny Smith, Smith 4, 15.487; 18. Bobby Allen, Pell 1a, 15.619; 19. Greg Wilson, Hampshire 63, 15.635; 20. Brian Paulus, P&P 28, 15.700; 21. Robert Jackson, Stroud 1s, 15.931; 22. Bruce Oldenburg, Oldenburg 0, 16.000; 23. Brian Smith, Smith 2+, 16.090; 24. Fred Boso, Javelina 7, 16.154; 25. Paul Ptasinsky, Ptasinsky 15, 16.216; 26. Wayne Modjeski, Modjeski 77, 16.415; 27. Steve Riedel, Riedel 25, 16.823; 28. Joe Hauck, Filla 34, 17.237; 29. Patrick Moore, Moore 2x, NT; 30. John McCann, McCann 34x, NT.
United Expressline Heat (8 laps): 1. Jones 2. D. Jacobs 3. Kerr 4. Brettnacher 5. Saldana 6. R. Kinser 7. Wilson 8. Ptasinski 9. Oldenburg 10. Hauck.
Southwest Expressline Heat (8 laps): 1. K. Jacobs 2. Young 3. Whitney 4. D. Smith 5. McCarl 6. Droud 7. Paulus 8. B. Smith 10. Modjeski.
Southwest Glass Heat (8 laps): 1. Kauffman 2. Shepard 3. S. Jackson 4. Ratchford 5. K. Kinser 6. Boso 7. Riedel.
Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash: (4 laps): 1. Kerr 2. Droud 3. R. Kinser 4. McCarl 5. Shepard 6. Saldana.
United Expressline B Main (12 laps): 1. Paulus 2. R. Jackson 3. B. Smith 4. Ptasienski 5. Reidel 6. Hauck 7. Wilson 8. Oldenburg 9. Modjeski.
A Main (30 laps): 1. Saldana 2. Shepard 3. Kerr 4. K. Jacobs 5. Kauffman 6. D. Smith 7. S. Jackson 8. D. Jacobs 9. Droud 10. Paulus 11. Jones 12. Young 13. Brettnacher 14. R. Kinser 15. B. Smith 16. Whitney 17. R. Jackson 18. Hauck 19. Reidel 20. McCarl 21. Ptasinski 22. Boso 23. K. Kinser 24. Ratchford.