DEMPSEYTOWN, PA -- Sometimes it pays to be different. Jeff Shepard once again chose a different tire combination than his competition and it paid off with his second All Star sprint win of the season Sunday night at Tri-City Speedway. Shepard was...
DEMPSEYTOWN, PA -- Sometimes it pays to be different. Jeff Shepard once again chose a different tire combination than his competition and it paid off with his second All Star sprint win of the season Sunday night at Tri-City Speedway. Shepard was one of the few in the pit area utilizing Goodyear tires in the All Star sprint 30-lap feature, and it paid off to the tune of $5,000.
"My Kriner engine, Goodyear Tires and Eagle Chassis really worked well," Shepard stated, standing beside Denny Ashworth's No. 92 in victory lane for the third time in the last four All Star shows here. "This was a perfect track for the Goodyear's. The track got abrasive and Goodyear tires like abrasion. When the track gets like this they've got it handled."
His win came by a full straightaway over Greg Wilson, who fought a hard battle with Fred Rahmer to finish second.
Kelly Kinser started on the pole and grabbed the initial lead as outside front pole man Jason Johnson executed a 360 degree spin exiting turn two right in front of the rest of the field. Johnson regained the handle and kept going, rejoining the line in 10th spot as everyone avoided him. After contact with Kenny Jacobs, Mark Smith stopped with front end damage on lap two for the first caution of the race. Following the restart, Shepard, who started sixth, rode high going off turn two to pass Kinser on the back stretch to lead lap three. Rahmer, who started fourth, also got by Kinser and was second by lap six as third starting Wilson was shuffled back to fifth.
Shepard led Rahmer into lapped traffic by lap nine, and began to close on the leader. Once Shepard got past several lapped cars, he again stretched out his lead. By the half-way mark, Wilson had moved back up to third and began challenging Rahmer. Greg Hodnett was now fourth and All Star points leader Chad Kemenah fifth.
Mike Wagner spun right in front of Rahmer on lap 17, and the caution flew as Rahmer narrowly avoided his fellow Keystone State driver. The restart lineup was Shepard, Wilson, Rahmer, Kemenah, Hodnett and Dean Jacobs, up from 12th starting spot. Shepard got a good restart as Kemenah and Hodnett began a good battle for position. Five laps later Rahmer again tried to pass Wilson for second, utilizing the high groove, but Wilson got the message and moved up on the track to block Rahmer on the next lap. Lapped traffic again loomed ahead of the leader, but he expertly moved past the backmarkers for an impressive win.
After Wilson and Rahmer it was Hodnett in fourth, D. Jacobs fifth with a last lap pass of Kemenah who was sixth ahead of Lance Dewease, Kinser, Kenny Jacobs and Mark Keegan.
"We didn't need that last caution," runner-up Wilson recalled. "Our American Racer tires like long runs. We needed to go green the rest of the way."
"We got screwed up in lapped traffic," Rahmer recalled after finishing third. "We just needed to be better."
The Crown Battery heat fell to Lance Dewease, the B&B Products heat went to Dale Blaney, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Kenny Jacobs and the TP Wings heat fell to Dean Jacobs. Aussie driver Lynton Jeffery got tangled up in the front stretch guardrail and flipped in his heat race. Luckily he was not injured, but he was through for the night. Scott Bonnell won the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main. Greg Wilson captured the Haulmark Dash. Shepard's fast time over the 39 car field was worth 1,000 quarters, courtesy of Dick Anderson's Carriage City Car Wash. The Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Zoresco Senior Series 15-lap non-stop stock car feature fell to Terry Wheeler over Dick Lowery, Don Gamble, Tom Knight, Sr. and Bill Wheeling.