All Star Sprint Race Results Tulsa (OK) Speedway Sat. 8/22/98 by John Rittenoure TULSA, OK - (August 22) - Before Saturday night the All Star Circuit of Champions vs. NCRA was becoming a Jeff Shepard and Gary Wright affair. But that all ...
All Star Sprint Race Results Tulsa (OK) Speedway Sat. 8/22/98
by John Rittenoure
TULSA, OK - (August 22) - Before Saturday night the All Star Circuit of Champions vs. NCRA was becoming a Jeff Shepard and Gary Wright affair. But that all changed at Tulsa Speedway as ten-time champion Donnie Crawford led a 1-2-3 NCRA finish to close out the five-race Thunder Through the Plains series.
It was Crawford's third career O'Reilly Auto Parts NCRA win and his first with the All Stars. He became the 14th winner out of 47 All Star races this season. Wright finished second and Shane Stewart picked up third.
Crawford drove his Hillenburg Chevrolet-powered number 1 off the front row and into lead at the start of the 30 lapper and was quickly followed by Rocky Hodges, Stewart and Wright. The race only logged one completed lap when a car spin off the track in turn two to bring out the yellow.
On the restart the race was quickly stopped again, this time for Mike Goodman who spun to the infield. That was the last yellow of the race as Crawford settled down to business and led the next 28 laps unchallenged.
The trio of Stewart, Hodges and Wright tried to catch Crawford but could not get closer than two car lengths. Wright passed Hodges for third on lap three and seemed unable to advance further till the final lap. The five-time NCRA champion veered down low under Stewart in turn two and took the runner-up position away with a half lap to spare. Stewart found himself finishing third. Dean Jacobs brought home a fourth place finish for the All Stars and Hodges fell to fifth at the finish.
UNITED EXPRESSLINE HEAT 1 (8 laps) - Mike Goodman, Dean Jacobs. Shane Stewart, Bruce Jennings, Michael Lambert, Bubba Hunt, David Chappell, Wayne Johnson, Kenny Jacobs, Scott Jones, Dan Oswalt.
SOUTHWEST EXPRESSLINE HEAT 2 (8 laps) - Brian Paulus, Donnie Crawford, Larry Neighbors, Frankie Kerr, Aaron Berryhill, Craig Crystal, Michael Harp, Tony Edmondson, Bill Robertson, Jason Dukes.
UNITED SPECIALTIES HEAT 3 (8 laps) - Scott Whitworth, Jason Johnson, Jimmy Lambert, Mike Peters, Ricky Hodges, Keith Kauffman, Shane Carson, Ray Campbell, Rick Barksdale, Joe Hauck.
SOUTHWEST GLASS HEAT 4 (8 laps) - Jeff Shepard, Brad Furr, Gary Wright, Brooke Tatnell, Joey Saldana, Danny Smith, Jason Statler, Brad Strayer, Earnest Jennings, Brian Smith.
COMMERCIAL TRUCK & TRAILER DASH (4 laps) - 1, Jeff Shepard. 2, Dean Jacobs. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Brian Paulus. 5, Rocky Hodges. 6, Frankie Kerr.
UNITED EXPRESSLINE B FEATURE (12 laps) - 1, Kenny Jacobs. 2, Keith Kauffman. 3, Jason Statler. 4, Danny Smith. 5, Bubby Hunt. 6, Craig Crystal. 7, Brian Smith. 8, Rick Barksdale. 9, Earnest Jennings. 10, Ray Campbell. 11, Wayne Johnson. 12, Brad Strayer. 13, David Chappell. 14, Shane Carson. 15, Dan Oswalt. 16, Joe Hauck. 17, Tony Edmondson.
A FEATURE (30 laps) - 1, Donnie Crawford. 2, Gary Wright. 3, Shane Stewart. 4, Dean Jacobs. 5, Rocky Hodges. 6, Keith Kauffman. 7, Frankie Kerr. 8, Joey Saldana. 9, Brian Paulus. 10, Jason Johnson. 11, Kenny Jacobs. 12, Mike Peters. 13, Brad Furr. 14, Mike Goodman. 15, Jason Statler. 16, Danny Smith. 17, Larry Neighbors. 18, Jimmy Lambert. 19, Michael Lambert. 20, Brooke Tatnell. 21, Jeff Shepard. 22, Bruce Jennings. 23, Scott Whitworth. 24, Aaron Berryhill.