ALLSTAR: Volusia race notes 2005-02-12

BARBERVILLE, FL -- Jason Solwold, a driver out of the state of Washington who competes regularly at the Knoxville Raceway, shocked the crowd Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park, leading the Haulmark All Star sprint car 30 lap A main feature...

BARBERVILLE, FL -- Jason Solwold, a driver out of the state of Washington who competes regularly at the Knoxville Raceway, shocked the crowd Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park, leading the Haulmark All Star sprint car 30 lap A main feature wire to wire. Solwold's first career All Star win in the Lon Carnahan owned Citywide Insulation R19 Schnee Chassis was worth $10,000. Solwold easily drove away from Fred Rahmer following a pair of restarts en route to an impressive win.

Mark Smith started from the pole with Solwold alongside and Danny Smith and Rahmer made up row two. Chad Kemenah and Jeff Shepard started from row three when the green flag fell. After Solwold grabbed the early lead action was halted on lap two when Kevin Swindell, Jason Johnson, Jeremy Campbell and Trevor Lewis tangled in turns three and four with Lewis vaulting over the guardrail. No one was injured in the crash but all four were eliminated from the race.

Solwold led Rahmer, D. Smith and M. Smith on the restart and by the one-third mark of the race Solwold had a margin of four lapped cars over second place Rahmer's Harz Racing No. 88h. D. Smith, M. Smith and Lance Dewease were next. As Solwold continued to stretch his lead working the bottom of the track, he had to deal with lapped traffic which never hindered his efforts. Rahmer was never able to close on the leader as he had to pick his way through the lapped traffic. Sammy Swindell moved into the top ten on lap 12 after starting 18th and Kemenah moved back into the top five at this point around M. Smith. Laps ticked off at a fast and furious pace and lap 20 saw fourth place Dewease drop out of action, handing that spot to Kemenah.

Another caution flew on lap 21 when 10th place runner Jac Haudenschild got sideways in turn four and almost spun, causing the flagman to display his yellow flag. The lineup was now Solwold, a pair of lapped cars, then Rahmer, D. Smith, Kemenah, M. Smith, Shepard, S. Swindell, Greg Hodnett and Dean Jacobs. Solwold got a great restart to jump back out to another huge lead.

With seven laps to go, Jacobs got by Hodnett and S. Swindell for seventh as the battle for third heated up between D. Smith and Kemenah. Kemenah took the spot for good on lap 24 and the leaders ran that way for the rest of the 15 mile contest as Solwold went virtually unchallenged in the machine wrenched by Lenard McCarl.

At the finish it was Solwold, Rahmer, Kemenah, D. Smith and M. Smith in the top five. Next were Shepard, 18th starter Sammy Swindell who earned the Fisher Performance Hard Charger award, Dean Jacobs, Greg Hodnett and Dale Blaney.

The Crown Battery heat fell to Hodnett, the B&B Products heat went to Jason Johnson, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Jac Haudenschild and the TP Wings heat fell to Dean Jacobs. Bill Rose won the University of Northwestern Ohio B Main and Mark Smith captured the Haulmark Dash.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kevin Swindell , Sammy Swindell , Dean Jacobs , Bill Rose , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Jason Johnson