All Star Sprint Race Results - Wayne Co. Speedway, Orrville, OH - Sat 5/23/98 ORRVILLE, OH - Joey Saldana led wire-to-wire for his third win in a row in the All Star sprint 40-lap feature Saturday night at Wayne Co. Speedway in the third ...
All Star Sprint Race Results - Wayne Co. Speedway, Orrville, OH - Sat 5/23/98
ORRVILLE, OH - Joey Saldana led wire-to-wire for his third win in a row in the All Star sprint 40-lap feature Saturday night at Wayne Co. Speedway in the third annual Pete Jacobs Memorial race. He finished a quarter lap ahead of Keith Kauffman, who held off Frankie Kerr in a fierce battle for second. Saldana pocketed $4,000.
"Luckily we got past some guys on the first lap. Bobby Clark was trying to make sure he had the lead on the first lap," the winner said. "If he wouldve slowed down and been patient he probably would have won this thing. He went in too hard on the bottom and slid up and Kauffman had to get on the brakes and I just slid between them." Saldana also thanked owner Steve Mox, chief mechanic Darryl Tate, mechanics Steve and Kathy, Steve and Donna Gomez for watching over him in California several years ago, and Goodyear, Gaerte-Chevy engines and Stealth chassis from victory lane.
"I dont know whether we had the right tire on or not, Joey just got a good start and he deserved to win," Kauffman recalled of his runner-up finish in Warren Johnsons Doemelt-Gaerte.
Clark started on the ButlerBuilt Hot Seat Pole, with Kauffman alongside. Following an early yellow for an Alvin Ropeke spin and a lap three red for a Judi Bates and Ed Neumeister flip, Saldana pulled out to an easy lead over Clark and Kauffman, followed by K. Jacobs and Kerr. Kauffman got past Clark in traffic on lap 13 for second. As the laps remained green, Kauffman gained on the leader in heavy lapped traffic as Saldana ran the high groove in turns one ands two and low through three and four. Kerr took third from Clark on lap 19 with Jacobs following him by, so the halfway running order was Saldana, Kauffman, Kerr, K. Jacobs, Clark, D. Jacobs, Huntley, Mark Keegan and Chad Kemenah.
A lap 27 Tim Kern spin wiped out Saldanas quarter lap advantage, and the action slowed again on lap 30 when seventh runner D. Jacobs stopped with a flat tire. He was able to change it and restart on the tail. Saldana, each time the green reappeared, pulled away on an open track, as Kerr got going good and challenged Kauffman the last ten circuits. Kerr tried every trick in the book to make the pass for second, but Kauffman slammed the door shut each time, until Kerrs engine went south in Stan Shoffs J&J.
"It took us quite a while to get going, Kerr recalled. "Our motor then went bad, Im not sure what happened, it was on about six cylinders at the end," he said, staring at an oil soaked right foot.
K. Jacobs was fourth in the Tim Hughes J&J, followed by a consistent Clark, Kevin Huntley in Rick Daughertys Doemelt, Keegan, Kemenah in the Harble Motorsports Gambler, 14th starting John Ivy and D. Jacobs, who recovered from his flat for tenth. The United Expressline heat fell to Kerr, the Southwest Expressline heat to Kenny Jacobs, the Southwest Glass heat was won by Kauffman and the United Specialties heat went to George Prosser. Kauffman also won the Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash with John "Poison" Ivy the United Expressline B Main winner. Time Trials: 1. Joey Saldana, Mox 17, 15.302; 2. Kenny Jacobs, Hughes 94, 15.314; 3. Keith Kauffman, Johnson U2, 15.347; 4. Bobby Clark, Clark 8, 15.424; 5. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23s, 15.444; 6. Dean Jacobs, Ashworth 92, 15.562; 7. Mark Keegan, Keegan X , 5.659; 8. Kevin Huntley, Daugherty 7, 15.673; 9. Chad Kemenah, Harble 15, 15.765; 10. Judi Bates, Mourar 121, 15.916; 11. Rob Chaney, Chaney 42, 15.944; 12. Alvin Roepke, R&F 99, 15.961; 13. Tim Kern, Hay 28, 15.969; 14. John Ivy, Bogner 5I, 15.991; 15. Brian Smith, Smith 2+, 16.087; 16. George Prosser, Prosser 57, 16.097; 17. Matt Lamborn, Lamborn 93L, 16.103; 18. Ed Neumeister, Neumeister 11n, 16.108; 19. Rodney Pittman, Pittman 28, 16.154; 20. Duffy Smith, Smith 29, 16.239; 21. Scott Jones, Jones 13, 16.253; 22. Bob Dawson, Dawson 80, 16.264; 23. Bill Underwood, Underwood 11, 16.380; 24. Marty Ling, Ling 47, 16.383; 25. Doug Stanley, Stanley 18s, 16.414; 26. Rodney Morgan, Morgan 21, 16.452; 27. JB Scarborough, Scarborough 24, 16.508; 28. Dave Shelly, Shelly 86, 16.661; 29. Bob Cockrell, Cockrell 48c, 16.780; 30. Steve Butler, Butler 83, 16.913; 31. Brian Marcum, Marcum 5m, 17.284; 32. Scott Hardman, Hardman 91h, 17.709. United Expressline Heat (8 laps): 1. Kerr 2. Jones 3. Kern 4. Saldana 5. Lamborn 6. Stanley 7. Cockrell 8. Kemenah Southwest Expressline Heat (8 laps): 1. K. Jacobs 2. D. Jacobs 3. Bates 4. Neumeister 5. Dawson 6. Morgan 7. Ivy 8. Butler. Southwest Glass Heat (8 laps): 1. Kauffman 2. Keegan 3. Chaney 4. B. Smith 5. Pittman 6. Scarborough 7. Marcum 8. Underwood. United Specialties Heat (8 laps): 1. Prosser 2. Huntley 3. Clark 4. D. Smith 5. Roepke 6. Shelley 7. Ling 8. Hardman. Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash: (4 laps): 1. Kauffman 2. Saldana 3. Clark 4. Kerr 5. K. Jacobs 6. D. Jacobs. United Expressline B Main (12 laps): 1. Ivy 2. Kemenah 3. Morgan 4. Ling 5. Stanley 6. Butler 7. Scarborough 8. Shelley 9. Cockrell 10. Hardman 11. Marcum 12. Underwood. A Main (40 laps): 1. Saldana 2. Kauffman 3. Kerr 4. K. Jacobs 5. Clark 6. Huntley 7. Keegan 8. Kemenah 9. Ivy 10. D. Jacobs 11. B. Smith 12. Prosser 13. Jones 14. Pittman 15. D. Smith 16. Morgan 17. Kern 18. Ling 19. Dawson 20. Roepke 21. Lamborn 22. Chaney 23. Bates 24. Neumeister.