ALLSTAR: Wayne: Ohio Speedweek race report 2002-07-01

ORRVILLE, OH - Byron Reed repeated his win of two years ago Monday night at Wayne Co. Speedway in the Arizona Sport Shirts All Star Ohio Sprint Speedweek 30-lap feature. With the track lightning fast after a 9 pm rain shower, Reed was running...

ORRVILLE, OH - Byron Reed repeated his win of two years ago Monday night at Wayne Co. Speedway in the Arizona Sport Shirts All Star Ohio Sprint Speedweek 30-lap feature. With the track lightning fast after a 9 pm rain shower, Reed was running second behind Dale Blaney when Blaney dropped out with a power steering leak.

"Dale got me in traffic, but I don't know if he was better than me. I was hoping that when we got into traffic that I could get back by him, but then something happened to him," Reed related, standing beside the Reebar Die Casting Kistler powered Maxim on Hoosier tires. "We adjusted the car quite a bit after the rain, and at the end we got loose, but it was good enough to hang on." It was Reed's first All Star win of the season.

Reed started on the pole for the Pete Jacobs Memorial with Kelly Kinser alongside and Blaney and Mark Keegan in row two. Reed jumped out to the initial lead followed by third starter Blaney in the Andrews Racing No. 72 and Kinser. By lap seven Reed began lapping the end of the pack, and when Tim Montgomery was about to get lapped by Reed, Blaney used the Montgomery machine as a pick to power into the lead in the high groove. Montgomery then stopped on the track for a caution, and a lap later Danny Smith stopped with no steering, causing another caution. Once action resumed, Blaney pulled out to a nice lead over Reed, Kinser, Mark Keegan and Stewart, who started sixth.

Blaney was riding on a rail on the smooth and fast surface, and had things well in hand when Blaney slowed in the third turn when a power steering fitting broke on lap 21, spraying his helmet with power steering fluid. The yellow flew for Blaney, ending his fine run, and Reed assumed the lead over Kinser and Stewart for the restart. Stewart disposed of Kinser a lap later and began reeling in Reed. With three laps to go, Reed began stretching out his lead and won by six car lengths over Stewart's Jr. Holbrook machine. Kinser was third, after making too many changes to his car during the rain delay.

"On about lap 26 we lost a cylinder in our motor," runnerup Stewart recalled. "My car really didn't ever start working until lap 19. The track finally got loose enough for us to go."

All Star points leader Chad Kemenah was fourth, ahead of Mark Keegan, Paul McMahan, Jeff Shepard, who started 23rd, Mike Wagner, Blaney's team mate Eric Hysong and Greg Wilson.

The Crown Battery heat fell to Jody Keegan, the B&B Products heat went to John Ivy, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Butch Schroeder and the TP Wings heat fell to Phil Gressman. Joey Montgomery won the Georgia Marketing & Promotions C Main and Kemenah won the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main. At the start of the B main a nine car crash saw George Prosser and Brian Woodhall flip. Everyone was okay. Byron Reed captured the Haulmark Dash. Shane Stewart's quick time of 16.167 seconds was a new track record snapping the mark held by Kenny Jacobs at 16.420. K. Jacobs started the main as a provisional starter after failing to transfer through his heat race or the B Main.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Greg Wil , Chad Kemenah