All Star Sprint Race Results - Williams Grove Speedway (Pa) - Fri. 8/28/98 - By Bill Meyer MECHANICSBURG, PA., 8/28/98 - It was like the Donnie Kreitz Jr. of old Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway as he used his familiar...
All Star Sprint Race Results - Williams Grove Speedway (Pa) - Fri. 8/28/98 - By Bill Meyer
MECHANICSBURG, PA., 8/28/98 - It was like the Donnie Kreitz Jr. of old Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway as he used his familiar path around the bottom of the track to notch his 39th career win a the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile against the All Star Circuit of Champions and moved him into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time win list at the Grove behind Lynn Paxton (43 wins) and Smokey Snellbaker and Keith Kauffman (both with 41 wins).
Kreitz stuck to what worked through his previous four Williams Grove championship seasons and finally found his way under the high-flying race-long leader Sean Michael on the 17th lap and then cruised the rest of the way for his fifth career AllStar win. Kreitz became the 15th different All Star winner this season.
"Tonight was a great night for the Kreitz racing team...The guys have been working really hard for me," said Kreitz. "The Eagle Chassis was working good tonight, as was the Davey Brown Chevrolet engine. We qualified in the first six spots which gave us a good starting spot. Everything just went picture perfect tonight."
ButlerBuilt Hot Seat Pole sitter Michael grabbed the lead at the drop of the green to start the 30 lap A-Main while Kreitz, who started outside the front row, dove under Joey Saldana in the first and second turns of the first lap to move into second place.
Michael began to open up some daylight on Kreitz over the next few laps and by the fifth lap had a full second between them. But the leaders headed into lapped traffic on the eighth lap with Michael heading to his familiar spot on the top of the track while Kreitz marched on from the bottom. Kreitz pulled along side Michael heading down the frontstretch to complete the eighth lap, but pulled away on the backstretch as he cleared the slower cars.
But Kreitz was relentless and pulled along side Michael down the frontstretch once again on the 10th lap in lapped traffic, only to have Michael pull ahead exiting the second turn.
The hectic action slowed on the 12th lap as the caution flag waved for Dean Jacobs who slowed to a stop exiting the fourth turn.
On the restart Michael once again headed to the high-side with Kreitz determined on the bottom with the pair racing nose-to-tail over the next four laps until the 17th lap when the race's final caution came out for James Chesson who had stopped on the backstretch.
On the restart Kreitz dove hard into the first turn and slid under Michael and exited the turn with the lead.
"I was really getting worried there for a while," said Kreitz on his race for the lead with Michael. "I was giving it all it had at the start because I wanted to get the lead right away but Sean was running really good and I was just waiting for the top to go away and I starting thinking the bottom might go away first because it was getting kind of slippery down there."
"There at the end the lapped cars were all running at the bottom where I wanted to run," Kreitz added . "When I had to go around them I was kind of worried they were going to close in on us...but we were lucky enough to hang on."
From there Kreitz easily pulled away over the remaining laps to pick up his sixth overall win of 1998 and took home the $4,000 top prize in the process. Coming on strong at the end was Kenny Jacobs, who came from his seventh starting position and passed Michael for the runner-up spot on the 28th lap, but finished well behind Kreitz at the checkered.
"Donnie's got this place figured out and he kicked our butt," said Jacobs with a smile afterwards. "You don't know how bad I wanted to win one here...this use to be my second home and it's been a long time since I won here at Williams Grove."
Michael settled for a hard fought third place finish when the dust had cleared.
"We were good at the beginning but got loose at the end," said Michael. "We also got beat by experience."
Billy Pauch turned in an incredible ride from his 19th starting position to finish fourth and was followed by Cris Eash in fifth. Williams Grove point leader Fred Rahmer finished sixth and was followed by Greg Hodnett in seventh. Keith Kauffman came from the last row to finish eighth and was followed by Lance Dewease and Frankie Kerr in ninth and 10th respectively. Heats were won by Kreitz, Dewease, Kenny Jacobs and Pauch. Rahmer made a last-lap, last-turn pass of Dewease to win the Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash, while Saldana won the United Expressline B-Main. Fast time in time trials was set by Hodnett over the 41-car field with a one-lap time of 17.719 seconds.
Qualifications - 1. Greg Hodnett, 12, 17.719; 2. Cris Eash, 17E, 17.828; 3. Frankie Herr, 23S, 17.920; 4. Joey Saldana, 17, 17.943; 5. Donnie Kreitz Jr., 69, 17.958; 6. Sean Michael, 88M, 17.998; 7. Kenny Jacobs, 94, 18.007; 8. Kevin Gobrecht, 1, 18.023; 9. Fred Rahmer, 77, 18.090; 10. Lance Dewease, 461, 18.115; 11. Dean Jacobs, 8R, 18.122; 12. Johnny Mackison Jr., 65, 18.171; 13. Len Thompson, 10, 18.243; 14. Brian Paulus, 28, 18.276; 15. Jeff Shepard, 4J, 18.279; 16. Mike Wagner, 55, 18.280; 17. Todd Gracey, 25, 18.385; 18. Todd Shaffer, 88, 18.402; 19. Jesse Wentz, 2W, 18.412; 20. Billy Pauch, 1Z, 18.421; 21. Sarah Fisher, 9, 18.459; 22. Brook Weibley, 32W, 18.459; 23. James Chesson, 22, 18.464; 24. Keith Kauffman, U2, 18.485; 25. Shawn Keen, 53, 18.501; 26. Brian Gobrecht, 92, 18.602; 27. Judi Bates, 121, 18.682; 28. Brian Ellenberger, 20, 18.697; 29. P.J. Chesson, 76, 18.815; 30. Scott Jones, 8J, 18.829; 31. Bobby Allen, 1A, 18.843; 32. Jeff Rohrbaugh, 07, 18.868; 33. Dave Haight, 10N, 18.925; 34. Craig Rankin, 77R, 18.977; 35. Brian Smith, 2+, 19.114; 36. Brian Seidel, 7M, 19.124; 37. Karl Baker, 51, 19.369; 38. Dave Cordier, 7, 19.376; 39. Jimmy Burns, 77T, 19.649; 40. Bernie LeMaster, 60, NT; 41. Rick Kaylor, 13K, NT.
United Expressline Heat (8 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 2. 25-Todd Gracey; 3. 12-Greg Hodnett; 4. 77-Fred Rahmer; 5. 9-Sarah Fisher; 6. 53-Shawn Keen; 7. Len Thompson; 8. 76-P.J. Chesson; 9. 10N-Dave Haight; 10. 51-Karl Baker. Time - 2:25.73
Southwest Expressline Heat (8 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 461-Lance Dewease; 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 32W-Brook Weibley; 4. 28-Brian Paulus; 5. 88-Todd Shaffer; 6. Brian Gobrecht; 7. 7-Dave Cordier Jr.; 8. 77R-Craig Rankin (DNF); 9. 88M-Sean Michael (DNF); 10. 8J-Scott Jones (DNF). No Time
Southwest Glass Heat (8 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 94-Kenny Jacobs; 2. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 3. 22-James Chesson; 4. 23S-Frankie Kerr; 5. 121-Judi Bates; 6. 1A-Bobby Allen; 7. 77T-Jimmy Burns; 8. 8R-Dean Jacobs (DNF); 9. 2+-Brian Smith (DNF); DNS - 4J-Jeff Shepard. No Time
United Specialties Heat (8 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 1Z-Billy Pauch; 2. 1-Kevin Gobrecht; 3. 55-Mike Wagner; 4. U2-Keith Kauffman; 5. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 6. 17-Joey Saldana; 7. 20-Brian Ellenberger; 8. 7M-Brian Seidel; 9. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 10. 60-Bernie LeMaster (DNF). Time - 2:26.09
Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash (4 Laps) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer; 2. 461-Lance Dewease; 3. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 4. 28-Brian Paulus; 5. 23S-Frankie Kerr; 6. 94-Kenny Jacobs (DNF). Time - 1:15.35
United Expressline B-Main (12 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 17-Joey Saldana; 2. 88M-Sean Michael; 3. 10-Len Thompson; 4. 8R-Dean Jacobs; 5. 53-Shawn Keen; 6. 1A-Bobby Allen; 7. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 8. 7M-Brian Seidel; 9. 10N-Dave Haight; 10. 20-Brian Ellenberger; 11. 51-Karl Baker; 12. 7-Dave Cordier Jr.; 13. 76-P.J. Chesson; 14. 77T-Jimmy Burns; 15. 92-Brian Gobrecht (DNF); 16. 2+-Brian Smith (DNF); DNS - 77R-Craig Rankin, 60-Bernie LeMaster, 4J-Jeff Shepard. Time - 3:50.89
A-Main (30 laps) - 1. 69-Donnie Kreitz, Jr.; 2. 94-Kenny Jacobs; 3. 88M-Sean Michael; 4. 1Z-Billy Pauch; 5. 17E-Cris Eash; 6. 77-Fred Rahmer; 7. 12-Greg Hodnett; 8. U2-Keith Kauffman; 9. 461-Lance Dewease; 10. 23S-Frankie Kerr; 11. 17-Joey Saldana; 12. 10-Len Thompson; 13. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 14. 25-Todd Gracey; 15. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 16. 32W-Brook Weibley; 17. 28-Brian Paulus; 18. 55-Mike Wagner; 19. 121-Judi Bates (DNF); 20. 88-Todd Shaffer (DNF); 21. 1-Kevin Gobrecht (DNF); 22. 22-James Chesson (DNF); 23. 8R-Dean Jacobs (DNF); 24. 9-Sarah Fisher (DNF).