Cris Eash battled his way from his sixth starting position to take the win at Silver Spring on wednesday night. Silver Spring hosted round three of the Pennsylvania Speedweeks. It was the first visit for the sprint cars to Silver Spring ...
Cris Eash battled his way from his sixth starting position to take the win at Silver Spring on wednesday night. Silver Spring hosted round three of the Pennsylvania Speedweeks.
It was the first visit for the sprint cars to Silver Spring since 1992 when Fred Rahmer won the feature. Stevie Smith's one lap track record had held since 1989 but all that changed as Garry Brazier, the first driver out for time trials, knocked four tenths off the old track record on his first tour of the circuit.
After the dust had cleared from time trials, twenty cars had run faster than the old track record.
Cris Eash set fast time of the night with a lap of 14.10, which was later equaled by Frenchtown, NJ driver Billy Pauch.
Todd Shaffer lead from the pole position at the drop of the green. The first yellow appeared with five laps completed when Randy Wolfe stopped his car on the backstretch.
When green replaced yellow, Shaffer again pulled away from the field. Brian Gobrecht, who started 16th, was up to seventh when the yellow appeared again, this time for his brother Kevin who spun in turn two.
With thirteen laps complete, the yellow flew once more as Rod George brought his car to a stop on the track. Shaffer checked out on the restart and all the racing was behind him. Eash and Dewease raced for second and Rahmer battled former Australian champion Garry Brazier for sixth position. Brian Gobrecht managed to pass both Rahmer and Brazier to gain the fifth position. Brian ended up finishing a respectable seventh place.
The green flew for three laps when the red came out for the flip of Brook Weibley in turn four. The restart with 16 complete allowed Eash another chance to pass Shaffer for the lead. Two more green laps were run before Kevin Gobrecht spun the Apple Chevrolet car in turn four.
Eash and Shaffer battled for the lead with each driver trying to find grip getting off the turns. Both drivers battled side by side pulling wheelies off the turns. Eash finally got by for the lead on lap nineteen. Shaffer stayed with Eash trying to regain the lead but Eash's car was strong towards the end. Eash opened up a comfortable lead by the time the checkered flag flew. Shaffer was unable to capitalize on heavy traffic as Eash encountered backmarkers.
Rahmer's late charge moved him passed Dewease for third and Rahmer took second place from Shaffer with two laps to go.
Time Trials (top ten) 1. Cris Eash 14.10, 2. Billy Pauch 14.10, 3. Lance Dewease 14.19, 4. Fred Rahmer 14.30, 5. Garry Brazier 14.37, 6. Todd Shaffer 14.38, 7. Rod George 14.43, 8. Randy Wolfe 14.47, 9. Brook Weibley 14.50, 10. Dan Dietrich 14.58
Heat One Results (10 laps/5 to qualify) 1. Cris Eash 2. Jeff Rohrbough 3. Jess Thomas 4. Garry Brazier 5. Alan Cole 6. Shawn Keen 7. Troy Camp 8. Bobby Weaver 9. Brook Weibley
Heat Two Results 1. Jeff Shepard 2. Billy Pauch 3. Todd Shaffer 4. Brian Paulus 5. Dan Dietrich 6. Don Kreitz 7. Jeff Thompson 8. Steve Surniak 9. Chris Knopp Time 2:25.33
Heat Three Results 1. Dan Jones 2. Bill Brian Jr. 3. Lance Dewease 4. Dave Ely 5. Rod George 6. Dave Cordier 7. Jesse Wentz 8. Bob Howard 9. Frankie Herr Time 2:33.71
Heat Four Results 1. Cliff Brian 2. Kevin Gobrecht 3. Randy Wolfe 4. Brian Gobrecht 5. Fred Rahmer 6. Dave Haight 7. Tracy Readinger 8. Roger Moyer Jr. 9. Troy Fraker
B Main Results (12 laps/4 to qualify) 1. Jesse Wentz 2. Bobby Weaver 3. Brook Weibley 4. Don Kreitz 5. Jeff Thompson 6. Bob Howard 7. Dave Cordier 8. Dave Haight 9. Troy Camp 10. Roger Moyer 11. tracy readinger 12. Frankie Herr 13. Shawn Keen
Feature Results (30 laps) 1. Cris Eash 2. Fred Rahmer 3. Todd Shaffer 4. Lance Dewease 5. Billy Pauch 6. Jeff Shepard 7. Brian Gobrecht 8. Garry Brazier 9. Jeff Rohrbough 10. Dan Jones 11. Don Kreitz 12. Jesse Wentz 13. Cliff Brian 14. Rod George 15. Jeff Thompson 16. Jess Thomas 17. Alan Cole 18. Dave Ely 19. Kevin Gobrecht 20. Brian Paulus 21. Brook Weibley 22. Bill Brian 23. Bobby Weaver 24. Randy Wolfe
David Reininger - Motorsport News International