Mechanicsburg, PA (June 19, 1998) - Sean Michael won the twenty five lap feature race at Williams Grove Speedway tonight, his first ever 410 sprint car win at the famed Pennsylvania half-mile track. Michael, a rookie in the 410 division this...
Mechanicsburg, PA (June 19, 1998) - Sean Michael won the twenty five lap feature race at Williams Grove Speedway tonight, his first ever 410 sprint car win at the famed Pennsylvania half-mile track. Michael, a rookie in the 410 division this season, won the URC sprint car championship in 1997.
After graduating to the 410 division, Michael wasted no time in taking his first win. He won the feature race at Lincoln Speedway during the second week of sprint competition in Central Pennsylvania in February.
It took Michael half the season to visit victory lane at Williams Grove. "It feels great" said an elated Michael in victory lane. "I thought it would never come".
Michael started ninth, but rocketed towards the front on the start to pass Todd Shaffer, Kevin Gobrecht, Tim Shaffer, Todd Gracey and Shawn Keen. At the end of the first lap the Allentown, PA driver was in fourth place. Two laps later Michael was second having passed Johnny Mackison Jr. and Jeff Rohrbaugh.
On the fourth lap, outside polesitter Brian Paulus saw his lead evaporate when Brook Weibley stopped in turn four.
On the restart, Paulus held Michael off until they got to turn one. Michael dove low and the pair raced side by side with Michael taking the lead off the corner and down the back stretch.
Fred Rahmer passed Paulus taking second on lap six. Rahmer then set out to erase Michael's half-straight lead. With six laps left, Rahmer got close enough to have a look underneath Michael going into turn one. Rahmer's car was handling well through the turns but Michael's car had the edge on the straights.
The ensuing duel saw Rahmer throw everything he had at the rookie but Michael was up to the challenge. "I seen him come on the outside of me with three laps to go" Michael said. "I knew I had to start using more of the track"
Michael's car owner, Joe Harz, had his first visit to the Williams Grove victory lane since 1990 tonight. "We'll be back here again, I promise." Harz said in victory lane.
With Sean Michael at the wheel, he might be back real soon.
The United Racing Club sprint cars were on the card with the regular 410 division tonight. Kramer Williamson won the URC feature after Curt Michael, brother of the 410 winner Sean, faded late in the race. Fred Rahmer finished second with Curt Michael finishing third.
URC heat races were won by Rick Koenig, Stu Brown and Fred Rahmer. The URC consolation race was won by Greg Coverdale.
410 Sprint Car Results (10 laps/4 qualify)
Heat One Results: 1. 28 Brain Paulus, 88 Todd Shaffer, 3. 25 Todd Gracey, 4. 10 Len Thompson, 5. 4j Jeff Shepard, 6. 32w Brook Weibley, 7. 94 Glendon Forsythe, 8. 32g Randy Glover, 9. i07 Mark Coldren, 10. 92a Jon Armstrong DNS, Time: 2:58.74
Heat Two Results: 1. 461 Lance Dewease, 2. 88m Sean Michael, 3. 07 Jeff Rohrbaugh, 4. 16c Cliff Brian, 5. 8 Dan Dietrich, 6. 7 Dave Cordier, 7. 75w Randy Wolfe, 8. X Bobby Weaver, 9. 46 Chris Strait, Time: 3:01.84
Heat Three Results: 1. 12 Tim Shaffer, 2. 77 Fred Rahmer, 3. 53 Shawn Keen, 4. 55 Mike Wagner, 5. 77t Jess Thomas, 6. 17 Alan Cole, 7. 33 Mike Walter, 8. 3 Bob Bennett, 9. 2s Burt Shoop, 10. 17e Cris Eash, No Time
Heat Four Results: 1. 65 Johnny Mackison Jr., 2. 92 Kevin Gobrecht, 3. 69 Donald Kreitz, 4. 10n Dave Haight, 5. 7m Barry Camp, 6. 13k Rick Kaylor, 7. 22r Chuck Roan Jr., 8. 77e Dave Ely, 9. 17k Scott Karl, No Time
Sprint Consi One Results (10 Laps/4 Qualify): 1. Shepard, 2. Dietrich, 3. Cordier, 4. Weibley, 5. Wolfe, 6. Weaver, 7. Forsythe, 8. Coldren, 9. Glover, 10. Strait, Time: 3:04.94
Sprint Consi Two Results: 1. Eash, 2. Thomas, 3. Ely, 4. Camp, 5. Cole, 6. Kaylor, 7. Walter, 8. Roan Jr., 9. Bennett, 10. Karl, 11. Shoop DNS, Time: 3:06.37
Sprint Feature Results (25 Laps): 1. Michael, 2. Rahmer, 3. Todd Shaffer, 4. Kreitz, 5. Eash, 6. Mackison Jr., 7. Paulus, 8. Tim Shaffer, 9. Shepard, 10. Dewease, 11. Ely, 12. Rohrbaugh, 13. Thompson, 14. Dietrich, 15. Cordier, 16. Haight, 17. Brian, 18. Thomas, 19. Wagner, 20. Gracey, 21. Gobrecht, 22. Keen, 23. Camp, 24. Weibley, No Time
David Reininger - Motorsport News International