SPRINT: Williams Grove Daryl Gohn Memorial 98-04-24 Mechanicsburg, PA (April 24, 1998) Don Kreitz Jr. won his 38th career victory at Williams Grove tonight on a hard and slick track. Kreitz's win ties him with the late Kenny Weld for fourth on...
SPRINT: Williams Grove Daryl Gohn Memorial 98-04-24
Mechanicsburg, PA (April 24, 1998) Don Kreitz Jr. won his 38th career victory at Williams Grove tonight on a hard and slick track. Kreitz's win ties him with the late Kenny Weld for fourth on the all time win list at Williams Grove with 38 wins. Kreitz took home over $3,500 in cash and prizes in winning the 10th annual Daryl Gohn Memorial 25 lap race.
Dave Haight started on the pole and looked to be headed to victory when his motor let go with 12 laps completed. Haight had pulled out a lead of over half a straight-away before the engine let go. Haight stopped on the front stretch causing the only caution period of the race.
While Haight ran off with the lead, racing was intense throughout the field. Shaffer took second from his outside front row starting position with Kevin Gobrecht all over his tail. Kreitz, Cris Eash and Alan Cole fought for fourth. Four car lengths back, Sean Michael, Fred Rahmer and Lance Dewease were engaged in a three way battle for seventh.
When the yellow appeared for Haight's blown engine, the lead was handed to Shaffer in he Apple Chevrolet No. 12. Shaffer was followed by Kreitz, Cole, Rahmer and Kevin Gobrecht in fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Eash, Dewease, Todd Shaffer, Shepard and Pauch.
When green replaced yellow, Kreitz dove low into turn one and Shaffer went high. Kreitz came out of turn two with the lead but Shaffer stayed close behind. The pair diced through traffic with Kreitz gaining an advantage when Shaffer was blocked by a lapped car. Rahmer moved into third through turns three and four on lap thirteen but never had enough for Tim Shaffer in second.
The best race on the track was a three way battle for fourth between Dewease, Shepard and Eash. On lap 17, Dewease and Eash went low into turn one while Shepard raced around the outside. Shepard had enough speed to move around Dewase and Eash but the pair slid up out of the low groove into the path of Shepard who had to drop anchor to avoid crashing all three cars. Dewease and Eash swapped the position on each end of the track for several laps with Shepard watching from two car lengths back. Dewease ended up fourth, Shepard fifth and Eash seventh behind Alan Cole.
Transfers fron heats: Heat One: 1. Fred Rahmer, 2. Todd Shaffer, 3. Alan Cole, 4. Len Thompson Heat Two: 1. Kevin Gobrecht, 2. Dave Haight, 3. Cris Eash, 4. Dan Dietrich Heat Three: 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Don Kreitz, 3. Billy Pauch, 4. Dave Ely Heat Four: 1. Sean Michael, 2. Tim Shaffer, 3. Lance Dewease, 4. Mike Woodring
Consi #1: 1. Todd Gracey, 2. Bill Brian, 3. Brian Paulus, 4. Mike Wagner
Feature Results (25 laps) 1. Don Kreitz ($3,500) 2. Tim Shaffer 3. Fred Rahmer 4. Lance Dewease 5. Jeff Shepard 6. Alan Cole 7. Cris Eash 8. Kevin Gobrecht 9. Todd Shaffer 10. Billy Pauch 11. Sean Michael 12. Todd Gracey 13. Bill Brian 14. Dave Ely 15. Len Thompson 16. Mike Woodring 17. Bill Sims 18. Dan Dietrich 19. Mike Wagner 20. Brian Paulus 21. Brook Weibley 22. Shawn Keen 23. Mike Erdley 24. Dave Haight
David Reininger - Motorsport News International