David Reininger - Motorsport News International Mechanicsburg, PA (April 2, 1999) - Kevin Gobrecht made it four in a row in Central Pennsylvania by winning the Early Bird Special at Williams Grove Speedway this evening. Gobrecht, who won three...
David Reininger - Motorsport News International
Mechanicsburg, PA (April 2, 1999) - Kevin Gobrecht made it four in a row in Central Pennsylvania by winning the Early Bird Special at Williams Grove Speedway this evening. Gobrecht, who won three races last weekend, including Sunday afternoon at Williams Grove, took home $10,000 for winning tonight's 30 lap feature.
Cris Eash started on the pole and led the first seven laps. Greg Hodnett, who set fast time in time trials, started sixth but moved to third on the first lap. Hodnett put a slider on Eash through turns three and four to lead lap eight. Once in the lead, Hodnett pulled away easily while Eash, Kenny Adams and Kevin Gobrecht were left to battle for second.
With two laps to go, Hodnett, who had pulled out to a half a straight away lead, started to slow. With the leader's engine running out of fuel, the trio of Eash, Gobrecht and Adams could smell blood. Eash, Gobrecht and Adams had been running nose to tail in an intense battle for second. When they saw that the win was within their grasp, they all drove deep into turn one, battling for the win.
All three drivers slid high in turn one but it was Kevin Gobrecht who managed to keep enough control to power off turn two with the lead. He was followed by Eash and Adams.
"It's a shame that Greg (Hodnett) and those guys were so fast last week and we got them there. I guess he just ran out of fuel here, said a smiling Kevin Gobrecht from victory lane. "That's the only way we were probably going to win. Greg probably had it wrapped up. We weren't that nice."
"I didn't have any brakes coming in here. To tell you the truth, I'm sorry Greg, but I'm really glad you dropped out again. I'm real happy to be standing here (in victory lane) because this win tonight adds up to all three last week."
Hodnett, who had run out of fuel, stopped on the front stretch drawing the yellow flag.
The yellow flag turned to a red flag for a fuel stop. With 29 laps complete, everyone was now looking at a one lap shootout for $10,000.
Gobrecht made it look easy as he sailed around the top of the track to earn his fourth victory in as many races. He was followed across the line by Adams, Eash, Billy Pauch, and Fred Rahmer in fifth.
Rahmer had a spectacular drive through the field after starting 17th.
Even though Gobrecht had been sick, he still managed to drive to the win from his tenth place starting position. "I've been up since two o'clock yesterday afternoon with stomach problems," said Gobrecht. "I'm real sick and I didn't come in here with any high ambitions. Were were just going to race because it was a big race. Luckily it came out for us again."
Heat One Results (10 laps/6 qualify) 1. 7-Keith Kauffman, 2. 17e-Cris Eash, 3. 4j-Jeff Shepard, 4. 12-Greg Hodnett, 5. 25-Todd Gracey, 6. 77e-Dave Ely, 7. 87-George Suprick, 8. 1b-Jimmy Burns, 9. 8d-Billy Dietrich, 10. 10k-Mark Yinger, 11. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr., 12. 3-Bob Bennett Time: 2:57.28
Heat Two Results 1. 461-Lance Dewease, 2. 1-Billy Pauch, 3. 11-Kevin Gobrecht, 4. 76-P. J. Chesson, 5. 55-Mike Wagner, 6. 53-Shawn Keen, 7. 7m-Todd Hestor, 8. 13k-Rick Kaylor, 9. 55s-Billy Sims, 10. 121-Judi Bates, 11. 07-Jeff Rohrbaugh Time: 2:58.34
Heat Three Results 1. 77-Fred Rahmer, 2. 23-Casey Kahne, 3. 88-Todd Shaffer, 4. 69-Donald Kreitz Jr., 5. 10-Len Thompson, 6. 88a-Kenny Adams, 7. 10n-Dave Haight, 8. 22m-Mark Smith, 9. 77t-Jess Thomas, 10. 12w-Troy Fraker, 11. 22-James Chesson Time 2:59.22
B-Main Results (10 laps/6 qualify) 1. Todd Hestor, 2. Johnny Mackison, 3. George Suprick, 4. Judi Bates, 5. Billy Dietrich, 6. Bob Bennett, 7. Billy Sims, 8. Mark Smith, 9. Jess Thomas, 10. Troy Fraker, 11. Jimmy Burns, 12. Dave Haight, 13. Mark Yinger, 14. Rick Kaylor, 15. Jeff Rohrbaugh DNS Time 3:04.13
FEATURE RESULTS (30 laps) 1. Kevin Gobrecht ($10,000) 2. Kenny Adams, 3. Cris Eash, 4. Billy Pauch, 5. Fred Rahmer, 6. Lance Dewease, 7. Dave Ely, 8. Todd Shaffer, 9. Jeff Shepard, 10. Johnny Mackison, 11. Mike Wagner, 12. Casey Kahne, 13. Todd Gracey, 14. Len Thompson, 15. Greg Hodnett, 16. Todd Hestor, 17. Billy Dietrich, 18. George Suprick, 19. Keith Kauffman, 20. P. J. Chesson, 21. Bob Bennett, 22. Judi Bates, 23. Shawn Keen, 24. Donald Krietz Jr.