Friday - May 4., 2001 WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY Mechanicsburg, PA MECHANICSBURG, PA, 5/4/01 - Speed, good equipment, and poise, are vital ingredients needed to win at a track like Williams Grove Speedway. Starting on the front row helps, but is no...
Friday - May 4., 2001
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
MECHANICSBURG, PA, 5/4/01 - Speed, good equipment, and poise, are vital ingredients needed to win at a track like Williams Grove Speedway. Starting on the front row helps, but is no guarantee. In many cases, starting on the front row only leads to disappointment.
20 year old James Chesson proved the sceptics wrong.
The 20 year old Far Hills, NJ racer showed veteran-like poise Friday night as he took the lead from his outside front row starting position and led every lap en route to his first win of the year in the 25 lap super sprint feature at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile.
"I like starting up front," said Chesson in victory lane. "But starting on the pole makes you a little more nervous...but I was able to deal with it and got it done."
Chesson grabbed the lead over polesitter Cliff Brian at the outset with fourth-starting Todd Shaffer following into second place.
A caution for a spinning Danny Murray in the third and fourth turns of the third lap slowed the action with Shaffer, third-starting Todd Hestor, fifth-starting P.J. Chesson, and eighth-starting Keith Kauffman following.
Chesson showed the way on the restart and opened up a 1.67 lead by the 10th lap as the leaders headed into lapped traffic. The second, and final, caution flag waved for a spinning Mark Smith in the first and second turns of the 13th lap.
"It was tough just before that last caution," said Chesson on dealing with the lapped traffic. "I was having a hard time...the car wasn't good enough to run down on the bottom and made it harder for me to get through them."
With Chesson still maintaining the top spot over Shaffer and Hestor for the restart, 14th-starting Lance Dewease was beginning to make his charge to the front.
Dewease passed Hestor for third in heavy lapped traffic with three laps to go, and moved around Shaffer into the runner-up spot as the white flag waved.
On the final lap Dewease made a run at Chesson for the lead exiting the second turn, only to be slowed by a lapped car - sealing a two car-length win for Chesson's at the checkered.
"I saw an number 88 was there behind me on the scoreboard," Chesson added. "I wasn't sure if it was Lance (Dewease) or Todd (Shaffer)...but it doesn't really matter as long as you are up front."
Chesson picked up $3,000 in the process and became the eighth different winner out of nine races.
Shaffer settled for third with Hestor and Keith Kauffman following in fourth and fifth respectively. Sprint heads went to Greg Hodnett, Cris Eash and Hestor. Darren Eash won the consolation.
D.J. Myers took the lead at the start of the late model feature and held it all the way despite a serious bid by Gary Stuhler on the last lap. Alan Sagi, Tom Myers, the winner's father, and Andy Fries completed the top five.