Williams Grove report 95-04-21 and 95-04-28

April 28, 1995, Mechanicsburg, PA Williams Grove Speedway Report Greetings fellow sprint car fans. I am sorry that I missed posting last week results but I was out of town and unable to access the net. So for those of you interested the...

April 28, 1995, Mechanicsburg, PA Williams Grove Speedway Report

Greetings fellow sprint car fans. I am sorry that I missed posting last week results but I was out of town and unable to access the net. So for those of you interested the results from the 410 sprints from April 21 are thumb nailed at the end of this posting. The race on Friday night (4/28) was one of the best I have ever seen at the Grove. It was wheel to wheel excitement throughout the feature.

This weekend at the Grove the show consisted of the 410 sprint cars with the added bonus of the ARDC Midgets running a 20 lap feature.

Last week the weather played havoc on the number of sprint cars in the pits, only 21 cars were present. The track was very wet and it was overcast and rainy most of the day. This week although it had rained Thursday night and threatened during the day the track Friday night appeared to be in good shape. There were 31 sprint cars in the pits this weekend.

This Roaming Russ's Racing Report has three sections. 1.) 410 Sprint Results from 4/28/95 2.) 410 Abbreviated Sprint Report from 4/21/95 3.) News and Notes From the Grove

The Williams Grove Speedway Point Standings prior to the race on 4/28 looked like this:

1.)   461   Lance Dewease   2020
2.)     1   Billy Pauch     1835
3.)    88   Todd Shaffer    1740
4.)    69K  Don Kreitz Jr.  1670
5.)    17E  Cris Eash       1495
6.)    66K  Mark Richard    1480
7.)    25   Todd Gracey     1410
8.)    12   Fred Rahmer     1400
9.)     6   Jim Nace        1305
10.)   21X  Rod George      1280

As with all races here at Williams Grove the start comes between turns three and four. After one lap has been completed the restarts come at the beginning of turn three and are nose to tail restarts.

Heats were lined up according to winnings with the high earners being handicapped to the rear. The heats are 10 laps in length with six to qualify. The first four qualifiers are then handicapped according to points in to the main.

Heat One Line Up 1.) 12F John Fraker 2.) 77T Jess Thomas 3.) 5H Rich Hench 4.) 85 Glenn Clarke 5.) 10N Darren Eash 6.) 25 Todd Gracey 7.) 21X Rod George 8.) 69K Don Kreitz Jr. 9.) 29 Kevin Fry 10.) 16T Brian Timmons 11.) 15 Glenn Worley Todd Gracey was the car on the move from the wave of the green flag. By the completion of lap one the #25 of Todd Gracey was up to second position with the 77T of Jess Thomas holding down first. However, the 25 of Gracey was unable to move up any further. By the completion of lap two the 69K of Don Kreitz had worked his way past two cars and was running in the sixth spot. At the end of lap six Kreitz had worked his way past another car and was in fifth. On lap eight Kreitz finally moved into the all important fourth qualifying spot.

Heat One Qualifiers 1.) 77T Jess Thomas 2.) 25 Todd Gracey 3.) 10N Darren Eash 4.) 69K Don Kreitz Jr. 5.) 85 Glenn Clarke 6.) 5H Rick Hench Heat One timed in 3 minutes 15.19 seconds

Heat Two Line Up 1.) 17K Scott Carl 2.) 3 Bob Bennett 3.) 5 Cris Eshenaur 4.) 55 Mike Wagner 5.) 17 Alan Cole 6.) 17E Cris Eash 7.) 88 Todd Shaffer 8.) 1 Billy Pauch 9.) 61 Tony Greener 10.) 1J John Hydenrich At the completion of lap one the #1 of Billy Pauch had passed two cars and was in sixth. The early stages of the heat saw the 17E of Cris Eash being pressured by the 88 of Todd Shaffer. Pauch had worked his way up to third by the completion of lap three. Todd Shaffer in the #88 passed Cris Eash in the #17E in turn four on lap four. At the completion of lap five the running order was: 3, 17K, 88, 17E, 1, 55. As the cars came out of turn four to complete lap six the #88 of Todd Shaffer slid up in front of the #17E and they touch. By lap seven the #88 of Todd Shaffer was the leader. Pauch in the #1 maked it to fourth as the two to go sign was displayed. The #3 of Bob Bennett slowed and the #17E of Cris Eash took evasive actions but hit the outside retaining wall hard but somehow he managed to keep the car going without the caution being displayed. This was the first time the #88 of Todd Shaffer had seen the checkered flag this year at the Grove.

Heat Two Qualifiers 1.) 88 Todd Shaffer 2.) 1 Billy Pauch 3.) 17K Scott Carl 4.) 17E Cris Eash 5.) 55 Mike Wagner 6.) 17 Alan Cole Heat Two timed in 3 minutes 13.08 seconds

Heat Three Line Up 1.) 55S Bill Sims 2.) 21 Rod Stroup 3.) 7 Joey Borich 4.) 10 Len Thompson 5.) 66K Mark Richard 6.) 45 Jeff Rohrbaugh 7.) 12 Fred Rahmer 8.) 461 Lance Dewease 9.) 14 Tom Toder 10.) 12J Jimmy Stitzel Yes the #461 of Lance Dewease was on the move from the wave of the green. The #461 was up to fifth by the completion of lap one with the #21 of Rod Stroup leading. On lap two the #10 of Len Thompson passed the #21 of Rod Stroup. The #461 was making his way to the front by passing cars until lap eight when he found himself in second position. The #461 of Lance Dewease closed in on the #10 of Len Thompson but could not get past the #10. This was the first time the #10 of Len Thompson had seen the checkered flag this year at the Grove.

Heat Three Qualifiers 1.) 10 Len Thomas 2.) 461 Lance Dewease 3.) 45 Jeff Rohrbaugh 4.) 12 Fred Rahmer 5.) 66K Mark Richard 6.) 21 Rod Stroup

Consolation Line Up 1.) 21X Rod George 2.) 5 Cris Eshenaur 3.) 7 Joey Borich Jr. 4.) 29 Kevin Fry 5.) 61 Tony Greener 6.) 55S Bill Sims 7.) 12F John Fraker 8.) 3 Bob Bennett 9.) 14 Tom Toder 10.) 16T Brian Timmons 11.) 1J John Hydenrich 12.) 15 Glenn Worley 13.) 12J Jimmy Stitzel The #21X of Rod Stroup and the #5 of Cris Eshenaur fought for the lead throughout the ten lap consi. This was the first time the #21X of Rod George had seen the checkered flag this year at the Grove.

Consolation Qualifiers 1.) 21X Rod George 2.) 5 Cris Eshenaur 3.) 7 Joey Borich Jr. 4.) 29 Kevin Fry 5.) 3 Bob Bennett 5.) 61 Tony Greener Event timed in 3 minutes 14.97 seconds.

410 Sprint Car 25 Lap Feature Line Up 1.) 17K Scott Carl 2.) 77T Jess Thomas 3.) 10 Len Thompson 4.) 10N Darren Eash 5.) 25 Todd Gracey 6.) 17E Cris Eash 7.) 45 Jeff Rohrbaugh 8.) 88 Todd Shaffer 9.) 12 Fred Rahmer 10.) 69K Don Kreitz Jr. 11.) 1 Billy Pauch 12.) 461 Lance Dewease 13.) 85 Glenn Clarke 14.) 55 Mike Wagner 15.) 66K Mark Richards 16.) 5H Rick Hench 17.) 17 Alan Cole 18.) 21 Rod Stroup 19.) 21X Rod George 20.) 5 Craig Eshenaur 21.) 7 Joey Borich Jr 22.) 29 Kevin Fry 23.) 3 Bob Bennett 24.) 61 Tony Greener The #21X of Rod George did not make it to the track prior to the sixth lap of the pace car and was scratched from the feature. First alternate #55S of Bill Sims was called out. It was a good clean start and by lap three the #461 of Dewease was in seventh and the #1 of Pauch was in ninth. On lap four the #25 of Todd Gracey took the lead from the #77T of Jess Thomas. Caution waved for the 5H of Rick Hench who slowed on the front stretch but maked the pits but the #21 of Rod Stroup cames to a stop in turn four. At the restart the running order was: 25, 77T, 17K, 10, 45, 88, 461, 1, 12, 10N. The #88 of Todd Shaffer was on the move and by lap six he passed the #77T of Jess Thomas in turn two. The #461 of Dewease was running third and the #1 of Pauch was in fifth. On lap nine the #88 of Todd Shaffer took the lead in turn four and the #461 cames with him. The #88 of Shaffer was running high in turn one and two and low in three and four which was completely opposite of the #461. On lap twelve the #88 and #461 swap the lead but the #88 took it back. The running order at the completion of lap twelve is: 88, 461, 25, 1, 77T, 45, 12. On lap fourteen the 461 had the lead at the start finish line but the #88 took it back in turn two. They switch the lead back and forth each lap. On lap nineteen the #461 took the lead on the backstretch and the #88 of Shaffer took it back coming out of turn four. On lap twenty-one the #461 re-takes the lead on the back stretch and then continues to gain just a little edge each lap. The #461 Walter Dyer owned car took the checkered flag.

Victory Lane Comments Lance Dewease "If you fans didn't enjoy that I don't know what you would like."

"With no wins last week Walt thought he was going to die."

Todd Shaffer "That was exciting! We touched many times while swapping the lead."

Walt Dyer "Best race I have seen here in 20 years at the Grove."

"If you didn't like this you should stay home next Friday night." Walt also put a little jab in by saying this is the kind of racing that goes on every Saturday night at Port Royal.

25 Lap Feature Finishing Order by Numbers 1.) 461 2.) 88 3.) 1 4.) 12 5.) 25 6.) 17E 7.) 77T 8.) 69K 9.) 45 10.) 10 11.) 66K 12.) 10N 13.) 17 14.) 5 15.) 61 16.) 17K 17.) 29 18.) 7 19.) 85 20.) 55S 21.) 3 22.) 5H 23.) 21 24.) 55

4/28 News and Notes From the Grove

from matching Keith Kauffman's ten year record of winning 13 features in one season. Dewease now owns 19 career wins at the Grove and has just surpassed Stevie Smith's and Ray Tilley's record. Last week Lance was shut out and did not win a race.

midget this past Friday night.

April 21, 1995, Mechanicsburg, PA Abbreviated Williams Grove Speedway Report

Heat One Qualifiers 1.) 17E Cris Eash 2.) 3 Bob Bennett 3.) 69K Don Kreitz Jr. 4.) 17 Alan Cole 5.) 461 Lance Dewease 6.) 6 Jim Nace

Heat Two Qualifiers 1.) 21X Rod George 2.) 1 Billy Pauch 3.) 88 Todd Shaffer 4.) 66K Mark Richards 5.) 45 Jeff Rohrbaugh 6.) 10N Darren Eash

25 Lap Feature 1.) 12 Fred Rahmer 2.) 45 Jeff Rohrbaugh 3.) 69K Don Kreitz Jr. 4.) 461 Lance Dewease 5.) 21X Rod George 6.) 10N Darren Eash If you have not heard about it or read about it the #12 of Fast Freddy Rahmer passed the #45 of Jeff Rohrbaugh on the last lap exiting turn four. Rahmer was involved in an accident of his own fault during his heat race.

4/21 News and Notes From the Grove

collected in excess of $400 extra from his friends and sponsors following his second place finish. Jeff also had a new Kriner moto.

Grove and then traveled to the Attica (Ohio) Speedway where he flipped in an All Stars sanctioned event.

outside of the top five for only the second time this season at the Grove.

collarbone. His mechanic Curt Hershey had been subbing for him.

at Selinsgrove two weeks earlier.

Next week the Grove will host the 410 Sprint Cars along with the KARS ARMACLAD Sprint Cars. Then on May 12 the Pennsylvania Posse will have their first challenge of the year when the All Star Circuit of Champions invade the Grove for the first time since 1987.

If all goes well I will be at the Grove on Friday night and then I will make my first ever visit to Jennerstown Speedway to see the NASCAR Busch Grand National North series.

As always questions, comments or constructive criticism is welcomed. Please email your comments to rgould@oehs.upenn.edu

-- -Russ Gould-

rgould@oehs.upenn.edu

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