Williams Grove report 96-05-10

Sprints: Williams Grove Results 96-05-10 Mechanicsburg, PA Once again I bid you greetings from Williams Grove, PA. My son Matt and I traveled to the Grove for the Friday night sprint action again. We were once again joined by Dave Reininger. ...

Sprints: Williams Grove Results 96-05-10 Mechanicsburg, PA

Once again I bid you greetings from Williams Grove, PA. My son Matt and I traveled to the Grove for the Friday night sprint action again. We were once again joined by Dave Reininger. I think my formatting problem has been solved, time shall tell.

Signed into the pits were 29 of the 410 Sprint cars and 27 of the Williams Grove 358 sprints. While I will not covet the 358's in depth I will provide the heat winners and the top three finishers at the end of this report. Williams Grove a 1/2 mile semi banked clay oval with starts come between turn three and four while restarts occur at the entrance to turn three. Heats for the 410's are ten laps with six cars to qualify.

Remember that highlights from the open wheel ranks, including Williams Grove, are shown on Wednesday evening on ESPN 2 on RPM 2 night.

For all the late breaking news regarding the PA Posse look for my sprint news post.

HEAT ONE The line up for heat one was as follows: Row 1: #11a Tim Kuhn #49 Bob Howard Row 2: #25 Todd Gracey #77t Jess Thomas Row 3: #59 Bill Brian #99 Tom Toedter Row 4: #92 Kevin Gobrecht #12 Keith Kauffman Row 5: #461 Lance Dewease #81 Mark Dillman The 77t of Jess Thomas scratched from the event.

As the green waved the action started with the #461 of Dewease and the #12 of Kauffman getting together in turn four with both cars getting airborne. Fortunately, both cars landed on all four wheels with Dewease being able to be pushed off to rejoin the heat. Kauffman was not so lucky and went to the pits and missed the heat.

Since a lap under green had not been completed a complete restart occurred, minus the #12 of Kauffman. The restart was a clean one with the #49 of Howard immediately starting to drift towards the back. The #11a of Kuhn grabbed the lead and never looked back. The real contest in this heat was not who was going to win but who was going to be third and fourth. The #92 of Gobrecht tried to pass the #59 of Brian who held third but never was able to. Near the end of the heat the #461 of Dewease started to close in on the #92 of Gobrecht but he was a serious threat to pass the #92. HEAT ONE QUALIFIERS #11a, #25, #59, #92, #461, #49. The heat timed in 3 minutes and 10.66 seconds.

HEAT TWO The line up for heat two was as follows: Row 1: #39 Phil Walter #121 Judi Bates Row 2: #10N Jeff Thompson #5 Craig Eshenaur Row 3: #5K Mark Richard #29 Dave Calaman Row 4: #69K Don Kreitz Jr. #1 Billy Pauch Row 5: #16c Bill Brian

Well it took three waves of the green flag before the race was underway. Two false starts made track officials to switch rows one and two after the second yellow due to false starts. With the new front row however the heat started without a problem.

The #5 of Eshenaur took the lead and on the next lap the #39 of Walter passed the #10N of Thompson in turn two to take the second position. On lap two the #69K of Kreitz passed the #5K of Richard in turn four to take the fourth spot. On lap three the #1 of Pauch passed the #5K of Richard in turn two to take the fifth spot. On lap five the #69K of Kreitz passed the #10N of Thompson on the back stretch to take third while the #1 of Pauch passed the #10N in turn three to take fourth. HEAT TWO QUALIFIERS #5, #39, #69K, #1, #10N, #29.

HEAT THREE The line up for heat three was as follows: Row 1: #117 Mike Erdley #07 Dave Haight Row 2: #3 Bob Bennett #10 Len Thompson Row 3: #55 Mike Wagner #17e Cris Eash Row 4: #77 Fred Rahmer #88 Todd Shaffer Row 5: #1J Steve Siegel

The green waved but was quickly followed by a yellow for an accident in turn four. The #77 of Rahmer and the #17e of Eash tangled in turn four bur kept going. However, there was debris on the front stretch and everyone but the starter saw it. Everyone was jumping up and down and waving towards the bar on the track. Unfortunately, the yellow did not come out in time and some of the cars hit the bar.

When the green waved again the #07 of Haight was in the lead. The car on the move however was the #77 of Rahmer who made a move in turn four to pass two or three cars up to fourth. On lap two the #10 of Thompson passed the #07 of Haight in turn four to take the lead. The yellow flew before lap three was completed for the #55 of Wagner who stuffed it into the inside guard rail.

On the restart the #77 of Rahmer passed the #117 of Erdley in turn four to take third and then passed the #07 of Haight in turn two to take second. Lap four saw the #17e of Eash pass the #07 of Haight in turn three to take third. The #88 of Shaffer got to the inside of the #07 on lap five in turn one and finally completed the pass on the back stretch to take fourth. On lap six the #1J of Siegel passed the #07 of Haight in turn two to take fifth. HEAT THREE QUALIFIERS #10, #77, #17e, #88, #1J, #07.

Consi The line up for the consi was as follows: Row 1: #99 Tom Toedter #5K Mark Richard Row 2: #117 Mike Erdley #81 Mike Dillman Row 3: #121 Judi Bates #3 Bob Bennett Row 4: #12 Keith Kauffman #16c Bill Brian Row 5: #55 Mike Wagner #77t Jess Thomas Row 6: #95 Mike Leeman The #55 scratched from the event.

The #5K of Richard took the lead from the drop of the green and never relinquished it. The car on the move was the #12 of Kauffman who passed the #117 of Erdley in turn four completing lap two. On lap three the #12 passed the #16c on the back stretch to move Kauffman to second. The #121 of Bates and the #117 of Erdley fought for position all race long. HEAT FOUR QUALIFIERS #5K, #12, #16c, #117, #121, #3.

Feature 25 Laps Row 1: #11a Tim Kuhn #39 Phil Walter Row 2: #25 Todd Gracey #5 Craig Eshenaur Row 3: #10 Len Thompson #59 Bill Brian Row 4: #17e Cris Eash #92 Kevin Gobrecht Row 5: #69K Don Kreitz Jr. #77 Fred Rahmer Row 6: #1 Billy Pauch #88 Todd Shaffer Row 7: #461 Lance Dewease #10N Jeff Thompson Row 8: #1J Steve Siegel #49 Bob Howard Row 9: #29 Dave Calaman #07 Dave Haight Row 10: #5K Mark Richard #12 Keith Kauffman Row 11: #16c Cliff Brian #117 Mike Erdley Row 12: #121 Judi Bates #3 Bob Bennett First alternate the #77t of Jess Thomas.

The field took the green between turn three and four but the trouble began in turn four. The #59, #12, #117 and #88 got tangled together. The #17e of Eash was unable to continue and the cars realigned for a complete restart.

The green waved and the #39 of Walter took the lead while the #11a of Kuhn and the #5 of Eshenaur where dead even at the start finish line. On lap one the #92 of Gobrecht was up to third by the time he hit the back stretch. On lap two the #77 of Rahmer passed the #25 of Gracey on the back stretch. By lap four the #92 of Gobrecht passed the #11a of Kuhn on the back stretch to take second. The #5 of Eshenaur started dropping back through the field. On lap eight the #92 of Gobrecht had reeled in the leader #39 of Walter's and passed him on the back stretch. The top four cars were the #92, #39, #11a and #10. On lap eleven the #11a slowed and lost spots but he was able to pick it back up, however the #16C of Cliff Brian did come to stop on the front stretch bring out the yellow.

Once the green flag waved again it was the #10 of Len Thompson putting on a show. On lap twelve the #10 passed the #39 of Walter's in turn four to take second. He then worked on closing in on the #92 of Gobrecht and it looked like he might even be able to catch and pass Gobrecht. On lap twenty-one the #92 of Gobrecht went low to pass the #121 of Bates in turn one. Thompson went high and hooked the cushion and came to a stop on the back stretch with a flat rear tire bringing out the yellow.

When the green waved again it was the 69K of Kreitz making a move on the #39 of Walter to take third in turn two. The #77 of Rahmer was not able to catch the #92 of Gobrecht. TOP TEN FINISHERS #92, #77, #69K, #39, #1, #1J, #88, #29, #11a, #25

Feature Notes

Kevin Gobrecht became the first repeat winner of the 1996 racing season at the Grove. Once again the microphone system did not work so Kevin went to the booth for the victory lane interview. He thanked his crew for their hard work and support and his family. Especially last week when he flipped a brand new car and the crew had it ready for the consi.

After the problems associated with his aggressive driving style in the last couple of weeks the win must have been a relief. Kevin said that during the last four laps "As long as I didn't see him or hear him things were okay." Bruce Ellis the announcer stopped by The G Man's trailer prior to the evenings racing events and said "See ya latter" to Kevin. Kevin asked him to stop by every week.

Kevin's father also stopped by the announcing booth and chatted with Mr. Ellis. Said that they have been damaging equipment the last couple of weeks but if your not damaging equipment your not aggressive.

358's Results Heat One: #14 Don Wolfe Heat Two: #22MA Mark Plummer Heat Three: #66H Dale Hammaker Feature: 1.) #22MA Mark Plummer 2.) #a18 Becca Anderson 3.) #8 Danny Jones

TRIVIA QUESTION Last Weeks Trivia Answer: The first lap ever driven on Williams Grove Speedway was Ottis Stine. Ottis drove his first race in 1934 and ended his 20 year racing career in 1954. Stine finished second in AAA points in 195- and when he retired he held numerous track records.

This Weeks Trivia Question: What did the term "Outlaw" mean when it originated in motorsports?

Next Friday night the 410 Sprints and Williams Grove 358 Sprints are on the schedule. I am unsure if I will make the show since we are planning on going to Nazareth for the Featherlight Modified and Busch event next weekend. If I do not post next week look for my return on June 10, 1996, which will cover the racing action of June 7, 1996. I do not attend the WoO shows at the Grove. If you want to know the results from the WoO at the Grove please read the reports posted by Mr. Richard Day who handles Public Relations for the World of Outlaws.

As always I welcome any news, comments, suggestions or questions.  You can
reach me at:  rgould@oehs.upenn.edu  

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Series Sprint
Drivers Mark Plummer , Billy Pauch , Becca Anderson , Danny Jones , Steve J
Teams Williams