Williams Grove report 96-06-07

SPRINTS: WIlliams Grove, PA 96-06-07 Mechanicsburg, PA Signed into the pits were 31 of the 410 Sprint cars and 35 of the NAPA Super Sportsman sprints. Remember that highlights from the open wheel ranks, including Williams...

SPRINTS: WIlliams Grove, PA 96-06-07 Mechanicsburg, PA Signed into the pits were 31 of the 410 Sprint cars and 35 of the NAPA Super Sportsman sprints. Remember that highlights from the open wheel ranks, including Williams Grove, are shown on Wednesday evening on ESPN 2 on RPM 2 night. The #39 owned by Dan Dietrich was absent, however the #8, Dan's old number, driven by Phil Walter was indeed a Dan Dietrich owned machine. Each heat race is ten laps in length with six to qualify. The feature is twenty five laps in length. HEAT ONE The line up for heat one was as follows: Row 1: #117 Mike Erdley #10 Len Thompson Row 2: #12 Kieth Kauffman #88 Todd Shaffer Row 3: #77 Fred Rahmer #6F Bob Fannasy Row 4: #49 Bob Howard #07 Dave Haight Row 5: #25 Todd Gracey #29 Dave Calaman Row 6: #119 Greg Leiby The #6F of Fannasy dropped to the rear of the field prior to the start of the heat. Bob has limited experience in the 410 super sprints. The green dropped and the action began. Thompson, Shaffer and Kauffman tried to make it three wide but the #10 of Thompson was able to grab the lead. The #77 of Rahmer was pressuring the #12 of Kauffman and managed to complete the pass going under the bridge on the back stretch on lap one. By lap two the #12 of Kauffman was pressuring the #77 of Rahmer hard in turn four but then Kauffman dropped back. By lap four the #88 of Shaffer began closing on the leader #10 of Len Thompson. On lap six the engine of the #29 of Calaman soured as he went down the front stretch and the car came to a stop against the outside guard rail in turn two. The running order was #10, 388, 377, 312, #07, #25 On the restart everyone expected Shaffer to pass the #10 of Thompson but that did not happen. The #77 of Rahmer went low and tried to pass the #88 of Shaffer who was running the high line in turn one and two. By lap nine the #12 of Kauffman was going low trying to get by the #77 of Rahmer but he was unable to complete the pass. HEAT ONE QUALIFIERS #10, #88, #77, #12, #07, #25.

HEAT TWO The line up for heat two was as follows: Row 1: #10N Jeff Thompson #59 Bill Brian Jr. Row 2: #17e Cris Eash #1J Steve Siegel Row 3: #461 Lance Dewease #7 Dave Cordier Jr. Row 4: #77T Jess Thomas #3 Bob Bennett Row 5: #81x Mike Dillman #X Bobby Weaver The field took the green and the #10N of Jeff Thomas immediately started dropping back. As he came down the front stretch he had both front wheels of the racing surface. The #59 of Brian took the lead as the #10N slows dramatically and traffic started stacking up among the back markers. On lap two the #461 of Dewease got high in turn two and hooked the cushion and slowed while regaining control of the car and lost a few positions. On lap four the yellow came out for the #77T of Thomas who had spun in turn two and required a push truck before he rejoined the field. On the restart the #17e of Eash grabbed the lead as he dove low and passed the #59 of Brian. Brian tried his best to do a sling shot back by Eash in turns one and two but ended up sliding all the way to the cushion in turns two which let the #1J of Siegel get past him. By lap seven the #59 of Brian was trying to use the cushion again but he hooked it in turn two which allowed the #461 of Dewease to get past him as he fought to regain control of the car. The #1J of Siegel managed to get past the leader Eash on the back stretch on lap eight. On lap nine the #77T of Thomas spun again and came to a stop in turn four which set up a one lap dash to the finish. On the restart the #461 of Dewease powered by the #17e of Eash who was experiencing motor problems and the #59 of Brian also passed the #17e of Eash going down the front stretch. The #5 of Eshenaur passed the #X of Bobby Weaver on the back stretch on the final lap. HEAT TWO QUALIFIERS #1J, #461, #59, #17e, #5, #X.

HEAT THREE The line up for heat three was as follows: Row 1: #8 Phil Walter #69K Don Kreitz Jr. Row 2: #92 Kevin Gobrecht #1 Billy Pauch Row 3: #92A Jon Armstrong #3 Scott Jones Row 4: #2C Will Cramer #17 Alan Cole Row 5: #55 Mike Wagner #12B Brian Monteith From the drop of the green the #1 of Billy Pauch was on the move. By lap two Pauch was using the high groove and easily passed the #69K of Kreitz as he attempted to use the low groove. The #2C of Cramer and the #17 of Cole were fighting for position on lap three and the 2C of Cramer finally pulled away. On lap four the yellow flew for the #55 of Wagner had stopped in turn four. After receiving a push he was able to rejoin the field. The green came back out immediately followed by the yellow for the #12B of Monteith who stopped in turn four. On the restart the #69K of Kreitz tried to go low and challenge the #1 of Pauch but Pauch was able to pull away. On the last lap the #2C of Cramer who had been running in a qualifying spot came to a stop on the back stretch. HEAT THREE QUALIFIERS #1, #69K, #92, #17, #8, #55.

Consi The line up for the consi was as follows: Row 1: #117 Mike Erdley #81x Mike Dillman Row 2: #2C Will Cramer #49 Bob Howard Row 3: #7 Dave Cordier Jr. #13 Scott Jones Row 4: #29 Dave Calaman #77T Jess Thomas Row 5: #12B Brian Monteith #10N Jeff Thompson Row 6: #3 Bob Bennett #92A Jon Armstrong Row 7: #6F Bill Fannasy #119 Greg Leiby As the green waved the #117 of Erdley took the lead only to be passed by the #2C of Cramer in turn three who had obviously fixed his problem. On the first lap the #29 of Calaman passed the #117 of Erdley on the front stretch. On the next lap Erdley hooked the cushion and almost lost the car. By lap six Calaman had closed on the leader Cramer and on lap seven Calaman dove low in turns three and four and emerged the leader. Consi QUALIFIERS #29, #2C, #117, #749, #3, #7.

Feature 25 Laps Row 1: #10 Len Thompson #59 Bill Brian Row 2: #69K Don Kreitz Jr. #12 Keith Kauffman Row 3: #17e Cris Eash #92 Kevin Gobrecht Row 4: #88 Todd Shaffer #1J Steve Siegel Row 5: #1 Billy Pauch #77 Fred Rahmer Row 6: #461 Lance Dewease #17 Alan Cole Row 7: #07 Dave Haight #5 Craig Eshenaur Row 8: #8 Phil Walter #25 Todd Gracey Row 9: #X Bobby Weaver #55 Mike Wagner Row 10: #29 Dave Calaman #2C Will Cramer Row 11: #117 Mike Erdley #49 Bob Howard Row 12: #3 Bob Bennett #7 Dave Cordier Jr. The #17e of Cris Eash scratched from the event since they were unable to complete an engine change in time to make the feature. The #119 of Greg Leiby was the first alternate and started shot gun on the field. When they say "It's show time at Williams Grove" they mean it. When the green dropped the #10 of Len Thompson took the lead but the #59 of Brian passed him back only to have the #10 of Thompson pass him again. Working the second lap the #69K of Kreitz passed Brain on the back stretch to take second. Meanwhile the #461 of Dewease was closing on the #77 of Rahmer and completed the pass going down the back stretch while working lap three. At the same time Kreitz started to close on the leader Thompson. On lap five the #1 of Pauch passed Dewease in turn four only to have Dewease pass him back as the yellow came out on lap six. The #07 of Haight had come to a stop in turn two. The #119 of Leiby and the #X went into the pits with Leiby returning to the field. The front runners were: #10, #69K, #59, #92, #12, #461, #1, #77, #1J, #25, #88. On the restart the #1J of Siegel jumped on Rahmer and completed the pass in turn two. Unfortunately the green did not stay out long as the #12B of Brian Monteith's car comes to a stop on the back stretch. Once the green came out again the action started again. The #92 of Gobrecht passed the #59 of Brian on the front stretch only to have Brian pass him in turn two only to have Gobrecht pass Brian again on the back stretch only to have Brian pass Gobrecht in turn four, all of this happening while working lap eight while Kreitz passed Thompson on the front stretch as the yellow came out for the #29 of Calaman who had looped it in turn four. The front runners were: #10, #69K, #59, #92, #461, #1J, #1, #77, #25, #88. On the restart Dewease jumped on Gobrecht and completed the pass in turn two. Then the action began. While working lap ten Kreitz got next to Thompson and those two raced side by side for five laps when Kreitz finally got by in turn two. Those two guys put on one heck of a show. On lap sixteen I noticed that the #1J of Siegel had front wing damage but I did not see how or when it occurred. On lap seventeen the #59 of Brian and the #1 of Pauch got together in turn four with Pauch appearing to go over the right rear tire of Brian. Pauch showed upper wing damage but was able to continue while Brian stopped in turn four. The front runners were: #69K, #1J, #10, #461, #1, #77, #92, #25, #88. On the restart Dewease tried to get by Thompson but was unable to. Meanwhile Thompson used the high groove to start to pressure Siegel who was using the low groove, Thompson did get around Siegel but he retook the position on lap twenty in turn four. Thompson then slide back another position when Dewease was able to pass him on the back stretch on lap twenty. On lap twenty three the 392 of Gobrecht was able to pass Pauch on the front stretch to take fifth.

TOP TEN FINISHERS #69K, #1J, #461, #10, #92, #1, #25, #77, #12, #29

VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW This was Donny Kreitz's thirty third visit to victory lane at Williams Grove. The announcer asked Donny if this was a "Vintage Kreitz Performance" and Donny said no because he had almost forgotten how to get to victory lane. The first thing Donny did was to congratulate the #1 Zemco team for beating the World of Outlaws on the New York swing. Donny said that each week their effort was getting stronger and that this week with 5 lanes to choose from and his starting position it just came his way.

NAPA Super Sportsman Heat One: #10 Don Beaver Jr. Heat Two: #22 Mark Smith Heat Three: #25 Bob Himmelberger Heat Four: #5G Bobby Weaver Consi #1: #77 Russ Mitten Jr. Consi #2: #1W Jim Shuttlesworth Feature: 1.) #5G Bobby Weaver 2.) #3 Larry Jackson 3.) #8 Rich Eichelberger

Next Friday the 410 Sprints and Williams Grove own 358 Sprints are scheduled. Williams Grove now has its own home page and as soon as I get it to work for me I will pass the location along.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Billy Pauch , Steve J
Teams Williams