MECHANICSBURG, PA., 7/7/00 - First time wins come in strange ways. After consecutive races of battles for the all-time win mark at Williams Grove Speedway the battle Friday night was for career first wins at the historic Mechanicsburg ...
MECHANICSBURG, PA., 7/7/00 - First time wins come in strange ways. After consecutive races of battles for the all-time win mark at Williams Grove Speedway the battle Friday night was for career first wins at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile. 19 year old college student James Chesson of Far Hills, NJ, out-raced California racer Tyler Walker over the final two laps to pick up not only his first Williams Grove win - but his first career win ever in a 410 super sprint car and in the process became the fifth first time winner at Williams Grove this season in a non-stop 25 lap time of nine minutes 1.70 seconds. Chesson tracked down Walker in lapped traffic to grab the lead with two laps to go and then swapped the lead in almost every turn. But it was Chesson who survived the battle of the slide-jobs on the final lap to take the checkered. It wasn't until after the checkered had fallen that the college sophomore realized what he had done. "I didn't even know I was racing for the lead," said a openingly happy Chesson in victory lane. "I was just racing, having fun, sliding under guys not really knowing for sure what position it was...I knew Walker was in the top-five somewhere. Once I looked up on the scoreboard and saw the number 22 in first is when I realized I was winning." Walker, who started on the pole, spun his tires at the drop of the green, allowing third place starter Brook Weibley to shoot into the lead with Walker regrouping in second. Walker reeled in Weibley and overcame an early 1.26 second deficit to take the lead in the third and fourth turns of the 11th lap. Meanwhile Chesson, who started sixth was moving to the front and passed Weibley for the runner-up spot on the 13th lap. Chesson stalked Walker as they threaded through lapped traffic and on the 23rd lap slipped under Walker for the lead in the third and fourth turn. But Walker returned the favor in the first and second turns and hung onto the lead as the white flag waved. But Chesson took to the bottom of the first and second turns one final time and emerged with the lead and held on through the final turns to become the 10th different winner out of 18 races so far this season and picked up $3,000 for his effort. Walker settled for second, two car-lengths back, with Lance Dewease, Donnie Kreitz Jr., and Cris Eash finishing third through fifth respectively. Rounding out the top-10 was Keith Kauffman, Fred Rahmer, Tim Kuhn, Todd Shaffer, and Weibley. Heats for the 33 super sprinters on hand were won by Mike Wagner, Walker, and Weibley, with Steve Siegel winning the consolation.
Mark Smith picked up his second Grove win of the year in claiming the 20 lap super sportsman feature over Bob Howard, Frankie Herr, Jim Shuttlesworth and Keith Prutzman. Heats for the 47 Super Sportsman on hand were won by Frankie Herr, Donnie Beaver, Carmen Perigo Jr., and Jim Shuttlesworth. Winning twin consolation events was Steve Wilbur and Joe Reneker. <pre> RACE RESULTS Friday - July 7, 2000 WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY Mechanicsburg, PA
Super Sprints: Feature (25 laps) - 1. 22-James Chesson ($3,000); 2. 12-Tyler Walker; 3. 88H-Lance Dewease; 4. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 5. 17E-Cris Eash; 6. 7-Keith Kauffman; 7. 77-Fred Rahmer; 8. 2$-Tim Kuhn; 9. 88-Todd Shaffer; 10. 32-Brook Weibley; 11. 10-Len Thompson; 12. 99-Danny Jones; 13. 55-Mike Wagner; 14. 7M-Todd Hestor; 15. 76-P.J. Chesson; 16. 53-Shawn Keen; 17. 1-Sean Michael; 18. 7R-Steve Siegel; 19. 53K-Skip Jackson; 20. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 21. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 22. 33-Ron Kramer; 23. 07-Mike Lutz; 24. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh. Time - 9:01.70
Lap Leaders - Brook Weibley (1-10), Tyler Walker (11-22), James Chesson (23), Tyler Walker (24), James Chesson (25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 55-Mike Wagner; .2 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 88-Todd Shaffer; 4. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 5. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 6. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 7. 33-Ron Kramer; 8. 11-Mike Erdley; 9. 15-Jay Reichert; 10. 16K-Jim Walters; DNS - 94-Glenndon Forsythe. No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 12-Tyler Walker; 2. 88H-Lance Dewease; 3. 77-Fred Rahmer; 4. 7M-Todd Hestor; 5. 53-Shawn Keen; 6. 76-P.J. Chesson; 7. 7R-Steve Siegel; 8. 1-Sean Michael; 9. 2$-Tim Kuhn; 10. 4L-Josh Wells; 11. 10N-Jimmy McBee. No Time
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 32-Brook Weibley; 2. 7-Keith Kauffman; 3. 99-Danny Jones; 4. 22-James Chesson; 5. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 6. 10-Len Thompson; 7. 07-Mike Lutz; 8. 6-Chris Knopp; 9. 53K-Skip Jackson; 10. 22M-Mark Smith; 11. 99N-Dan Long. No Time
Consolation (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7R-Steve Siegel; 2. 1-Sean Michael; 3. 2$-Tim Kuhn; 4. 33-Ron Kramer; 5. 53K-Skip Jackson; 6. 07-Mike Lutz; 7. 11-Mike Erdley; 8. 10N-Jimmy McBee; 9. 22M-Mark Smith; 10. 4L-Josh Wells; 11. 15-Jay Reichert; 12. 16K-Jim Walters; 13. 99N-Dan Long; 14. 6-Chris Knopp. Time - 3:29.59
Super Sportsman: Feature (20 laps) - 1. Mark Smith; 2. Bob Howard; 3. Frankie Herr; 4. Jim Shuttlesworth; 5. Keith Prutzman; 6. Bob Fannasy; 7. Smokey Snellbaker; 8. Danny Hager; 9. Howie Locke; 10. Carmen Perigo Jr.; 11. Donnie Beaver; 12. Leroy Martin; 13. Steve Wilbur; 14. Ken Carberry; 15. Ron Janey; 16. Rodney Adams; 17. Steve Cannon; 18. Bob Gutshall; 19. Joe Reneker; 20. Glen Keller; 21. Russ Mitten; 22. Tim Leiphart; 23. Bill Brown; 24. Bill Heckert; DNS - Bobby Weaver, John Provenza. No Time Heat Winners - Frankie Herr, Donnie Beaver, Carmen Perigo Jr., Jim Shuttlesworth Consolation Winners - Steve Wilbur, Joe Reneker