MECHANICSBURG, PA, 6/30/00 - The fireworks flew Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway - before the races were even over. Sinking Springs Donnie Kreitz Jr. tangled with race-leader Todd Shaffer exiting the fourth turn sending the...
MECHANICSBURG, PA, 6/30/00 - The fireworks flew Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway - before the races were even over. Sinking Springs Donnie Kreitz Jr. tangled with race-leader Todd Shaffer exiting the fourth turn sending the Millerstown racer tumbling down the frontstretch to grab the lead. He then battled Fred Rahmer wheel-to-wheel through the final turns, edging ahead in the final dash to the checkered to become the all-time career win leader at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile with his 44th win. The win not only gave Kreitz the top spot in the win column, but it earned him a whopping $10,000 for winning the fifth round of Pennsylvania Speedweek in the 30 lap Mitch Smith Memorial. As exciting as the finish was, it was the 25th lap encounter with Shaffer that greeted the former four-time Grove track champion in the form of boos in victory lane. "On that restart we got a good run on him," said Kreitz on the 25th lap tangle with Shaffer. "Ninety percent of the time I try to leave that lane open, but with $10,000 on the line...I was in front of him so it was my track and I know if that was Keith Kauffman or Rahmer he would have never stuck his front end in there." "I thought he'd go right to the cushion. But when he went down I thought I'd never have a chance. But he went down in the slick and spun. I just turned under him and got a run on him. I know my right rear hit his left front. But that's my track. With $10,000 to win, it was my track and it was nothing he wouldn't have done to me." Polesitter Dave Ely grabbed the lead at the outset over outside frontrow starter Billy Pauch. Ely was able to pace the field through a pair of cautions on the second and third laps, one of which saw third place Tyler Walker bring his sprinter to a stop on the backstretch. By the third lap restart, Rahmer, who had started 10th, had moved into second and looked strong early. But Kreitz was stronger and passed Rahmer and then Ely on the 12th lap for the lead and pulled away to a comfortable 1.42 second lead by the halfway point. After a caution restart on the 16th lap, Shaffer, who started back in the distant 18th starting position, charged to the front and passed Ely, and then Kreitz for the lead in the first and second turns of the 19th lap. From there it looked like it was Shaffer's race to win as he pulled away to a 2.93 second lead. But with five laps to go Johnny Mackison Jr. blew a left rear tire right in front of the leader, bringing out the caution. Kreitz then tried to shoot low under Shaffer in the third and fourth turns on the restart and slipped up as Shaffer tried to block the lane exiting the turn, sending him into the outside guardrail and into a subsequent series of rolls down the frontstretch. That gave Kreitz the lead on the restart with Rahmer immediately pressuring the Sinking Spring's racer to see who would become the first racer to break Lynn Paxton's 17 year all-time win record of 43 wins. Rahmer made a run on the final lap exiting the second turn and appeared to have the lead heading into the third turn. But Kreitz shot to the bottom under Rahmer and came out of the final turn with the lead and his 44th career Williams Grove win. "I seen that red car coming and I knew it was Rahmer," said Kreitz. "I thought for sure he had me. Going down the backstretch he had a run on me and I really figured he'd run me into three and figured it was going to be a wreck...but there was no way I was going to lift. Fred actually gave me the lane and we got back to the line first. I sure wouldn't have wanted it to be one more lap." Rahmer settled for second, allowing Kreitz to close to within 15 points of him in the battle for the Speedweek title. The win was also Kreitz's third win of the year at Williams Grove, and his fourth overall this season. Billy Pauch finished third, Steve Siegel fourth, and Ely fifth. Completing the top-10 was Keith Kauffman, Skip Jackson, James Chesson, Danny Jones, and Curt Michael. Heats were won by Donnie Kreitz Jr., Steve Siegel, Fred Rahmer, and Todd Shaffer. Tyler Walker won the B-Main. Fast time in time trials was set by Donnie Kreitz Jr. with a one-lap time of 17.00 seconds.
Friday - June 30, 2000
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
ANNUAL MITCH SMITH MEMORIAL
10th Annual Keystone Pretzels Pennsylvania Speedweek (Race 5 of 8)
A-Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr. ($10,000); 2. 77-Fred Rahmer ($4,000); 3. 55X-Billy Pauch ($1,800); 4. 7R-Steve Siegel ($1,300); 5. 77E-Dave Ely ($1,100); 6. 7-Keith Kauffman ($1,000); 7. 53K-Skip Jackson ($800); 8. 22-James Chesson ($700); 9. 99-Danny Jones ($600); 10. 461-Curt Michael ($550); 11. 17E-Cris Eash ($500); 12. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr. ($450); 13. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh ($400); 14. 88-Todd Shaffer ($350); 15. 10-Len Thompson ($325); 16. 53-Shawn Keen ($320); 17. 88H-Lance Dewease ($315); 18. 2W-Jesse Wentz ($310); 19. 11-Mike Erdley ($305); 20. 32-Brook Weibley ($300); 21. 1-Sean Michael ($300); 22. 7M-Todd Hestor ($300); 23. 12-Tyler Walker ($300); 24. 17B-Troy Whitesel ($300). No Time
Lap Leaders - Dave Ely (1-11), Donnie Kreitz Jr. (12-18), Todd Shaffer (19-25), Donnie Kreitz Jr. (26-30)
1st Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 2. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 3. 2W-Jesse Wentz; 4. 10-Len Thompson; 5. 461-Curt Michael; 6. 53-Shawn Keen; 7. 2$-Tim Kuhn; 8. 12-Tyler Walker (DNF); 9. 77W-Wes Harbour (DNF); 10. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 7R-Steve Siegel; 2. 99-Danny Jones; 3. 65-Johnny Mackison Jr.; 4. 11-Mike Erdley; 5. 55X-Billy Pauch; 6. 07-Mike Lutz; 7. 75W-Mark Richard; 8. 21-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 9. 92-Brian Gobrecht (DNF); DNS - 21T-Troy Fraker. Time - 3:02.79
3rd Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 77-Fred Rahmer; 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 7-Keith Kauffman; 4. 77E-Dave Ely; 5. 22-James Chesson; 6. 4L-Josh Wells; 7. 81-Bob Beidleman; 8. 15-Jay Reichert; 9. 10N-Jimmy McBee (DNF); 10. 1-Sean Michael (DNF). No Time
4th Heat (10 Laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 88-Todd Shaffer; 2. 88H-Lance Dewease; 3. 53K-Skip Jackson; 4. 7M-Todd Hestor; 5. 32-Brook Weibley; 6. 33-Ron Kramer; 7. 623-Todd Bertolini; 8. 55-Mike Wagner (DNF); 9. 6-Chris Knopp (DNF). No Time
B-Main (10 Laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 12-Tyler Walker; 2. 1-Sean Michael; 3. 29-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 53-Sean Keen; 5. 75W-Mark Richard; 6. 623-Todd Bertolini; 7. 81-Bob Beidleman; 8. 10N-Jimmy McBee; 9. 2$-Tim Kuhn; 10. 07-Mike Lutz; 11. 4L-Josh Wells; 12. 33-Ron Kramer; 13. 77W-Wes Harbour; DNS - 6-Chris Knopp, 55-Mike Wagner, 21-Glenndon Forsythe, 15-Jay Reichert. No Time
Time Trials - 1. Donnie Kreitz Jr., 69, 17.00 seconds; 2. Mark Richard, 75W, 17.34; 3. James Chesson, 22, 17.34; 4. Skip Jackson, 53K, 17.40; 5. Tyler Walker, 12, 17.40; 6. Billy Pauch, 55X, 17.44; 7. Dave Ely, 77E, 17.47; 8. Lance Dewease, 88H, 17.53; 9. Curt Michael, 461, 17.54; 10. Steve Siegel, 7R, 17.55; 11. Fred Rahmer, 77, 17.59; 12. Brook Weibley, 32, 17.62; 13. Jesse Wentz, 2W, 17.67; 14. Johnny Mackison Jr., 65, 17.71; 15. Sean Michael, 1, 17.75; 16. Todd Hestor, 7M, 17.77; 17. Jeff Rohrbaugh, 29, 17.78; 18. Danny Jones, 99, 17.78; 19. Keith Kauffman, 7, 17.80; 20. Todd Shaffer, 88, 17.80; 21. Troy Whitesel, 17B, 17.81; 22. Mike Erdley, 11, 17.86; 23. Jimmy McBee, 10N, 17.90; 24. Chris Knopp, 6, 17.90; 25. Len Thompson, 10, 17.93; 26. Mike Lutz, 07, 17.96; 27. Cris Eash, 17E, 18.03; 28. Mike Wagner, 55, 18.09; 29. Shawn Keen, 53, 18.13; 30. Brian Gobrecht, 92, 18.17; 31. Bob Beidleman, 81, 18.80; 32. Todd Bertolini, 623, 18.84; 33. Tim Kuhn, 2$, 18.89; 34. Glenndon Forsythe, 21, 18.90; 35. Josh Wells, 4L, 19.02; 36. Ron Kramer, 33, 19.23; 37. Wes Harbour, 77W, 19.39; 38. Troy Fraker, 21T, 19.60; 39. Jay Reichert, 15, 20.12.