Shepard Extends Point Lead with Bloomington Victory By Kendra Jacobs BLOOMINGTON,OH (June 2)-Jeff Shepard has never won any kind of championship in his racing career. With his second Gumout Racing Series win in a row, Shepard is proving his ...
Shepard Extends Point Lead with Bloomington Victory
By Kendra Jacobs
BLOOMINGTON,OH (June 2)-Jeff Shepard has never won any kind of championship in his racing career. With his second Gumout Racing Series win in a row, Shepard is proving his desire to win this championship.
Shepard won the Weld Racing Dash earlier in the evening, landing himself the pole starting position for the Gumout Racing Series feature event. Shepard, in the Double L Racing owned #4J, jumped out into an early lead over Paul McMahan, Craig Dollansky, and Randy Kinser.
Lap two saw the first caution of the night. Kraig Kinser, son of Steve Kinser, slid over the banking of turns one and two. Kinser restarted on the tail.
By lap five the leaders were entering lapped traffic. Randy Kinser took over third position from Dollansky, as Shepard pulled out into a three car-lengths lead. Bob Bennett brought out the second caution, as he too slid over the banking in turn one.
At the restart, Frankie Kerr took fourth place away from Dollansky, who relinquished the position on the following lap. Boston Reid brought out the caution as he slowed to a stop on the backstretch. Reid restarted the race on the tail.
As the leaders once again approached lapped traffic, McMahan had erased the gap between he and race leader Shepard. Dollansky joined the pair as he passed Randy Kinser for third.
Race action was halted again as Kraig Kinser spun in turns one and two on lap 12. Lap 16 brought out the first red for Bob Burkle who flipped his #21B sprinter on the front stretch. Burkle walked away uninjured.
As Shepard went high on the restart, McMahan dove low in a failed attempt to take over the lead. Randy Kisner and Dollansky continued swapping third position.
At the half-way point, Shepard had stretched his lead to six car lengths. Bob Bennett brought out the caution on lap 21 as his Acme Trailers owned sprinter slowed to a stop on the backstretch.
Dollansky took second position away from McMahan at the restart. Kerr charged by both Randy Kinser and McMahan to claim third place.
Following a caution for Shane Stewart who spun in turn four, Kerr challenged Dollansky for second. After several attempts, Kerr took over second position on lap 32. Dollansky, refusing to give up, re-claimed the position on the following lap, only to lose it again on lap 34.
Nearing the checkered, Shepard had pulled out into an impressive lead. He won the forty-lap feature event by ½ a straightaway over Kerr, Dollansky, McMahan, and Randy Kinser.
Paul McMahan earned the Huggins Fast Time Award with a time of 9.757. Shane Stewart, who suffered mechanical problems throughout the night, was forced to take a provisional. Stewart went on to pass nine cars in the feature event, earning the KSE Hard Charger Award.