Dean Jacobs Grabs Lernerville World of Outlaws Win For Terry McCarl Sarver, PA -- May 31, 2006 -- Dean Jacobs has accomplished quite a bit in his racing career, but the one thing missing from his resume was a victory in a World of...
Dean Jacobs Grabs Lernerville World of Outlaws Win For Terry McCarl
Sarver, PA -- May 31, 2006 -- Dean Jacobs has accomplished quite a bit in his racing career, but the one thing missing from his resume was a victory in a World of Outlaws feature event.
On Wednesday night in the First Commonwealth Bank Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway, Jacobs changed all that when he added his name to the World of Outlaws record book while driving the Big Game Treestands Eagle for injured Mean 15 racer Terry McCarl. Jacobs has been fast all week, scoring a fifth-place run on Monday night at Orange County Fair Speedway in his maiden voyage in the car. Then on Tuesday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, he was running in fifth before tire trouble on the final lap of the feature dropped him deep in the field.
But that all was ancient history on Wednesday night as Jacobs started the feature in fourth and was seeking his first victory with the World of Outlaws and the fourth win of his career at Lernerville. After a first lap caution, Jacobs moved up to the outside of the front row and powered into Turn 2. He slid up to the high side around Jason Solwold in the City Wide Insulation Maxim and pulled away. Jacobs staved off a couple of cautions to thrill the crowd as he roared across the line for his first checkered flag in World of Outlaws competition.
Jacobs, of Wooster, Ohio, led all 35 laps on a track he knows very well as the crowd stood and cheered him down the stretch to the $10,000 winner's check in the RacinSoles Victory Lane.
"My thanks go out to Terry and Lori McCarl for letting me have the opportunity to race this hot rod," Jacobs said. "I told him this hot rod is awesome. Thanks for Big Game Treestands and Bosma Poultry, and all of Terry's sponsors. I know without them it would be tough for even him to be out here. My heart goes out to him sitting at home with the broken leg healing, and somebody else winning the race in his car. I know he is as happy as I am."
Jacobs knew he had a fast car after he finished fourth in the dash. When Craig Dollansky spun on the first lap as he battled for the lead in Turn 2, a complete restart was in order that bumped Jacobs up a row to the outside of pole-sitter Jason Solwold.
"Everything helps when you are racing with the World of Outlaws," Jacobs said. "You need to get every position you can at any time, no matter how you get. It is a big help. One man's loss is another's gain, and we just happened to gain from it."
Jacobs was on a mission after running in the top-five for most of the feature Tuesday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway before a tire went down on the final lap with the checkered flag in sight. With the win, he keeps McCarl's machine second owner's points behind Donny Schatz's ParkerStore J&J.
"My heart sunk to my feet Tuesday night when that tire blew going into Turn 3 on the last lap," Jacobs said. "Tonight it was great to come back and win. This is a track I know well and have won at before. I told Terry, give me a shot at Lernerville and we'll get 'em. I'm really happy."
Right now, Jacobs is filling in for McCarl on a race-to-race basis, but he hopes the victory will extend that for a couple of more events Terry heals from his broken leg.
Even though McCarl was not able to be at Lernerville Speedway, he certainly kept up with what was going on all night long. He was ecstatic after the race to see his friend and fellow competitor win.
"I'll tell you what, I never listen to these things, obviously, and Johnny Gibson, I'm about ready to strangle him," said Terry McCarl, who caught action through the DIRT Radio Network on DIRTVision.com. "I think I'm about ready to have a heart attack. I'd much rather be there in person because I don't get that nervous. I really wanted this for Dean. He's a really good friend of mine. When I had to go to the hospital, he's the one who rode with me in the ambulance, that shows you what kind of guy he is. I know we have a great car, that's why I'm so disappointed to be hurt. I think we really had a shot at the championship this year or definitely running top two. I have such a good crew and great team. We've been fast everywhere we've been."
McCarl has assembled one of the hardest working teams in the pit area, and the native of Altoona, Iowa, greatly appreciates the hard work they put in day in and day out.
"We've got an awesome team," McCarl said. "Steve Fitzpatrick and Russ Hall are doing a great job. I'm super happy on one hand, on the other hand I just wish I would have been there. Dean's my buddy. I know his family, he's got a great family. I hope they're enjoying it even more than I am. Something good came out of my broken leg, at least Dean got an Outlaws win."
Solwold, who took the initial lead of the race before the first caution came out constituting a complete restart, was fast all night. The native of Mt. Vernon, Wash., picked up a convincing win in the dash before holding off Donny Schatz by less than 0.06 of a second at the checkered flag to claim second.
"We've been fast for the last couple of weeks, and have been good all year," Solwold said. "There is just something about starting on the front row, and we don't get the job done. You have to kind of take what you can get. Sometimes it's better to finish second rather than in the pits. About halfway through I was peeking at the line-up to see where Donny was because I knew he was going to be good. Sure enough, he had the wing right next to me on the last couple of laps."
Schatz, the current World of Outlaws points leader, is a master at working his way through the field. On two different occasions this season he has won from the seventh starting spot, best in the series. On Wednesday night, he started the feature in 18th and put on the show of the night, passing car after car, high and low to come home in the third spot, in the ParkerStore J&J.
He got caught in heavy traffic halfway through the feature, but he was note deterred as he marched through the field. Every time he flashed past the grandstand, the fans were all watching to see how many more spots he would pick up. He gained five spots in the first two laps of the feature. By lap six of the 35-lap event he was up to 10th. On lap 23, Schatz was in the top-five.
"We were real good from the halfway point on," said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D. "We had to fight our way through traffic, which was pretty tough sometimes. I'm just glad to get that far up."
Schatz acknowledged it was a good points night for him as he strives for his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series title. He has won five races this season, and now has a series best 12 top-five finishes.
"We had our worst qualifying position of the year, and I'm not sure why," Schatz said. "We'll just forget about it. We got ourselves in a good position at the end of the feature and were fast enough to probably win. We just ran out of laps, but that's the way racing goes. We're happy to get a good finish and move on."
Daryn Pittman in the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim continued his streak of top-five finishes with a fourth-place run. Danny Lasoski in the Roth Motorsports Eagle rounded out the top five.
Pittman is closing in on his first win of the season. After some trouble in his heat race, the native of Owasso, Okla., advanced from the B-main to start 12th in the feature. He used a variety of lines to pass cars and work his way up to fourth for his 9th top-five of the year.
"We were good," Pittman said. "We had a good car all night. We rallied back after the heat race, and that's a sign of a good team. Our cars are rolling around the track really good. When we make mistakes we have to be able to come back and get good finishes, and we did that tonight. We'll just keep going. It's another top five, and my crew is doing a great job. We'll keep going until we get a win."
The rest of the top ten was Joey Saldana in the Dodge/Curb Records JEI, who started 19th and charged to 6th, with Jac Haudenschild in the Wright One Construction Maxim just behind him in 7th. Pennsylvania Posse standout Lance Dewease in the Hamm Maxim came home 8th. Ed Lynch Jr., who holds the record for most career wins at Lererville, was ninth in the Howard Concrete J&J with Craig Dollansky in the Karavan Trailers Maxim, recovering from a first lap spin, finishing 10th.
Rob Chaney was back behind the wheel of Randy Hannagan's Terry Hannagan Racing Maxim, as "The Hurricane" tends to some family matters. Chaney did not disappoint, setting fast time of the 45 cars that qualified with a lap of 13.233 seconds.
The busy week of racing continues for the cars and stars of the Mean 15, as the series return to Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio for the first time in 20 years. Then, after a day off, the series hits the legendary high banks of Eldora Speedway on Saturday in Rossburg, Ohio, before thundering into The Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on Sunday.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is brought to the fans across the country by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire and The Outdoor Channel. Promotional Partners include AMB i.t. and The University of Northwestern Ohio. Associate sponsors are ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, Maxim Racing, RacinSoles and Snap-on. Contingency sponsors include DART Machinery, MSD Ignitions and Wrisco Industries.
LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
* FAST QUALIFIER: Rob Chaney paced the 45-cars that took time with an AMB i.t.-timed lap around the 4/10-mile oval at 13.233 seconds at 122.421 mph. For his qualifying effort, Chaney earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including Jac Haudenschild (4), Ed Lynch Jr. (3), Danny Lasoski (2), and Daryn Pittman (1). Lernerville Speedwayis a high-banked 4/10-mile oval, and Joey Saldana holds the track record at 12.334 seconds.
* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Joey Saldana, Dale Blaney, Greg Wilson, and Greg Hodnett won the four heat races. ... Jason Solwold rolled his way to victory in the dash. ... Brandon Wimmer picked up the win in the C-Main, and Ed Lynch Jr. captured the B-main.
* MAIN-EVENT WINNERS: Dean Jacobs win Wednesday night at Lernerville Speedway was his first World of Outlaws A-feature victory of the season. There have been 12 different winners in 21 race nights to visit the RacinSoles Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws this season. The win list includes: Donny Schatz (March 9 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 31 at Batesville Speedway, April 1 at I-55 Raceway, May 16 at Grandview Speedway and May 30 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park), Jac Haudenschild (May 6 at U.S. 36 Raceway and May 20 at Sharon Speedway), Sammy Swindell (April 8 at Eldora Speedway and March 10 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as well as a preliminary victory April 7 at Eldora), Brooke Tatnell (May 7 at Huset's Speedway and May 29 at Orange County Fair Speedway), Fred Rahmer (May 27 at Williams Grove, as well as a preliminary victory May 26 at Williams Grove), Craig Dollansky (April 15 at Tri-State Speedway), Paul McMahan (March 4 at USA Race Park), Danny Lasoski (March 3 at Manzanita), Joey Saldana (Feb. 10 at Volusia), Chad Kemenah (Feb. 9 at Volusia) and Kevin Swindell (May 24 at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway), Dean Jacobs (May 31 at Lernerville Speedway).
* PRELIMINARY FEATURE WINNERS: Fred Rahmer's win on May 26 was his first preliminary feature win of the World of Outlaws season, joining Sammy Swindell, who won the preliminary feature on April 7 at Eldora Speedway.
* 4/10-MILE WINNERS: Lernerville Speedway is a high-banked 4/10-mile oval. This is the second time World of Outlaws Sprint Series has raced on a 4/10-mile track this season. Winners include: Dean Jacobs at Lernerville Speedway on May 31 and Kevin Swindell at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 24.
* ON TELEVISION: The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on June 7 the fast-paced, passing-heavy opener from Williams Grove Speedway. The Outdoor Channel is available nationwide through the DISH Network (Channel 153) and DIRECTV (Channel 606).
* UP NEXT: The cars and stars of the Mean 15 open up what will be an exciting month of June with a return on Thursday night to Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, marking the series return after a 20-year absence. The World of Outlaws then thunders into the legendary Eldora Speedway on June 3, before heading west to the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on June 4. Then it's time to head West for the Eagle Nationals on June 9-10 at Eagle Raceway near Lincoln, Neb., June 14 to The Raceway at Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wis., June 16-17 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, S.D., and June 23-24 at historic Knoxville Raceway near Des Moines, Iowa.