Kreitz Stops Schatz' Williams Grove Streak By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 27) -- With 47 feature victories and four Williams Grove Speedway championships, along with seven Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main event victories -- four of...
Kreitz Stops Schatz' Williams Grove Streak
By Richard Day
MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 27) -- With 47 feature victories and four Williams Grove Speedway championships, along with seven Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main event victories -- four of them at Williams Grove -- Don Kreitz, Jr., has to be considered the best of the Pennsylvania Posse.
The 1993 Williams Grove National Open champion proved that Friday at "The Grove," denying Donny Schatz Wirtgen's $10,000 bonus by winning the 30-lap "A" Feature. Schatz had won the last four Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series feature races at the legendary half-mile oval.
Kreitz passed former National Open champions Stevie Smith and Schatz deep in the fourth corner late in the 26th lap and was 15 car-lengths ahead when he claimed the $12,000 victory.
"I guess the Posse still lives," Kreitz yelled to the partisan crowd. "We would've like to won one last night, especially with that (Wirtgen) bonus money. The way Donny's been flying around this place I didn't think there was any way we'd catch him, but the top kept going away.
"Driving on a track like this is just like driving a passenger car on ice -- the wheels want to spin, and when the wheels just spin you're not going forward. Davey Brown built me an awesome motor. We went though so many camshafts until we got one I'm happy with. This motor is designed just for me and for the way I drive."
While Schatz earned the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole by winning his third CHANNELLOCK Dash of the year, Craig Dollansky, Jason Meyers, fast-qualifier Andy Hillenburg and Tim Shaffer passed Kreitz in the eight-lap race, putting him inside the fourth row in the feature lineup.
Schatz drove his family's #15 Parker Stores J&J into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event, and was a straightaway ahead of Greg Hodnett when he entered lapped traffic five laps later.
Randy Hannagan took the leaders out of traffic the next time around when he spun to a stop in turn three. Meyers challenged Hodnett for second place as the green flag replaced the yellow.
Smith drove his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Maxim into the low groove between the third and fourth corners to pass Dollansky for fourth place late in lap nine. Kreitz used an identical move to pass Shaffer for sixth several seconds later.
P.J. Chesson's third-corner spin collected Hannagan and Todd Shaffer and caused Dale Blaney to flip late in the 11th lap.
Smith and Kreitz were on the move again when the race resumed. Stevie passed Meyers for third deep in turn four and Kreitz followed him past Dollansky and Meyers. Smith used a similar move to pass Hodnett for second place late in the 13th lap.
Hodnett battled Smith for several laps before Kreitz passed him in the low groove in the second corner early in lap 17. Schatz was a straightaway ahead of Smith when he caught the back-markers again two laps later.
Kreitz passed Smith deep in turn two early in the 22nd lap, only to have Stevie regain second place with a high move between the third and fourth corners several seconds later.
Schatz was eight car-lengths ahead of Smith and Kreitz with seven laps remaining, but they caught him the next time around. Kreitz chased Smith and Schatz for two more laps before passing them both deep in turn four.
"We really caught a break there in traffic," Kreitz said. "Stevie tried to get by Donny and got hung up behind a lapped car, and the bottom opened up getting off the corner.
"Actually, we probably made a lucky tire choice. We were going back and forth trying to decide between a hard tire and a soft one. We picked the hard tire and with that long green flag run, it was exactly what we needed."
Shaffer held off Hodnett for fourth place. Dollansky finished sixth, ahead of Danny Lasoski, Steve Kinser, Meyers and 17th-starting Mark Kinser.
Steve Kinser, who has won 22 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Features at Williams Grove Speedway, was battling Cris Eash for the final qualifying position in the Third O'Reilly Heat Race when they collided in turn three. Kinser's #11 Quaker State Maxim flipped, while Eash hit the guard rail. "The King of the Outlaws" finished second in the "B" Feature, then raced past four cars in the main event.