Williams Grove report 98-07-31

Gobrecht Wins at 'The Grove' as Shepard Falters By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 31) - Kevin Gobrecht raced past a sputtering Jeff Shepard less than 100 feet from the checkered flag Friday to win the Pennzoil ...

Gobrecht Wins at 'The Grove' as Shepard Falters By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 31) - Kevin Gobrecht raced past a sputtering Jeff Shepard less than 100 feet from the checkered flag Friday to win the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' "A" Feature at Williams Grove Speedway. "I can't believe it," a jubilant Gobrecht said. "I have to thank (car owner) John (Zemaitis) for standing behind me and giving me an opportunity to drive one of the best cars out here. "I didn't know what to think about the 4J slowing. I was just trying to make it close at the end. I feel bad for Jeff, but I'm really glad to be standing here." The $7,000 victory was the first of Gobrecht's career in a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main event, and increased the series' list of winners to 12 during its 20th Anniversary Season. Shepard, the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 43-car field, won the Channellock Dash for the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole. He raced ahead of the 28-car field until the #4J sprinter lost fuel pressure. Gobrecht, who started outside the second row, beat Jeff across the finish line by two car-lengths. Shepard burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. He was racing away from the field when Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race winner Paul McMahan took the #75 Mopar Maxim for a spin in turn one early in the second lap. Gobrecht started making his way to the front when the green flag replaced the yellow, passing Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Sammy Swindell for third place with a low move through turns one and two then taking the high line out of the first corner to pass Don Kreitz, Jr., for second early in lap four. Shepard was a full straightaway ahead of Gobrecht when he entered lapped traffic 13 laps into the race. Rear end problems in the #104+ Octane Boost J&J forced Jeff Swindell to stop in the fourth corner two laps later. The problem persisted after the restart, forcing Swindell to stop again during the 17th lap. Jac Haudenschild, Williams Grove's single-lap record holder, challenged Swindell as the race resumed, but was unable to drive the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into third place. Sammy passed Gobrecht, but slid over the cushion in the fourth corner, allowing Kevin and Haudenschild to race past. Steve Kinser passed Swindell for fourth place with a low move into turn two early in lap 19. Shepard was 10 car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he caught the backmarkers again with seven laps remaining. He lost fuel pressure late in the final lap and Gobrecht took the high line around him in the fourth corner to claim the victory. "We really didn't start going good until we got in the 1Z," said Gobrecht, who replaced the injured Billy Pauch in the Zemco car early in the summer. "We're planning to go to Eldora for "The Historic Big One" and then to the Amoco Knoxville Nationals. We'll just see where it goes from there." Shepard coasted across the finish line in second place. Haudenschild held off Kinser and Kreitz for third. Mark Kinser passed Swindell in turn four and beat him across the finish line by inches for sixth place. Completing the top 10 in the main event were Dale Blaney, Lance Dewease and Danny Lasoski. Tim Shaffer, driving the #11H Vivarin Eagle for only the second time, used a provisional to start the main event, then passed 11 cars to finish in 15th place. Swindell received his eighth Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the year after pacing the qualifying session with a 17.609-second lap around the legendary semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. Greg Hodnett made his debut in the #12 Apple Chevrolet car and was the second-fastest qualifier. He finished sixth in the Second Racing Champions Heat Race, then qualified for the main event by running fourth in the "B" Feature. He finished 22nd in the "A" Feature. "I hope Freddie (Rahmer) gets well and comes back and races with us," said Gobrecht, who broke Rahmer's 12-race winning streak at Lincoln Speedway two weeks earlier. Their collision during Tuesday's Seventh Annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway sent Rahmer flipping. Fred suffered a concussion in the crash, but was back in Al Hamilton's #77 car Friday. He didn't take more than a lap in any race before the "A" Feature, then took a provisional starting position and finished in 24th place. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Friday, July 31, Feature Program #44 Qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.609; 2. Greg Hodnett, Apple 12, 17.682; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.713; 4. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.715; 5. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.726; 6. Jeff Shepard, Stewart 4J, 17.743; 7. Kevin Gobrecht, Zemaitis 1Z, 17.800; 8. Dale Blaney, Hylton-Blaney 93, 17.838; 9. Don Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69, 17.847; 10. Lance Dewease, Dyer 461, 17.856; 11. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 17.861; 12. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.948; 13. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 17.952; 14. Cris Eash, E&G Classics 17E, 17.963; 15. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 17.963; 16. Johnny Mackison, Swope 65, 18.005; 17. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 18.029; 18. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 18.056; 19. Sean Michael, Harz 88M, 18.101; 20. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.124; 21. Kenny Jacobs, Hughes 94, 18.143; 22. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 18.176; 23. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.177; 24. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 18.196; 25. Garry Brazier, Brazier 21AU, 18.294; 26. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 18.312; 27. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 18.313; 28. Dave Ely, Ely/Gilbert 77E, 18.378; 29. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 18.380; 30. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 18.429; 31. Jeff Rohrbaugh, Tanger 07, 18.497; 32. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 18.505; 33. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 2$, 18.521; 34. Bobby Allen, Pell 1a, 18.559; 35. Todd Gracey, Cooper 25, 18.575; 36. Shawn Keen, Keen 53, 18.667; 37. Len Thompson, Thompson 10, 18.670; 38. Brook Weibley, Weibley 32, 18.773; 39. Jess Thomas, Thomas 77T, 18.805; 40. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 18.967; 41. George Suprick, Suprick 87, 19.284; 42. Butch Bahr, Bahr 25T, 20.242; 43. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, no time. First Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Kenny Jacobs, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Don Kreitz, Jr., 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Garry Brazier, 8. Tim Shaffer, 9. Tim Kuhn, 10. George Suprick. 2:27.3 (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Cris Eash, 4. Lance Dewease, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Brian Paulus, 8. Bobby Allen, 9. Brook Weibley, 10. Butch Bahr, 11. Donny Schatz. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Kevin Gobrecht, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Sean Michael, 5. Todd Shaffer, 6. Jeff Rohrbaugh, 7. Ed Lynch, Jr., 8. Jess Thomas, 9. Todd Gracey, 10. Fred Rahmer, 11. Tyler Walker. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Johnny Mackison, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Dave Ely, 7. Mike Wagner, 8. Shawn Keen, 9. Dale Blaney, 10. Bob Bennett. 2:31.99 (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Don Kreitz, Jr., 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Kevin Gobrecht, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Todd Shaffer, 8. Lance Dewease. 1:32.4 (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Garry Brazier ($200); 7. Tim Shaffer, 8. Dave Ely, 9. Mike Wagner ($180); 10. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($150); 11. Jess Thomas ($110); 12. Brook Weibley ($90); 13. Butch Bahr ($80); 14. Jeff Rohrbaugh ($60); 15. Bobby Allen ($50); 16. Shawn Keen ($50); 17. Brian Paulus ($50); 18. Tim Kuhn ($50); 19. Bob Bennett ($50); 20. Todd Gracey ($50); 21. Fred Rahmer, 22. George Suprick ($50). 3:50.6 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Kevin Gobrecht ($7,000); 2. Jeff Shepard ($4,000); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($3,000); 4. Steve Kinser ($2,500); 5. Don Kreitz, Jr. ($2,300); 6. Mark Kinser ($2,220); 7. Sammy Swindell ($2,100); 8. Dale Blaney ($2,020); 9. Lance Dewease ($1,700); 10. Danny Lasoski ($1,600); 11. Cris Eash ($1,200); 12. Stevie Smith ($1,150); 13. Johnny Herrera ($1,100); 14. Andy Hillenburg ($1,050); 15. Tim Shaffer ($1,020); 16. Todd Shaffer ($700); 17. Tyler Walker ($620); 18. Jeff Swindell ($500); 19. Kenny Jacobs ($500); 20. Joe Gaerte ($500); 21. Donny Schatz ($520); 22. Greg Hodnett ($520); 23. Lance Blevins ($500); 24. Fred Rahmer ($520); 25. Johnny Mackison ($500); 26. Paul McMahan ($500); 27. Sean Michael ($500); 28. Dave Ely ($520). Provisional starters - Donny Schatz, Tim Shaffer, Dave Ely, Fred Rahmer. Lap leaders: Jeff Shepard 1-29, Kevin Gobrecht 30 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Sammy Swindell WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Tyler Walker , Brian Paulus , Paul McMahan , Billy Pauch , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
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