posted May 06, 2001 02:09 PM
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
JAMES CHESSON SCORES SECOND CAREER WILLIAMS GROVE WIN
MECHANICSBURG, PA, 5/4/01 - Speed, good equipment, and poise, are vital
ingredients needed to win at a track like Williams Grove Speedway. Starting
on the front row helps, but is no guarantee. In many cases, starting on the
front row only leads to disappointment.
20 year old James Chesson proved the sceptics wrong.
The 20 year old Far Hills, NJ racer showed veteran-like poise Friday night
as he took the lead from his outside front row starting position and led
every lap en route to his first win of the year in the 25 lap super sprint
feature at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile.
"I like starting up front," said Chesson in victory lane. "But starting on
the pole makes you a little more nervous...but I was able to deal with it
and got it done."
Chesson grabbed the lead over polesitter Cliff Brian at the outset with
fourth-starting Todd Shaffer following into second place.
A caution for a spinning Danny Murray in the third and fourth turns of the
third lap slowed the action with Shaffer, third-starting Todd Hestor,
fifth-starting P.J. Chesson, and eighth-starting Keith Kauffman following.
Chesson showed the way on the restart and opened up a 1.67 lead by the 10th
lap as the leaders headed into lapped traffic. The second, and final,
caution flag waved for a spinning Mark Smith in the first and second turns
of the 13th lap.
"It was tough just before that last caution," said Chesson on dealing with
the lapped traffic. "I was having a hard time...the car wasn't good enough
to run down on the bottom and made it harder for me to get through them."
With Chesson still maintaining the top spot over Shaffer and Hestor for the
restart, 14th-starting Lance Dewease was beginning to make his charge to the
Dewease passed Hestor for third in heavy lapped traffic with three laps to
go, and moved around Shaffer into the runner-up spot as the white flag
On the final lap Dewease made a run at Chesson for the lead exiting the
second turn, only to be slowed by a lapped car - sealing a two car-length
win for Chesson's at the checkered.
"I saw an number 88 was there behind me on the scoreboard," Chesson added.
"I wasn't sure if it was Lance (Dewease) or Todd (Shaffer)...but it doesn't
really matter as long as you are up front."
Chesson picked up $3,000 in the process and became the eighth different
winner out of nine races.
Shaffer settled for third with Hestor and Keith Kauffman following in
fourth and fifth respectively. Sprint heads went to Greg Hodnett, Cris Eash
and Hestor. Darren Eash won the consolation.
D.J. Myers took the lead at the start of the late model feature and held it
all the way despite a serious bid by Gary Stuhler on the last lap. Alan
Sagi, Tom Myers, the winner's father, and Andy Fries completed the top five.
Friday - May 4., 2001
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 22-James Chesson; 2. 88H-Lance Dewease; 3. 88-Todd
Shaffer; 4. 7M-Todd Hestor; 5. 7-Keith Kauffman; 6. 76-P.J. Chesson; 7.
17-Cris Eash; 8. 77-Fred Rahmer; 9. 29-Dave Ely; 10. 12-Greg Hodnett; 11.
1-Sean Michael; 12. 69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 13. 53-Shawn Keen; 14. 10-Len
Thompson; 15. 22M-Mark Smith; 16. 07-Cliff Brian; 17. 461-Curt Michael; 18.
32-Brook Weibley; 19. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 20. 30-Darren Eash; 21. 10N-Chris
Knopp; 22. 30X-Daryl Stimeling; 23. 15-Jay Reichard; 24. 21-Danny Murray. No
Lap Leaders - James Chesson (1-25)
1st Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 12-Greg Hodnett; 2. 1-Sean Michael; 3.
88-Todd Shaffer; 4. 29-Dave Ely; 5. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 6. 15-Jay Reichard;
7. 21-Danny Murray; 8. 30-Darren Eash; 9. 22M-Mark Smith.
2nd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 17-Cris Eash; 2. 07-Cliff Brian; 3.
461-Curt Michael; 4. 76-P.J. Chesson; 5. 88H-Lance Dewease; 6. 53-Shawn
Keen; 7. 30X-Daryl Stimeling; 8. 0-Rick Lafferty; 9. 10-Len Thompson. No
3rd Heat (10 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 7M-Todd Hestor; 2. 7-Keith Kauffman; 3.
69-Donnie Kreitz Jr.; 4. 22-James Chesson; 5. 10N-Chris Knopp; 6. 32-Brook
Weibley; 7. 77-Fred Rahmer; 8. 6W-Josh Wells. No Time
Consolation (5 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30-Darren Eash; 2. 22M-Mark Smith; 3.
10-Len Thompson; 4. 77-Fred Rahmer; 5. 30X-Daryl Stimeling; 6. 21-Danny
Murray; 7. 6W-Josh Wells; DNS - 0-Rick Lafferty. Time - 1:37.51