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posted June 10, 2001 08:42 PM
TODD SHAFFER GETS BIG FIRST WIN AT WILLIAMS GROVE
Millerstown's Todd Shaffer ended a long dry-spell Friday night at Williams
Grove Speedway by picking up his first Grove win of the season at the
Rick Lafferty led the first nine laps while Shaffer, who started 8th, was
working his way into contention. Shaffer took third from Todd Hestor on the
6th circuit, then mowed down Craig Keel on the 8th lap and began to close on
Shaffer drove by Lafferty on the tenth tour and proceeded to open a
Lance Dewease, the current Cindy Rowe Auto Glass point leader, got by Keel
with five to go and began to chase Shaffer. A red flag on lap 21 wiped out
Shaffer's lead and gave Dewease, who started 12th, new life.
For the final four laps Shaffer chose the outside line and Dewease the
inside. While Dewease stayed close Shaffer prevailed for the $3000 victory.
Dewease, the only driver to win more than one feature at the Grove this
year, settled for second. Keel claimed third in his best effort of the
season, Hestor was fourth and Len Thompson completed the top five.
Sprint car heats were won by Mike Erdley, Shaffer and Thompson.
The first fifteen laps of the URC feature provided plenty of action, but
the final ten laps amounted to a cakewalk for Fred Rahmer, who is now the
speedway's leading sprint car feature winner with 46 career victories.
Tim Hogue took the lead from Tom Martocci on the second lap and set the
pace until Curt Michael began to challenge. During the middle stages of the
race Michael and Hogue were swapping the lead several times each lap, but
the two tangled on the 16th circuit bringing out the red flag and giving the
lead to Rahmer, who started 19th.
Chris Coyle, George Suprick, Jon Eldreth and Billy Brian, who came from the
C-main, completed the top five.