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jammin
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posted September 15, 2001 07:58 AM UIN: 16262997
Crockett Ices 2001 hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour Championship

Rio Linda, CA's young hotshoe driver, Roger Crockett, put the icing on the
2001 hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour Championship cake by setting fast time
and then taking thefeature event win at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, OR
on Friday, September 14.
Telling announcer Fred Rannard at one point "I'm so excited I didn't know
what to say", Crockett went on to say that this championship had to be one
of the best highlights of his career so far. "I really like the country,
I've got a great car owner, the tracks are great and the competition is
hard."
Taking the lead from his dash won pole position, Crockett opened a 10-15
car length lead in the early laps as Jason Solwold, who took second from
Dale Smith as they exited turn four on the second lap gave chase with Smith
close behind. By the 7th lap the leaders were into traffic and Crockett's
lead had vanished.
For the next 10 laps the top three threaded their way through slower cars
giving the fans a great show. Although Solwold challenged in the turns, the
way past the leader was not to be found. Smith found his challenge on
Solwold hampered when defending champion Shawna Wilskey, who had started
14th, slid high in turns one and two on lap 8 letting Crockett and Solwold
slip past but not Smith. For the next 10 laps Smith looked for a way past
Wilskey to no avail. His luck changed when the yellow flew on lap 18 and he
made the pass on the restart.
With an open track, Crockett was again off and running, but this time
Solwold was holding him to about a 5 car length lead as the field strung
out. With in 5 laps, the leaders were again into the slower cars and the top
three were running nose to tail.
On lap 26 Solwold lost second to Smith but after trading the position a
couple of times regained it again the next lap. Smith then lost third on the
white flag lap when Chad Hillier, who had dropped from his outside front
start to 4th on the opening lap slipped by.
At the stripe it was Crockett, Solwold, Hillier, Smith and Jeff Thompson
filling the top five.
Jayme Barnes sat in 6th followed by Barry Martinez, who picked up 4
positions, Marvin Smith, up 5 spots, with Joe Ramaker and Jeremy Cooper
making the top 10.
Jayme Barnes took the B-main point position after Brandon Harkness spun in
turn 4 on the second lap while leading. Three laps later turn four bit Mike
Sather with a spin while he was running a strong second place. Harkness came
back to finish 10th, but Sather's meeting with the inside wall ended his
nights action.
Barnes maintained a comfortable lead over Jeremy Cooper and the rest of the
field as several cars were working up through traffic. Jay Cole picked up
5spots to take third at the checkered flag with Rick Smith close behind
after moving up six spots.
Scott Adams and Kevin Journey had a battle for position going until Adams
came to a stop on the front straight on lap 13 as the yellow flew for a spun
Bryon Harvey in turn two.
After several laps of dicing with Cal Herdson and Richie Peterson, Tony
Menard came on hard the final laps in an unsuccessful challenge of Rick
Smith for the final transfer position.
Heat race action saw Bill Nutter take the first run of the night in his
first NST outing of the year. Going wire to wire, Nutter had some serious
challenges from Martinez but held for the win. D. Smith came on strong the
last two laps but had to settle for third with Crockett getting the final
A-main transfer spot.
Heat two had the only red flag of the night, when second fast timer Scott
Aumen jumped the wheel of the non accelerating car of Jim Cress and flipped
going into the first turn. Aumen then collected Journey who had no where to
go. Journey continued, but Aumen's night was over.
John Tharp took the lead on the restart and never looked back with Jeff
Thompson in second. Rick Fauver made a white flag lap back straight pass on
Donny fry to take third.
Montana's Joe Ramaker mad his first race on the Lebanon track a good one as
he went wire to wire to win the third heat. Gary Taylor lost second to
Hillier and then third to Solwold as his car lost power, but he was able to
hold off Peterson for fourth to make the A-main.
The night's final heat had Shawna Wilskey taking the lead over Kevin
Etchison at the green, but at the end of lap 2 it was Etchison in front as
the came onto the front straight. As Etchison held the lead, a broken rod
brought the Steve Veltman car to a halt in turn three on lap
8 to set up a restart that had Wilskey returning the turn four pass and
taking the win. M. Smith and Jay Harkness followed to make the feature
event.
In the dash it was Crockett checking out, Hillier trailing and D. Smith,
Solwold, J. Harkness and Thompson trading some positions before finishing in
that order.
Fast time for the evening went to Crockett with a 12.517 second lap.

SUMMARY
Fast Time - Roger Crockett - 12.517
Heat 1 - Bill Nutter, Barry Martinez, Dale Smith, Roger Crockett, Brandon
Harkness, Cal Herdson, Scott Adams, Gus Cooper, Kevin Smith.
Heat 2 - John Tharp, Jeff Thompson, Rick Fauver, Donny Fry, Jay Cole, Kevin
Journey, Rich Kelley, Jim Cress, Scott Aumen.
Heat 3 - Joe Ramaker, Chad Hillier, Jason Solwold, Gary Taylor, Richie
Peterson, Mike Sather, Tony Menard, Mark Hinkle, Bryon Harvey.
Heat 4 - Shawna Wilskey, Kevin Etchison, Marvin Smith, Jay R. Harkness,
Jeremy Cooper, Jayme Barnes, Melissa Yates, Shane Forte, Steve Veltman, Rick
Smith.
Dash - Crockett, Hillier, D. Smith, Solwold, J. Harkness, Thompson.
B-Main - Barnes, J. Cooper, Cole, R. Smith, Menard, Herdson, Hinkle,
Peterson, K. Smith, B. Harkness, Journey, G. Cooper, Josh Edson, Kelley,
Yates, Harvey, Forte, Adams, Sather.
A-Main - Crockett, Solwold, Hillier, D. Smith, Thompson, Barnes, Martinez,
M. Smith, Ramaker, J. Cooper, J. Harkness, Fauver, Nutter, Taylor, Fry,
Cole, Etchison, Wilskey, R. Smith, Tharp.

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