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posted September 30, 2001 12:33 PM
SHAFFER DOMINATES NATIONAL OPEN PRELIMINARY
Former Williams Grove Speedway regular Tim Shaffer led all 25 laps in the
Williams Grove National Open Preliminary Feature Friday night, giving him
the pole position in Saturday's 39th Annual Williams Grove National Open
"When I was racing here every week, I had this '89 Oldsmobile with about
200,000 miles on it, and I could make it out here in about three hours and
20 minutes running 75 miles an hour," the Aliquippa, PA, native said. "We
were so close a couple of times...it takes a little bit of everything - the
driver, the crew chief, the crew, the tires, the car, the motors - just to
even be close out here, and I can't say enough about how hard my guys have
Shaffer, the second-fastest qualifier in the 44-car field, passed three
cars to win the second heat race. He earned the right to start the
Preliminary Feature inside the second row by following Williams Grove
regulars Lance Dewease and Todd Hestor across the finish line in the Dash.
Dewease burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the feature, but
Shaffer drove past Hestor on the front straightaway and took over first
place with an inside move between turns one and two.
1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award winner Shaffer was a
straightaway ahead of Dewease when he entered lapped traffic six laps into
the race. Jason Meyers used an inside move in turn three to pass Dewease for
the runner-up spot five laps later.
Dewease finished third, Craig Dollansky fourth, and World of Outlaws Series
points leader Mark Kinser was fifth.
P.J. Chesson broke the single-lap record Don Kreitz, Jr., set a year ago,
circling the legendary semi-banked, ½-mile oval at an average speed of
The $5,000 victory was Shaffer's first in a Pennzoil World of Outlaws
Series Preliminary Feature this season. Winning the race pushed him into
sixth place in the point standings, ahead of New Oxford, PA, native Stevie