Tim Shaffer continues to win . . . takes 2nd Annual Dual in the Dirt Firecracker 100 Champion Shane Clanton Cruises to All Star Win
SARVER, PA (9-3-10) By Brian Liskai – Tim Shaffer picked up right where he left off . . . winning sprint car races.
After having won sprint car racing’s biggest jewel – the Knoxville Nationals – the Aliquippa, Pa. resident took a few weeks off from racing. But it didn’t show Friday, Sept. 3, as he put on a dominating performance at Lernerville Speedway to take his 12th win of the year with the O’Reilly Auto Parts All Star Circuit of Champions
Shaffer’s win in the Second Annual Duel in the Dirt is his 17th overall feature victory of 2010 as the defending All Star champion continues his march to the $50,000 series championship. Friday’s win is Shaffer’s 31st career All Star victory, moving him into 15th on the all-time win list.
“Winning the Knoxville Nationals sure puts the pressure on me. Every body at home is like ‘you should be able to go up there and win,’ but it’s a different night and in dirt track racing anything can happen. But the guys had the car great,” said Shaffer beside his VRP Shocks, Kistler Engines, J&J Auto Racing, sponsored machine.
It took five tries to finally get a lap in for the feature with Carl Bowser looping it out on the initial start followed by Dean Jacobs getting crossed up on the second attempt and Eric Williams getting upside down on the third. Bowser again spun on the fourth try at the start. The fifth time was the charm and Dale Blaney, who won the last time the All Stars visited the historic Lernerville Speedway, grabbed the early lead. But a caution on the second circuit for track champion Danny Holtgraver who spun, would again bunch up the field.
On the ensuing restart Blaney would drive the George Fisher Racing, Ti22 Performance machine back into the lead with Lance Dewease, Greg Wilson and Shaffer in tow. Shaffer would drive his Aaron Call/Janet Holbrook owned machine under both Wilson and Dewease with a perfect slide job coming out of turn two on lap five to grab second. Shaffer, a former Lernerville track champion, began to reel Blaney in and two laps later, took the top spot as they raced into lapped traffic. By lap 18, Shaffer had seven lapped machines between himself and Blaney.
Jacobs would spin on lap 24, but Shaffer had seven lapped cars separating him from Blaney and would set sail to victory lane. However, the crowd was treated to a great battle for third as Dewease and Lernerville legend Ed Lynch Jr. would swap the position each lap over the last four circuits before Lynch would take it at the checkers.
“In sprint car racing you can never give up and run it hard all the time. I didn’t know how many lapped cars were between us on that last yellow…I just knew I had to run hard,” said the driver known as the “Steel City Outlaw.”
For Blaney, a three-time All Star champion, it’s hard to be upset finishing behind the hottest sprint car driver in the country.
“The track was great…if you were really hooked up like he (Shaffer’s) was. That was just kind of an old-fashioned whippin’ they gave us right there…they’ve been going awful great,” said Blaney. “Someone is going to have to beat this guy one of these days…he’s doing a heck of a job.”
Lynch, a multi-time Lernerville champion, was excited about his third place finish.
“We had a heck of a race going on…inside, outside just trying to get a podium finish. Lance is a good clean, hard racer,” said Lynch beside his Howard Concrete, J&J Racing, Kistler Engines, Ultralight Brakes backed machine.
Written by Jason Shank – O’Reilly All Star Late Model Series Director
Sarver, PA (September 3, 2010) Shane Clanton had always been fast at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA but never had the luck or got the breaks needed to pick up a win at the famed half-mile, until 2010.
Shane made everything click back in June when he took home $30,000 from the 4th Annual 'Firecracker 100' and continued his 2010 success at 'The Action Track' with a $5,000 win in the O'Reilly All Star Late Model Series sanctioned 'Dual in the Dirt', surprisingly, using the same right front tire that glued him to the speedway in June.
'After 150 laps and $35,000, I think that tire has paid for itself,' joked race winner Clanton.
Clanton and fellow World of Outlaws Late Model Series competitor Chub Frank brought the field to the green flag with Clanton setting an early blistering pace. The ultra-fast surface that took almost a half an inch of rain a mere 2 hours before racing began, had action all over as 11th starting and All Star Rookie of the Year contender John Garvin Jr. slid into the sixth place on the second lap as Chub and Josh Richards ran second and third behind the race leader.
While Clanton showed that he would clearly be the class of the field, 18th starting Steve Francis powered his way into the top ten by the eighth circuit while Gregg Satterlee fought with Clint Smith for the fifth spot.
The laps started clicking away as Clanton diced his way through lapped traffic as Richards and Frank battled for second. Richards used momentum out of turn two to gain on Frank on each and every lap, attempting slide job after slide job in turn four with no success as Chub used his own outside momentum to hold off the defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion.
Steve Francis continued to make his way to the front after climbing into the top five with a pass of Clint Smith on lap 22 put him on the rear bumper of All Star point leader Robbie Blair. Francis worked his way under Blair for fourth on lap 23 and set his sights on Richards who was still battling with Frank for second. Richards was finally able to make one of his patented Lernerville slide jobs stick on lap 27 to move into the second spot while Francis was steadily gaining on the duo. Francis's pass on Frank on lap 28 was made fairly easy as Chub made contact with the lapped car of Herman Bertolini coming out of turn four but was able to regroup before fourth running Clint Smith was able to get by.
Clanton masterfully worked through lapped traffic to hold onto the lead during the caution-free event, which at times was over seven seconds, and bring home his second career All Star Late Model Series feature event.
Richards was second with Francis coming from his 18th starting position to finish third followed by Chub Frank in fourth and Clint Smith in fifth.
Jared Miley was sixth as Gregg Satterlee came home seventh, Greg Oakes eighth, Rob Blair ninth, and Doug Eck was tenth.
All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Feature (30 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Felmlee, Sodeman, Wimmer, Kuriger
- (83) Tim Shaffer, Alliquippa
- (2) Dale Blaney, Fowler, OH
- (2L) Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
- (30C) Lance DeWease, Fayetteville
- (W20) Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH
- (8) Mike Lutz, Mercer
- (94) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson, OH
- (22C) Cole Duncan, Lockbourne, OH
- (22) Brian Ellenberger, Butler
- (89G) David Gravel, Watertown, CT
- (6F) Bob Felmlee, Franklin
- (4) Rod George, Kittanning
- (D4) Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
- (39) Keith Kauffman, Mifflintown
- (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
- (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
- (04) Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH
- (0) Brandon Wimmer, Fairmount, IN
- (25) Jimmy Segar, Morrisdale
- (08) Dan Kuriger, Freedom
- (97) Dean Jacobs, Fremont, NE
- (5) Byron Reed, Waterville, OH
- (7) Eric Williams, Greenville
- (24S) Brian Steinman, Lucinda
Dash Winner: Lance Dewease
B-Main Winner: Byron Reed
All Star Late Model Series Feature (25 Laps)
DNS: (3S) Dan Swartzlander, Freeport
- (25) Shane Clanton, Locust Grove GA.
- (25R) Josh Richards, Shinnston WV.
- (15) Steve Francis, Ashland KY.
- (1*) Chub Frank, Bear Lake
- (44) Clint Smith, Senoia GA
- (H1) Jared Miley, South Park
- (22S) Greg Satterlee, Rochester Mills
- (22) Greg Oakes, Franklinville NY.
- (W11) Rob Blair, Titusville
- (03E) Doug Eck, Corry
- (J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver
- (21) Matt Lux, Franklin
- (2J) Mike Johnson, Imperial
- (1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
- (99B) Rick “Boom” Briggs, Bear Lake
- (111) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
- (J19) Jason Fosnaught, Creighton
- (38R) Nick Reges, Butler
- (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton
- (72) Michael Norris, Sarver
- (16*) Dereck Frank, Jamestown NY.
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Blair, Richards
ASCoC Sprint Car Top Ten Qualifying
- (2L) Ed Lynch Jr., 13.075
- (83) Tim Shaffer, 13.225
- (2) Dale Blaney, 13.230
- (89G) David Gravel, 13.243
- (6) Bill Rose, 13.287
- (22C) Cole Duncan, 13.299
- (8) Mike Lutz, 13.303
- (W20) Greg Wilson, 13.352
- (30C) Lance DeWease, 13.368
- (94) Jack Sodeman Jr., 13.373
ASLMS Late Model Top Ten Qualifying
Car Count Total: 55
- (22S) Greg Satterlee, 15.643
- (W11) Rob Blair, 15.709
- (25R) Josh Richards, 15.726
- (25) Shane Clanton, 15.734
- (1*) Chub Frank, 15.814
- (15) Steve Francis, 15.906
- (2J) Mike Johnson, 16.079
- (H1) Jared Miley, 16.106
- (1C) Lyn Geisler, 16.126
- (J4) John Garvin, 16.138
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints: 34
DIRTcar Late Models: 21
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director