Williams Grove II results 2007-07-20

Leppo Wins Second Night of Summer Nationals What a difference a night makes. On Thursday, Brian Leppo timed in seventh quick and was one spot short of transferring to the A-Feature from his heat race on the opening night of the Summer Nationals ...

Williams Grove II results 2007-07-20

Leppo Wins Second Night of Summer Nationals

What a difference a night makes. On Thursday, Brian Leppo timed in seventh quick and was one spot short of transferring to the A-Feature from his heat race on the opening night of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway. He then came up just short of transferring from the B-Main into the A-Feature and was forced to watch the event from on top of his hauler.

That all changed on Friday night, as he had the best seat in the house, leading all 25 laps to earn his first career World of Outlaws win and his first win of the season in the second night of the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts at the famed Williams Grove Speedway.

Leppo used a strong start from the outside of the front row to win a drag race with Steve Kinser into the first turn. He then opened a consistent lead over the 20-time World of Outlaws champion who was looking for his ninth win of the season.

"I don't know what to say really," said Leppo, driver of the Swope Salvage & Recycling JEI. "To win a World of Outlaws race after lining up on the front row with the 'King of the Outlaws' is a dream come true. I think we accomplished a great thing here tonight by beating 54 good race cars drivers."

Leppo had to endure a red flag and five cautions, including one with just three laps to go, en route to his second career win at Williams Grove Speedway. On each restart, he had Kinser lined up right on his bumper and got on the gas at just the perfect second each and every time to power his way into the first turn and open up a comfortable lead.

"I told myself to not pay attention to the scoreboard," said the winner, who was greeted by a throng of family and friends in the winner's circle. "I didn't want to get psyched out knowing that the guy behind me has far more experience than I'll have in my lifetime. I had to keep hitting my lines, and until you mess up it is your race to lose."

Several time over the course of the 25-lap event, Kinser looked to the low side of the track in turns one and two and the high side in turns three and four for a way around Leppo. On a couple of occasions he was able to close in on the native of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania but could not quite get even with him.

Kinser finished second in the Q Oil Maxim, after winning the first heat and the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position. He now has 29 Top-10 finishes on the season, with 20 of those being in the Top-Five.

Kinser began the night by winning the first heat to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash. He won the dash for the fourth time this season to earn his fourth pole position.

Lucas Wolfe finished third on the second night of the Summer Nationals, after starting sixth. He got around Paul McMahan early and then set his sights on Joey Saldana, whose night ended after there was some slight contact between the cars. Wolfe charged around Craig Dollansky and closed to within a few car lengths of Kinser several times.

"It was a pretty good run," said Wolfe, driver of the Allebach Racing Maxim. "We were better than we were last night. I think a lot of it had to do with starting position tonight. It's always good to run strong with these guys. The more I get to run with them, the better I feel that I get. The more comfortable I feel racing with them."

Paul McMahan finished fourth on Friday night after he was ninth on Thursday night. The two-time winner this season now has 24 Top-10 finishes in 2007, as he continues his second season behind the wheel for two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.

"We had a good race car," said McMahan, driver of the Bass Pro Shops Eagle. "We went out fairly late to qualify and ended up 10th quick. We won our heat and drew our lucky number 8 (in the dash). We had a good start in the dash and got up to fifth and that made our whole night there. We'll just keep plugging away."

Craig Dollansky was fifth in the Karavan Trailers Maxim. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has 29 Top-10 finishes, with 15 of those being in the Top-Five.

Donny Schatz started 16th and finished sixth to earn the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award. He moved into eighth just a couple laps into the race. The winner of the opening night of the Summer Nationals was working the line right near the wall for a portion of the race and tested several spots on the track as he warmed up for the $20,000 finale on Saturday night.

Kenny Jacobs was seventh in the Weikerts Livestock JEI, with Jason Sides eighth in the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim. Sides accumulated the most points on the first two nights of the Summer Nationals and will thus start on the pole of the first heat on Saturday night in the finale, as the heat races will be lined up by the accumulated points earned on the first two nights.

Doug Esh, who won the National Open last season at Williams Grove to earn his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win was ninth on Friday night in the Kinard Trucking J&J. Jason Martin was 10th in the NOS Energy Drink Maxim, after wining the fourth heat to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash.

After being so close to racing his way into the A-Feature on Thursday night, Leppo finished second in the third heat race on Friday night, to secure himself a starting spot in the Crane Cams Dash, where he finished second.

"This makes for a good weekend," smiled Leppo. "I hope we have good luck tomorrow. This definitely covers last night's flaws. We accomplished a good feat tonight."

The finale of the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts, will be 30 laps and pay $20,000 to the winner. Williams Grove is one of the most demanding tracks on the World of Outlaws schedule, but with his experience at the track, Leppo is confident the team can keep up the momentum.

"It just takes fives more laps of patience," he noted. "You have to keep the car underneath you for 30 laps instead of 25. That is the key to these races, to stay with your car and keep going forward."

Wolfe was one of only 11 drivers that made the A-Feature on each of the first two nights of the Summer Nationals. With 54 cars signed into the pit area, it was by far one of the most daunting fields for a World of Outlaws event this season.

"It's a tough deal here with all the cars," said Wolfe. "The few guys that beat me tonight didn't make the show last night so that shows you how tough it is. I was fortunate to take advantage of a good opportunity."

McMahan was one of just three drivers with Jason Sides and Donny Schatz being the others, to earn a Top-10 finish in the A-Feature on both of the first two nights of the Summer Nationals.

"This is probably the toughest race track we come to, with the competition," stated McMahan. "To make the show both nights and to be in the Top-three in points is a good thing. The big prize is tomorrow."

The Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts wrap up on Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway, with the winner taking home $20,000.


* FAST QUALIFIER: Steven Buckwalter paced the 54 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked half-mile oval in 17.219 seconds at 104.536 mph. For his qualifying effort, Buckwalter earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Tim Shaffer (4), Joey Saldana (3), Kenny Jacobs (2) and Jason Sides (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Steve Kinser, Paul McMahan, Joey Saldana and Jason Martin won heat races... Jim Siegel won the C-Main... Tim Shaffer won the B-Main... Steve Kinser won the Crane Cams dash.

* UP NEXT: The Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts from Williams Grove Speedway wraps up on Saturday, July 21.


World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Cleveland Brothers Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts; Mechanicsburg, PA; July 20, 2007

1) 17B-Steven Buckwalter 17.219
2) 6-Tim Shaffer 17.241
3) 9-Joey Saldana 17.338
4) 29-Kenny Jacobs 17.375
5) 7S-Jason Sides 17.394
6) 7-Craig Dollansky 17.478
7) 71-Brian Leppo 17.482
8) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 17.528
9) O7-Mark Smith 17.540
10) 20-Paul McMahan 17.552
11) 21P-Brian Montieth 17.573
12) R19-Jason Solwold 17.576
13) 11-Steve Kinser 17.615
14) 11H-Kerry Madsen 17.637
15) 14-Jason Meyers 17.643
16) 36-Jason Martin 17.649
17) 30-Doug Esh 17.665
18) 15-Donny Schatz 17.666
19) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 17.681
20) 7K-Keith Kauffman 17.731
21) 87-Alan Krimes 17.778
22) 24-Terry McCarl 17.790
23) 11E-Mike Erdley 17.800
24) 5C-Chad Hillier 17.806
25) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 17.819
26) 25-Lance Dewease 17.851
27) 1-Jeff Shepard 17.855
28) 35-Jac Haudenschild 17.878
29) 83-Danny Lasoski 17.881
30) 30C-Steve Clabaugh 17.882
31) 3-Bob Bennett 17.906
32) 18X-Ryan Bohkle 17.922
33) 1X-Randy Hannagan 17.940
34) 9K-Craig Keel 17.999
35) 19-Stevie Smith 18.019
36) 59-Jim Siegel 18.035
37) D1-Justin Henderson 18.064
38) 39-TJ Stutts 18.137
39) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr. 18.158
40) 21-Daryn Pittman 18.160
41) 22-Greg Hodnett 18.183
42) 6W-Josh Wells 18.238
43) 51-Fred Rahmer 18.271
44) 8M-Chris Meleason 18.278
45) 88-Todd Shaffer 18.298
46) 10N-Niki Young 18.325
47) 93-Jonathan Eriksen 18.351
48) 35A-Alan Cole 18.360
49) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 18.362
50) U1-Chad Layton 18.381
51) 8K-Chad Kemenah 18.386
52) 18-Brian Carlson 18.500
53) 28-Brian Paulus 18.579
54) 8-Rich Eichelberger 18.963

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 7S-Jason Sides
3) O7-Mark Smith
4) 30-Doug Esh
5) 83-Danny Lasoski
6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
7) D1-Justin Henderson
8) 22-Greg Hodnett
9) 17B-Steven Buckwalter
10) 88-Todd Shaffer
11) 1X-Randy Hannagan
12) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
13) 28-Brian Paulus
14) 87-Alan Krimes

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 20-Paul McMahan
2) 7-Craig Dollansky
3) 11H-Kerry Madsen
4) 15-Donny Schatz
5) 24-Terry McCarl
6) 6-Tim Shaffer
7) 25-Lance Dewease
8) 39-TJ Stutts
9) U1-Chad Layton
10) 9K-Craig Keel
11) 10N-Niki Young
12) 30C-Steve Clabaugh
13) 6W-Josh Wells
14) 8-Rich Eichelberger

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 9-Joey Saldana
2) 71-Brian Leppo
3) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
4) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr.
5) 11E-Mike Erdley
6) 1-Jeff Shepard
7) 19-Stevie Smith
8) 8K-Chad Kemenah
9) 51-Fred Rahmer
10) 21P-Brian Montieth
11) 93-Jonathan Eriksen
12) 3-Bob Bennett
13) 14-Jason Meyers

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 36-Jason Martin
2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
3) R19-Jason Solwold
4) 29-Kenny Jacobs
5) 7K-Keith Kauffman
6) 21-Daryn Pittman
7) 35-Jac Haudenschild
8) 5C-Chad Hillier
9) 59-Jim Siegel
10) 18X-Ryan Bohkle
11) 8M-Chris Meleason
12) 18-Brian Carlson
13) 35A-Alan Cole

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 71-Brian Leppo
3) 7-Craig Dollansky
4) 9-Joey Saldana
5) 20-Paul McMahan
6) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
7) 36-Jason Martin
8) O7-Mark Smith
9) 7S-Jason Sides
10) 29-Kenny Jacobs

C-main (10 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)
1) 59-Jim Siegel
2) D1-Justin Henderson
3) 21-Daryn Pittman [$125]
4) 22-Greg Hodnett [$125]
5) 39-TJ Stutts [$125]
6) 51-Fred Rahmer [$100]
7) 10N-Niki Young [$100]
8) 8K-Chad Kemenah [$100]
9) 88-Todd Shaffer [$100]
10) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. [$100]
11) U1-Chad Layton [$100]
12) 93-Jonathan Eriksen [$100]
13) 18-Brian Carlson [$100]
14) 8-Rich Eichelberger [$100]
15) 8M-Chris Meleason [$100]
16) 6W-Josh Wells [$100]
17) 28-Brian Paulus [$100]
18) 35A-Alan Cole [$100]

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 6-Tim Shaffer
2) 17B-Steven Buckwalter
3) 87-Alan Krimes
4) 35-Jac Haudenschild
5) 14-Jason Meyers [$200]
6) 25-Lance Dewease [$180]
7) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$175]
8) 1-Jeff Shepard [$160]
9) 9K-Craig Keel [$150]
10) 5C-Chad Hillier [$150]
11) 3-Bob Bennett [$150]
12) 19-Stevie Smith [$150]
13) 59-Jim Siegel [$150]
14) 30C-Steve Clabaugh [$150]
15) 1X-Randy Hannagan [$150]
16) D1-Justin Henderson [$150]
17) 21P-Brian Montieth [$150]
18) 18X-Ryan Bohkle [$150]

A-main (25 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 71-Brian Leppo[2] [$5,000]
2) 11-Steve Kinser[1] [$3,250]
3) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[6] [$2,750]
4) 20-Paul McMahan[5] [$2,500]
5) 7-Craig Dollansky[3] [$2,250]
6) 15-Donny Schatz[16] [$2,100]
7) 29-Kenny Jacobs[10] [$2,000]
8) 7S-Jason Sides[9] [$1,750]
9) 30-Doug Esh[15] [$1,600]
10) 36-Jason Martin[7] [$1,500]
11) 11H-Kerry Madsen[14] [$1,300]
12) 11E-Mike Erdley[21] [$1,200]
13) R19-Jason Solwold[13] [$1,100]
14) 24-Terry McCarl[20] [$900]
15) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[17] [$800]
16) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr.[24] [$700]
17) 6-Tim Shaffer[12] [$700]
18) 35-Jac Haudenschild[22] [$600]
19) 17B-Steven Buckwalter[11] [$600]
20) O7-Mark Smith[8] [$600]
21) 87-Alan Krimes[19] [$600]
22) 7K-Keith Kauffman[18] [$600]
23) 83-Danny Lasoski[23] [$600]
24) 9-Joey Saldana[4] [$600]

 Lap Leaders: Brian Leppo 1-25 
KSE Hard Charger Award: Donny Schatz

-credit: woo

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