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Shepard Steals Volusia Speed Weeks Win From Outlaws


Barberville, FL — February 11, 2005 — By World of Outlaws Sprint PR

Jeff Shepard smoothly worked his way through lapped cars to hold off
hard-charging Steve Kinser and capture a World of Outlaws Sprint Series
victory at Volusia Speedway Park.

Shepard had already finished second twice during the 34th Annual Winter
Nationals, but Friday night he grabbed the checkered flag. After
fighting his way to second, Shepard took the lead when Donny Schatz’s
machine had mechanical trouble. Shepard then extended his advantage to
win by 10 car lengths and collect $10,000.

Following Kinser to the finish were Craig Dollansky, Mark Kinser and
Danny Lasoski, who used a provisional to start the main event.

While Schatz once again had the dominant car in a World of Outlaws
Sprint Series event, his luck ran out on Lap 18 of the 30-lap race when
he slowed in Turn 4. By that point, Shepard had positioned his car
behind Schatz despite working through car problems of his own.

“We worked on our car all night,” said Shepard, of Upperco, Md. “When
they dropped the green in the feature, the motor never really started
to run. On about the third lap, we dropped a cylinder because we broke
a valve. The throttle stuck open because of the valve and I started
catching the leaders. I looked over at my crew chief and he said just
keep running it. So we did, and passed all those guys and won the race.
I can’t believe it.

“All I know is beating the Outlaws is one of the hardest things I’ve
ever done in my career. It’s a great victory.”

With Steve Kinser giving chase and heavy traffic in front of him,
Shepard’s victory was never guaranteed. But when two early crashes gave
teams a chance to make adjustments, Kinser tightened his car too much
and wasn’t able to pressure Shepard for the lead.

“I got it a little bit tight and then I was killing the tires,” said
Kinser, a 19-time Outlaws champion. “It would have been all right if I
would have left it alone. I over-engineered myself.

“It was standing up, pushing coming out of the corner. I had it about
right. I should have left it alone, but I didn’t. I ran as hard as I
could the whole race, but I was just chasing the car too much in Turns
3 and 4.”

Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn., continued to build on his strong
showing during Speed Weeks. Friday night he started sixth and finished
third in a new J&J chassis the team is testing. He also won a heat
race.

“You’ve got the best teams in the country here right now,” he said. “I
don’t think it gets any better so to be able to start sixth and finish
third, we’re happy with that.

“We definitely tightened up. We’re working with a new chassis so when
you start tightening it reacts differently. We’re trying to chase down
what it likes and what we need to do with it when comes time for the
feature. There’s a lot of things we’re learning with it right now.”

Shepard’s victory ended a streak of sorts for Schatz. The Fargo, N.D.,
driver had won 2004 the season-ending event at Las Vegas and last
month’s 2005 opener in Australia.

“It was just a mechanical deal, it just shut off,” said Schatz, who
finished second in a heat and dominated a Dash. “That’s one of those
things that happens. We can’t sit here and dwell on it. We know that
our racecar is good. We got it to the front row. I think we had the
most dominant car so we can be happy about that and come back Sunday.”

There were two four-car crashes early in the A-Main, each bringing out
a red flag. Before the first lap could be completed, Jeremy Campbell
flipped in Turn 4 and collected Tim Shaffer, Kevin Swindell and Jason
Solwold. No one was injured, but only Solwold was able to rejoin the
event.

Then on Lap 2, Shane Stewart slid sideways in Turn 3. Tight racing left
Chad Kemenah with nowhere to go and he hit Stewart, collecting Paul
McMahan, Randy Hannagan and Mike Erdley.

For McMahan and Swindell might have made the best recoveries of the
night just to be taken out again later. In a heat race, the two got
together as they exited Turn 4, sending the cars flipping into the
frontstretch. The two teams quickly made repairs, and McMahan dominated
the B-Main with Swindell holding on for the final transfer position to
the A-Main.

Terry McCarl, a winner earlier during Speed Weeks, recovered from a
hard crash in the second heat race to capture the checkered flag in the
C-Main.

Heat race winners included Mark Smith, of Newville, Pa.; Lucas Wolfe,
of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Mike Erdley, of Herndon, Pa.; and Dollansky.

Schatz dominated the first dash, and Smith held off Steve Kinser to win
the second dash.

Chad Kemenah set the fast time of the night by circling the half-mile
dirt track in 13.465 seconds.

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World of Outlaws Sprint Series Statistical Report, Volusia Speedway
Park, February 11, 2005

Qualifying
1. Chad Kemenah, Harble 15K, 13.465
2. Jason Meyers, Elite Racing Team 14, 13.716
3. Dale Blaney, Blaney 72, 13.767
4. Randy Hannagan, Rush Racing 8, 13.771
5. Brock Mayes, Mayes 11B, 13.802
6. Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 13.803
7. Erin Crocker, Woodring 16, 13.808
8. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 13.815
9. Jeremy Campbell, Campbell 10C, 13.824
10. Mark Kinser, Wright 35, 13.826
11. Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 13.827
12. Craig Dollansky, Karavan 7, 13.831
13. Shane Stewart, Rudeen Racing 26, 13.836
14. Kevin Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.839
15. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.849
16. Jeff Shepard, Apple 12, 13.855
17. Mark Smith, Zemco 1Z, 13.857
18. Tim Kaeding, Roth 83, 13.861
19. Mike Erdley, Lisi 11E, 13.866
20. Bill Rose, Rose 6R, 13.867
21. Daryn Pittman, Titan Racing USA 21, 13.869
22. Danny Smith, Smith 4, 13.887
23. Lucas Wolfe, Allebach 5W, 13.888
24. Cody Geldart, Geldart 6G, 13.908
25. Greg Wilson, Hampshire 63, 13.958
26. Fred Rahmer, Harz 88H, 13.959
27. Greg Hodnett, Hamilton 77, 13.976
28. Tim Shaffer, Parsons 6, 13.980
29. Trevor Lewis, Stauffer 2T, 13.991
30. Jason Johnson, Klein 22J, 14.009
31. Jason Solwold, Carnahan R19, 14.026
32. Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 14.038
33. Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 14.042
34. Rob Chaney, SC Racing 9X, 14.043
35. Lance Dewease, Postupack 25, 14.065
36. Mike Brecht, Brecht 20B, 14.069
37. Mike Lutz, Chiapelli 98, 14.109
38. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 14.116
39. Phil Gressman, Grove 70, 14.127
40. Tom Busch, Busch 4B, 14.139
41. Jack Pillon, Pillon 18JP, 14.151
42. Joey Saldana, Woodward 2, 14.160
43. Cameron Dodson, Dodson 37, 14.165
44. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.213
45. Tony Bruce, Jr., Bruce 18, 14.220
46. Ron Blair, Blair 35B, 14.234
47. Clint Garner, Garner 40, 14.253
48. Natalie Sather, Sather 94S, 14.258
49. Justin Collett, Collett 69, 14.333
50. Bob Bennett, ACME 3, 14.349
51. Brandon Wimmer, Wimmer-Luck 7TW, 14.358
52. Cody Branchcomb, Branchcomb 94, 14.405
53. Sammy Swindell, Forbrook 5, 14.520
54. Barry Ruble, Ruble 63R, 14.917
55. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Chambliss 40R, No Time
56. Brian Paulus, Pender 28, No time

D-main
(6 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to C-main)
1. Brandon Wimmer [$20]
2. Sammy Swindell [$20]
3. Jac Haudenschild [$100]
4. Cody Branchcomb [$100]
5. Barry Ruble [$100]
6. Brian Paulus (DNS) [$100]
7. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (DNS) [$100]
8. Bob Bennett (DNS) [$100].

First Heat Race
(8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1. Mark Smith
2. Donny Schatz
3. Chad Kemenah
4. Jeff Shepard
5. Jeremy Campbell
6. Jason Sides
7. Cody Geldart
8. Trevor Lewis
9. Mike Lutz
10. Tony Bruce, Jr.
11. Jack Pillon
12. Greg Wilson

Second Heat Race
(8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1. Lucas Wolfe
2. Steve Kinser
3. Jason Meyers
4. Mark Kinser
5. Jason Johnson
6. Fred Rahmer
7. Erin Crocker
8. Joey Saldana
9. Rob Chaney
10. Tim Kaeding
11. Terry McCarl
12. Ron Blair

Third Heat Race
(8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1. Mike Erdley
2. Dale Blaney
3. Danny Smith
4. Kraig Kinser
5. Jason Solwold
6. Lance Dewease
7. Cameron Dodson
8. Greg Hodnett
9. Kevin Swindell
10. Paul McMahan
11. Phil Gressman
12. Clint Garner

Fourth Heat Race
(8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1. Craig Dollansky
2. Bill Rose
3. Daryn Pittman
4. Tim Shaffer
5. Shane Stewart
6. Danny Lasoski
7. Randy Hannagan
8. Brock Mayes
9. Tom Busch
10. Justin Collett
11. Natalie Sather
12. Mike Brecht

C-main
(10 laps, top 2 finishers
transferred to B-main)
1. Terry McCarl [$20]
2. Mike Lutz [$20]
3. Cameron Dodson [$125]
4. Sammy Swindell [$100]
5. Justin Collett [$100]
6. Joey Saldana [$100]
7. Tony Bruce, Jr. [$100]
8. Brandon Wimmer [$100]
9. Natalie Sather [$100]
10. Tom Busch [$100]
11. Phil Gressman (DNS) [$100]
12. Jack Pillon (DNS) [$100]
13. Ron Blair (DNS) [$100]
14. Clint Garner (DNS) [$100]

First Dash
(6 laps, finishing order determined inside first 6 rows of A-feature)
1. Donny Schatz
2. Jeff Shepard
3. Mark Kinser
4. Shane Stewart
5. Dale Blaney
6. Chad Kemenah

Second Dash
(6 laps, finishing order determined outside first 6 rows of A-feature)
1. Mark Smith
2. Steve Kinser
3. Craig Dollansky
4. Jason Meyers
5. Kraig Kinser
6. Jeremy Campbell

B-main
(12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1. Paul McMahan [$20]
2. Randy Hannagan [$20]
3. Tim Kaeding [$20]
4. Kevin Swindell [$20]
5. Danny Lasoski [$200]
6. Jason Sides [$180]
7. Fred Rahmer [$175]
8. Terry McCarl [$160]
9. Lance Dewease [$150]
10. Cody Geldart [$150]
11. Brock Mayes [$150]
12. Greg Wilson [$150]
13. Trevor Lewis [$150]
14. Rob Chaney [$150]
15. Greg Hodnett [$150]
16. Erin Crocker [$150]
17. Mike Brecht (DNS) [$150]
18. Mike Lutz [$150]

A-main (30 laps)
1. Jeff Shepard [$10,000]
2. Steve Kinser [$5,500]
3. Craig Dollansky [$3,200]
4. Mark Kinser [$2,800]
5. Danny Lasoski [$2,500]
6. Jason Meyers [$2,300]
7. Daryn Pittman [$2,200]
8. Kraig Kinser [$2,100]
9. Shane Stewart [$2,050]
10. Danny Smith [$2,000]
11. Joey Saldana [$1,500]
12. Tim Kaeding [$1,200]
13. Lucas Wolfe [$1,100]
14. Dale Blaney [$1,050]
15. Randy Hannagan [$1,000]
16. Mark Smith [$900]
17. Paul McMahan [$800]
18. Jason Solwold [$800]
19. Donny Schatz [$800]
20. Jason Johnson [$800]
21. Bill Rose [$800]
22. Chad Kemenah [$800]
23. Mike Erdley [$800]
24. Jeremy Campbell [$800]
25. Kevin Swindell [$800]
26. Tim Shaffer [$800]
Lap leaders: Mark Smith 1-4, Donny Schatz 5-14, Jeff Shepard 15-30
Event notes: Jac Haudenschild changed cars after qualifying and was
forced to start at the back of the D-main. … Brian Paulus, Bob Bennett
and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. scratched from the D-main. … Danny Lasoski and
Joey Saldana used provisionals to start the A-main.

 
 
 
       
   
   
   
   
   

 

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