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Schatz Blisters Stellar Field at Volusia Speedway Park*

BARBERVILLE, FL (2-5-08) by Bryan Autullo – All Star PR Director

The O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions rolled into Volusia Speedway
Park with 52 cars to kick of the 37^th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals.
With a field second only to the Knoxville Nationals, the All Stars had
their work cut out for them to try to grab a piece of the pie and the
$7000 winner’s share. The best of the World of Outlaws and the PA Posse
came to compete with the All Stars with a large crowd on hand on a warm
Florida evening.

Daryn Pittman set the Kistler Engines Quick Time, laying down a new
track record of 12.951 on the super-fast half mile. The margin between
quick time and 47^th place was less than one second, which goes to show
you how important it is to rip off a perfect qualifying run each and
every time.

Heat race action was fast and fierce with wins going to Wayne Johnson,
Lucas Wolfe, Greg Hodnett, and Brian Ellenberger. Craig Mintz lost a
left front wheel in his heat and was clobbered by John Westbrook as he
sat helpless at the bottom of turn three. Westbrook had no place to go
and Mintz suffered a vicious hit causing a minor knee injury and major
damage to the 09 car.

The C-main was packed with talent as would be expected with such a
stellar field of cars. Tim Kaeding won with Shane Stewart close behind.
Paul McMahan was third with Eric Baldaccini taking the final transfer spot.

The B-main looked like an A-main with all the good cars lining up to try
to make it into the feature event, but only four drivers would be so
lucky. Danny Lasoski took the checkers followed by Jeff Shepard, Tony
Bruce Jr., and Jac Haudenschild. Several great drivers were reduced to
spectators for the A-main event.

The redraw of the Top 6 spots by the young fans on the front stretch put
Donny Schatz on the pole and Jason Meyers to his outside. Steve Kinser
would line up behind Schatz and Lance Dewease took the outside of row
two. Daryn Pittman and Craig Dollanksy made up row three.

At the drop of the green, Meyers took the early lead and held the point
for several laps over Schatz. When the two hit lapped traffic, Schatz
was finding the high side to his liking and overtook Meyers on lap 15.
Schatz then set sail picking off back markers one by one as Meyers kept
him within his sight. Steve Kinser was busy holding off Daryn Pittman.
Meyers got one last good run on Schatz on lap 22, but Schatz would pull
away again. Lance Dewease got by Pittman with five laps to go as Schatz
went on to win. Meyers crossed the line second with Kinser, Dewease, and
Pittman rounding out the Top 5.

"It was a good night,” said Schatz from the Alltel victory lane. “Our
first night out in the car and we won. I look forward to calling Tony
(Stewart) to tell him how we did tonight. The team worked hard and we
were in a good spot tonight. We came out here tonight to try a few
things and to learn a few things. We will try some more stuff tomorrow
and the next night. We have a couple days to keep getting better."

The O’Reilly All Stars will be back in action on Wednesday February 6^th
at Volusia Speedway Park.. Reserved seat tickets for each night of the
Alltel DIRTcar Nationals can be purchased online at
www.VolusiaSpeedwayPark.com <http://www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com/>. The
Pit Gates will open at 2 p.m. EST, with Grandstand gates set to open at
4 p.m. EST and Hot Laps are tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. EST.

Fans unable to attend the spectacular week at Volusia can still catch
all the action on the DIRTVision Cybercast. For just $29.99 fans can
purchase the ‘Alltel DIRTcar Nationals Racepass’ and watch live
streaming video of all 12 nights of racing action. Log on to
www.dirtvision.com <http://www.dirtvision.com/> for more information.

Volusia Speedway Park is located just 15 miles west of Ormond Beach,
Florida. From I-95, take exit 88 West on State Rd. 40. From Highway 17,
take State Rd 40, 5 miles east of Barberville, Florida.

Volusia Speedway (2-5-08)
O'Reilly AllStar Circuit of Champions

Qualifying - Kistler Engines

1. 21-Daryn Pittman, 12.951; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr., 13.025; 3.
15-Donny Schatz, 13.048; 4. 30C-Lance Dewease, 13.064; 5. 14-Jason
Myers, 13.066; 6. 8K-Chad Kemenah, 13.127; 7. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.167;
8. 5-Danny Lasoski, 13.185; 9. 1X-Randy Hannagan, 13.204; 10. 24-Terry
McCarl, 13.205; 11. 9-Joey Saldana, 13.208; 12. 2-Craig Dollanksy,
13.217; 13. 20-Kraig Kinser, 13.236; 14. 25-Chad Layton, 13.243; 15.
51-Fred Rahmer, 13.250; 16. 7MX-Mark Smith, 13.259; 17. 6F-Bob Felmlee,
13.267; 18. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.276; 19. 18-Tony Bruce Jr., 13.285; 20.
11B-Brock Mayes, 13.288; 21. 94-Wayne Johnson, 13.320; 22. 3W-John
Westbrook, 13.322; 23. 22-Greg Hodnett, 13.329; 24. 20E-Brian
Ellenberger, 13.331; 25. 11M-Brandon Martin, 13.332; 26. 1-Jeff Shepard,
13.353; 27. 89-Cody Darrah, 13.387; 28. 22B-Ben Gregg, 13.388; 29.
28-Brian Paulus, 13.392; 30. 39-TJ Stutts, 13.413; 31. W20-Greg Wilson,
13.418; 32. 19-Stevie Smith, 13.428; 33. 80-Spud Gustin, 13.482; 34.
4-Danny Smith, 13.487; 35. 2B-Dale Blaney, 13.492; 36. R19-Jac
Haudenschild, 13.495; 37. 10-Tim Kaeding, 13.504; 38. 83-Shane Stewart,
13.521; 39. O-Paul Mcmahan, 13.582; 40. B4-Eric Baldaccini, 13.595; 41.
71-Paul May, 13.623; 42. O9-Craig Mintz, 13.657; 43. 8H-Dustin Morgan,
13.679; 44. 16S-Lee Stark, 13.747; 45. 56R-Ryan Myers, 13.768; 46.
71J-Bob Schaeffer, 13.776; 47. 4N-Neil Shepherd, 13.881; 48. 7M-Geoff
Didge, 13.973; 49. 9P-Rager Phillps, 14.182; 50. 29A-Jason Botsford,
14.429; 51. 72J-Johnny Johnson, 17.365; 52. 94S-Natalie Sather, NT;

Heat 1 - All-Pro Heads

1. 94-Wayne Johnson; 2. 6F-Bob Felmlee; 3. 20-Kraig Kinser; 4. 14-Jason
Myers; 5. 21-Daryn Pittman; 6. 10-Tim Kaeding; 7. 28-Brian Paulus; 8.
11M-Brandon Martin; 9. 71-Paul May; 10. 56R-Ryan Myers; 11. 80-Spud
Gustin; 12. 1X-Randy Hannagan; 13. 9P-Rager Phillps;

Heat 2 - Engler Machine & Tooll

1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 2. 25-Chad Layton; 3. 8K-Chad Kemenah; 4. 24-Terry
McCarl; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 6. 1-Jeff Shepard; 7. 83-Shane
Stewart; 8. 39-TJ Stutts; 9. 71J-Bob Schaeffer; 10. 29A-Jason Botsford;
11. 3W-John Westbrook; 12. O9-Craig Mintz; 13. 4-Danny Smith;

Heat 3 - Hoosier Tire

1. 22-Greg Hodnett; 2. 9-Joey Saldana; 3. 51-Fred Rahmer; 4. 11-Steve
Kinser; 5. 15-Donny Schatz; 6. 18-Tony Bruce Jr.; 7. 2B-Dale Blaney; 8.
89-Cody Darrah; 9. 8H-Dustin Morgan; 10. W20-Greg Wilson; 11. O-Paul
Mcmahan; 12. 4N-Neil Shepherd; 13. 72J-Johnny Johnson;

Heat 4 - Hank's Performance Products

1. 20E-Brian Ellenberger; 2. 2-Craig Dollanksy; 3. 11B-Brock Mayes; 4.
30C-Lance Dewease; 5. 7MX-Mark Smith; 6. 5-Danny Lasoski; 7. R19-Jac
Haudenschild; 8. 19-Stevie Smith; 9. 22B-Ben Gregg; 10. B4-Eric
Baldaccini; 11. 16S-Lee Stark; 12. 7M-Geoff Didge; 13. 94S-Natalie Sather;

C-main – Outerwears Racing Accessories

1. 10-Tim Kaeding; 2. 83-Shane Stewart; 3. O-Paul Mcmahan; 4. B4-Eric
Baldaccini; 5. 71-Paul May; 6. 4N-Neil Shepherd; 7. 16S-Lee Stark; 8.
8H-Dustin Morgan; 9. 7M-Geoff Didge; 10. 56R-Ryan Myers; 11. 71J-Bob
Schaeffer; 12. 29A-Jason Botsford; 13. 72J-Johnny Johnson; 14. O9-Craig
Mintz; 15. 9P-Rager Phillps; 16. 94S-Natalie Sather;

B-main - University of Northwestern Ohio

1. 5-Danny Lasoski; 2. 1-Jeff Shepard; 3. 18-Tony Bruce Jr.; 4. R19-Jac
Haudenschild; 5. 28-Brian Paulus; 6. 11M-Brandon Martin; 7. 83-Shane
Stewart; 8. 10-Tim Kaeding; 9. 39-TJ Stutts; 10. 2B-Dale Blaney; 11.
89-Cody Darrah; 12. 19-Stevie Smith; 13. W20-Greg Wilson; 14. B4-Eric
Baldaccini; 15. 1X-Randy Hannagan; 16. 22B-Ben Gregg; 17. 80-Spud
Gustin; 18. 4-Danny Smith; 19. O-Paul Mcmahan; 20. 3W-John Westbrook;

A-main - MSD Ignition -- Starting Position []

1. 15-Donny Schatz[1]; 2. 14-Jason Myers[2]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser[7]; 4.
30C-Lance Dewease[5]; 5. 21-Daryn Pittman[4]; 6. 2-Craig Dollanksy[10];
7. 9-Joey Saldana[9]; 8. 20-Kraig Kinser[12]; 9. 8K-Chad Kemenah[3]; 10.
15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[6]; 11. 25-Chad Layton[13]; 12. 24-Terry
McCarl[8]; 13. 5-Danny Lasoski[11]; 14. 51-Fred Rahmer[14]; 15. R19-Jac
Haudenschild[24]; 16. 1-Jeff Shepard[23]; 17. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[17]; 18.
7MX-Mark Smith[15]; 19. 6F-Bob Felmlee[16]; 20. 18-Tony Bruce Jr.[18];
21. 22-Greg Hodnett[21]; 22. 11B-Brock Mayes[19]; 23. 20E-Brian
Ellenberger[22]; 24. 94-Wayne Johnson[20];

 

 

   

 

       
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