Wayne’s World: Wayne Johnson Wins Shocker
Night number two of the 37th
Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals once again had 52 cars signed into the pits
looking to steal the $7000 top prize put up by the O’Reilly All Star Circuit
of Champions. Craig Mintz and John Westbrook were unable to return after
their night one crash, but Jason Sides and Chad Hillier filled their spots
keeping the field at 52 of the finest sprint car drivers in the country.
However, like at any All Star race throughout the decades, you just
never know going in who is going to come out on top.
Danny Lasoski took the green flag in the
25 lap A-main event and got out to an early lead while Paul May and Mark
Smith dueled for second place. Cautions on lap 7 for Daryn Pittman and on
lap 9 for Brian Ellenberger slowed the action, but Lasoski retained the lead
on each restart. The red flag flew for Brandon Martin on lap
11 as martin got caught up in a Cody Darrah spin and had no place to go but
into the turn one fence sending the 11m end over end. On the restart it was
Lasoski, Mark Smith, May, Hafertepe, and Wayne Johnson. Donny
Schatz restarted in 9th after starting 19th.
The next several laps were wild as May and
Smith traded slide jobs for the second spot and Hafertepe and Johnson duked
it out behind the leaders. May started to fade late in the race while
Hafertepe looked to run down The Dude in traffic. Wayne
Johnson waited for the right time to strike. Hafertepe took the lead on lap
18 and Lasoski reclaimed it on lap 19. As the two were side by
side going into turn one, Johnson made a sling shot move with a run off the
bottom passing them both in turn two. Johnson managed to pull away over the
next five laps to claim the victory. Hafertepe was second
followed by Lasosksi, Dollansky who started 24th, and Schatz who
An elated Johnson said from the victory
stage, “I was trying to pass Hafertepe but I got such a good run I just
drove past them both. I was kind of shocked myself. I knew we
could run around the bottom when nobody else could, so I was just saving my
tires when all those guys were running up in the rubber.”
“I have to thank all my guys and Penske
Shocks,” said Johnson. “It shows just how good of a racecar we’ve got.
I want to thank everyone who is involved with this thing because this
is a low buck team. Tony Stewart’s guys can sit over there and spend all
the money they want, but we’re one of the lowest budget teams in the pit
Heat race action was intense with a much
slicker track than the previous night. Heat race number one had some great
action as All Star driver Brandon Martin found a sweet spot on the high side
and charged from the back of the pack to a transfer spot, passing the King
Steve Kinser in the process. Kinser, who was the fast
qualifier of the night, was able to get back under Martin on the final lap,
but Martin motored by on the outside at the flag stand sending Kinser to the
Heat race number two saw Donny Schatz run
away with it while Craig Dollansky charged from 11th to 4th.
Cody Darrah dominated heat race number three and Lucas Wolfe took the win in
heat race number four while several great cars were sent packing to the C
The C-main was won by Greg Wilson who
started on the front row by virtue of Terry McCarl opting not to start.
Steve Kinser won the B-main, but not
without Joey Saldana nipping at his heels. Kinser appeared to let off the
throttle on lap 8 as Saldana rocketed past the King, but kinser put the
hammer back down and reclaimed the lead from Saldana and went on to win the
event. Saldana was second followed by Sam Hafertepe Jr. and
Chad Hillier. Tim Kaeding just missed the transfer spot after qualifying 7th
earlier in the evening.
The All Stars will wrap up their
Volusia Speedway (2-6-08)
O'Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions
Qualifying - Kistler Engines
1. 11-Steve Kinser, 15.206; 2. 15H-Sam
Hafertepe Jr., 15.250; 3. 28-Brian Paulus, 15.301; 4. 7MX-Mark Smith,
15.303; 5. 71-Paul May, 15.309; 6. 5C-Chad Hillier, 15.315; 7. 10-Tim
Kaeding, 15.331; 8. 9-Joey Saldana, 15.336; 9. 8H-Dustin Morgan, 15.373; 10.
18-Tony Bruce Jr., 15.381; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.403; 12. 5-Danny Lasoski,
15.469; 13. 39-TJ Stutts, 15.489; 14. R19-Jac Haudenschild, 15.491; 15.
20E-Brian Ellenberger, 15.497; 16. 22-Greg Hodnett, 15.500; 17. 94-Wayne
Johnson, 15.521; 18. 21-Daryn Pittman, 15.522; 19. 89-Cody Darrah, 15.548;
20. 4-Danny Smith, 15.567; 21. 51-Fred Rahmer, 15.630; 22. 15-Donny Schatz,
15.632; 23. 56R-Ryan Myers, 15.774; 24. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 15.782; 25. 14-Jason
Myers, 15.789; 26. 1X-Randy Hannagan, 15.818; 27. 83-Shane Stewart, 15.825;
Heat 1 - All Pro Heads
1. 51-Fred Rahmer; 2. 94-Wayne Johnson; 3. 71-Paul May; 4. 39-TJ Stutts; 5. 11M-Brandon Martin; 6. 11-Steve Kinser; 7. 14-Jason Myers; 8. 30C-Lance Dewease; 9. 8H-Dustin Morgan; 10. 11B-Brock Mayes; 11. O-Paul McMahan; 12. 22B-Ben Gregg; 13. 94S-Natalie Sather;
Heat 2 - Engler Machine & Tool
1. 15-Donny Schatz; 2. 21-Daryn Pittman;
Heat 3 - Hoosier Tire
1. 89-Cody Darrah; 2. 20E-Brian
Ellenberger; 3. 7S-Jason Sides; 4. 28-Brian Paulus; 5. 83-Shane Stewart; 6.
10-Tim Kaeding; 7. 6F-Bob Felmlee; 8. 19-Stevie Smith; 9. 9P-Rager Phillps;
10. 56R-Ryan Myers; 11. 7M-Geoff Didge; 12. 16S-Lee Stark; 13. B4-Eric
Heat 4 - Hank's Performance Products
1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 2. 5-Danny Lasoski; 3.
4-Danny Smith; 4. 7MX-Mark Smith; 5. 22-Greg Hodnett; 6. 8K-
C-main - Outerwears Racing Accessories
1. W20-Greg Wilson; 2. O-Paul McMahan; 3. 11B-Brock Mayes; 4. 6F-Bob Felmlee; 5. 9P-Rager Phillps; 6. 94S-Natalie Sather; 7. 7M-Geoff Didge; 8. 4N-Neil Shepherd; 9. 22B-Ben Gregg; 10. 20-Kraig Kinser; 11. 80-Spud Gustin; 12. 71J-Bob Schaeffer; 13. 72J-Johnny Johnson; 14. 24-Terry McCarl; 15. 29A-Jason Botsford; 16. B4-Eric Baldaccini;
1. 11-Steve Kinser; 2. 9-Joey Saldana; 3.
15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 4. 5C-Chad Hillier; 5. 10-Tim Kaeding; 6. 14-Jason
Myers; 7. 1-Jeff Shepard; 8. 8K-
A-main - MSD Ignition Starting Position 
1. 94-Wayne Johnson; 2. 15H-Sam
Hafertepe Jr.; 3. 5-Danny Lasoski; 4. 2-Craig Dollanksy; 5.
15-Donny Schatz; 6. 7MX-Mark Smith; 7. 11-Steve Kinser; 8.
18-Tony Bruce Jr.; 9. 71-Paul May; 10. 7S-Jason Sides; 11. 22-Greg
Hodnett; 12. 28-Brian Paulus; 13. 4-Danny Smith; 14. 5W-Lucas
Wolfe; 15. 5C-Chad Hillier; 16. 25-Chad
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