Shaffer Surges to All Star Score at Fremont

By Brian Liskai, FREMONT, Ohio (September 18, 2015) – First it looked like Sheldon Haudenschild would drive to his 6th University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series win at Fremont Speedway Friday. But, he spun with nine laps to go handing the lead to Cole Duncan, who scored the win at “The Track That Action Built” the previous week. But, Duncan would jump the cushion in turn four with three laps to go, handing the lead to Aliquippa, Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer and the “Steel City Outlaw’ would drive to his second series win of the year at Fremont Speedway to open the 8th Annual Jim Ford Classic.

For Shaffer, a four time All Star champion, it was career win #56 with the series, tying him with the hall-of-famer Jack Hewitt for fourth on the All Star’s all-time win list. It was Shaffer’s second All Star win of 2015; the other coming in May at Fremont. Shaffer now has 15 career wins at Fremont Speedway, of which, 10 have been All Star victories.

“I have to thank Scott Gressman and those guys….they give me great engines. We have five-o here and James and Todd Grace has really been behind me all year…he’s really helped me out a bunch. It’s pretty awesome to have someone behind you and racing with you…he turns the wrenches on it and I just drive it,” said Shaffer beside his Bryan Grove Racing, Canton Erectors, VRP Shocks, Helms and Son Excavating backed machine.

“It’s amazing….I don’t know what it is but this place has always been good to me. It’s a lot of fun for me to race here. Todd was yelling at me on that yellow to go to the top in turns three and four with the big curb….with the way the car was, it worked out great,” added Shaffer of his win on All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Night.

Duncan would bring his Motor City Auto Transport, Industrial Special Powder Coating, Wolfden Products, CnB Chubby Mushroom Farms #22 home in second.

“This is a hard one to swallow. I screwed up in one and two first and let him (Shaffer) get underneath me and I tried to get it back in three and four and I knew he was there and was probably going to slide me if I didn’t bust butt around the cushion and I just got over it and it was all she wrote,” said Duncan. “My crew has been putting in the work during the week and it puts us up on the front stretch the past two weeks. I can’t thank them enough for that.”

Dalton, Ohio’s Lee Jacobs has struggled the past couple of months so a third place finish was just what the doctor ordered.

“This was like a hometown track for me for a lot of years. To come back here and run good is something great for us. We split ways with our crew chief right after Knoxville and I’m back to having fun in a race car again. I’m doing everything on my own and making phone calls to figure out what I need to do to this race car. Our results a couple of weeks ago didn’t show how really good we are. We’re going to push to win $10,000 tomorrow,” said Jacobs beside his Amanda Lewis Attorney at Law, Simcox Grinding and Steel, Crown Investments backed #81.

In the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint feature, Fremont’s Dustin Stroup would hold off a charging Bobby Clark for his first career win at “The Track That Action Built.” A couple of months ago it looked like Stroup was done racing for the year after blowing the engine in his 360 sprint ride. But, Kenny Meggitt stepped forward and gave Stroup a 305 engine to run and the results have been fantastic as this was his third win since the move (two came at Attica Raceway Park).

“This is amazing. We’ve had a lot of bad luck racing 360s and blew a motor at the King’s Royal. I had Kenny Meggitt gracious enough to give me a motor and we’ve picked up three wins in a short amount of time. I have to thank everybody who has a hand on this thing…Westway Farms, my mom and dad, my buddies Adam and Reed, Slade Shock Technology, Advanced Autoparts and Daniel Miller Cement Finishing,” said Stroup.

“I really hate this scoreboard because I look at it a lot. On that last caution I didn’t look up at it so I didn’t know who was behind me. But, when we took the white flag I saw a white car shove his nose in coming off of two. I was like I had better get going in three and four if I’m going to win this thing,” added Stroup.

Sheldon Haudenschild and Byron Reed would bring the field to green for the 30-lap All Star feature with Haudenschild gaining the advantage. Haudenschild and Reed would pull away slightly from the great battle for third involving Duncan, Gary Taylor and Shaffer. Haudenschild would set a blistering pace and would encounter heavy lapped traffic by the eighth circuit, allowing both Reed and Duncan to close while Shaffer moved into fourth.

Disaster nearly hit Haudenschild on lap 12 as he made contact with Caleb Griffith on the front stretch as he worked to lap Griffith. That would damage Griffith front end and bring out the caution. On the restart Haudenschild could not shake Reed as Duncan, Shaffer, Taylor, Brad Haudenschild, Lee Jacobs and Chad Kemenah stayed close as well. At the half-way point Reed had closed to within a car length of Sheldon Haudenschild.

The leaders would once again race into traffic on lap 19 with Sheldon Haudenschild leading Reed, Duncan, Shaffer and a closing Kemenah. After completing lap 21, Sheldon Haudenschild would spin in turn one, collecting Reed and handing the lead to Duncan. On the ensuing restart Brad Haudenschild would bring out the caution while all eyes were on Christopher Bell who had worked his way to 10th from his 24th starting spot.

When the green flew Duncan would lead as Shaffer and Kemenah battled for second, which would result in contact with Kemenah spinning, which also collected Bell. Duncan now led Shaffer, Taylor, Jacobs, Danny Holtgraver and a closing Cap Henry who had started 16th. Jacobs would take the third spot on lap 24 as Duncan now had his hands full with Shaffer. Shaffer would continually run to Duncan’s inside and as they raced into turns three and four to complete lap 28, the pressure would cause Duncan to slide over the curb in turn four, handing the lead to Shaffer.

Shaffer would drive away the final three laps to score the win over Duncan, Jacobs, Henry and Taylor. Current UNOH All Star point leader Dale Blaney would advance five spots to finish sixth with Dean Jacobs coming from 15th to a 7th place finish, while Sheldon Haudenschild would storm back to finish 8th with Greg Wilson advancing 11 positions to ninth and Holtgraver rounding out the top 10.

All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Night
Fremont Speedway
Friday, Sept. 18, 2015
Starting position[*]

UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions (37 cars)

1.40-Caleb Helms, 12.475; 2.1st-Gary Taylor, 12.493; 3.22-Cole Duncan, 12.602; 4.5T-Travis Philo, 12.677; 5.59-Danny Holtgraver, 12.717; 6.94-Ryan Smith, 12.744; 7.57X-Andrew Palker, 12.757; 8.1-Dale Blaney, 12.794; 9.45-Tim Shaffer, 12.796; 10.49-Tanner Thorson, 12.813; 11.16-Stuart Brubaker, 12.855; 12.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 12.867; 13.81-Lee Jacobs, 12.904; 14.3J-Trey Jacobs, 12.906; 15.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.909; 16.10H-Chad Kemenah, 12.923; 17.8M-TJ Michael, 12.924; 18.5K-Adam Kekich, 12.928; 19.38K-Brad Haudenschild, 12.961; 20.W20-Greg Wilson, 12.964; 21.8-DJ Foos, 12.986; 22.89-Cody Darrah, 12.997; 23.O9-Christopher Bell, 13.006; 24.2+-Brian Smith, 13.027; 25.5-Byron Reed, 13.027; 26.97-Dean Jacobs, 13.045; 27.19-Chris Andrews, 13.059; 28.55-Tyler Gunn, 13.064; 29.53-Cap Henry, 13.104; 30.40DD-Nate Dussel, 13.134; 31.33M-Caleb Griffith, 13.162; 32.O8-Dan Kuriger, 13.290; 33.9-Jordan Ryan, 13.435; 34.4-Danny Smith, 13.517; 35.76-David Jones, 13.700; 36.40i-Mark Imler, 13.798; 37.7-Joe Swanson, 13.988;

Heat 1, Group A – (10 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 45-Tim Shaffer[2] ; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney[3] ; 4. 57X-Andrew Palker[4] ; 5. 8M-TJ Michael[5] ; 6. 89-Cody Darrah[7] ; 7. 55-Tyler Gunn[9] ; 8. 19-Chris Andrews[8] ; 9. 8-DJ Foos[6] ; 10. O8-Dan Kuriger[10]

Heat 2, Group B – (10 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 5-Byron Reed[1] ; 2. 38K-Brad Haudenschild[2] ; 3. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[4] ; 4. 97-Dean Jacobs[5] ; 5. 33M-Caleb Griffith[6] ; 6. 9-Jordan Ryan[7] ; 7. 3J-Trey Jacobs[3] ; 8. 4-Danny Smith[8] ; 9. 7-Joe Swanson[9]

Heat 3, Group C – (10 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[2] ; 2. 81-Lee Jacobs[3] ; 3. 94-Ryan Smith[4] ; 4. 53-Cap Henry[7] ; 5. 2+-Brian Smith[6] ; 6. O9-Christopher Bell[5] ; 7. 40DD-Nate Dussel[8] ; 8. 5K-Adam Kekich[1] ; 9. 40i-Mark Imler[9]

Heat 4, Group D – (10 Laps, top 5 to A)
1. 5T-Travis Philo[1] ; 2. 22-Cole Duncan[2] ; 3. 1st-Gary Taylor[3] ; 4. 59-Danny Holtgraver[5] ; 5. W20-Greg Wilson[8] ; 6. 49-Tanner Thorson[6] ; 7. 16-Stuart Brubaker[7] ; 8. 76-David Jones[9] ; 9. 40-Caleb Helms[4]

Dash 1 – (8 Laps, determines top 10 starting spots in A)
1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[1] ; 2. 5-Byron Reed[3] ; 3. 1st-Gary Taylor[8] ; 4. 22-Cole Duncan[7] ; 5. 45-Tim Shaffer[5] ; 6. 81-Lee Jacobs[9] ; 7. 59-Danny Holtgraver[10] ; 8. 38K-Brad Haudenschild[4] ; 9. 5T-Travis Philo[6] ; 10. 10H-Chad Kemenah[2]

B-Main 1 – (12 Laps, top 4 to A)
1. 40-Caleb Helms[1] ; 2. 49-Tanner Thorson[2] ; 3. 16-Stuart Brubaker[3] ; 4. O9-Christopher Bell[8] ; 5. 8-DJ Foos[6] ; 6. 3J-Trey Jacobs[4] ; 7. 89-Cody Darrah[7] ; 8. 9-Jordan Ryan[13] ; 9. 55-Tyler Gunn[10] ; 10. 19-Chris Andrews[9] ; 11. 76-David Jones[15] ; 12. 40i-Mark Imler[16] ; 13. 7-Joe Swanson[17] ; 14. O8-Dan Kuriger[12] ; 15. 40DD-Nate Dussel[11] ; 16. 5K-Adam Kekich[5] ; 17. 4-Danny Smith[14]

A-Main 1 – (30 Laps)
1. 45-Tim Shaffer[5] ; 2. 22-Cole Duncan[4] ; 3. 81-Lee Jacobs[6] ; 4. 53-Cap Henry[16] ; 5. 1st-Gary Taylor[3] ; 6. 1-Dale Blaney[11] ; 7. 97-Dean Jacobs[15] ; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[1] ; 9. W20-Greg Wilson[20] ; 10. 59-Danny Holtgraver[7] ; 11. 94-Ryan Smith[13] ; 12. 5T-Travis Philo[9] ; 13. 49-Tanner Thorson[22] ; 14. 10H-Chad Kemenah[10] ; 15. O9-Christopher Bell[24] ; 16. 5-Byron Reed[2] ; 17. 16-Stuart Brubaker[23] ; 18. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[12] ; 19. 57X-Andrew Palker[14] ; 20. 8M-TJ Michael[17] ; 21. 40-Caleb Helms[21] ; 22. 38K-Brad Haudenschild[8] ; 23. 89-Cody Darrah[25] ; 24. 2+-Brian Smith[19] ; 25. 33M-Caleb Griffith[18]
Hard Charger: Cap Henry +12

Fremont Federal Credit Untion 305 Sprints (31 Cars)

Heat 1 – American Power Sports (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 39-Jamie Miller[2] ; 2. 24-Alex Paden[3] ; 3. 77I-John Ivy[7] ; 4. 22M-Dan McCarron[4] ; 5. 19R-Steve Rando[5] ; 6. 13-Jeremy Duposki[1] ; 7. 18N-Frank Neill[6] ; 8. 20B-Cody Bova[8]

Heat 2 – Kistler Racing Products (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 1X-Dustin Dinan[2] ; 2. 99-Alvin Roepke[4] ; 3. 87-Brian Gibbs[1] ; 4. 2L-Landon Lalonde[6] ; 5. 9R-Dustin Rall[7] ; 6. 20I-Kelsey Ivy[3] ; 7. 37-Austin Ream[5] ; 8. 32H-Dan Hennig[8]

Heat 3 – Hoosier Racing Tires (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 10X-Dustin Stroup[2] ; 2. 36-Seth Schneider[1] ; 3. 44-Kyle Farmer[3] ; 4. 11G-Luke Griffith[6] ; 5. 2-Ricky Peterson[5] ; 6. 27-Evan Kornbau[8] ; 7. 75-Jerry Dahms[4] ; 8. 8J-A.J Sleek[7]

Heat 4 – The Computer Man (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 12-Kyle Capodice[1] ; 2. 7-Thomas Schinderle[5] ; 3. 7M-Brandon Moore[4] ; 4. 11X-George Englert[2] ; 5. 1W-Paul Weaver[7] ; 6. 8-Bobby Clark[6] ; 7. 94K-Kurt Huber[3]

B-Main – Computer Man Inc. (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 19R-Steve Rando[1] ; 2. 1W-Paul Weaver[4] ; 3. 8-Bobby Clark[8] ; 4. 9R-Dustin Rall[2] ; 5. 8J-A.J Sleek[15] ; 6. 20B-Cody Bova[13] ; 7. 18N-Frank Neill[9] ; 8. 27-Evan Kornbau[7] ; 9. 13-Jeremy Duposki[5] ; 10. 37-Austin Ream[10] ; 11. 32H-Dan Hennig[14] ; 12. 75-Jerry Dahms[11] ; 13. 2-Ricky Peterson[3] ; 14. 20I-Kelsey Ivy[6] ; 15. 94K-Kurt Huber[12]

A-Main – ( 25 Laps)
1. 10x-Dustin Stroup [6]; 2. 8-Bobby Clark [19]; 3. 99-Alvin Roepke [5]; 4. 77i-John Ivy [3]; 5. 7m-Brandon Moore [7]; 6. 7s-Thomas Schinderle [12]; 7. 12-Kyle Capodice [11]; 8. 22m-Dan McCarron [13]; 9. 1x-Dustin Dinan [8]; 10. 19R-Steve Rando [17]; 11. 11G-Luke Griffith [15]; 12. 8J-A.J. Sleek [21]; 13. 24-Alex Paden [9]; 14. 20B-Cody Bova [22]; 15. 44-Kyle Farmer[1]; 16. 39-Jamie Mille [4]; 17. 1W-Paul Weaver [18]; 18. 9R-Dustin Rall [20]; 19. 11x-George Englert [16]; 20. 36-Seth Schneider [2]; 21. 87-Brian Gribbs [10]
Hard Charger: Bobby Clark +17