BRANDON, S.D.- One of the hottest sprint car drivers in the country the past two seasons, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania?s Tim Shaffer continued his hot streak Sunday on the third night of racing at Huset’s Speedway during the O’Reilly Auto Parts All Star Circuit of
Champions Thunder Through the Plains tour. Shaffer, aboard the Aaron Call/Janet Holbrook owned machine, won for the second consecutive night at the fast 3/8th-mile South Dakota track.
The win is Shaffer’s eighth All Star victory of 2010 and his 27th career win with the series as he continues to lead the point standings on route to a second straight championship and the $50,000 top prize.
“It’s a great weekend for us. It started a little rough (he tangled with another car Friday and ended the night in the pits), but it turned around. The guys never quit working on it and gave me a great race car,” said Shaffer beside his VRP Shocks, JRP Transportation, Kistler Engines, J&J Chassis backed machine. ?Sometimes it hurts you to be fast qualifier, but we made it through the heat okay. We weren?t too good in the dash but Brian (Kemenah, crew chief), Leonard and Bobby worked on it and got it great.”
Before the initial green, All Star regular Bill Rose would stall in turn four, pulling into the infield. On the start Shaffer was on the gas, followed by Tyler Walker. By the fifth circuit, Shaffer had pulled away to a half a straight way lead over Walker with Jonathan Allard in third. Shaffer was quickly into lapped traffic, allowing Walker to close by lap eight as he raced to Shaffer?s inside. Shaffer and Walker would swap the lead for the next several turns.
The battle would come to a halt on lap 10 when Clint Gardner?s machine stopped on the track. On the restart it was Shaffer, Walker and Allard battling for the lead, but it was brief, as Greg Wilson took a tumble in turn two on lap 11. Shaffer would set sail again on the ensuing restart, and his fast pace found ?The Steel City Outlaw? in lapped traffic again just two circuits later. Shaffer would pick off the back markers, putting four of them between himself and Walker.
On lap 24, Walker slipped up the track, allowing Allard to steal second. Shaffer would continue to cruise, taking the checkered. Meanwhile, Allard would blow a tire in turn 3 on the last lap, handing second back to Walker, with Tim Kaeding, Sammy Swindell and Kerry Madsen rounding out the top five.
?When I hit lapped traffic the first time, I had a problem getting the wing back and during the yellow I rolled it back pretty good and it made a big difference in the car. It made it balanced really great and made it a lot better for me to drive,? commented Shaffer about his Technique Roofing backed #83.
For Walker, it was also a good weekend, as he posted a third place showing on Friday.
?My guys keep doing everything right. I just keep screwing up. I don?t know?I just can?t seem to do anything right. I can?t get this thing in victory lane. I don?t know why,? said Walker beside his Peterbuilt, Hunter Truck Sales backed #17. ?I have the best car owners in the world in Jesse and Lorraine Keen. I was loose. I had my wing all the way back about seven laps into it so I knew if I didn?t try to get ahead of him quick I wouldn?t have another chance and I didn?t. I blistered my right rear trying to race
with Tim and then I was just a sitting duck. Shaffer and these guys are on top of their game and we got to try and do something to beat them.?
Huset?s Speedway was very kind to San Jose, California?s Tim Kaeding as he never finished out of the top three over the three nights of racing.
?We were really good. Bonzi gave me a great car all weekend. I just kind of played it conservative. Jonathan and Tyler were starting to race each other a little rough there, pushing each other around. It was like hopefully we?ll get a yellow here and we can at least save our tire a little bit. I can?t complain, Dennis and Theresa Roth gave me a great race car and the opportunity to come out here and have some fun. We rolled it in the top three all three nights and got a win so I?m not going to complain one bit,? said Kaeding beside his HR Cattle backed #83jr.
The Thunder Through the Plains continues Aug. 4 at Butler County Motorplex. For more information go to www.allstarsprint.com