Saturday, May 12, 2012
JACOB ALLEN SIXTH WINNER IN AS MANY RACES IN TRAIL-WAY “358” SPRINTS
“That was an awesome race!” exclaimed Allen upon exiting his Rich Fogle Custom Pole Buildings/Penske Shocks/Speedway 94 sprinter in victory lane, “I feel bad for Shane. I don’t know if I would have caught him.”
Allen became the sixth winner in as many races in the “358” sprint division at Trail-Way this year. He started third and grabbed second from outside front row starter Rick Horn on the opening lap. He followed Hoff the next 11 laps as the leaders raced through heavy lapped traffic. Polesitter Hoff dove to the infield off turn four of lap 12, handing the lead to Allen. For the next nine additional non-stop laps, Ryan Wilson, Mike Bittinger, and Austin Hogue battled for second right behind Allen.
“I’ve never driven through lapped traffic like that before,” said Allen, “That was so fun!” Allen scored his first win without father Bobby Allen in the pits. “I can’t wait to call Dad,” added Allen, “Those who help (nephew) Logan (Schuchart) are also helping me. This is so cool!” The only caution came out for Bittinger, who spun in turns one and two.
Allen held all challengers at bay for the remaining four laps, crossing .85 seconds in front of Wilson, with 12th-starting Hogue finishing third, 10th-starting Kyle Moody fourth, and 11th-starting Cris Eash fifth. Sixth through tenth were Keith Prutzman, Tim Wagaman, Randy Whisler, Zach Euculano, and Wes Irwin. Heats for the 24 “358” sprinters were won by Jeff Rohrbaugh (who dropped from the field on the first lap with mechanical problems), Wilson, and Whisler.
Feature (25 Laps)
1. 1A-Jacob Allen; 2. 29-Ryan Wilson ; 3. 52-Austin Hogue; 4. 99M-Kyle Moody; 5. 17E-Cris Eash; 6. 28-Keith Prutzman; 7. 1-Tim Wagaman; 8. 64-Randy Whisler; 9. 10-Zach Euculano; 10. 9-Wes Irwin; 11. 11D-Mike Duncan, Jr.; 12. 7C-J.B. Cunningham; 13. 5A-Brian Allman; 14. 12-Mike Bittinger; 15. 80M-Rocky Magaro; 16. 90-Jordan Givler; 17. 66B-Cory Brockman; 18. 55-Matthew Krause; 19. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 20. 01-Rick Horn(DNF); 21. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.(DNF); 22. 69-Shane Hoff(DNF); 23. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh(DNF); DNS: J.B. Cunningham. No Time.
Lap Leaders- Shane Hoff (1-11), Jacob Allen (12-25).