Tim Shaffer (Casey's/VRP Shocks) took the checkers to win the 40 lap National Sprint Tour A main feature topping a fine evening of racing at Dodge City Raceway Park Saturday night. Shaffer held a big lead over the rest of the field but did not take it for granted. In victory circle he commented, “I knew I had a good sized lead, but, with the cars running in the NST right now, no lead is safe. You cannot give up anything to anyone because they can run you down anytime.”
There is no question that Shaffer took the “right lane” during the fast dash lane choice ceremony on the front straight. The other dash winner Paul McMahan (Bass Pro Shops) was asked which lane he would advise Shaffer to choose. McMahan responded, “Tim is going to be tough and I’m sure he’s going to pick the right lane. I hope he picks the wrong lane for the start.” When asked which lane McMahan thought Shaffer would pick he replied, “I ain’t saying’ nothing; the wrong lane.” Shaffer’s choice gave him the lead out of turn 2 of the first lap and he would hold that position through lap seven. Shaffer was followed by McMahon and Tim Kaeding (Slick 50) and Jason Solwold (City Wide).
started pouring out of Kaeding’s sprinter on lap three and he seemed to slow
slightly allowing Solwold to pass for third on the sixth lap. At this
point Steve Kinser (
As the fast time qualifier, Shaffer, showed his mastery and comfort with the Dodge track. While some maneuvering in the pack was going on he was unchallenged from lap 17 of the forty lap main. The track conditions, permitting multiple lines, allowed an unbelievable display of driving fast in traffic for the fans. Lapped traffic was lapped on the inside and outside at the same time all over the track. The top five moving through this high speed obstacle course was a thrilling sight for the fans.
The B main was won by the Josh Grady (J&M Racing Engines) followed by Natalie Sather (Sather). Seth Brahmer (Freedom Lending), Mike Woodruff (Coors Light) and Rich Bubak (AAI Speed) completed the finishing order for the top five.
was led by Shaffer from the pole through the checkers. The Solwold moved
up to second followed by Jason Sides (Wetherington), Larry LaPoint (The
Motorcycle Shop), and
Dash two saw McMahan charge with Kaeding and Kinser following to the finish. They were followed by Shane Stewart (Rudeen), Danny Lasoski (Roth) and Lucas Wolfe (Selma Shell).
was won by the Sides followed by the Shaffer, Kinser, Mike Chadd (
saw local driver Ned Powers (Coors Light) hold off the
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