California traveller Eric Jacobsen finally put one over the top after coming ever closer in
recent months and years as he STARS Volunteer Racing Series took to the ultra-fast oval at Tazewell (Tenn.)
Series: Golden State Ace Jacobsen Gets First Career Win at
Allen Earl, track pr, and series
TAZEWELL, Tenn. — May 7. Eric Jacobsen of Watsonville, California led all 37 laps in the
rain-shortened STARS Volunteer Racing Series-sanctioned event at Tazewell Speedway to claim his first-career Late
Model victory at the high-banked 1/3 mile oval on Saturday.
The win was worth $3,000 to the California driver, who now leads the STARS Volunteer Racing Series point
standings after the Tazewell event.
|Eric Jacobsen celebrates his first Late Model win after a
tumultuous Volunteer Racing Series event at Tazewell Speedway. (Allen Earl)
Jacobsen's win was delayed by a massive pileup wreck that marred the first lap. Jacobsen and local driver Jason Trammell made up the first row, but at the
start, eight cars got piled up going into turn one, leaving tempers
flaring and Jason Trammell and Vic Hill banged up physically. Hill looked to have an
injury to his hand and Trammell was working a sore shoulder.
In an unprecedented move, the decision was made to race the
Tazewell Speedway late model race and resume the STARS race immediately following its conclusion to allow repairs
on the wrecked cars.
Billy Ogle, Jr. spent much of the race
trying to dislodge #28 Jeff Wolfenbarger from third place, but Wolfenbarger prevailed. (Allen
As the series cars returned, Trammell was
replaced by Jeff Maupin alongside polesitter Jacobsen, but again there was
trouble on the start as Maupin ended up two-wheeling it on the turn three wall as a moderate rain began to
Wolfenbarger took Maupin’s place on the grid as the field went racing again.
Jacobsen moved out and got seven laps of dirt under his wheels before the
caution flew again.
With the restart,
Jacobsen rolled away from Hill and Wolfenbarger as Billy Ogle, Jr. battled hard to
get Wolfenbarger’s third place.
Lap cars helped Hill get to the rear of Jacobsen, but by lap 24, the
black #5 was pulling away again.
Hill again started to challenge on lap 31, but Jacobsen took the win on
lap 38 in a rain shortened event.
It was a fitting end to a strange night of racing.
In a pileup that delayed the start of the main event at Tazewell,
#22 Mike Weeks got hard into the back of Jeff Maupin's car. (Michael Moats)
The Tazewell Late Model feature found Travis
Fultz was on the front row with Jason Trammell supposedly alongside, but it wasn't clear if Trammell was going
to able to run his TLM after the earlier incident. Trammell was able to mount his
ride and the speedway dropped another green flag.
This start was also interrupted when one engine let go and dropped fluids on the
surface. With several additional restarts,
the feature event struggled to get going, but finally the start was good and
Fultz took the point. By lap 12,
he was lapping cars and had a half a straight-away advantage.
|Vic Hill grimmaces in pain after injuring his right wrist on the opening
lap crash. Hill battled the pain and managed a second place finish. (Michael
On lap 13, however, Anthony Arnwine, Greg
Estes and Chris Long were piled up in turn two. Trammell was still Second and
Rick Rogers third as Fultz took the green, but on lap 15, Steve Smith was
working on Rogers for third. After a final caution
flew when Estes looped his car while fighting for position with Steve
Carr, Fultz was finally able to hold off Trammell for the
last few laps for the win. Rogers, Smith, and Anthony Arnwine completed the top five.
Volunteer Racing Series - Tazewell
1) Eric Jacobsen, 2) Vic
Hill, 3) Jeff Wolfenbarger, 4) Billy Ogle, Jr, 5) Chad Ogle, 6) Ross White, 7) Steve
Smith, 8) Tommy Kerr, 9) Glenn Vanover, 10) Jeff Maupin, 11) Michael Chilton, 12) Steve
Casebolt, 13) Mike Weeks, 14) Jason Trammel
Fast Time (15 entries) Jacobsen (11:165); Consolation race winner: Smith