Schaffer Outlasts Bills on Fuel, Picks Up Five Flags Victory


The Callaway Investments Sportsman Street Stock Series made their return trip to Five Flags for the second Triple Crown event of their season on Tuesday night with a 100 lap feature race.

Tim Bills would pick up his 6th career pole, but would be inverted back further in the field after an 8-car invert. The top ten cars would advance into the Qualifying Dash, and Clay Snider took advantage of the invert to go on and pick up the Dash victory and some extra bonus points.

In the feature event, Snider led the field to the green flag and got the jump out front while the field battled behind him. As the green flag laps continued on, it allowed Joe Schaffer and Tim Bills to work their way through the top ten, and Schaffer was able to break into the lead on lap 19, while Bills followed him through. As the two driver approached lapped traffic, it allowed Bills to make his move into the lead on lap 33. Not a single caution would fly on the night, but as the race began to wind down, the drivers who gambled on a lighter fuel load would be in trouble, and one of those cars was Bills as he had to duck down pit road with just 16 laps remaining in the race. This handed the lead back over to Schaffer who would go on to lead the final laps, picking up his 5th victory of the season and the 10th win of his SARA career.

Seven seconds behind Schaffer, finishing in the 2nd spot, was Windell Stratton who started back in 10th before quickly breaking into the top five early. Fresh off of his first career win, Ian Layne had another strong run to finish 3rd, after dropping back in the top ten early before climbing back through the field. Snider would hang inside the top five after leading laps early to finish 4th. Russell Berry rounded out the top five after running inside the top ten for most of the race and then moved up late to pick up the 5th spot.

Just outside the top five, Dale Owen came from the 13th starting spot and made his way up and down the top ten before settling into a 6th place finish. Bills was able to get back on track after having to give up the lead to take some fuel and would come back out to finish 7th. Scott Dunlap and Ken Belanger both ran just outside the top ten until the late stages of the race before they were able to gain a few spots as others had to pit, and would finish in the 8th and 9th positions respectively. Matt Rolfe was another driver that had to pit late in the race for fuel but would come back out to salvage a 10th place finish.

After his 5th win of the season, Joe Schaffer continues to lead the points standings by 71 points. The division is off next week for the holidays, and will return in two weeks at Oxford for Double Features.