Tim Shaffer at Ocala
Tim Shaffer picked up where he left off in 2010, winning an O’Reilly Auto Parts All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car feature with his Weld Racing equipped sprint car.
Shaffer, who was the hottest 410 sprint car driver in the nation last year, opened the 28th Annual All Star Winter Nationals at Ocala Speedway Friday night, with his sixth straight All Star feature win. Shaffer, who has won the last two All Star championships, has now won 11 of the last 13 series features and now has 36 career All Star wins.
Shaffer may not have set the fastest qualifying time, but in the dash for starting positions he rose to the top and remained there to nab the pole position for the feature.
Traffic is always a problem in the tight and odd shaped confines of Ocala Speedway, but between cautions that gave Shaffer clear track ahead, and his own skill at dealing with slower machines, he managed to avoid obstacles and maintain his lead. Early chasers like Ott and Schatz slipped back and were replaced by Pittman and Walker late in the race, but Shaffer held on to claim victory in the 25 lap event.
The win gives Shaffer, The Steel City Outlaw, the lead in the new All Star point system for the Eastern Region. In 2011, the All Stars will have an Eastern Region which includes the Winternationals and races in Central Pennsylvania, New York, Canada and other events in the east.