By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
PORT ROYAL -- Joe Montana and Dwight Clark might have had "The Catch." Lancaster's Doug Esh has "The Pass."
Esh, in his first season driving for owners Tom and Fran Chiappelli, blew by Brad Sweet and four-time and defending All-Star champion Tim Shaffer going into Turn 3 on lap nine to score his first-ever Bob Weikert Memorial win at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday.
"It's pretty awesome to take off with two of the best guys in the country," Esh said of Sweet and Shaffer. "When I saw Brad getting into trouble and Tim getting around him -- and I was kind of coming to Tim -- I thought we had a shot (at winning). You don't get an opportunity much and I was on his (Shaffer's) bumper and I just had to make the pass."
Sweet, of Grass Valley, Cal., who is running a 17-race schedule in the Nationwide Series for Kasey Kahne Racing, jumped out to an early lead from the pole position after winning the dash.
Shaffer, of Aliquippa, closed on Sweet and passed him for the lead on lap six.
"It kind of stinks as we took the lead and we were pretty good. I just got a little jacked up there and I didn't move to the top quick enough and a couple of guys got by me," said Sweet, who finished second. "We were able to hang with them and chase them down, but it was one lane on the top and we weren't able to get the lead back."
Esh, who started fourth, made it a three-car battle for the lead on lap seven, and, two laps later, he got a good run off of Turn 2 and made the pass for the lead as he drove to the low side of Turn 3.