Cronewett Holds Off Withers for ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Win; Rose, Phipps
By Kyle Larson
Public Relations Director
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Anderson Speedway returned to racing action on Saturday, April 21, with the ARCA
Lincoln Welders Truck Series featured in a 100-lap event. They were joined by
the first season appearances of the Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks and Figure
Steve Cronenwett held off a hard-charging Bill Withers, Steve Christman and
Tully Esterline to win the ARCA Lincoln Welders 100 in his career first series
start. The ARCA Late Model veteran, piloting the Morris Partridge-owned No. 18
Hydro Technology Chevrolet, inherited the point on lap two after early race
leader Ron Wells and second-place contender Mark Otting tangled to bring out the
first of seven cautions.
"It's a tight little track," said Cronenwett, pointing out his race truck, which
took the checkers despite heavy damage to the rear. "These are racing machines.
All those other guys had spoilers-I didn't. This is a fun little series."
Despite leading 97 out of 100 laps, Cronenwett was challenged throughout the
race first by Steve Christman in the No. 34 Shrader Tire and Oil Chevrolet, and
later Bill Withers in the No. 57 Mannings USA-Hall Electronics-Wachholz Engines
Ford. Withers, who earned the 2Bkool Pole Award and accepted the Ultimate Truck
Challenge, charged to the runner up finish, falling short of the $500 bonus by
just 0.143 seconds. Christman settled for third, followed by Esterline in the
No. 10 Rupp Seeds Chevrolet. Frank Wilson, Paul Hahn, Mark Otting, Robbin
Slaughter, Mike Young and Duane Bischoff rounded out the top-10.
The 100-lap event marked the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series' 100th event and
kicked off the series' ninth consecutive year of competition. At a
driver/spotter/crew chief meeting held early in the day, ARCA Vice President of
Marketing and Communications Mark Gundrum honored Withers and ARCA Lincoln
Welders Truck Series Field Director Mike Hewer as the only two individuals who
have actively participated in all 100 events.
While 24 cars entered, only ten finished. The race was stalled by seven
cautions, the most noteworthy of which occurred on lap 18 when second-place
contender Bob Mikolajczyk, in the No. 17 Target Advantage-Schorling Engines
Ford, barrel rolled his truck after tangling with the lapped truck of Tim
In the Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTruck feature, defending champion Ronnie Rose
began his season on a stellar note, scoring a flag-to-flag victory. From his
inside front row starting position, Rose got the jump on Brandon Phillips and
never looked back.
At the checkered flag, Rose finished over four seconds ahead of former division
champion Tony Broyles, who made his return to Anderson Speedway. Indianapolis’
Bob Lemen placed third with Brian Lemmer and Josh Poore completing the top-five
In heat race action, Rose visited the O’Reilly Auto Parts Winner’s Circle in the
first heat with Larry Greene winning the second heat. Anderson’s Josh Poore was
the top qualifier of the 15 trucks on hand with an official clocking of 13.884
It appeared Ronnie Rose was going to make it a sweep of features before Rod
Phipps made a late charge to score the Figure 8 victory. Rose led from the start
with Phipps making an early challenge for the lead until he went sailing through
the infield grass on the second lap. That exchange forced Phipps to patiently
work up from third position. He got by Bobby Long for second place on the fourth
circuit and then started closing the gap on Rose.
With two laps remaining, Phipps dove to the outside of Rose on Turn 3 and
powered around to grab the lead and hold off Rose at the checkers. Long was
listed in third position with Alexandria’s John Goforth and Ranny Hinton
completing the top five.
In the 20-lap Oval heat for the Figure 8’s, Ronnie Rose scored a flag-to-flag
victory. Phipps crossed the line in second spot with Long, Rob Allman and Dustin
Burge filling out the top five.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, April 27 with the
rescheduled opening points night featuring Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks,
Figure 8’s, Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stocks and Newco Metals Legends.
On Saturday, April 28, don’t miss the Night of Thrills presented by The Herald
Bulletin. Featured evens include School Bus Figure 8’s, Roll-Over Contest, Cork
Screw Race, Spectator Races, Powder Puff Front Wheel Drives and School Bus
Figure 8’s along with the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives in Oval and
Figure 8 action.
For additional information contact
Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.