Beaver Captures CRA FWD Compact Feature; Rose, Cullen Also Record Wins
Noblesville veteran driver Joe Beaver
showed how to weave through traffic to capture the Champion Racing Association
Compact feature at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.
Beaver, who sent the fast time, started 27th in the 32-car field and moved to
the front on lap 14 with an outside move on Jordan Flynn on a restart. Mark
Mason, who posted the second quick time, was glued to Beaver’s rear bumper for
much of the race.
But Beaver used the low line several times to pass lapped traffic making it
three-wide through the corners and was able to pull away from Mason.
“It was a real nice car,” Beaver said. “They asked me to run it last weekend and
I said why not.”
The race was slowed one time when Ron Phipps made contact with the outside
retaining wall in Turn two and lost a tire on the 13th lap.
Justin Brown, Tim Dilg and Bill Leisure rounded out the top five. At the finish
of the 50-lap event there were only four cars on the lead lap.
CRA Vore’s Welding Compacts heat wins went to Tim Dilg, Mark Dulworth and Jeff
Anderson’s Ronnie Rose used the inside line to take the lead from Jacob
McElfresh on lap 12 and then held on to capture the win in a three-way battle to
the checkers. McElfresh and Danny Acrey II closed on Rose following a final
restart with four laps remaining. Rose said he lost the brakes in his Street
Stock but was able to record his second consecutive win.
Acrey recovered from a spin on lap six to make his way back through the field to
record the third place finish. Fast qualifier Rich Boyer suffered a flat right
front tire on lap 19 when he attempted to get inside of Rose coming off the
Point’s leader Bret Miles experienced an overheating problem with four laps to
go but was able to hang on for a fifth place finish, one lap down.
New Castle’s Acrey led from start to finish to capture the win in the first heat
for the Street Stock Division followed by Rob Allman and Boyer. It was Acrey’s
fifth heat win of the season.
Markleville’s Randy Hoppes recorded his second heat win of the year when Kyle
Flynn’s mount caught fire after the Sulphur Springs took the lead three laps
into the race from Kevin Rudisill. Hoppes was followed to the checkers by Donny
Harmon and Rudisill.
Shawn Cullen took the lead on lap 18 with an inside pass of Mike Riddle Jr. and
went on to record the victory in the ImmediaDent Figure-8 feature. Riddle held
on to second with Jeff Swinford and Josh Tharp rounding out the top four.
Riddle opened a lead early in the race but at the midway point Cullen, Swinford
and Tharp all closed on the leader. It was a four-way battle for the lead until
Cullen took command of the race.
“The car ran good all night,” Cullen said. “We tore it up last weekend at
Winchester (Speedway) and the team got the car pretty close.
Rickie Tharp captured his third heat win of the season capturing the opening
heat for the ImmediaDent Figure-8 division leading the entire way but was
pressured over the final circuits by Johnny Magee. Mike Riddle Jr. held off fast
qualifier Josh Tharp in a spirited battle for the third spot.
Jeff Swinford took home his fourth checkered flag in capturing the second heat
followed by Shawn Cullen and Ranny Hinton Sr. rounding out the top three.
The Champion Racing Association Sportsman make their third and final appearance
of the season at Anderson Speedway next Saturday for a 75-lap feature event.
Joining the Sportsman on the racing card is the Street Stocks, WMDH Thunder Cars
and the Front Wheel Drive division in figure-8 competition. Gates open at 5 p.m.
with racing starting at 8 p.m.