Bobby East Claims
USAC Midget Victory
Brownsburg competitor Bobby East put on a late charge going from the seventh
spot with 9 laps remaining to pass Darren Hagen on the next to last lap to get
the win in the USAC Midget feature but the fans left Anderson Speedway talking
about the run by Kyle Hamilton on Sunday.
Hagen led the first 98 laps and turned back a strong challenge from Kyle
Hamilton but on the last restart East took advantage of the high groove to blast
his way to the front for high eighth win at Anderson Speedway.
Dave Darland also took advantage of the high line to move from the eight
position to a third place finish followed by Cale Conley and Tracy Hines.
East and Darland changed tires during the red flag and accepted the penalty of
starting at the tail of the lead lap cars.
“We put tires on and Darren (Hagen) was a sitting duck,” he said.
The fans were talking about Hamilton’s run. After starting 16th in the 23 car
starting field, Hamilton moved into the top 10 after 40 circuits. But from there
the Danville driver started using the outside line to perfection rapidly gaining
During the course of eight laps Hamilton passed Tracy Hines and Cale Conley on
the outside and made an inside move on Brad Kuhn to move into the second
position, a straight-away behind Hagen.
It appeared Hamilton got the break he needed when on lap 75 when Jerry Coons Jr.
made contact with the outside retaining wall in turn two. Hagen was able to pull
away from Hamilton, but that gap quickly began to narrow.
On lap 88 Hamilton got along side Hagen on the outside in turn 1 and when the
two cars touched wheels, Hamilton was forced to go high. He again started to
close on the leader when on lap 91 the third place running car of Levi Roberts
and Tate Martz tangled in turn two. Hamilton’s day came to an end on the restart
when his engine let go.
While Hagen and Hamilton were battling up front there was a spirited battle
between Roberts, Conley, Hines, Bobby East and Dave Darland for the third
through sixth positions.
The red-flag caused by Hamilton’s engine expiring changed the entire complexion
of the race, with East and Darland making the right call to change tires, with
only eight cars on the lead lap at the time.
Anderson’s Chris Teepe took the lead in the Front Wheel Drive oval feature after
racing side by side with Kokomo’s Gary Bragg Jr. on lap seven and then went on
to capture the feature win.
Bragg Jr. dropped back in the middle stages of the race, but following a restart
on lap 14 after Mike Alley bounced off the turn four wall. Bragg made a late
charge passing Jeff Williams for second and then closed on Teepe, who won by
.369 seconds. Williams finished third followed by Gary Bragg Sr. and Don Ellis.
The race was red-flagged before one lap was completed when Anderson drive Peter
Corsaro made hard contact with the turn three outside wall, hitting the rubber
barrier. Carsaro was talking with emergency personnel at the track before being
transported to the hospital.
The Champion Racing Association Late Model series kicks off the 2010 season at
Anderson Speedway next Saturday for a 125-lap feature event. The late models
will be joined on the racing card by the Front Wheel Drive and Figure 8
divisions. Racing action starts at 7 p.m.