Anderson 125 Win; Phipps, Harmon Also Visit Winner's Circle
as he did a year ago Michigan driver John VanDoorn started the 2010 Champion
Racing Series season with a win at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.
A year ago VanDoorn didn’t move to the top spot until 34 laps remained in the
Anderson 125 with a pass of Eddie Hoffman and he went on to victory.
This year was a different story with the same ending as VanDoorn led all 125
laps for his third victory at Anderson Speedway. Starting from the outside of
the front row VanDoorn jumped into the lead and was chased the entire distance
by Wisconsin driver Matt Kocourek.
Kocourek appeared to put on a late charge with 35 laps remaining running on the
rear bumper of VanDoorn as the two leaders approached traffic and with Rick
Turner and Terry Fisher Jr. closing when the caution flag waved on lap 107 when
Jack Smith lost an engine.
On the final restart with 8 laps remaining VanDoorn pulled away to win by .29
seconds over Kocourek with Turner, Fisher and Jeff Lane rounding out the top
The final order was jumbled on lap 118 when Brian Campbell spun in turn one
while running sixth which allowed Dietsch and Tommy St. John to move up one
The race was slowed six times by caution flags with 12 of the 27 cars that
started the Anderson 125 running on the lead lap at the finish.
“We brought a new set-up here,” VanDoorn said. “The team worked hard on the car
over the winter. A good way to start the year on winning note.”
Fisher claimed his first career quick time in qualifying with CRA and because of
the invert started on the inside of the second row. He dropped back to fifth
early in the race, but moved back around Jason Dietsch to claim the fourth
The most impressive run of the night was turned in by Muncie driver Jim Crabtree
Jr. barely remained on the lead lap midway through the event when a caution flag
waved on lap 74.
Crabtree continued to battle toward the front and finished eighth after starting
Tyler Roahrig started 19th and finished one spot behind Crabtree.
It was a short night for Aaron Pierce of Daleville who had a suspension part
break on his Chevrolet on the 22nd lap and made contact with the front straight
wall while running sixth at the time.
Driving a new car Anderson’s Rod Phipps led all 25 laps to capture his second
Figure-8 feature win of the young season. Phipps was chased for the entire race
by Curtis Chapman, but never seriously challenged for the lead.
“This is a good way to start the year,” Phipps said. “The car was really dialed
Johnny Magee drove to a third place finish followed by Dale Phillips and Jason
Kevin Harmon set fast time in the Front Wheel Drive division and during the
feature set sail with Chris Teepe in tow for the entire 20 laps.
The two leaders pulled away by a wide margin, but there was a spirited battle
for the third position by Gary Bragg Sr., Robert Kelm, Elliott McKinney and
Bragg grabbed the third spot with an inside move on Aaron Jones coming off the
“My teammate (Teepe) got along side me in traffic and I didn’t know what was
going to happen,” Harmon, the 2008 track champion said.
Next Saturday is the first of four Night of Thrills events featuring School Bus
figure-8, Culver’s trailer races, roll over contest, cork screw race, mini-cups
and Pure Stock. Racing action starts at 7 p.m.