Boyer Gets CRA Street Stock Victory
For the second week in a row Rich Boyer held off all challengers to capture the Champion Racing Association Street Stock feature at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.

A week earlier Boyer used the outside groove to take the lead in a point’s race for the local Street Stock division and then led the rest of the way for his first feature win of the season.

The Anderson driver again looked to make the outside groove work in the CRA feature event, but was able to inherit the lead on lap three when bad luck again struck Ronnie Rose when a mechanical problem sent Rose to the pits on the first of seven caution periods.

Rich Segvich led the first lap from the pole position following an invert of the top 12 qualifiers. Rose took the lead with an outside pass coming off the fourth corner and one lap later Rose’s car started spewing blue smoke with a reported burnt piston.

That gave Boyer the lead and he remained on the point for the next 72 laps, he was first chased by Segvich and Jason Thompson. Segvich’s car broke on lap 36 while he was still running second.

Scott Neal, who set a new CRA track record during qualifying, ran in the top ten and near the halfway point started a charge to the front. Neal got inside Josh Myers on lap 31 to take fifth.

Neal then got inside Brian Hopkins for the third spot on lap 34 but then slipped on lap 40 which gave Hopkins back the position.

Then on lap 50 Neal got into the back of Hopkins car on the back straight. Hopkins got loose and was passed by Neal, Josh Poore and Jeff Lane.

Lane passed Neal for the third spot on lap 65.

At the finish Boyer won by .355 seconds over Thompson followed by Lane, Neal and Poore.

“I worked on the outside early in the race before the tires heated up,” Boyer said. “I need to work on adjusting the chassis some.

“I just wanted to hold the bottom line,” he said.

Boyer said a caution on lap 60 helped cool down the tires and he was able to maintain the low groove.

Thompson said his car could have been a little better, but was happy to claim second place after problems in the first CRA event at Plymouth Speedway.

“I think we were faster than Rich (Boyer), but hetting by him was a totally different story,” he said. “He has a lot of laps here and is a good driver.”

Thompson said he considered moving to the high groove, but was concerned by giving up the bottom of the racing surface it would have allowed other drivers to make the pass.

“Sometimes you have to settle with what you got and go home,” he said.

Nick Moore had an impressive run starting 20th in the 30 car field and driving to a tenth place finish.