Miles Sr. Wins at Winchester
It was a great day at Winchester for drivers with ties to
the Street Stock division at Anderson Speedway.
Six drivers that have competed at Anderson Speedway found themselves in the top
ten when the Champion Racing Association “Max 50” was finished on Sunday.
Rich Boyer took the lead on the second lap with an outside pass of Todd Marsh on
the back straight and remained on the point until Muncie driver Bret Miles Sr.
made an inside move entering turn three on lap 22.
Miles started fifth in the feature and made a nifty move on lap 16 to pass both
Jeff Lane and Jason Thompson entering turn three to move into the second spot
before making the pass on Boyer for the lead.
The driver on the move late in the race was Jeff Lane, who started tenth in the
25 car starting field, and was running fifth after ten circuits. Lane passed
Marsh and Thompson with inside moves entering turn one before the 20 laps was
Lane then went inside Boyer coming off turn four after 24 circuits to grab the
second spot and was closing on Miles. Although Lane tried valiantly to pass
Miles for the lead he came up .242 seconds short.
Boyer held on the finish third after Thompson’s day ended with a flat left front
tire, followed by Chad Poorman and Scott Neal. Neal was the fast qualifier but
was unable to move into the top five until there were less than five laps
Miles was filling in for his son who was on vacation last Sunday.
“This might be a good time to retire,” Miles quipped in victory lane after the
win. “Jeff (Lane) and I raced hard, but I did what I had to do.”
Miles said his car liked the low groove around Winchester; a track where running
the high line is normally the fast way around the banked half-mile oval.
“I didn’t like running the bottom,” he said, “but that’s what I had to do to
Lane said it was a frustrating day because he had an awesome car noting a key
point in the race took place when the two front-runners were battling for the
“He got to the front a little quicker,” Lane said of Miles.
Boyer said it was a good top five run for the team that won the Anderson 75 for
the CRA Street Stocks.
“I have the little motor in the car to be able to run at Anderson weekly,” he
said. “Anderson is not a horsepower track, here you need the ponies.”
Marsh finished ninth followed by Brian Hopkins with Tyler
Marsh scoring an 18th place finish, Billy Van Meter a 21st place run and Josh
Myers came home 24th after slowing on lap six with a mechanical problem.