Poore gets EDCO 300 win
Anderson's Josh Poore scored the biggest win of his
career by capturing the EDCO Welding & Hydraulics 300 for the CRA Street Stocks at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.

Poore started fourth in the 300-lap feature and ran in the top five from the outset of the race.

He moved into second 19 laps into the race and put pressure on leader Brett Hudson until the halfway break. Several times Poore attempted to take the top spot by looking to the inside, but Hudson wouldn't give up the low line.

On lap 184 Poore was able to make a nifty move entering turn three to grab the lead and stayed there until the finish.

Poore opened up a sizeable lead on second place running Rich Boyer, which disappeared every time there was a caution period. On every restart Boyer attempted to claim the low line, but Poore was able to maintain his position and eventually pull away.

Boyer got his final chance at the win on the final restart with five laps remaining. For an instant it appeared that Boyer was able to get the advantage, but Poore was able to pull away to win by .4 seconds with Jeff Lane, Bret Miles Jr., subbing for Jeff Perry and Steve Christman rounding out the top five.

"The car was pretty hooked up and got better as the race went on," Poore said. "Brett's (Hudson) car started to fade away which probably made the difference.

"I didn't want to see that last caution at all," he continued. "On
restarts I was pretty bad because the car was tight. I knew if I held the bottom it would be tough to get around me."

About Boyer's move to the inside on the last restart, Poore laughed that he would wreck his grandma for $5,000.

"This is the biggest one I've ever won," Poore said. "Early in the race I was just trying to pace myself and save the tires for the end."

Boyer, who started 11th in the 29-car field, moved into the top ten after 50 laps and was fourth at the break.

He moved inside Christman for third on lap 182 and then grabbed the inside line from Hudson three laps later to claim the second spot.

"The car was pretty good," Boyer said. "We got the looseness out of the car. Still need a little tweaking.

"On the last restart he (Poore) held it down," he explained.

"Before that he would drive into the corners and it would slide up, but this time he held her down."

Knightstown driver Jeff Lane was the driver on the move following the halfway break. Lane was running sixth at that point and with less than 100 laps remaining moved inside Brian Hopkins and Christman and got the third spot when Hudson was forced to retire.

It was a tough night for a number of drivers that were expected to contend for the win.

Scott Neal, who set a new track record in qualifying, led the first 19 laps when his Chevrolet suffered a flat left rear tire after making slight contact with Hudson in lapped traffic.

Neal lost two laps in the pits, but was back on the lead lap after 87 circuits.

Following the break Neal suffered a gear box problem and lost several laps before rejoining the race and finished 14th.
Hudson led from lap 19 to lap 184 and eventually retired with an engine problem.

Kentucky driver Beau Mtchell, forced to start 29th after failing post qualifying technical inspection, charged through the field early in the race making it to the seventh spot by lap 87 when his night ended with a broken gear shift.

Jason Thompson crashed early in the race while running third, Derrick Layne was squeezed high on lap 59 and hit the outside retaining wall in turn three while running ninth.

Ronnie Rose had an engine let go while running eighth just after the halfway break. Rob Allman suffered a transmission problem on lap 149 while running fourth and closing on the top three.