Poore gets EDCO 300 win
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
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
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
"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.