Poore Captures Edco 300; Wyman Wins WMDH ThunderCar Feature
Anderson’s Josh Poore took the lead on lap 184
and went on to win the EDCO Welding & Hydraulic Service 300 for the CRA Street
Stocks at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.
Poore got inside of Brett Hudson entering turn three on lap 184 after the two
battled for the top spot after the mid-point break. Poore never ran outside the
top five during the entire 300-laps.
The 11th caution flag waved on lap 290 when Brian Hopkins
lost the left rear tire and spun on the back straight, wiping out a sizeable
lead for Poore.
Following the final restart on lap, Poore was unable to pull away from Rich
Boyer, who mounted a strong challenge but came up 0.4 seconds short.
Boyer was pressed over the final 50 laps by Hudson, who tried to make an inside
pass several times to no avail. Finally on lap 266 Hudson was forced to the pits
with an engine problem. The driver on the move at the finish was Jeff Lane who
went from sixth to fourth with 55 laps remaining.
Lane inherited the third spot when Hudson dropped out and closed on Boyer in the
final 25 laps.
Bret Miles Jr., subbing for Jeff Perry came home fourth followed by Steve
Fast qualifier Scott Neal, the defending race winner, led the first 19 laps when
he was forced to pit with a flat left rear tire, which gave the lead to Hudson.
Hudson was chased for the next 131 laps by Christman and Poore with Boyer and
Brian Hopkins rounding out the top five at the break. There were still 14 cars
on the lead lap.
Early in the race the driver on the move was Beau Mitchell. Mitchell started
29th in the field after failing technical inspection, and after 87 laps climbed
to seventh when his night ended with a mechanical problem.
Neal got back on the lead lap at that point thanks to be awarding the “Lucky
Dog” twice. But his car wouldn’t refire after the break and was never back in
Jason Thompson crashed on lap 46 in turn three while running third and Derrick
Layne made contact with the concrete wall in the same corner on lap 59 while
running in the top ten.
The race was slowed for a total of 82 laps by 11 caution periods. There were two
lead changes among three drivers.
Neal set a new track record for the CRA Street Stocks with a lap of 13.801
seconds, which broke the mark of 13.93 seconds he set on May 8.
Fast qualifier Rob Wyman Sr. took advantage of lapped traffic to pass Shawn
Cullen with an inside pass on the front straight with three laps remaining to
claim the WMDH Thunder Car feature.
Cullen got the jump at the start and pulled away from Wyman until he encountered
lapped traffic. Wyman was able to squeeze to the bottom of the track through
turns three and four to eventually take his second feature win of the year.
Cullen finished second followed by Rod Phipps who was a close third. There was a
good battle for fourth between Phil Jenkins and Hannah Lundy, with Jenkins
grabbing the position.
The Champion Racing Association Late Model Sportsman make their second visit of
the 2010 season on Saturday for a 75-lap feature. Also on the racing card is the
Front Wheel Drive Oval and Figure-8 Divisions and the Pure Stocks. Gates open at
5 p.m. with racing starting at 8 p.m.