Wearing The Crown; Chapman Captures 61st Best Way Disposal National
60 laps Curtis Chapman showed plenty of patience in the 61st running of the Best
Way Disposal National Crown at Anderson Speedway.
For the first 60 laps the front running four cars of Josh Tharp, Chapman, Robbie
Allman and Rod Phipps ran nose to tail and was able to pull away from the rest
of the field.
With Tharp on the point the four front runners continued to turn laps on the
Figure-8 course while havoc took place all around them.
Finally with 15 laps remaining Tharp drifted high coming off the second corner
which allowed Chapman the inside line entering turn three and he was able to
complete the pass.
After Chapman took the lead, Tharp pulled off the track and came to a stop. From
that point on Chapman was able to hold off Allman by 2.9 seconds for his second
National Crown win followed by Phipps, the only other car on the lead lap.
"This ain't my first one," Chapman said of the National Crown. "I had a lot of
patience and just pressured him."
Chapman said his strategy was to let Tharp go at the start and try to keep
Allman and Phipps at bay.
"I was going to wait even longer," Chapman said of the pass. "It was such a big
hole, I had to go. Robbie (Allman) was tapping me a little bit, letting me know
he was ready to go. He tapped me during a caution and I knew it was time to go."
Chapman said the team has been suffering through a down year, despite being
second in the point standings.
"We've had a lot of bad luck," he said, "everything went perfect today."
Phipps said the top four cars were evenly matched and there wasn't much room to
"It was tight racing, as evidenced by the tire marks on the car," he said. "It
was tight, but it was clean racing. I got third, I can't complain."
While the front runners were waiting for another driver to make a mistake, there
was plenty of action in the rest of the pack.
On lap 16 Mark Goettman made contact with the car of James Peterson in the
crossover. Peter's night was finished and Goettman's car was never the same
again and he parked it after 27 circuits.
Meanwhile Ronnie Rose and Jason Pitts exchanged paint while battling for the
sixth position. On a lap 27 restart the two drivers tangled again with Rose
pinning Pitts to the outside wall, ending both driver's night.
Shawn Cullen, who ran fifth for the first 36 laps lost a motor which ended his