Chapman Gets Three Peat, Battles Phipps and Pitts
Curtis Chapman accomplished something that hasn't
been done at Anderson Speedway for 15 years in the Figure-8 division, according
to team owner Terry Malone Jr.
The feature event provided exciting, clean racing between fast qualifier Jason
Pitts, Chapman and Rod Phipps.
Pitts took the lead at the start with Chapman glued to his rear bumper with
Phipps running in the four position.
With Pitts and Chapman pulling away from the field, Phipps was able to get
around James Peterson coming off the second corner.
Chapman applied the front bumper to Pitts car, but the leader would not be
knocked out of his racing line, by the halfway mark Phipps closed to make it a
The three front runners ran nose to tail with lots of rubbing taking place, but
everyone allowed the other driver to recover if the contact was more than
Finally on lap 20 coming off the second corner Chapman was able to get on the
inside of Pitts, who was forced momentarily onto the
grass to complete the pass.
At the finish Chapman won by 2.9 seconds over Pitts, followed by Phipps, Danny
Stanley Jr. and Peterson.
Chapman driving for Malone Racing captured the Bestway Disposal National Crown
and two feature events in succession.
He also won the heat race by passing Stanley on the second lap with an inside
move on the back straight.
Phipps and Pitts fought for the second position over the
final laps with Phipps claiming the spot on the final lap with an outside pass
on the back straight. Pitts finished third followed by Stanley and Bruce McFall.