Poore Opens Season With a Sweep
11, 2011) – After winning the three last feature events of the 2010
season, Josh Poore made it clear Saturday that he was going to contend for
the championship in the EDCO Street Stock Division at Anderson Speedway.
Poore set fast time during qualifying, captured one of the two heat races
and then battled Josh Meyers for the victory in the feature.
Rookie driver JP Crabtree took the early lead in the feature, but it was
short-lived when Meyers, the second fast qualifier, got a run on the inside
going down the back straight to take the point. Before the lap was completed
both Poore and Ronnie Rose slipped past Crabtree.
The first double file restart came on lap three and Meyers and Poore raced
side by side for three laps until the caution flag waved when Crabtree and
Pam Neal spun in turn one.
On the restart Meyers spun the tires on his Monte Carlo which was all Poore
needed to use the outside groove into the lead entering turn one.
For the next 12 laps Poore held the point with Meyers and Rose conducting a
spirited battle for the second place with Rob Allman and Randy Hoppes
fighting for fourth. Rose’s night ended on lap 18 with an apparent
Following the final restart with six laps remaining Poore pulled away from
Meyers to win by 1.57-seconds followed by Jacob McElfresh, who ran with the
leaders the entire distance. Allman and Hoppes exchanged the fourth position
several times before Hoppes prevailed with Allman coming home in fifth.
Allman was using the team’s WMDH ThunderCar to compete when a problem
developed in a new power plant for the team’s Street Stock entry. For
Allman, last year’s runner-up, the important thing was to gain points on
“I did my homework to get the car right,” Poore said in victory lane. “The
restarts make you work for your position. I like it.”
In the first heat race Hoppes had the early lead until being passed by Poore
at the halfway point on a restart. The two were followed by Meyers, Rose and
Pam Neal recorded the win in the second heat race when McElfresh, who led
from the start drifted high in the fourth corner. That allowed Neal to sneak
underneath to grab the point and the win. Allman, Frankie Oaks and Shawn
Cullen rounded out the top five.
Poore posted the quick time of 13.746-second during qualifying with Meyers
just a tick of the clock behind him. The fastest nine drivers were separated
by less than a second.
Rose in a brand new car set the third quick time followed by Crabtree and