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Sterkowitz Claims CRA Sportsman Victory; Poore and Chapman Continues Winning Ways

(April 23, 2011) – Keith Sterkowitz worked his way up from the ninth starting position to take the lead on a lap 26 restart and went on to capture the Champion Racing Association Sullivan RV Sportsman Late Model feature.

The opening of the 50 lap feature at Anderson Speedway on Saturday was marked by a red flag stoppage on lap two and three more caution periods that took out many of the top drivers before ten laps were completed.

Fast qualifier Bret Miles Jr. got loose entering turn three on the second lap and collected Rick Rinehart with both cars bouncing off the outside retaining wall and collected Mark Livesay.

On the five circuit Damon Ecoff spun coming off the fourth corner and collected Rick Sullivan, the two were running fourth and fifth at the time.

New Castle’s Jason Atkinson took the early lead and led the first seven circuits before being passed by KC Spillers. Spillers survived several restarts on the point, but on lap 26 Sterkowitz used the high line to grab the point.

Nick Moore was running fourth with seven laps remaining when he bounced off the front straight wall which caught the car of Spillers and John Heck in turn one. Moore was able to continue.

Sterkowitz held off Atkinson on the final three restarts with ten laps remaining to record his second career win. He won at Plymouth Speedway in 2010. Brett Robinson finished third, with Charlie Hanna and Moore rounding out the top five.

“There were a lot of good cars out there,” Sterkowitz said. “We were just trying to keep the car in one piece.”

Anderson’s Josh Poore made it two wins in a row in the EDCO Welding Street Stock division in 2011, taking the lead on lap 40 of the CRA feature when Dave Bice lost the re-end on his mount.

Danny Smith led the first 26 laps when he was passed by Bice with an outside move entering turn three. Poore passed Smith a lap later entering turn one.

For the next 12 laps Poore looked high and low for a way around Bice, who wouldn’t surrender the low groove. The front-runners split lapped traffic, but Bice continue to lead until his Chevrolet started spewing smoke.

Poore held off Smith on a final restart with six laps remaining with Josh Myers, Steve Christman and Jeff Lane rounding out the top five.

For the second time this season Curtis Chapman held off Nick Warner to capture the Figure-8 feature win.

Ronnie Phipps took the early lead, but Chapman got to the inside coming off the second corner on lap three and Warner followed suit.

For the remaining 21 laps Warner stayed glued to Chapman’s rear bumper but was unable to make an attempt to grab the lead. Warner survived a close call in the crossover several times when he split two slower cars. Phipps finished third followed by Josh Tharp and Bruce McFall.

There are two nights of racing at Anderson Speedway next weekend with the WMDH Thunder Cars in a 200-lap Enduro on Friday starting at 7 p.m. along with the Legends and Thunder Roadsters. The first U.S. Air Force Night of Thrills is set for Saturday with the International Outlaw Figure-8 Series, Culver’s Trailer Race, and School Bus Figure-8, racing starts at 7