Lane Captures CRA Opener; Warner, Mefford and Teepe Also Visit Winner's
7, 2011) –
In the 200th start of his Champion Racing Association
career, Knightstown’s Jeff Lane survived numerous restarts and a strong
challenge from John VanDoorn to win the Seal Wrap 125 presented by Great
Deals Savings Magazine.
Lane, the first driver to record 200 starts in the Super Late Model Series,
took the lead on a restart on lap 32 when he used the outside line to get
around Terry Fisher Jr.
VanDoorn, the defending CRA champion, looking for his third consecutive win
to open the season at Anderson Speedway, moved into the second spot on lap
42 when he got inside of Fisher on the front straight.
For the next 65 laps VanDoorn continually bumped on the back of Lane’s car
looking to move him off the low groove. VanDoorn’s night ended on lap 108
with a mechanical problem.
Lane was forced to hold off Mason Mingus and Fisher on two double-file
restarts over the final 13 laps to record the 14th victory of his career.
Mingus and Fisher raced side by side for the second spot from lap 113
through lap 118 when Mingus grabbed the position. The 14th and final caution
flag waved on lap 119 when Kenny Tweedy and Greg Boone tangled on the back
On the final restart, Fisher on the preferred inside line was able to pull
ahead of Mingus, but on lap 122 the positions swapped as Mingus got inside
coming off the second corner. Jim Crabtree Jr. came home fourth followed by
Mingus started 14th in the 25 car field to improve the most positions during
The early lead was taken by Rick Turner, who qualified eighth quickest and
with the inversion, started on the pole position. He was passed on lap 21
when Fisher used a power move on the outside going down the back straight.
Ross Kenseth, the son of NASCAR driver, Matt, finished 20th after being
caught up in an incident with David Carter on lap 73.
Lonny Burton did everything right for more than 24 laps, but a
slip on the final corner on the final lap allowed Nick Warner to snatch an
unexpected win in the WMDH Thunder Car feature Saturday at Anderson
Burton jumped for a third row starting space to the lead at first chased by
Larry Swinford with Hannah Lundy running a close third. On the second lap
Lundy got inside of Swinford on the front straight to grab second and set
her sights on Burton.
Meanwhile it was Warner, the fast qualifier, making his way toward the front
by first passing Ron Allman with an outside move entering turn three on the
sixth circuit and then moving into the third spot on a restart on lap nine.
A lap later Warner got inside of Lundy on the back straight for the second
For the next 15 laps Warner put his front bumper onto the back of Burton’s
car in an effort to get the bottom groove to no avail.
On the final lap it appeared that Burton was going to record the victory
when he drove into the third turn a little too hot, shot up the track which
allowed Warner to dive underneath exiting the fourth corner for the win.
Warner won by .4-seconds over Burton followed by Lundy, Jeff Saxon and
“It was hard to get on the outside,” Warner said of Burton’s effort to hold
the top spot. “We got together coming down the back straight late in the
race, it was just good racing.”
Chris Teepe inherited the lead in the Front Wheel Drive Figure-8 Division
when leader Elliott McKinney made contact with Ryan Claborn in the
Prior to that action the fireworks had already begun. On the third lap
Warner spun in turn two while running fifth and on the ensuing caution
period he bumped into Blake Zirkle with Mike Alley than spinning Warner.
All three drivers were finished for the evening for the extracurricular
activities during the caution period.
On the restart it appeared that McKinney had the car to beat before making
contact with Claborn, which gave the point to Teepe, chased by Donnie Ellis
Crossover action wasn’t finished when on lap ten Bruce McFall, running
fourth at the time made contact with the car of James Frawley.
At the finish it was Teepe, Ellis and Trevin Henson rounding out the top
“Are you sure it wasn’t a demo derby,” Teepe said of the action on the track
following his victory.
William Mefford led all 30 laps to win the Anderson Late Model Division
With Mefford out front there was a spirited battle for second between
Brandon Mefford and Terry Cater. The Mefford father and son team finished
first and second followed by Cater