Snyder Wins JEGS/CRA All-Stars Event; Tharp, Lundy, Williams and Ensor
Also Record Wins
(July 9, 2011) – Trent Snyder used an inside move with 67 laps
remaining to grab the lead from Derrick Griffin and went on to win the first
visit of the Champion Racing Association JEGS All Stars Tour at Anderson
Speedway on Saturday.
Pole sitter and fast qualifier Cole Powell led the first 27 laps before he
was passed by Griffin, who used an outside move coming down the front
Snyder started sixth in the 20-car field and was running fourth after 25
laps. He passed Powell on lap 30 with an outside move going down the back
straight and set his sights on Griffin.
Brandon Watson got inside of Griffin on a restart on lap 71 entering turn
one and several times closed on Synder as the leaders navigated through
The race was slowed only three times by cautions over the 100-lap event with
Snyder holding off Powell on the final restart.
There was plenty of side by side racing and passing throughout the field as
drivers jockeyed for position.
“I’m glad to be in Anderson,” Snyder said, driving the Great Deals magazine
sponsored Chevrolet. “I was fortunate to get through traffic. It’s tough to
Snyder won by 1.2-seconds over Brandon Watson, followed by Griffin, Josh
Nelms and Jack Smith. Tommy Cook who started last in the field drove to an
11th place finish.
This was the fourth different winner in four races during the first year of
CRA/JEGS All Star Tour. Snyder joins Brian Campbell, James Carter and Eddie
Hoffman as winners this year.
Rickie Tharp took the lead from the start and went on to a dominant win in
the EDCO Welding Street Stock feature with Josh Myers running a distance
There was a good battle for the third position between Ron Allman and Josh
Poore for much of the race with Poore finally finding a way to the inside
line coming off the second corner on lap 27.
Poore, who was the Herald Bulletin fast qualifier and has dominated action
this year was able to come home in third followed by Allman and Randy
It was Tharp’s first feature win. He has recorded a third and fourth during
“I appreciate all the help from my teammate (Myers),” Tharp said of the
Alexandria’s Hannah Lundy started fifth in the WMDH ThunderCar feature and
moved into the top spot after seven laps with an inside pass of early leader
Lundy was able to hold off Oakes on three restarts to record her second
feature win of the season after a runner-up finish the week before.
Oakes and Ronnie Rose battled nip and tuck for the second position. Rose
claimed the spot on lap 15, but two laps later got caught behind a lapped
car which allowed Oakes to reclaim the position on the front straight.
After being involved in an incident on lap 11 with Travis Burge, coming off
the second corner, Lonny Burton was able to just get past Shantel Banks on
the inside at the checkers to finish fourth.
Illinois driver Erica Ensor set a new track record for the Mini-Cups, won
her heat race and dominated the 25-lap feature to record the victory.
Ensor was trailed to the checkers by Jordan Caskey, who passed Jim Termanes
with an inside move entering the third corner on the final lap. Tony Velez
and Tyler Brown rounded out the fop five.
For the entire 25 laps fast qualifier Jeff Williams and second quick driver
Jerry Dane staged a battle for the win in the Front Wheel Drive Oval
Williams took advantage of a restart on lap nine to use the outside line to
get past Dane on the back straight. The two front runners ran nose to tail
the remaining distance with Williams scoring the win, followed by Dane, Todd
Yarberry, Marshall Clark and Ron Phipps.
Anderson Speedway returns to action on Saturday, 16 with the EDCO Welding
CRA Street Stocks showcased in the Ivy Tech 200. Other divisions in action
will include Figure 8’s, Front Wheel Drives Oval and Vore’s Welding & Steel
CRA FWD Compacts.