Poore Returns to Winner's Circle, Crabtree Sets Quick Time
30, 2011) – After dominating the early stages Josh Poore was the
driver to beat in the EDCO Welding Street Stock division, but after not
winning for several weeks he claimed victory on Saturday.
With half the field inverted for the feature event, Jacob McElfresh started
from the pole position and led the early stages of the race chased by Tyler
Marsh and Poore.
Marsh was running the high side when Poore slipped underneath down the back
straight and a lap later Ronnie Rose slipped inside coming off the second
corner. Marsh continued to be caught on the outside with Rob Allman and Josh
Myers slipping past.
Poore closed on McElfresh and on the seventh circuit used a strong run down
the back straight to take the lead entering turn three. McElfresh stayed
glued to Poore’s rear bumper with Allman and Myers battling for the fourth
Allman and Myers tangled coming off the fourth corner on lap 12 with Allman
suffering a flat tire and then got loose on the back straight, tapping Myers
who spun to the infield.
Rose moved inside of McElfresh on lap 14 entering the first corner to move
into the second spot, just like a week ago Rose suffered a transmission
problem and exited the race after 18 laps.
At the finish it was Poore winning by .8-seconds over McElfresh with Jimmy
Kirby, Tyler Marsh and J.P. Crabtree rounding out the top five.
“We’ve had a bad streak lately after winning eight in a row,” Poore said.
Tyler Marsh led the entire distance to win the first of two heat races. He
was first chased by McElfresh, who was passed by Poore on the fourth
Following Marsh and Poore to the checkers were Rose, McElfresh and Allman.
The second heat win went to Steve Raper Jr. taking the lead on the first lap
after spinning along with TJ Flynn on the first attempt at a start.
Raper was followed at the finish by Kirby, Chris Isenhower Sr., Frankie
Oakes and Missy Perry.
For the first time in his career, Muncie driver Crabtree set fast time
during Herald Bulletin qualification. He turned a lap at 14.064 seconds to
best Todd Marsh by .054-seconds and Allman, who was .087-seconds off the