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Lane Gets Unexpected Win at Anderson

(September19, 2011) – Just when it appeared that Bremen’s Dave Bice was about to put the finishing touches on an amazing run in the CRA EDCO Welding Street Stock feature, the victory was snatched away on the final lap at Anderson Speedway.

Bice lost a lap early in the race with a flat tire, got the lucky dog and worked his way to the front with 36 laps remaining. Bice got inside of Josh Meyers and Jeff Lane entering turn three to take the lead.

Bice then held off Jeff Lane on two restarts and took the white flag with a comfortable lead on Lane with slower traffic lying ahead. That slower traffic would impact the outcome of the race.

Coming off the second corner Jeff Shelmadine spun and came to a stop on the back straight, facing the wrong direction. Shelmadine’s spin caused Bice to slow and with the loss of momentum it allowed Lane to close.

Lane got to the inside of Shelmadine entering turn three and the two drivers rubbed going through the final corners with Lane grabbing the win, followed by Shelmadine, Brian Hopkins, Jimmy Kirby and Meyers.

“I checked up also,” Lane said of the last lap excitement. “Dave was a sitting duck. All I heard in the radio was race to the checkers, which gave me a change to get inside. Dave had the car to beat, but we’ll take a win anyway we can.”

Lane was quick qualifier with a lap of 13.896-seconds followed by Bice at 14.021-seconds and Rob Allman with a lap of 14.073 after putting on four new Hoosier tires.

As a result of the inversion of the fast ten qualifiers, Josh Meyers and Tom Gossar started on the front row, but a lap wasn’t completed until the first of only five caution flags waved when Gossar cut down a right front tire and limped to a stop.

Myers jumped into the lead closely chased by Hopkins, Jimmy Kirby, Lane and Ronnie Rose. It was Bice that worked his way back through the field and finally on lap 40 got inside of Myers coming off the fourth corner to take the point. Four laps later, Lane made a similar move and set his sights on Bice.

Bice would hold onto the lead until the final lap. The driver on the move at the finish was Kirby, who climbed up two spots over the final 25 circuits to finish fourth.

The race was slowed a total of five times for cautions.