Beaver's Strategy Brings MEP
Late Model Win
By Ken de la Bastide
9, 2012) –
Noblesville driver Joe Beaver turned back a number of challengers
to win the first McGunegill Engine Performance Late Model event of the year
at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.
Beaver took the lead from Robert Amos Jr. on the second lap with an inside
pass going down the back straight. From there Beaver turned back challengers
on seven double-file restart to record the victory.
Amos crashed on the third lap after trading paint with Greg Van Alst on the
front straight and made contact with the outside retaining wall in turn one.
The double-file restarts became a chess match of sorts with drivers opting
to pick the high or low line, in some cases surrendering positions in the
running order in favor of the more valuable track position.
During the second caution period on lap five, the four front running drivers
all elected to stay on the bottom of the race track. That decision allowed
Josh Cave and Rob Allman to gain positions.
Defending champion Terry Cater experienced a mechanical problem while
running third on lap 12, bringing out the fourth caution.
The fifth caution flag waved on lap 16 when Van Alst spun in turn one and on
the restart with Beaver and Cave staying low, Brandon Phillips and Allman
went to the high side.
By lap 20 Cave faded to fourth with Beaver chased by Phillips and Allman.
Six laps later Phillips spun on the back straight.
With six laps remaining Allman challenged Beaver on the outside for the lead
and as the two drivers raced side by side down the back straight the caution
flag waved when Brock Anderson spun and the car of Ryan Amonette was found
to be leaking oil.
On the final restart Allman elected to remain low behind Beaver with Nick
Moore moving up to the front row. Allman passed Moore on lap 33 on the front
Following Beaver to the checkers was Allman, Nick Moore, Fred Hopkins and
“We weren’t very good early in the night,” Beaver said of the team’s fifth
place qualifying effort. “We made some changes; we still have a lot of work
Fred Hopkins won the first heat race when Ronnie Rose was black-flagged for
turning laps faster than his qualifying time. Rose has taken the lead from
Randy Hoppes on the second lap entering turn three and pulled away from the
Hopkins got underneath Hoppes entering turn one on the sixth circuit and
inherited the lead when Rose was black-flagged. Following Hopkins to the
checkers was Hoppes, Jeff Williams, Amonette and Josh Poore.
Amos won the second heat race leading the entire distance but had to hold
off a closing Beaver at the finish. He won by .264-seconds.
Following Amos and Beaver to the checkers were Phillips, Allman and Moore.