Cain Wins WMDH ThunderCar Feature
By Ken de la Bastide
7, 2012) –
Indianapolis driver Brad Cain got a break early in the WMDH
ThunderCar feature last Saturday at Anderson Speedway, taking advantage of
the situation to win the feature race.
Cain grabbed the top spot over Frankie Oakes on the opening lap closely
chased by Herb Rose, Robby Wyman and Rob Allman.
On the second circuit Cain drifted high coming off the second corner which
allowed both Oakes and Rose to sneak inside going down the back straight.
But before the lap was completed, Andrea Williams spun. Williams spin reset
the line-up passed on the previous lap, returning Cain to the lead.
Fast qualifier Hannah Lundy moved into the top five on lap three when she
used the outside groove to a pass Rose in turn three.
Four laps later the front-running drivers became scrambled. Wyman was
attempting to pass Oakes entering turn three when the two made contact. That
contact sent Oakes into the turn three wall, ending his night, and relegated
Wyman to the tail for being involved in the caution.
From there Lundy, Rose, Allman and Travis Burge ran in a tight pack behind
Cain for the remaining 18 laps. Slower traffic was a factor during the race
as several times it stymied drivers from gaining a position.
Lundy looked to the outside several times to get around Cain, but he
maintained the racing line and kept her from mounting a serious challenge.
Both heat races got off to exciting starts with drivers in the front two
rows racing side by side for several laps before sorting out the running
In the first heat race the lead was taken by Burge chased by Earl Adams II
and Oakes. Oakes passed Adams on the second lap with a power move around the
outside in turn four and four laps later used momentum coming off the fourth
corner to take the lead.
Adams passed Burge on the same lap in turn three. Rounding out the top five
were Allman and Rose.
Mike Peters scored the win in the second heat race by passing Sammy Hawkins
on the sixth circuit by getting inside entering turn one. Hawkins was passed
on consecutive laps by Jeff Hopkins, James Peterson and Chris Snyder, having
to settle for fifth.