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Van Meter Wins 63rd Best Way Disposal National Crown

By Ken de la Bastide

(July 15, 2012) - For the second time this month Eddie Van Meter came back from a flat tire to win the Best Way Disposal National Crown passing Mike Riddle Jr. with two laps remaining.

On July 4, Van Meter climbed from the eighth spot after suffering a broken tie-rod to win a 50-lap International Outlaw Figure-8 Series national event at Anderson Speedway.

Van Meter started from the pole position and led the first 46 laps when he surrendered the lead to Riddle after suffering a right front flat tire.

Rejoining the field in fifth, Van Meter slowly climbed back through the field, moving into the second spot on lap 64 with an inside pass of Chris Green in turn three.

With leader Riddle trapped behind slower traffic, Van Meter closed on the leader looking for a way to get back to the front.

Coming off the second corner on lap 74, Riddle got sideways, smoking the tires and allowing Van Meter to make the pass.

Green, the only other car on the lead lap, finished third followed by Ronnie Rose and Shawn Cullen.

National point’s leader Jeremy Vanderhoof slowed on lap 59 while running second and was forced to the pit area.

The race was red-flagged on lap 59 when Jeff Hizer, running seventh at the time, made contact with the outside retaining wall in turn one hitting a water barrel and dumping water on the track.

Just before the red flag, Van Meter and Jeff Shackelford tangled on lap 57 coming off the fourth corner while battling for the second position. Both drivers spun, losing several positions.

During the caution period, Shackelford made contact with Van Meter and Shackelford was parked for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Defending National Crown champion Josh Tharp saw his bid for back-to-back titles come to an end on lap 17 with a mechanical problem.

It all started in 1950 when the first National Crown was run at Anderson Speedway with Herschel White winning the inaugural race.

The race was slowed by four cautions with 12 of the 19 cars that started running at the finish.

In the 63-year history of the National Crown this is the first time that the International Outlaw Figure-8 Series sanctioned the race with the high horsepower winged cars battling for the win.

It was a tough weekend for Michigan driver Robbie Loving who lost an engine on Saturday night, changed power plants overnight and then lost the second engine on Sunday.

Preston Maxwell Jr. experienced transmission problems and was unable to compete.

Anderson’s Ronnie Rose led all 30 laps of the EDCO Welding Street Stock feature to record his first win of the season.

Rose got the jump at the start on Jimmy Kirby, who made repairs to his car before the race, with Josh Myers running a close third.

Earlier in the evening Rose scored his first heat win of the year in the division.

Frankie Oakes slipped past Andrew Cook with an outside pass on the back straight to claim third.

The G.W. Pierce Front Wheel Drive oval feature was a battle between Ron Phipps and Jeff Williams for 27 laps with Phipps recording his first win of the year.

Phipps took the lead from the pole position chased by Mark Allman, but Williams moved into the second spot by the third lap.

For the rest of the race Williams was glued to the rear bumper looking for a way to get around Phipps, but couldn’t enough room on the inside to complete the pass.

The leaders had a close call on lap nine when Phipps made contact with the lapped car of Michelle Cutsinger, bringing out the caution flag for debris.

On the restart Phipps was able to maintain the lead using the low line with Williams waiting for him to make a mistake to grab the point. Several times Williams tapped Phipps in the corners, but was not able to move him from the preferred racing line.

Allman finished third followed by Marshall Clark Jr. and Paul Phipps.

Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 with the inaugural Late Model Weekend. On Friday, July 20, the CRA/JEGS All Star Tour presented by G.M. Performance Parts and McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models in the 2nd Annual Willy’s Race will be in action. On Saturday, July 21, the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 will take center featuring the ARCA/CRA Super Series Late Models.

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