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Allman On A Streak; Point's Race Tightens Up

By Ken de la Bastide

(September 16, 2012) – 
Over the past five races in the WMDH ThunderCar division, Rob Allman has scored four feature wins including Saturday’s event during AERCO Heating and Cooling night at Anderson Speedway.

The run of four wins has put Allman in a position to challenge for the 2012 championship with defending title holder Hannah Lundy with one race remaining.

Allman recorded the victory when leader Earl Adams II suddenly slowed on lap 15, which put Allman into the top spot.

Eddie Richardson took the early lead, but was passed by Adams on lap five on the front straight. Richardson was passed a lap later by Allman on the back straight. Richardson then fell to fourth when he was passed by Phil Jenkins and Lundy, when he drifted high in turn two.

When Adams slowed that gave Allman the lead and he won by less than a second over Jenkins with Lundy, Richardson and Ryan Buckner completing the top five.

Lundy dodged a bullet in the first heat race that could have drastically altered the point standings going into the final race.

On the seventh lap Ronnie Rose lost an engine going into turn one and came to a fiery stop ion turn two. Lundy running behind Rose got into the oil and made contact with the outside retaining wall.

With the help of other teams, Lundy’s crew was able to make repairs to the right front suspension and get her back into the race.

Richardson and Chris Snyder raced side by side at the start of the race with Snyder getting the advantage on the second lap. Following the caution for Rose’s car, Snyder was leading Jenkins, Allman, Richardson and Adams.

Jenkins used the outside line on the restart to take the lead from Snyder entering turn one and went on to record his first win of the season followed by Snyder and Allman.

In the second heat race Danny Stanley Jr. took the lead at the waving of the green flag, but he was passed by Ryan Buckner on lap four on the front straight.

It appeared as if Buckner was going to get the win when on lap eight his car slowed suddenly and he pulled into the infield.

That gave Stanley is first heat win of the year followed by Randy Hoppes and Austin Russell.

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