By Ken de la Bastide
(March 30, 2013) -
After taking a year off from racing, Curtis
Chapman returned to victory circle at Anderson Speedway in the WMDH
ThunderCar 100. Chapman set fast and led all 100 laps to open the season
Saturday with a victory, but it wasn’t a walk in the park.
For the first 64 laps Chapman was pressed by Eric Evans with Nick Warner,
Robbie Wyman and Johnny Magee running in a tight formation.
On lap 65 Evans got loose coming off the fourth corner, made a dramatic save
of the car, but was passed by Warner. Warner stayed glued to Chapman’s rear
bumper until the finish.
Wyman passed Evans to claim the third spot on lap 74 with Magee coming home
The race was slowed only by four caution flags and the race stayed green
from lap 32 to the finish.
Paul Phipps used a slower car as the perfect pick to keep Nick Warner at bay
on the penultimate lap to win the Front Wheel Driver feature.
Warner and Phipps battled side by side for 10 laps with Warner using the
momentum on the high side to hold off Phipps, who was running in the low
On lap 17, Phipps was able to clearly get inside of Warner entering turn one
and emerged with the lead and the victory. Warner finished second followed
by Marshall Clark Jr.
Andy Jones passed Aaron Holden on the final restart with four laps remaining
with an outside pass to win the opening Legends race of the season in what
became a race of attrition.
Josh Dietz recovered from being sent to the tail of the field on lap 10 to
pass Holden to grab the second spot followed by Holden, Eric Black and Zach
Being on the point was not the place to be during the Legend feature as
three of the front runners all experienced problems.
Bryan Nuckles was the early leader when he tangled with fast qualifier Jack
Dossey Jr. on the back straight on lap five. Dossey’s night was finished and
Nuckles went to the rear of the field.
The next leader to have a problem was Jack Dossey III, who was spun on the
front straight on lap 10 by second place running Dietz. Both drivers were
sent to the tail of the field.
That put John Robbins into the lead, but his night ended on lap 19 when his
car erupted in flames on the back straight. Robbins was uninjured.
Fast qualifier James Edsel worked his way through the field to take the lead
from Marty Griffin with an inside pass entering turn three on lap 14 and
went on to record the Thunder Roadster win.
Griffin finished second with Doug Dugger claiming the third spot.
Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway on Saturday, April 6th with the
McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models, Street Stocks and Front Wheel
Drives Oval & Figure 8.
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