Edsel Opens Season with Win

By Ken de la Bastide

(March 31, 2013) -
It took fast qualifier James Edsel 14 laps to work his way through the field to record the opening night win for the Thunder Roadsters at Anderson Speedway last Saturday.

Edsel, driving the famed “Batmobile” set fast time during qualifying at 13.436-seconds, followed closely by Doug Dugger at 13.488-seconds and Marty Griffin with a time of 13.608-seconds.

Series officials gave Edsel a task to record a victory by starting him sixth on the grid. Griffin took the early lead chased by Nate Shrout, John Robbins, Edsel and David Lobbia.

Edsel started his march toward the front on lap three with an inside pass of Robbins coming off the second corner, two laps later he got inside of Shrout for the second spot entering turn one.

From there Edsel started closing on Griffin. He took over the top spot with an inside pass entering turn three on lap 14 and went on to record the Thunder Roadster win.

Edsel won by 1.4-second over Griffin with Dugger working his way from outside the top five after the first lap to a third place finish. Robbins claimed fourth and Shrout, battling an ill-handling race car, held on for fifth.

There were no caution periods during the 25 lap feature.

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