Trent Scores Initial MEP Late Model Victory; Rose, Williams Grab Heat Wins

Story by Ken de la Bastide
Photo by Dave Sink

(April 21, 2013) -  When leaders Keith Sterkowitz and Josh Cave were sent to the tail, Martinsville driver Danny Trent was in position to claim the point and went on to record the win.

Trent said he was running with the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models at Anderson Speedway to win races and accomplished that feat is his first appearance of the year.

The early lead was taken by Ronnie Rose, but it only lasted two laps following a caution period. With the yellow flag displayed fast qualifier Rob Allman pulled into the infield pit area and rejoined the field before the restart, but his car was no up to speed.

On the Aerco Heating and Air Conditioning restart Sterkowitz was able to run with Rose in the high line and was able to take the lead on the front straight. Both Cave and Trent passed Rose, who parked his ride on lap nine.

For 17 laps Cave pressed Sterkowitz for the lead looking to the inside and high side but was unable to complete the pass. On lap 23 Cave got into the rear bumper of Sterkowitz sending him into a spin in turn four.

With both drivers sent to the tail of the field that gave Trent the point followed by Jeff Williams and Jeff Marcum.

The third caution flag waved on lap 25 when Rob Noel spun in turn two which allowed Sterkowitz and Cave to close on the three front runners.

Williams and Marcum traded paint on the restart with Williams dropping from third to fifth. With seven laps remaining Trent was chased by Sterkowitz and Cave for the win.

At the checkers it was Trent recording the 81 st win of his 16 year career and first of 2013, by .391-seconds over Sterkowitz and Cave.

“I was a little lucky tonight,” Trent said. “I’ve had good cars here and didn’t win. We made some changes to the car before the feature and the car was better than earlier in the night.”

Rose led the entire distance to win the first of the two heat races with Allman, Trent, Cave and Sterkowitz rounding out the top five.

In the second heat race, Williams scored the win by remaining out front from the green to checkered flag with Marcum and Chris Hacker rounding out the top three.