By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - Curtis Chapman continued
his dominance of the WMDH Thunder Car
Division at Anderson Speedway, but last
weekend it took a last second pass to secure
Chapman won his fifth
consecutive Thunder Car feature but it was
his most difficult victory of the season.
Gossar took the lead
from Earl Adams on the second lap with an
outside pass while Chapman went to the
inside down the back straight to move into
the second spot.
For the next 23 laps
Chapman was glued to the tail of Gossar’s
car with Rob Allman and Trent Gossar in the
hunt for the victory.
While battling with
Trent Gossar for the third position on lap
22, Allman drifted high and made light
contact with the turn two wall, slowing and
entering the pits.
All the action took
place on the final two laps with Chapman
getting alongside of Gossar on lap 24, but
was unable to make the pass. Racing down the
back straight, Trent Gossar thought about
making it three wide entering turn three,
but backed out of the accelerator.
Coming off the fourth
corner Chapman grabbed the lead from Tom
Gossar to win by .094-seconds with Trent
Gossar finishing third followed by Adams and
Chapman crossed the
finish line in a partial spin with Tom
Gossar right on his front fender and Trent
Gossar just slightly back.
Tom Gossar recorded the
victory in the first of two heat races,
leading from the wave of the green flag.
Chapman passed Allman on
the third lap to snatch the second position.
He closed on Gossar, but was never in a
position to challenge for the win.
The second heat race got
off to a bumping and banging start before
one lap was completed.
Going down the back
straight, Austin Russell and Earl Adams made
contact with both making contact with the
outside retaining wall. At the same time
Jeff Hopkins went into the third corner too
hot and bounced off the wall.
Adams was able to
continue in competition and went on to win
the heat race with Chris Snyder finishing
second followed by Nick Lewis.