Chapman Earns Fifth WMDH ThunderCar Victory; Last Lap Pass of Tom Gossar

By Ken de la Bastide

(June 8, 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 the victory.

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 Chris Snyder.

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.