By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - New Castle’s Jason Atkinson
led the final 56 laps to capture the CRA
Late Model Sportsman 75 lap feature at
Anderson Speedway on Poet Biorefining night.
Atkinson started ninth in the 23-car field
working his way into the top five after just
11 laps of racing. He moved into the second
spot on lap 19 when J.J. Haley spun in turn
On the restart Atkinson used the outside
line to get around Fort Wayne driver KC
Spillers and pulled away to a comfortable
The battle over the final 20 circuits was
for the second position between Spillers,
Danny Trent and Mark Lambert.
Spillers held on for second with Lambert
grabbing the third spot at the checkered
flag with Trent and Josh Cave rounding out
the top five.
It was Atkinson’s second CRA Sportsman
feature win of the year having won the
opening event of the year at Lucas Oil
Two incidents in the first 20 laps knocked
several of the leaders out of contention.
The first took place on lap 12 when Rob Noel
spun in turn one and collected the car of
An incident on lap 19 developed when slower
traffic was running two wide in turn three
and collected the cars of fast qualifier
Billy VanMeter, John Heck, Trey Craig,
Robert Amos Jr. and Joe Woodring. All were
running in the top ten at the time, only
Woodring was able to continue.
Rob Allman led the first seven laps when he
slowed dramatically and pulled out of
competition. That gave the lead to Hanley,
who was passed by Spillers on a restart.
In his first appearance of the season, A.J.
Ridner led all 30 laps to capture the Street
Ridner took the lead on the start from Danny
Adams, who was passed by Josh Tharp on the
third lap. Adams lost two more spots when he
drifted high in turn two and was passed by
Jimmy Kirby and fast qualifier Calvin
Tharp closed the gap on Ridner with three
laps remaining as he two leaders closed on
two slower cars, but Ridner held on for the
win. Tharp finished second followed by
Kirby, Parham and Tyler Marsh.
Curtis Chapman’s win streak in the WMDH
Thunder Cars ended at five victories after
making contact with the turn three wall with
some assistance from Tom Gossar. Chapman was
running third at the time.
Rob Allman led all 25 laps chased by Trent
Gossar, who was able to stay on Allman’s
rear bumper for the entire distance but
unable to complete the pass.
Tom Gossar finished third followed by Jeff
Hopkins and Craig Sutherland.
Jerry Dane claimed his fourth feature win of
the 2013 season in the Front Wheel Drive
Oval Division by taking the lead from Kamden
Creek on the tenth lap with an inside pass
entering turn three.
Elliott McKinney came home in second,
followed by Paul Phipps, Creek and Jerry
Kevin Henson led all 15
laps to record his fifth Front Wheel Drive
Figure-8 feature of the year.
Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway
on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20
with one of the crown jewel weekends of the
season. On Friday, July 19, the JEGS/CRA All
Stars presented by Chevrolet Performance
Parts will be featured in the All Stars 100
and the MEP Late Models - Top Speed
Fabrication CRA Late Model Sportsman Series
will do battle in the PGG 75 presented by
Motion Motors and Norick Petroleum.
On the Saturday, July 20, the ARCA/CRA Super
Series competitors will continue the rich
history of the Stoops Freightliner Redbud
300 presented by Qdoba, Anderson/Madison
County Visitors Bureau and Hoosier Park.