Edsel Captures Thunder Roadsters Feature

By Ken de la Bastide

(August 5, 2013) - James Edsel recorded his second Thunder Roadster feature win of the year and first since April by a comfortable margin over John Robbins.

It was only Edsel’s second appearance of the year at Anderson Speedway.

Edsel, who was the fast qualifier, was never challenged after the opening laps to record the victory.

Robbins fell right behind Edsel at the start and for the first half of the
race could keep the leader in his sights.

Behind the two front runners Darrell Brown and Chris Weddel slipped past Marty Griffin as a large group of cars jockeyed for position throughout the 25-lap feature.

Weddel got inside of Brown on lap 18 entering turn one and on lap 20
passed Nate Shrout with an inside move exiting the second corner.
Meanwhile Brown faded over the final circuits.

Chasing Edsel and Robbins to the checkers were Doug Dugger followed by Weddel and Shrout.

“We had a rough time getting the car set-up earlier in the night,” Edsel
said of his winning ride.

Robbins won the first heat race by making an inside pass of Griffin
entering turn three on the eighth of the ten circuits. Edsel followed
Robbins pass of Griffin a lap later entering turn one. Dugger passed
Griffin on the final lap going down the back straight.

Robbins recorded the victory followed by Edsel, Dugger and Griffin in the
dash for the fast qualifiers.

Brown led the entire distance in the second heat race followed on the
first lap by Josh Tharp, who quickly faded to fifth by the halfway point.
Tharp was running the outside line.

Weddel was running second when he was black-flagged on lap nine for
running faster than his qualifying time.

Brown led Shrout, Dave Lobbia, Tharp and Chase Lane to the checkers.