Allman Continues Impressive Run; Chapman, Gossar Record Heat Wins

By Ken de la Bastide

(August 12, 2013) - Veteran driver Robbie Allman continued his late season surge in the WMDH ThunderCar Division.

Allman led all 25 laps Saturday after starting from the pole position
after turning the fastest lap during qualifications.

But it wasn’t a leisurely Saturday night drive at Anderson Speedway as his tire tracks were dogged by Tom Gossar and Curtis Chapman for the entire race distance.

The proverbial blanket could be thrown over the cars of Allman, Gossar and Chapman as they circulated the high banked quarter-mile oval in a race that was not slowed by a caution period.

Allman refused to give up the preferred racing line through the corners although Gossar several times attempted to employ the bump and run move to gain the lead.

At the finish Allman won by .179-seconds over Gossar with Chapman another half-second back. Visiting Kentucky driver Tommy Brown Jr. finished fourth followed by Trent Gossar.

For Allman it marked his second win in the past four races and he claimed the runner-up spot in the other two events.

“It’s just getting the car ironed out and getting it ready,” Allman said
of his recent surge. “We’ve done some upgrades to the car.”

Chapman captured the fast qualifier heat by winning for the third time.
Racing was tight by Chapman for the second spot with Brown prevailing over Allman and Tom Gossar.

Trent Gossar claimed his second heat win of the season with a pass of Danny Stanley Jr. at the halfway point using the inside line exiting the fourth corner.

The early lead was taken by Kevin Henson who was passed by both Stanley and Gossar on the fourth circuit when he drifted high coming off the fourth corner.

Gossar was followed to the checkers by Stanley, Henson, Austin Russell and Chris Snyder. Snyder claimed the fifth spot when Bruce McFall retired on the final lap.