By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - In his seventh appearance
of the year at Anderson Speedway Noblesville
driver Mark Lambert finally scored a win in
the season ending 100-lap race for the
McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models.
Lambert inherited the lead on lap 46 when
leader Danny Trent got loose and spun in
turn two which brought out the first caution
flag of the race.
Lambert survived six restarts holding off
Chris Hacker and Ronnie Rose for the
victory. Lambert, the 2013 CRA Sportsman
Late Model champion, has never finished
outside the top five during the year at
Pole sitter Jeff Marcum led the first 43
laps before he was passed by Trent with an
inside move coming off the fourth corner.
After working his way to the front from the
third starting spot Trent spun in turn two
and surrendered the lead. Trent was sent to
the tail of the field twice more for making
contact with other drivers but still worked
his way to a runner-up finish.
Chris Hacker ran in the top five for the
first 65 laps but while challenging Lambert
for the lead on the back straight, spun and
was relegated to the rear of the field.
At the finish it was Lambert winning by
2.4-seconds over Trent with Steve Stacy,
Hacker and Ronnie Phipps rounding out the
“Finally got a win here,” Lambert said.
“This track has owed us a win for about five
years, we probably raced here 20 times.
“I was having a good race with the 24
(Hacker) but I don’t know what happened on
the back straight,” he said. “If I got into
him, I’m sorry for that.”
Curtis Chapman capped off his championship
season in the NASH FM Thunder Car Division
by using a bump and run move to take the
lead from Johnny Magee on lap 53 and then
pulling away to an impressive victory in the
Chapman led the first 19 laps chased by
Magee, Trent Gossar, Rob Allman and Robbie
On an Aerco Heating & Air Conditioning
restart on lap 20 Magee claimed the top spot
with Chapman and Gossar close behind.
After taking the lead Chapman saw a
comfortable margin disappear when he
encountered a large pack of slower cars with
Magee and Gossar right on his bumper when
the caution flag waved on lap 85 for a spin
by Earl Adams II.
Chapman was able to maintain the lead on the
final restart with Magee running several car
lengths back to the finish.
Gossar finished third followed by Tommy
Brown Jr., who made the trip from
Louisville, and Allman.
In the Front Wheel Drive 100 it was a
two-car shoot-out between Don Gallaher and
Nick Warner over the final 25 laps with
Gallaher entering the Tim Thompson
Nationwide Insurance Winner’s Circle for the
first time in 2013.
Warner led the first 40 laps before he got
trapped by slower traffic which allowed
Gallaher and Paul Phipps to slip inside
coming off the fourth corner.
The three front-runners ran in a tight pack
until lap 75 when Warner used the high line
to pass Phipps in turn three.
From that point Gallaher and Warner pulled
away followed by Phipps, Josh Tharp and Ron
During the closing laps Gallaher said he had
to hold his car in gear to be able to hold
“Last year I ran this race and ended up with
a torn up race car,” Gallaher said following
the win. “I love racing at this track, the
competition is tough. You can race here side
by side and everyone races you clean.”
Anderson Speedway concludes the season on
Saturday, November 30 with the Turkey Bash.
Featured divisions include Street Stocks,
NASH FM ThunderCars, Front Wheel Drives
(Oval and Figure 8’s) and Mini Cups.