Chapman Continues Winning Ways

By Ken de la Bastide

(October 29, 2013) - 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 100-lap feature.

Chapman led the first 19 laps chased by Magee, Trent Gossar, Rob Allman and Robbie Wyman.

For the first ten laps Allman and Gossar ran side-by-side swapping the third spot several times.

The third caution flag waved on lap 20 when Artie B. Ware spun in turn three. On the Aerco Heating & Cooling restart on lap 20 Magee claimed the top spot with an outside move on the front street with Chapman and Gossar close behind.

Magee “Mr. Enduro” was pressed by Chapman for the next 32 laps when Chapman bumped Magee entering turn three, just getting him enough outside the groove to make the pass.

After taking the lead Chapman saw a comfortable margin disappear when he encountered a large pack of slower cars with Magee and Gossar closing 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.

During qualifications the existing track record was shattered by three different drivers, lowering the mark set by Chapman on June 8 at 14.618-seconds.

Chapman established a new track record at 14.459-seconds followed by Gossar at 14.511-seconds and Magee at 14.594-seconds.

Chapman will be going after his tenth win of the season at Nov. 30 during the “Turkey Bash” event at Anderson Speedway.