(March 30, 2014) - Noblesville
teenager Chris Hacker turned in a dominating
performance in capturing the season opening Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman
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Speedway on Sunday afternoon, March 30.
Hacker started on the outside of the front
row taking the lead from Eric McGlothen and
maintained the point on three restarts
before pulling away to a commanding lead.
The fourth caution flag waved on lap 70 when
Jon Watson spun in turn two after a
green-flag run of 51 laps.
On the final restart Hacker selected the
inside groove with Billy VanMeter starting
on the outside of the front row followed by
McGlothen, K.C. Spillers and Jack Dossey
Hacker was able to maintain the lead on the
restart with VanMeter spinning on the back
straight and coming to a stop in the
infield. That allowed fast qualifier Jason
Atkinson to move from the sixth spot to
second with a nifty move to the inside
For Hacker it was his second series win,
both coming at Anderson. He was followed by
Atkinson, McGlothlen, Spillers and Dossey.
Atkinson’s second place finish was even more
impressive after the crew made repairs to
the rear-end with six laps remaining.
“We made some adjustments before the race,”
Hacker said. “We freed it up through the
corners. We had a really good car today.”
Atkinson said at the start the throttle was
sticking and then had the rear end leaking
“A second place with fast time, it was a
pretty good day,” he said.
McGlothen was making his first appearance at
“It’s a fun quarter-mile,” he said. “I had
some brake issues, so the red-flag helped a
Jeff Marcum led all 75 laps to win the
NASH-FM Thunder Car feature but he was
challenged the entire distance by Trent Gossar and Curtis Chapman.
Gossar several times got close enough to
give Marcum a nudge entering the corners,
but was unable to gain the inside groove.
While Gossar was fighting with Marcum,
Chapman attempted to make the pass on the
outside but was unable to claim the
Jessey Bilbrey finished fourth followed by
Fast qualifier Robbie Wyman brought out the
only caution flag on lap seven when he lost
a tire entering turn four while battling for
the fourth spot.
“I knew they would race me pretty clean,”
Marcum said. “The car was fast today.”
Eric Black used an inside move to pass Cody
Anderson entering turn one on lap 19 and led
the final 16 laps to win the season opener
for the TriState Legends.
Local driver Mark Dietzen led the first 11
laps after starting on the outside of the
front row, but lost the point on a restart
when Anderson got inside coming off the
Black passed Dietzen on lap 12 and set his
sights on Anderson.Following Black and
Anderson to the checkers were John Robbins,
Marty Griffin and Dietzen.
“It has been a while,” Black said of his
victory to start the season. “Mark (Dietzen)
did a good job upfront and I was waiting for
Anderson to make a move.”
Fast qualifier Alec Webb’s day ended on lap
eight when he brushed the turn one wall
while trying to pass Black. Second quick
qualifier Josh Dietz lost an engine on lap
Racing returns to Anderson Speedway on
Saturday, April 5 with the first ever visit
of the WOFS Figure 8’s. The Front Wheel
Drives will also be in action in Oval and
Figure 8’s action along with Super Karts.