By Ken de la Bastide
(March 31, 2014) -
After finishing last in the Vore’s Welding
Late Model Sportsman race on Sunday at
Anderson Speedway, Jeff Marcum led all but
one lap to win the NASH-FM Thunder Car
But for the entire distance Marcum was
pressured by Trent Gossar and Curtis
The only caution flag waved on lap seven
when fast qualifier Robbie Wyman lost a tire
entering turn four while he was contending
for the third spot with Gossar.
On the restart Eric Evans edged Marcum for
the lead on the front straight, but Marcum
was back out in front on lap eight. Evans
day ended when he made some contact with
Gossar on the back straight and suffered a
flat right front tire.
For the next 65 laps Marcum, Gossar and
Chapman raced nose to tail with each driver
waiting for the other to make a mistake, a
mistake that never took place.
Gossar several times got close enough to
give Marcum a nudge entering the corners,
but was unable to bump the leader from the
While Gossar was fighting with Marcum,
Chapman attempted to make the pass on the
outside several times but was unable to
claim the position.
Jessey Bilbrey finished fourth followed by
“I knew they would race me pretty clean,”
Marcum said in the Thompson Nationwide
Insurance Winner’s Circle. “The car was fast