By Ken de la Bastide
21, 2014) - In what could be his
last start in a NASH ThunderCar, defending
series champion Curtis Chapman went out with
Chapman will be driving an outlaw figure-8
car for the rest of the season and
reportedly sold his Thunder Car.
Looking to make it two wins in a row, Jeff
Marcum jumped into the lead at the start
chased by Chapman, fast qualifier Robbie
Wyman, Lonny Burton and Austin Russell.
The running order remained unchanged for the
first eight circuits with the three
front-runners in a tight formation when
Bruce McFall lost an engine.
Chapman used the high line on the restart to
pass Marcum for the lead entering turn one
and Wyman grabbed the second spot on the
front straight on the next circuit.
Wyman stayed glued to Chapman’s rear bumper
for the next 16 laps, but came up
.389-seconds short of the win. Marcum
finished third followed by Russell and
Wyman led the entire distance in the fast
heat for the division for the win with
Marcum, Chapman and Burton completing the
In the second heat race, Russell grabbed the
lead from the pole position and despite a
constant challenge from Chris Snyder went on
to the victory.
Snyder attempted to use the high groove to
maintain momentum coming off the corners to
challenge for the lead, but was never able
to get along side of Russell.
Monte Lewis cracked the top five after three
laps with a pass of Nicholas Lewis, but
suffered a flat tire two laps later.
Following Russell and Snyder to the
checkered flag were McFall, Lewis and Jimmy