By Ken de la Bastide
(April 28, 2014) -
Caleb Armstrong used a bump and run move
with 17 laps remaining to win the fourteenth
running of the “Glen Niebel Classic” at
Anderson Speedway on Sunday.
Armstrong, the fast qualifier, was running
second to Aaron Pierce following a caution
flag on lap 66. With 18 laps remaining
Armstrong bumped Pierce coming off the
fourth corner and made the inside pass
entering turn one.
Pierce stayed glued to the rear bumper of
Armstrong’s sprint car, but came up
one-second short of a third consecutive win
in the Glen Niebel Classic.
Pendleton resident Travis Welpott finished
third with Jarett Andretti and Kyle Hamilton
rounding out the top five.
The early lead was taken by Jason Fuller,
who was passed by Chris Neuenschwander with
an inside move entering turn one.
Armstrong was strong early in the race using
the outside groove to pass Welpott and
Fuller to run fourth at the halfway point.
Pierce took the lead from Neuenschwander on
lap 63 getting to the low groove entering
turn one. Neuenschwander’s car was losing
grip in the right rear tire and was having
handling problems through the corner.
Neuenschwander spun on lap 66 after he was
bumped by Armstrong, which set the stage for
the final pass for the lead.
“I want to apologize to Chris
(Neuenschwander) and Aaron (Pierce) for what
happened,” Armstrong said. “The brakes were
going in and out. “This is a good preview
for the Little 500.”
Andretti started 13th in his first race at
Anderson Speedway and aside for a slip with
three laps remaining would have finished
Pierce said after the race that Armstrong
gave him more than a gentle tap to get him
out of the low groove.
He said if he caught Armstrong in the final
laps, a similar move would have been
“I wouldn’t crash him.” Pierce said.
Welpott said his car was tight early in the
race with a full fuel load but got better at
the race progressed.
Jason Fuller grabbed the point at the start,
but the first caution flag waved on the
initial lap when Doug Dietsch made contact
with the outside wall.
Neuenschwander took the lead on the eighth
lap with an inside pass of Fuller entering
turn one and by the halfway point Pierce was
running second with rookie Kyle Hamilton
The second caution flag waved on lap 38 when
Collin Cabre made contact with Welpott’s
sprint car and made contact with the turn
two retaining wall.
There were three caution periods for a total
of 25 laps and four lead changes among four
Fuller recorded the win in the first of two
heat races leading from the start with Cabre,
Pierce, Armstrong and Matt Goodnight
rounding out the top five.
Florida driver Garrett Green won the second
heat race by almost 3-seconds over
Neuenschwander, Welpott, Hamilton and