By Ken de la Bastide
Photo by David Sink
12, 2014) - Martinsville driver
Danny Trent made it two consecutive wins in
Sportsman Late Model action at Anderson
Speedway on Saturday.
Trent started on the pole position thanks to
an inversion of the eight fastest qualifiers
and led all 75 laps to win the
CRA/McGunegill Engine Performance feature.
To record his victory Trent had to turn back
a number of challengers over the course of
10 restarts. He was challenged early by
defending track champion Ronnie Rose, Jeff
Marcum and finally Trey Craig.
Trent went on to win by almost one second
over Craig with Marcum, JP Crabtree and Greg
VanAlst rounding out the top five.
“It was very long,” Trent said of the race.
“I was hoping for long green runs. I had a
slew of great drivers behind me, but
everyone raced me clean.”
There were six caution periods and two red
laps in the first third of the race which
didn’t allow the drivers to develop a
Billy VanMeter, who set a new CRA track
record during qualifying, was caught up in
an incident with Jared Thomas on lap 18.
Thomas got loose coming down the back
straight making contact with VanMeter.
Craig moved into the second spot on lap 35
with an inside pass of Rose on lap 35
entering turn one. Rose fell out of the five
by lap 50 when Marcum, VanAlst and Crabtree
making inside passes.
The final caution flag waved on lap 57 when
Josh Cave spun on the back straight.
With Craig to his outside, Trent was able to
maintain the lead and went on to the
“On that last restart, I knew (Trey) Craig
had a strong car,” Trent said. “It gave me a
chance to see what we really had.”
Two of the youngest drivers in the field
tangled on the back straight on the final
lap while battling for positions. Jack
Dossey III and Chris Hacker made heave
contact coming off the second corner.