By Ken de la Bastide
13, 2014) -
It took 17 years but Greg VanAlst
finally got his first career feature win in
the Motion Motors 100 at Anderson Speedway
VanAlst led the entire distance for the
McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models
and Vores Welding CRA Sportsman drivers and
collected the winner’s share of $2,000.
VanAlst took advantage of an inversion of
ten of the fastest qualifiers to start on
the pole. He beat Mark Lambert into turn one
and maintained the lead through two
“I needed the first caution to get
refocused,” VanAlst said of his strong run.
But with 14 laps remaining Quinnteen Bear
moved into the second spot with an outside
pass of Lambert and started closing on
VanAlst. But Bear had to settle for a second
place run with Lambert, Jack Dossey III and
Kent Baledge rounding out the top five.
“I’ve been racing for 17 years and this is
my first feature win,” VanAlst said. “This
Bear, who is looking to make his first CRA
Super Series start in the Stoops
Freightliner Red Bud 300 tonight at 7:30
p.m., was running fourth with 37 laps
He got inside of Billy VanMeter on the
restart on the front straight and then moved
inside of Dossey on the front straight.
After looking to the inside to pass Lambert,
Bear moved to the outside to make the pass
entering turn three.
Baledge started 16th in the 21 car field and
didn’t crack the top five until lap 95 when
he got inside of Jeff Marcum exiting turn
The first caution flag waved on lap 62 in
action that started coming off the second
corner when Billy VanMeter bumped Chris
Hacker knocking him out of the fourth spot.
With Hacker stuck on the outside pole sitter
Dustin Burge attempted to make an inside
pass entering turn three. The two spun and
collected the car of Trey Craig. That
scrambled the top ten as Hacker, Burge and
Craig were running fifth, sixth and seventh
at the time.
Another green flag lap wasn’t completed when
Billy VanMeter and Jack Dossey III got
together coming off the second corner while
battling for third. That created an
accordion effect causing four cars to get
together in turn three, including Burge.
Hacker lost the point lead to Dossey as a
result of his 16th place finish.Burge was
making his first career start in a late
model for Scott Neal Racing and claimed the
pole position with a lap of 12.969-seconds
around the quarter-mile high-banked oval.
The new sanctioning body the American
Motorsports Challenge Series conducted its
second race of the year four outlaws which
included winged modifieds, late models and a
R.J. Norton III, no stranger to Anderson
Speedway led all 100 laps turning back
challenges in the first half of the race
from Andy DeVreese and Eddie VanMeter.
DeVreese’s challenge ended on lap 40 when he
spun on the back straight and made contact
with the inside wall.
Eddie VanMeter started to battle an
ill-handling race car on a restart and lost
a tire on lap 55. That allowed Norton to
pull away to the victory. Norton was
followed to the checkers by Ronnie Phipps
and Orie Parkhurst.
The Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 is set
for Saturday. Pits open at 10 a.m., with a
two hour practice for the ARCA/CRA Super
Series cars from 1 to 3 p.m. with qualifying
for the Redbud 300 beginning at 4:15. There
will be an on track autograph session with
all the drivers starting at 6, the green
flag for the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300
will drop at 7:30.
On Saturday, tickets are $25 for adults, $10
for kids (6-12) and free for five and under.