By Ken de la Bastide
14, 2014) – It has been almost
three months since Curtis Chapman won a
NASH-FM Thunder Car feature but that all
changed last Saturday at Anderson Speedway.
Monte Lewis took the early lead from the
front row chased by Randy Hoppes, Rob
Allman, Jessy Bilbrey and Chapman.
After two laps Chapman and Robbie Wyman, who
have been battling for the top spot most of
the season, slipped around Bilbrey and
started to close on the three front-runners.
Chapman moved into the third spot on lap six
with an inside pass of Allman on the back
straight. Allman faded at that point in the
race losing positions to Wyman and Lonny
Burton before retiring.
The first caution flag waved on lap 10 for
fluids on the track and on the restart
Chapman got inside of Hoppes on the front
straight to move into second and a lap later
Wyman made a similar pass on the back
Chapman took the lead on lap 13 with an
inside pass of Lewis coming off the second
corner. That’s when things got interesting
with Wyman making contact with Lewis on the
front straight. Wyman spun to the infield
losing a lap in the process. Lewis retired
on lap 15 with a mechanical problem.
Chapman survived a final restart on lap 23
following a spin by Kyle Allmond ro record
the victory. Burton finished second followed
by Wes Russell Jr., Hoppes and Allmond.
“We’ve done a lot of work on the car,”
Chapman said of the return to the Tim
Thompson Nationwide Insurance Winner’s
Racing in a new car Burton led the entire
distance to score his second heat win of the
year in the opening race on Herald Bulletin
Appreciation Night. He was followed to the
checkers by Wyman and Chapman.
Allmond won his first heat race of the year
also leading the entire distance. During the
early laps he was chased by Austin Russell,
who was passed by Lewis on lap seven to
finish second. Russell finished third
followed by Bilbrey and Jimmy Hawkins.