Bobby Parsley Wins CRA Super
Series Season Opener
Photos By David Sink
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Former CRA Super Series champion Bobby Parsley continued his strong performance
at Anderson Speedway winning the Anderson 125 presented by Great Deals Coupon
Magazine on Saturday, April 16. In other action, Rich Boyer collected
his second win of the season in the Terry RV Sales & Service Street Stocks and
Ronnie Rose drove an impressive race in the Boss Hogg Catering and Jerky Figure
8’s, earning his second checkered flag of the season.
In the CRA Super Series season-opening event, Lafayette’s Chris Gabehart charged
into first position at the drop of the green flag after getting the jump on Ryan
Matthews. After he sailed into first spot, Gabehart was forced to fend off
consistent challenges from Matthews during the first half of the 125-lap event.
making several attempts to grab the lead spot from Gabehart, the No. 121 car of
Matthews spun on lap 85 and was unable to contend for the remainder of the race.
Daleville’s Bull Baker then made a charge to the front of the pack and benefited
from Matthews’ misfortune. As Baker was also trying to bypass Gabehart, he spun
in turn 4 on lap 104, advancing Scott Hantz to second position and Bobby Parsley
up to third in the running order.
As the battle for first place continued to heat up with Hantz attempting to pass
Gabehart the two front-runners made contact in turn 3 on the 116th circuit,
eliminating Gabehart from competition and forcing significant damage to Hantz’
mount. Gabehart ended up 18th with Hantz in 14th spot.
This change of events handed leadership honors to Parsley. The former Anderson
400 champion then pulled away at the finish to score his third victory at
Anderson Speedway. He finished 1.159 seconds ahead of Eddie Van Meter. Ohio’s
Jack Landis placed third with J.R. Roahrig and Greenfield’s Kenny Tweedy
completing the top-five finishers.
other action during The Star Press Saturday Night Series, Rich Boyer picked up
his second feature win of the 2005 season in the Terry’s RV Sales and Service
Street Stock main event. Boyer led qualifying with a time of 14.207 seconds and
drew a full-field inversion for the start of the 30-lap event.
Boyer roared through the field, climbing to second spot by the third lap. He
then pulled alongside New Castle’s Danny Acrey II on the 18th lap and passed him
as the two crossed the finish line. Anderson’s Rod Phipps also got around Acrey
on the 24th lap. Last week’s winner Phipps ended the race in the runner-up
position with Acrey finishing a solid third. The remainder of the top five
included Ronnie Phipps and Jacob McElfresh.
Terry’s RV Sales & Service Street Stock heat race wins were claimed by Dennis
Moser of Lapel and Chris Bair Sr. of Anderson.
Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8 champion Ronnie Rose scored his second
feature win of the year in a race that featured heavy traffic in the crossover.
Rose, of Anderson, jumped to the lead over pole sitter Jason Pitts at the start
and dominated the 20-lap main event.
At the finish, Rose was followed by Pitts, defending division champion Jeff
Swinford, Ronnie Phipps and Mike Riddle Jr.
“It was a pretty exciting Figure 8,” Rose said, as he encountered several
near-misses in the crossover. Rose’s car has been strong in each feature race
this season, and Rose attributes that to extensive off-season work on his
Pitts had the top time during qualifying with a best lap of 20.275, seconds,
barely edging Rose for fast time honors. Former champion Mike Riddle Jr. and
Middletown’s Elliott McKinney led flag-to-flag in heat races to score victories.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday Night, April 23, with the
Benson Motorcycles Night of Thrills. The events include the School Bus Figure
8’s, Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives in Oval and Figure 8 racing,
Rollover Contest, Demolition Derby and Spectator Races. Spectator gates open at
5 p.m. with the thrills beginning at 8. Adult admission is $10 with kids 6-12
admitted for $4 and 5 and under free.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.