Miles, Chapman and Cullen Are
A cool night and perfect track conditions helped
set the stage for falling records and awesome racing in the Phillippe Eco Water
Systems Spring Championships Saturday evening at the Anderson Speedway.
Muncie's Bret Miles captured the Phillippe Eco
Water Super Truck headliner while Anderson aces Curtis Chapman and Shawn Cullen
took the checkers in the Terry's RV and Fabulous Figure 8 mains respectively.
Additionally, all three division's track records fell by the wayside.
In Super Truck action, Joe Beaver and Miles were the front-row starters via the
inversion draw. Miles was able to power away from Beaver at the start of the
feature. The yellow flew quickly on lap four when Derrick Layne had the rear end
of his machine break sending slamming into the turn 1 wall.
The race slowed on lap 17 when Andrew Brown spun
and again on lap 40 when Josh Burton and Brian Lemmer tangled on the
backstretch. Some under the yellow antics ensued and both drivers were
disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct.
This set the stage for a five-lap shootout to the
finish with Miles taking the Spring Championship over Beaver, Jack Dossey Jr.,
Brent Busby and Tony Broyles.
Brian Hopkins led the distance in heat No. 1 over
Broyles and Dossey. Buddy Davis led the first eight laps of second heat race
before fading at the end. Brian Lemmer copped the coins over Todd Neal and
Layne. Beaver set a new track record of 13.571 seconds.
Some 26 cars took the green flag in the Terry's RV Street Stock headliner with
Curtis Chapman on the pole thanks to an inversion draw of half of the field. The
first of three yellow flew early on lap six when Chris Hanna's mount failed and
was trapped on the high side of the track.
Four cars tangled on lap 17 sending David Woesner,
Bruce McFall, Neil Huddleston and Jake Owens to the pits. By this point, Rich
Boyer had moved into the chief chasing position and was putting the pressure on
The final slowdown was on lap 25 for the crash of
Jeff Powers and Chris Hanna. The final five circuits were awesome with Boyer
trying everything to get around Chapman but in the end it was "Superman" flying
to the Spring Championship victory edging out Boyer, Terry Burton, Kevin
Montgomery and Danny Acrey, II.
Rod Phipps led the entire distance in heat No. 1
defeating Boyer and Darwin Blankenship. An exciting second heat race saw
three different leaders. Donnie Butler led the first three go rounds before
being headed by Mike Frederick. Jeff Powers made a last lap pass to edge out
Frederick and Butler. Rich Boyer lowered his track record to 14.355 seconds.
The Fabulous Figure 8 was just that, fabulous. The field was totally inverted
from the draw. Cullen started from the point and it quickly became a dogfight
with Cullen and Joe Hart Jr.
At the midway point of this 25-lap event, not only
were Cullen and Hart swapping the top spot on three times in four laps but they
were facing near disaster in the cross-over. On lap 15, Hart and Mark Goettman
decided to test the intersection and you guessed it, crash time.
Both were ok but badly mangles cars were the end result. Cullen re-took the
point and led to the checker over Doug Sheets, Curtis Chapman, Rickie Tharp and
Hart captured the first heat over Mike Phipps and
Chapman while Cullen was the victor of heat No. 2 over James Peterson and Billy
Palmer. Ronnie Rose set a new figure 8 course record of 20.410 seconds.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.