Rick Turner Scores First Career
CRA Super Series Victory; Rose, Boyer Also Earn Wins
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A first-time winner in the CRA Super
Series and two familiar names graced the Texas Roadhouse Winner’s Circle during
The Star Press Saturday Night Series at Anderson Speedway on August 13.
Forgive Yorktown’s Rick Turner if he’s grinning ear-to-ear for the next week.
Turner scored his first career victory in the CRA Super Series after winning the
Anderson 125 presented by Great Deals.
Turner, who may be better known as “the Y-town Hustler”, took the lead on the
30th lap when Daleville’s Bull Baker, who led from the pole, suffered mechanical
problems. Turner, who was running third, passed both Baker and the second place
car of Lafayette’s Chris Gabehart after he checked up behind Baker’s slowing
car. Turner then held off repeated challenges from Knightstown’s Jeff Lane over
the remaining 95 laps for the win.
“We’ve been in this series since day one,” a jubilant Turner said after the
race. “We worked so hard to get our first career victory and it feels great for
it to take place at Anderson Speedway.” Many told Turner his first victory might
come at some obscure place, but it occurred on the track Turner considers home.
For Lane, it was a night that brought him close to a win. However, he could
never get around Turner and believed the six caution periods during the race
cost him a better shot at victory. “If anybody deserves a win these guys do,”
Lane said about Turner and his team.
Shepherdsville, Ky. driver Bobby Parsley finished third, with J.R. Roahrig and
Eddie Hoffman of Wheaton, Ill., rounding out the top five. Parsley led
qualifying with a time of 12.134 seconds on the world’s fastest quarter-mile
In other racing action, Anderson’s Rich Boyer put on a dominating performance in
the Terry’s RV Sales and Service Street Stock feature. Boyer started near the
tail of the field but quickly advanced to the top spot with a pass of
Markleville’s Randy Hoppes on the fourth lap. Boyer then jumped out to a
comfortable lead on two restarts to record his 12th feature win of 2005.
New Castle’s Danny Acrey II and Anderson’s Rod Phipps may have had the best
battle of the 30-lap feature as they fought it out for second. Acrey held off
repeated challenges from Phipps to secure the runner-up position. Anderson’s
Ryan Buckner and Hoppes completed the top five.
Phipps won the first Street Stock heat to record his second heat victory of the
season, while Elwood’s Jacob McElfresh recorded his first heat win of 2005 in
the second heat. Boyer was once again the top qualifier with a time of 14.090
seconds and drew a full inversion for the start.
A straight-up start in the Boss Hogg Jerky and Catering Figure 8 feature led to
a dandy 20-lap race. Anderson’s Josh Tharp started on the pole with a time of
20.375 seconds with fellow Anderson driver Ronnie Rose on the outside of the
first row. Rose jumped out to the lead at the drop of the green flag and held
off Tharp at the finish.
Rose avoided disaster on three separate occasions in the crossover as he nearly
made contact with Middletown’s Elliott McKinney. Rose checked up hard on the
third near-miss and somehow avoided hitting McKinney broadside. Tharp also had
to slow down, allowing Rose to maintain the lead and pick up his seventh win of
Mike Riddle Jr., Curtis Chapman and Rob Allman rounded out the top five. Chapman
scored the win in the first Figure 8 heat event, while Jeff Swinford took top
honors in the second heat.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action with the 3rd Annual J.D. Byrider Weekend of
Power. On Friday, August 19, the MAX/WLBC Friday Night Summer Series will
showcase Legends, Insight ThunderCars in Oval and Figure 8 racing along with
Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives in Oval and Figure 8 action.
On Saturday, August 20, The Star Press Saturday Night Series features the Ed
Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks in the J.D. Byrider 150. The Terry’s RV Sales &
Service Street Stocks and Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8’s will also be
showcased on the world’s fastest quarter-mile oval.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.