With the temperature hovering over 90 degrees the weather was almost as hot as the action on the track at the Anderson 400 presented by Great Deals at Anderson Speedway Saturday night. This year’s Anderson 400 was a 250 lap CRA Super Series presented by Spray Power race and a 150-lap CRA Street Stock Series race, both races had a 10-minute break at the halfway point. 2005 CRA Super Series Champion Jeff Lane took the lead on the first lap after the halfway break and held off a tough challenge from 2005 CRA Super Series Rookie of the Year Tommy St. John to win the Anderson 250. Boyer took the lead on the 36th lap of the Anderson 150 for the CRA Street Stocks and skillfully drove through the traffic to stay out front and get the win.
Lane got away and I just could not hang with him. I’m real happy this is my best career finish and the Keller Motorsports guys worked hard to give me a great car tonight.” St. John said.
Scott Hantz finished third just ahead of a huge battle for fourth involving Tom Hernly, Jr. and Kenny Tweedy. Tweedy ended up in fourth with Hernly in fifth, Tweedy was able to hold Hernly off in a tough battle that continued until the checkers.
The second place finished gave St. John a boost in the point standings, adding a few points to his lead over Hantz, who moved into second, and JR. Roahrig as he dropped back one position and Lane who remained in fourth. There are less than 20 points between first and third and less than 40 between the top four.
Jeff Lane was able hold off Tommy St. John. (James MacDonald photos)
St. John and Danny Jackson received Hoosier Tire Performance Awards. Jackson also received the ISKY Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hard Charger Award, Racing Electronics Most Improved Positions Award. Jackson was also the CD-2 Rookie Of The Race Award winner and the Cometic Gasket Top Finishing Rookie.
Jason Shively won his first ever CRA Super Series Pole Position with the fast time. This earned him the Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast Qualifier Award and the Fatheadz Fast Qualifier Award Winner. Hayden Butler was the Marvel Mystery Oil Mechanic of the Race. JR Roahrig took the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Leader Award as well as the $1000 bonus for leading lap 125.
Jeff Lane (#11) races to the outside of Tommy St. John (#29).
“We had an awesome car tonight, I said at the break I didn’t think we had hurt it any in the first half the tires and brakes still felt good. We didn’t change anything at the break; I just went to the restroom, jumped back in and took off. I have to thank Bill Rievley, he tells me how to do it and I just bolt it on.” Lane stated from Victory Lane. With his win Lane became the first driver to win two CRA Super Series races in 2006.
Tommy St. John did not let Lane get away easily. After Lane took the lead on the restart of the second half, St. John dogged him waiting patiently for a chance to take the lead. On the 155th lap St. John made a very daring move using lapped traffic to take the lead from Lane. 10 laps later Lane then made an equally daring move to retake the lead. For his move to take the lead St. John earned the Sweet Manufacturing “Sweet Move of the Race Award”. This is his third Top 5 finish in 2006 and his fifth Top 10 finish in nine races.
“It was a great race, I love these long distance runs, especially with a good handling race car. For the about the first 200 laps this car was a rocket, then with about 50-60 it got a little loose and
“I knew if we could stay out of trouble in the second half we could win, I had a great car, and the breaks all came my way tonight”, a jubilant and weary Rich Boyer stated after the Anderson 150 CRA Street Stock event.
Seeming to have the race under control while the cars behind him battled for second Boyer looked to have the race locked up. With 125 laps in Boyer seemed to slow, while Rod Phipps and Phil Jenkins came on strong to start to catch Boyer. Boyer used the lapped traffic to stay in front and put a little distance between himself and the battle for second. Then as the white flag came out Dennis Moser hit the wall hard at the point of the pit exit in the third turn bringing out a red flag. On the restart Boyer ran out to a short lead while Phipps and Jenkins continued to fight for second until the fourth turn when their cars came together and Jenkins got into the wall dropping back to sixth in the final standings.
The next CRA Super Series event is the Hargus Mullins Memorial 125 Presented By EMF Corp at Angola Speedway, Saturday, July 22. The next series event for the CRA Street Stocks is Sunday, July 30 at Plymouth Speedway. For more information on these races and Champion Racing Association go to www.craracing.net.