Bobby Parsley profited from an early “high groove only” practice session at Columbus Motor Speedway on Saturday by learning the quick way around the high side, a lesson he used throughout the Sizzle Marine 125 CRA Super Series presented by Spray Power event during the 4th Annual Buckeye Bash at Columbus Motor Speedway. Parsley led seven drivers who broke the track record in Appleton Rack & Pinion Qualifying, started sixth and chased down the leader within 17 laps. The next forty laps Parsley and leader Donnie Hill raced side by side for 10 laps at a time, with Parsley on the outside, Hill narrowly keeping the lead each lap. Just after taking the crossed flags for half way Parsley drove in deep on the outside in the third turn and beat Hill to the line to take the lead. A lead he never gave up
Hantz into the point Championship lead after 6 races in the 2006 season. (The Top 6 drivers in the point’s race are less than 50 points apart.)
St. Amant moved from ninth to third crossing the line just ahead of Hill. “I had a lot of fun out there tonight. St. Amant said following the race. Chuck Barnes, Jr. finished fifth just in front at the lead of a pack of cars racing for the fifth position. Jeff Lane finished sixth and Greg Usher seventh.
Bobby Parsley (#121) drove around the outside of Donnie Hill (#0) to take a lead he'd never give up at Columbus. (James MacDonald Photos)
27 cars started the race before a first lap accident in the fourth turn ended the night for Columbus legend Tim Ice, veteran Jeep Pflum and CD-2 rookie candidate Michael Gaier. Gaier earned the Leaf Race Products Tough Luck Award. Robbie Pyle was also attempting to race in the event, but his day ended during practice when a fuel line broke causing a fire under the hood burning all the wiring in his racecar.
For his pass on the outside for the lead Parsley earned the Sweet Manufacturing “Sweet Move of the Race” Award. He also earned The Wax Shop Clean Sweep Award for setting fast time and winning the race. The
Parsley in Voctory Lane
“I drove in hard on him that lap, he tried to squeeze me up, but I had too much of a run on him and got around him then.” Parsley stated. “I was just lucky (2 time ASA Champion and Columbus native Gary) St. Amant had to start so far back, because he is really good here.”
Scott Hantz continued his streak of second place finishes (his third in a row). “I couldn’t have caught him if we had 500 laps out there tonight. The car was a little tight, we could run with him on the restarts and I was nearly around him once, but he was too strong tonight.” Hantz commented. This string of second place finishes have righted a season that started poorly for the 2000 CRA Series Champion Hantz who started this season with a DNF in the first three races. This run pushed
Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast Qualifier award and Fatheadz Sun Glasses Fast Qualifiers also went to Parsley.
Greg Usher earned the ISKY Cams/Lane Automotive Hard Charger and Racing Electronics Most Improved positions awards after moving up 8 positions. Usher and St. Amant received the Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Awards. The CD-2 Rookie Of The Race Award and Cometic Gasket Top Rookie Award went to Danny Jackson as the highest finishing Rookie. Donnue Hill earned the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway leader Award. The Marvel Mystery Oil Mechanic of the Race Award went to Parsley crew chief Jeff Martin.
The next CRA Super Series event is a non-point race at Plymouth Speedway on Sunday, June 11. For information about this event or the CRA Super Series go to www.craracing.net.