Jeff Lane Visits Victory Lane at Salem Series PR Report
Taylor and Hantz Put Up a Good Fights for CRA Super Series Victory
On a very hot, humid night at Salem Speedway, K&N Filters Rookie Zach Taylor took the lead on the opening lap from his front row outside starting spot and led for the first 49 laps with Jeff Lane looking high and low before Lane slipped around him on a restart and led the remaining 51 laps to win the Hoosier Hills 100 presented by Lane Automotive and ISKY Racing Cams.
"I have to thank car owner Hayden (Butler), and the guys that work on my car, since the storms caused me to have to work over 80 hours in the last 5 days and there is no way we could have been here without their help. I really appreciate Bill Rievley stopping by to make sure we had everything we needed." A very happy Lane said. "This was the best car I have ever had here at Salem, it was a great car to drive tonight."
After Taylor dropped back to second it did not get any easier as his mirror was filled with the red hot Scott Hantz, who became the first driver to win the first two CRA Super Series events of the year at Baer Field. Hantz worked on Taylor looking high and low, but the rookie drove his race, stayed in his line and kept Hantz behind him. The last 15 laps of the race it became a three car fight for second when Taylor teammate fast qualifier, Rick Turner, caught Hantz and Taylor. Turner looked to pass Hantz, and even got alongside his rear fender a couple of times, but could not get around.
"I thought I could get past Scott there, but it would have been risky, and even if I had there was no way with the laps left to get past Zach, so I decided to race Scott hard, and move if he made a mistake." Turner stated.
urner earned the Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast Qualifier Award, it was his second fast qualifier award of the year. He also receives the ARP Racing Bodies Cool Move of the Race Award, when he missed a spinning Keith Gardner in the first turn late in the race, and a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award. Aaron Pierce picked up the other Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award, as well as the Racing Electronics Improved Positions Award.
Blake Hillard earned the ISKY Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hard Charger Award moving from his 21st starting position to finish in 11th. Zach Taylor earned his third straight K&N Filters Rookie of the Race Award with his second place finish, and his second Top 5 Finish of the year. Taylor also earned the Ringers Gloves Award. Kenny Tweedy turned the fastest lap during the race to win the VDL Fuel Systems Hot Lap of the Race Award.
Lane earned the Kingen Express Halfway Leader Award taking the lead at the half way mark. He also receives the Holly Performance Award and the Fatheadz.com Winners Award. Tommy Cook received the Leaf Racing Products Tough Luck Award when he was forced out with ignition problems. Robert Maynor and Adam Purdy shared the EMF Corp That’s Racing Award after contact after a caution from a car failing to slow down put both cars out of the event.
Rex Zimmerman started on the pole and held off three different cars to win his first race this year as the Vore's Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts had the fourth winner in four races. The McDonald’s 20 win is Zimmerman’s first win with the Vore's Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts.
"Well with the weather so bad coming down I almost went home, but we came on down and I'm glad we did." A delighted Zimmerman stated. "Racing here was a lot of fun!"
Tim Dilg started on the outside of front row and pushed Zimmerman throughout the early part of the race, with Greg De St. Jean hot after Dilg. Bill Charles started last and worked his way up to catch the leaders with about 10 laps to go. Dilg, De St. Jean and Charles traded places, with Dilg and Charles pushing Zimmerman. Charles got past Dilg on the last lap, but could not get Zimmerman as he took the checkered flag for the win.
"If I could not win, I am glad Rex did." Charles said. "This is a great bunch of guys to race with."
The next CRA Super Series event will be the Great Deals Magazine 125 at Anderson Speedway, in Anderson, IN on Sunday, June 15. It will be a full weekend at Anderson Speedway for the CRA with the CRA Street Stocks there on Saturday, June 14 for the Anderson 200. The Howe CRA Sportsman Series event was cancelled at Baer Field Speedway on Saturday night due to no electricity at the track because of storms on Friday night and the forecast of more inclement weather, their next event will be back at Baer Field on June 21.
Jeff Lane in victory lane at Salem (CRA Photo)