Central Indiana series IRP race report 2002-05-04

Amos, Blair capture season opening "CARS" features (Indianapolis, IN): Central Indiana racing fans were treated to a big night of action Saturday at Indianapolis Raceway Park as "CARS," the Championship Auto Racing Series, opened its 2002 ...

Amos, Blair capture season opening "CARS" features

(Indianapolis, IN): Central Indiana racing fans were treated to a big night of action Saturday at Indianapolis Raceway Park as "CARS," the Championship Auto Racing Series, opened its 2002 season.

Indianapolis driver Robert Amos was top qualifier in the stock car division, while Brownsburg's Steve Blair turned the fastest lap in super truck class. Both would figure heavily into the outcome of their respective 30 lap features.

Michael Price of Greenfield, IN gets credit for taking the season's first checkered flag of the season in CARS competition, winning the six lap super truck trophy dash...but it was the stock car trophy dash that provided one of the evening's strangest incidents. Mooresville, Indiana's Bruce Newlin Jr. held off defending series champion Al Renner and top contender Wes Bullock to grab his first ever win at IRP. But seconds after taking the checkers Newlin lost control of his Monte Carlo, spun and made hard contact with the outside wall in turn one. Newlin's crew did manage to get the car ready for the 30 lap feature.

Super truck qualifying race wins went to Muncie, Indiana's Buddy Davis and Joe Hill of Indianapolis, while Evansville's Brandon Fagin and Tim Salyers of Clayton, IN finished out front in the stock car qualifiers.

In the 30 lap "CARS" stock car feature, fans saw both front row starters sent to the rear of the field after an aborted start...then saw the leader lose power on an early yellow, which relegated him to the rear of the pack after getting re-fired. Wes Bullock grabbed the lead for the first two laps, only to be slowed by a two-car incident in turn one involving Jerome Branscum of Avon, IN and Jack Elder of Indianapolis. During the ensuing caution laps, Bullock slowed to a stop on the front straight and was passed by the entire field. Bullock did manage to re-fire the car, but had to rejoin the field at the rear of the pack. Robert Amos would take over the lead on the re-start and pulled away from the field in the final 28 laps to post a commanding win over second place David Potts...but Potts' night was ruined when it was discovered in post-race tech that his car was six pounds underweight, leading to a disqualification. Al Renner was credited with second, David Bussie was third, Tim Salyers fourth and Wes Bullock rounded out the top five.

In the 30 lap "CARS" super truck feature, Michael Price went to the front early and was working on a 10 truck length lead when caution appeared on the track 13 laps in. On the re-start, Steve Blair pulled to the rear bumper of Price and on lap 14 Blair would take the lead for good with a pass in turn three. Rob Turner made it close at the finish. The Indianapolis driver tried to make a move to get past Blair out of the final turn, but didn't have enough momentum to make the pass. Michael Price finished third, Darrell Dieringer, Jr. was fourth and Tommy St. .John made a late pass on Scott Dillion to pick up a top five finish.

This coming Saturday, "CARS" returns to Indianapolis Raceway Park for a big night of racing that features 100 lap features in both the stock car and super truck divisions. For info, call 1-866-398-CARS (2277).

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