Jack Landis Wins Wild Race at Anderson Speedway Anderson, IN (April 15, 2006) -- It was a wild race at Anderson Speedway when the CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power ran 125 laps of close action Saturday night in the ...
Jack Landis Wins Wild Race at Anderson Speedway
Anderson, IN (April 15, 2006) -- It was a wild race at Anderson Speedway when the CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power ran 125 laps of close action Saturday night in the Anderson 125 Presented By Great Deals and Computer Renaissance. Edgerton, Ohio's Jack Landis won his first race ever at Anderson Speedway, and his second CRA Super Series event, on a night when the racing was tight throughout the field and only the strong survived.
"I really pushed the guys hard tonight; we really had it coming off the corners good." Landis commented following the race. "It was easy to turn and I like that. You have to stay alert here or it will bite you."
Landis was the Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast Qualifier and won the Fatheadz Fast Qualifier Award. He drew a three on the invert to start in the third position. Via the invert Andy Ponstein started on the pole. Ponstein took off at the start of the race running out to an early lead with Chris Gabehart following closely. Landis moved around Gabehart on lap 48 and followed Ponstein very closely for several laps. Ponstein used lap traffic very effectively keeping Landis at bay for several laps. Following a caution flag that gave Ponstein and Landis a clear track, Landis made a move to get under Ponstein on lap 64 to take the lead. This move and the move to get past Gabehart and negotiate the lapped traffic through out the event earned Landis the Sweet Manufacturing "Sweet Move of the Race Award".
"I wish I would have been a little more aggressive on that last lap, I think I might have been able to wiggle him a little bit, but I don't know if I still could have gotten around him. He had a great car tonight, he was the fastest in practice, and qualifying. We had a second place car." Ponstein stated. "I had been complaining all day that it was tight and then for the race we changed a few things and loosened it up just a little too much, but it was still a great car."
The event had several accidents that claimed 10 cars, including one on lap 116 that ended the evening for five cars and involved several others. An uncharacteristic episode between CRA veterans happened during a caution period on lap 104 resulted in Rick Turner and Jeff Lane leaving the contest when contact occurred. Eddie Hoffman drove hard into the wall on lap 121 after attempting a bump and run on Gabehart. Hoffman bumped Gabehart coming out of turn 2, and got under him coming down the backstretch. The two cars rubbed each other just before entering turn three when Hoffman's car suddenly shot up the track and struck the wall hard in between turns 3 & 4 ending his night.
Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Awards went to Eddie Van Meter and Tommy St. John. Van Meter also earned the ISKY Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hard Charger Award and the Racing Electronics Most Improved Positions Award. The EMF That's Racing Award went to Alec Carll after he was involved in a spin on the eighth lap and was struck by another car after he got the car stopped seemingly unharmed. The Leaf Race Products Tough Luck Award went to Donald Karr, Jr. as the first car out of the event.
Ponstein was the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Leader Award winner. He also won the Anderson Sign and Banner Best Appearing Car Award. Landis picked up the first The Wax Shop Clean Sweep Award of 2006 for being both the fast Qualifier and race winner. He also won the A.P. Racing Engines Winner Bonus a race winner using an A.P. Racing Engine, which earned him an additional $1000. Landis' crew chief Todd Gearhart was the Marvel Mystery Oil Mechanic of the Race winner. John Van Doorn was the CD-2 Rookie of the Race Award winner.
The next CRA Super Series event is the Manning Service 100 at Winchester Speedway on Sunday, April 23. For more information on this event or the series go to www.craracing.net.