Lane Moves Through The Field To Take The Hargus Mullins Firecracker 125 Angola, IN (July 2, 2005) - After a few weeks of bad luck, Jeff Lane took the monkey off his back and a crewmember put a stuffed monkey in his car last week. A third...
Lane Moves Through The Field To Take The Hargus Mullins Firecracker 125
Angola, IN (July 2, 2005) - After a few weeks of bad luck, Jeff Lane took the monkey off his back and a crewmember put a stuffed monkey in his car last week. A third place finish showed a change of luck last week, and this week the now good luck monkey was still in the car when Lane won for the first time this year while going away at the CRA Super Series event presented by Spray Power, Hargus Mullins Firecracker 125 at Angola Motor Speedway Saturday night.
"We started slow this year, we were not very good in the first several races, but tonight we were real good." A happy Lane stated in Victory Lane. "We thought we would be good when we got here, but we weren't. We made some major changes right before the race and they worked. As usual everyone worked hard and made it work, they made me look good out here."
Lane started ninth, fell back to tenth, but on lap 37 he began a charge through the field. Running on the low side of the track, where nobody else was able to run Lane was in fourth by the 46th lap, on lap 48 only 1.5 seconds behind, less than a second on lap 53, taking third on lap 57, after a couple of cautions due to different cars losing their brakes, he moved to second on the 81st lap. Lane then made up the half second he was behind the leader, Bobby Parsley to take the lead on the 85th lap, and never looked back. Driving hard through traffic he had a 2.2 second lead by the 100th lap and looked to be running away when a couple of late cautions cut into his lead and kept the Parsley close, but he was never able to mount a challenge and finished second.
Lane earned a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award, the ISKY Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hard Charger Award and the Racing Electronics Most Improved Award. He became the 10th different winner in 10 events in the CRA Super Series presented by Spray Power showing the series competitiveness as half the season has been raced without a repeat winner.
Parsley was the Bicycle Poker Chips/Menards Fast Qualifier, only the second driver this year to have earned that award more than once, started fourth and led the most laps in the race including the half way lap earning him the RaceTrailerSales.com Halfway Leader Award. Eddie Hoffman started in tenth position worked way up to third and challenged Parsley the last several laps, but had to settle for third after a hard fought race. For his move through the field Hoffman receives the Howe Racing Performance Award.
Scott Hantz finished fourth after nearly dropping back out of the Top 10 early in the race. A series of daring outside moves to got him back up to fourth on his home track. Jack Landis was the early leader leading the first 13 laps before falling back to fifth. J.R. Roahrig was sixth, Andy Ponstein started thirteenth and drove through the field to finish seventh. He had to make a fabulous save late in the race to avoid a spin and stay out of the accident. For his effort Ponstein earned a The Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move Of the Race Award, as well as a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award.
Terry Fisher, Jr. finished eighth, Kenny Tweedy ninth and Rick Turner rounds out the Top Ten. Tommy St. John was the Cometic Gasket Top Rookie of the race finishing twelfth. Leaf Race Products Tough Luck Award went to Brian Nester who broke a trailing arm as the race started finished 24th. Marvel Mystery Oil Mechanic Of The Race is Hayden Butler, crew chief for Jeff Lane.
After eight races in eight weeks the CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power will take a week off. The next event is the running of the 39th Annual Anderson 400 Presented By Great Deals on July 15-16 at Anderson Speedway. For more information is available at www.craracing.net