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Pyle Thrills Hometown Crowd Columbus, OH (June 2, 2007) -- After taking the lead on the 33rd lap and staying there throughout, Columbus native Robbie Pyle was not sure he could hold off a hard charging Brian Campbell as the laps wound down ...

Pyle Thrills Hometown Crowd

Columbus, OH (June 2, 2007) -- After taking the lead on the 33rd lap and staying there throughout, Columbus native Robbie Pyle was not sure he could hold off a hard charging Brian Campbell as the laps wound down in Saturday's CRA Super Series 5th Annual Buckeye Bash, Sizzle Marine 125 presented by EMH&T and Howe Racing. For several laps Campbell pulled up on his tail and then raced him side by side when disaster struck on the 121st lap as Campbell slipped high in the third turn in the marbles making hard contact with the outside wall. Pyle then sailed through the last four laps to win his first CRA Super Series race over rookie of the year contender John Van Doorn who finished in second.

"It was great to win here at my home town. We keep coming back and finished second to (Scott) Hantz a couple of years ago, and tonight it all came together and we got our win. I have won a lot of races here, and this is special I really love this." An elated Pyle stated.

Racing on a green track after a two hour rain delay washed the track clean, the race was exciting from the beginning to the end as cars found themselves very loose most of the race and included a lot of side by side racing. Pole sitter Jeff Lane and fast qualifier and new track record holder, Chris Gabehart, were involved in an early race spin that sent both to the tail after contact between the two. Both came back to finish in the top ten, with Gabehart, the current series points leader, making the trip from the tail two more times to finish fifth.

2006 series champion held on to finish in third, coming from his 11th place starting position. Bobby Parsley made a charge through the field in the last part of the race from his eighteenth starting position to finish fourth giving him both the Sweet Manufacturing "Sweet Move of the Race" Award for his many dramatic passes, both on the outside and the inside and the ISKY Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hard Charger Award. Parsley and 10th place finisher Jack Smith both earned Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Awards.

The Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast Qualifier and Fatheadz.com Fast Qualifier Award went to new track record holder Chris Gabehart, who's time of 13.674 seconds led a group of three drivers that broke the old record set by Bobby Parsley in 2006. In all 30 cars were on hand for the event.

Pyle took the Fatheadz.com race winner award, the Holly Performance Award, the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway leader Award and VDL Fuel Systems Hot Lap of the Race Award for having the fastest lap during the race.

Van Doorn won the RV Performance Rookie of the Race Award, his fourth in a row so far this season as well as the Cometic Gasket and VDL Fuel Systems Top Rookie Awards. He also won three pairs of Ringer Gloves given to a random finisher. This is his second week in a row with a Top 5 finish.

"It's about time we had a little luck." Van Doorn stated. "We have a good car several times, and the crew really gets ready to come to race, but bad luck seems to find us, and this week I think we really showed what we can do with this second place finish."

The Leaf Race Products Tough Luck Award went to Jeep Pflum as the first car not to make the feature. The Speed Media Best Looking Car Award went to Brian Campbell.

Bret Miles, Jr. won the Racing Electronics Improved Positions Award moving up 11 positions in only his third CRA Super Series start. The EMF That's Racing Award was not awarded and rolls over to $400 for next week. Donnie Renner won the 15 lap Last Chance race.

Anderson Speedway is the site of the next CRA Super Series event on Saturday, June 9th for the Anderson 125 presented by Great Deals Magazine. The event was originally scheduled for April 14th but was rescheduled because of weather.

-credit: cra

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jeff Lane , Jack Smith