CRA: Toledo: Race report

Johnny Belott Wins Rain Shortened A.P. Racing Engines 100 At Toledo Speedway Toledo, OH (May 29, 2005) - "It all came down to the last five laps! We raced hard side by side for the last five laps and probably would have until the end if the...

Johnny Belott Wins Rain Shortened A.P. Racing Engines 100 At Toledo Speedway

Toledo, OH (May 29, 2005) - "It all came down to the last five laps! We raced hard side by side for the last five laps and probably would have until the end if the rain had not stopped it when it did, he (Eddie Van Meter) raced me clean, he did a great job of not getting into me and I stayed off of him." Declared first time CRA Super Series winner Johnny Belott III following a very hotly contested A.P. Racing Engines 100 Presented By Spray Power at Toledo Speedway Sunday night.

In a race that was yellow flagged twice for rain and finally halted after 91 laps when the rain came and stayed, Belott and Eddie Van Meter raced hard side by side over the last few laps trading the lead with Belott pulling ahead just before the yellow flag came out for the win. Belott's move earned him the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move Of The Race Award. Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Race Award winner Boris Jurkovic followed very closely through out the closing laps. It was the third Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Race Award for Jurkovic in five CRA Super Series events in 2005.

"It was good clean racing." Van Meter stated, "We both stayed clear and Boris raced a very clean race staying right on our tail and nobody touched anybody."

J.R. Roahrig started on the outside of the front row had the hot foot early building a four car length lead and led the first 56 laps before fading to fourth late in the race. Scott Hantz capped a busy evening, in which he finished third in the Main Event Outlaw Late Models 100 lap race prior to the CRA race, by finishing fifth and winning a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award and was working hard on Roahrig as the race wound down.

There was close racing throughout the field with 15 year old Landon Cassill racing his way to his fourth Top Ten finish in four CRA races by finishing sixth and received a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award. Bobby Parsley, who also did double duty and won the 100-lap Main Event race, pushed Cassill and finished seventh. CRA Super Series points leader Eddie Hoffman finished eighth holding off Bicycle Clay Poker Chips -- Menards Fast Qualifier and new track record holder Chris Gabehart who finished ninth with Kenny Tweedy finishing tenth in a very close pack of cars.

The rain was a constant threat throughout and the race was yellow flagged twice due to rain, on lap 6 and lap 43, before being stopped on lap 91. Sixteen of the twenty-six cars that started the race finished with fifteen on the lead lap.

Zach Dunson, racing in his first CRA Super Series Event, was the Lane Automotive/ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Award winner. Dunson gained eight positions with his seventeenth place finish. Scott Hantz was the Howe Performance Award winner by gaining seven positions in Sunday's event. J.R. Roahrig earned the RaceTrailerSales.com Halfway Leader bonus. Neil May, Crew Chief for Belott, earned the Marvel Mystery Oil Mechanic Of The Race Award.

The next CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power event will be the Sizzle Marine 125 Presented By EMH&T on Saturday night, June 4 at Columbus Motor Speedway. That event will be part of Third Annual Buckeye Bash. More information is available at www.craracing.net.

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