Chris Gabehart Wins His First CRA Super Series Race Winchester, IN (May 22, 2005) - Chris Gabehart started on the pole, and led 99 of 100 laps to win the Manning Service 100 Sunday at the Grand Re-opening of the Famed Winchester ...
Chris Gabehart Wins His First CRA Super Series Race
Winchester, IN (May 22, 2005) - Chris Gabehart started on the pole, and led 99 of 100 laps to win the Manning Service 100 Sunday at the Grand Re-opening of the Famed Winchester Speedway. Gabehart stated the day with an accident during practice, but repaired the car, qualified third and won.
"We started today in way we did not like, but we came back worked hard, got a hot lap down in qualifications, got a great draw and stayed clean to get the win." A very happy Gabehart stated.
Eddie Hoffman started 16th and ran through the field to finish second, Scott Hantz finished third and led briefly on lap 50, Landon Cassill finished a career best fourth with Jim Crabtree, Jr. rounding out the top five.
Hoffman commented, "Our times stayed the same the whole time, everyone else slowed down, our car had so much grip, we got better while others got slower-- we were lucky to finish second so we will not complain."
Hantz started second and pushed Gabehart through the early part of the race leading the 50th lap before Gabehart took back over to lead lap 51. On lap 60 Hantz slipped in an oil spot in turn 4 and was nearly sideways in heavy traffic before recovering and continuing on. That recovery earned Hantz the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move of the Race Award.
Chuck Barnes, Jr. then moved into second and pushed Gabehart getting beside him but not able to get around. Then tragedy struck Barnes, in his first CRA race as a driver in 2005. On lap 95 Barnes and Terry Fisher, Jr. collided sliding toward the wall in turns 1-2. Tommy St. John was following closely and after hitting the wall ended up sitting atop Barnes car. No one was seriously injured, although St. John was taken to hospital, but he later returned to the track.
Bicycle Clay Poker Chips -- Menards Fast Qualifier Jeff Lane set a new track record and then had his engine go bad 36 laps into the race to finish 22nd. The Lane Automotive/ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Award goes to Jim Crabtree, Jr. who moved up 17 positions to finish fifth. Tim Sibila was the Howe Performance Award winner. Scott Hantz won the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Leader bonus for leading the 50th lap.
Crew Chief for Chris Gabehart, earned the Marvel Mystery Oil Mechanic Of The Race Award. Tommy St. John earned the Cometic Gasket Rookie Of The Race Award. The Hoosier Performance Awards were awarded to Jim Crabtree, Jr. and Tim Sibila.
The next CRA Super Series event will be the Toledo 100 presented by Spray Power All Purpose Cleaner at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 29 at 7:30 pm. More information is available at www.craracing.net.