Salem, IN (October 30, 2001) & ...
Salem, IN (October 30, 2001) – Jim Crabtree Jr. had to use some strategy at the Kendall Late Model Series season finale at Indianapolis Raceway Park to claim the Lefthander Challenge. The Lefthander Challenge Award was based upon the driver who advanced the most positions during the 2001 season. Crabtree came to IRP with a one-position lead over Bobby Parsley, who was closely followed by Brian Ross.
Ross qualified in the 13th position, but had to withdraw that car after qualifying do to an engine problem. Ross would start the event at the tail of the 32-car field because of the car change after qualifying. Crabtree had qualified in the 19th starting position, but realized that Ross would have a chance to advance several positions from the tail of the field. Crabtree decided to also start from the tail of the field in order to also have a chance to advance several positions in order to keep his lead over Ross. Bobby Parsley had elected to stay in his 7th place qualifying position.
Crabtree’s strategy worked as Ross gained 26 positions during the running of the Key Advantage 125 with a final third place finish to claim the 2001 Kendall Late Model Series Championship. Crabtree gained 20 positions with a final 10th place finish. Crabtree won the Lefthander Challenge by three positions over Ross.
“I really wanted to win the Lefthander Challenge coming into IRP”, remarked Crabtree, “ I knew I was pretty much locked into 7th in the points so that gave me the opportunity to make the decision to go to the rear of the field.” “I would like to thank Wayne Lensing and all the people at Lefthander Chassis for providing this great award!”
Crabtree will receive a bare 2001Chassis from Lefthander Chassis for winning the Lefthander Challenge.