EDDIE HOFFMAN WINS 39TH ANDERSON 400 PRESENTED BY GREAT DEALS AT ANDERSON SPEEDWAY ANDERSON, Ind. (July 17, 2005) -- Patience paid off for CRA Super Series driver Eddie Hoffman during the 39th Anderson 400 Presented By Great Deals Saturday ...
EDDIE HOFFMAN WINS 39TH ANDERSON 400 PRESENTED BY GREAT DEALS AT ANDERSON SPEEDWAY
ANDERSON, Ind. (July 17, 2005) -- Patience paid off for CRA Super Series driver Eddie Hoffman during the 39th Anderson 400 Presented By Great Deals Saturday night at Anderson Speedway. Hoffman stormed up from the twentieth starting position to capture his first win in the short track classic at the world's fastest quarter-mile oval. Hoffman adds his name to an impressive list of race winners that includes Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, Dick Trickle, Bob Senneker, Junior Hanley and Gary St. Amant.
Hoffman, of Wheaton, Ill., was the last of seven leaders in the race that ran to its completion despite the constant threat of rain. Much of the second half of the 400-lap event was held as occasional raindrops dotted Anderson Speedway. Hoffman was able to maintain his advantage over the final 147 laps to pick up the sixth win of his CRA Super Series career. Hoffman became the first repeat winner in the 11 CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power events this season.
"We have got to thank Joe Beaver, he qualified the car and helped us get it set up. With Joe being here and helping us, and the car was good today, it wasn't as good in the spring, but it was good today. The crew got the pit stops done in 10 -15 seconds and did great," a happy Hoffman stated in victory lane.
Hoffman was the Isky Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hardcharger Award winner, he also earned a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award, and was the Racing Electronics Most Improved Award winner coming from his twentieth starting position to get the win.
Knightstown's Jeff Lane was hot on Hoffman's tail over the last 100 laps of the race and ended up with a strong second-place finish. Tom Hernly Jr. of Lansing, Michigan, was third, one lap down and was awarded the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move of the Race Award for restarting fifth with only 10 laps to go and powering around the outside of the third and fourth place running cars to finish third one lap down. Jay Middleton of Lake City, Fla., finished fourth and former Anderson 400 winner Bobby Parsley of Shepherdsville, Ky., finished in fifth, both were one lap down.
Chuck Barnes, Jr. raced in his second CRA Super Series event of the season and finished sixth one lap down despite losing his front fenders and nose in a late race accident. Yorktown, Indiana's Rick Turner came home seventh after leading the event on two different occasions. Tommy St. John raced hard to an eighth place finish, which earned him the Cometic Gasket Top Rookie of the Race Award. Muncie, Indiana's Jim Crabtree, Jr. finished ninth, with Louisville, Kentucky native Robert Ohlman finishing tenth after starting in twenty second place, which earned him a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award and the Howe Racing Engineering Performance Award.
Tommy Cook led the first five laps before pole sitter and Bicycle Clay Poker Chips - Menards Fast Qualifier Eddie Van Meter took over. It was Van Meter's first fast qualifier award with the CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power. Van Meter led until lap 161 when Lane took the point. Van Meter returned to the front on lap 184 and led until lap 202 picking up the $400 Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Leader bonus along the way.
Turner took the lead at lap 203 and held the advantage for 22 laps before Lafayette's Chris Gabehart moved in front for 10 laps. Turner then moved back into first for 15 laps before Hoffman took over for good. The race featured seven lead changes among 6 drivers and 17 cautions for 139 laps.
Hoffman made a big jump in the CRA Super Series Drivers Point Standings, moving from fifth to second only 6 points behind leader Eddie Van Meter. Bobby Parsley moves up one position to third, Lane moved up two positions to fourth, with Chris Gabehart dropping to fifth after being forced out the race due to problems with overheating. Scott Hantz dropped from second to sixth after an early exit from the event with engine problems.
The next CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power event will be the Bicycle Poker Chips - Menards 125 Presented By Hoosier Racing Tire on Sunday, July 31st at Kalamazoo Speedway, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. For more information go to www.craracing.net.