VanDoorn Wins CRA Super Series Budweiser 250 while Parham Wins the CRA Street Stock Bud Light 150 At Anderson Speedway Anderson, IN (August 4, 2007) -- Coopersville, Michigan native John VanDoorn took his first CRA Super Series win with his...
VanDoorn Wins CRA Super Series Budweiser 250 while Parham Wins the CRA Street Stock Bud Light 150 At Anderson Speedway
Anderson, IN (August 4, 2007) -- Coopersville, Michigan native John VanDoorn took his first CRA Super Series win with his victory in the Budweiser 250 as part of the Responsibility Matters Anderson 400 Event Presented By Great Deals Coupon Magazine, Saturday night at Anderson Speedway. The 19 year old series leading series Rookie Of The Year contender held off several challenges by different drivers while leading for 126 laps of the race to also get the first series win for car owner Tim Steele, a former ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion.
"This was the hardest race I have ever won." Stated an exhausted VanDoorn in victory lane. "This car was very tight for the whole race, and did not drive well. But we won! I want to thank Tim Steele and everyone with HS Motorsports for giving me this opportunity."
VanDoorn was never able to shake the field as several cars tried to get by him before dropping back through out the second half of the race. His strongest challenge was from Jack Smith who appeared to have the car to beat late in the race making many passes on the high side of the track as the laps counted down, but when VanDoorn let up due to a caution on lap 245, Smith got into the rear of VanDoorn and the wall ending his night with only five laps to go. For his efforts of passing several cars on the high side Smith was awarded the Sweet Manufacturing "Sweet Move of the Race Award".
"I just could not let up in time when he did and I got into him and the wall. It is a shame too as we had worked hard to save our tires and seemed to have the car where we wanted it at the end." A dejected Smith stated.
Brian Rievley worked his way from the 12th starting position to finish second, Scott Hantz was third, Terry Fisher Jr. fourth and Random Lake, Wisconsin driver Brad Mueller finished fifth. Rievley earned a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award. Jim Crabtree, Jr. also earned a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award as well as the ISKY Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hard Charger Award.
VanDoorn won the Holley Performance Award, the RV Performance Rookie of the Race Award, the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Leader Award, and the Fatheadz.com Winners Award. Brad Mueller won the VDL Fuel Systems Hot Lap of the Race award, for the fastest lap during the race.
Chris Gabehart was the Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast Qualifier of the 30 cars that entered the event. Tommy St. John won the Speed Media Best Appearing Car Award in a car owned by Muller Motorsports. Adam Purdy received the Leaf Race Products Tough Luck Award.
Calvin Parham and Brian Hopkins battled through the field and then battled with each other over the last few laps with Parham winning the CRA Street Stock Bud Light 150 the rest of the Responsibility Matters Anderson 400 Event Presented By Great Deals Coupon Magazine. Parham started ninth and took the lead from pole sitter Phil Evans on lap 144 for his first lead of the evening. Hopkins nearly passed Parham on the next lap when a caution came out for a car spinning into the pit area. Parham retained his lead and hung on to win.
"I want to thank my car owner Steve Davis for all the work he put in this week. I know he worked over 56 hours to get this car ready, and he is 76 years old! " Parham exclaimed. "We really did not know how it was going to run until we got here and then it was great to drive."
The race was spirited from the beginning with six lead changes and five different leaders. Evans led from the opening flag for the 27 laps, before giving up the lead to Danny Acrey II who held the lead to lap 56. Jake McElfresh took the lead on lap 57 but was only able to hold onto it for two laps before fast qualifier Beau Mitchell worked his way past him for the lead.
Mitchell was running well when contact with a car he was lapping caused him to spin giving the lead back to McElfresh who held it for 10 laps before Evans was able to claim it again and keep it until Parham passed him with six laps to go. Hopkins finished second, Joe Beaver third, Carl Muffley fourth and Jacob Owens fifth.
Dan Discepoli, who had an eighth place finish, brought his car from Greensboro, NC to race at the high banks of Anderson Speedway. This trip makes him the street stock driver with the longest haul home, among several drivers from different states including Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio.
The next event for the CRA Super Series is the 6th Annual Elmer Musgrave Memorial Presented By Texas Corral Saturday, August 11 at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, IN. The next event for the CRA Street Stock is also Saturday, August 11 at Baer Field Motor Speedway in Ft. Wayne, IN. And to finish a very exciting racing weekend the Howe CRA Sportsman and Vore's Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts will be at Winchester Speedway with the Super Pro Late Model Series and the AMS Modifieds on Sunday, August 12.