Rievley Slips by Late for Win at Angola Angola, IN (June 30, 2007) - Brian Rievley saved the best for the end, running second for much of the race, battling brake problems, before passing Jack Landis in turn four on the 117th lap to win the ...
Rievley Slips by Late for Win at Angola
Angola, IN (June 30, 2007) - Brian Rievley saved the best for the end, running second for much of the race, battling brake problems, before passing Jack Landis in turn four on the 117th lap to win the Hargus Mullins Memorial 125 presented by EMF Corp. and Centennial Wireless CRA Super Series event on Saturday night in front of the largest crowd of the season at Angola Motor Speedway. Landis finished one second behind in second. Jeff Lane was third, early race leader, John Van Doorn fourth, Jason Dietsch fifth and Scott Hantz drove through the field after an early spin to finish sixth. Less than one second separated Landis and Hantz as the pack of cars raced for the checkered flag.
"My brakes were a problem all day, and I almost lost it once and slid into a couple of other cars just trying to get around the track. Then when I saw Jack move a little I made a move to get to the lead." A jubilant Rievley stated from Victory Lane.
Landis seemed to have the race well in hand, taking over the lead from Van Doorn on the 23rd lap, even threatening to run away early, when his car started to go away as the laps wound down. "Early in the race I told my guys we were going to be a sitting duck later because it (the car) was so good, I was afraid it would go away late and it did." Fast qualifier, Landis stated.
The race for second behind Landis was tight and spirited with current Rookie points leader Van Doorn battling Rievley and Lane, all three running in a pack, often side by side and never more than a car length separating them. Several other drivers were right behind them awaiting their chance to move into position with the racing close throughout the field.
Fifth place finisher Dietsch won the ISKY Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hard Charger Award as the highest finisher to finish eight places higher than his starting position following his late pass of Hantz to finish fifth. Dietsch and Mike Kugler earned the Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Awards. Kugler also earned his first CRA Super Series Top Ten finish.
Rievley took the Sweet Manufacturing "Sweet Move of the Race" Award for his late pass on Landis as well as The Holley Performance Award, the Fatheadz.com Race Winners Award and the A.P. Engines Winners Bonus for using an A.P. Racing Engine to power him to the win.
Landis won the Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast Qualifier Award, the Fatheadz.com Fast Qualifier Award, The VDL Fuel Systems Hot Lap of the Race Award for turning the fastest lap during the race, and the RaceTrailerSales.com Halfway Leader Award.
Van Doorn started on the outside of the front row, led the first 22 laps of the race and ended up in fourth place earning the RV Performance Rookie of the Race Award and the VDL Fuel Systems Top Rookie Award. The Speed Media Best Appearing Car Award went to Scott Baker. Nick Baran received the Leaf Race Products Tough Luck Award as the first car out of the event following an accident that also earned him the EMF That's Racing Award.
The next scheduled CRA Super Series event is the Anderson 250 presented by Great Deals Coupon Magazine at Anderson Speedway on August 4th as part of the Anderson 400, which will include the CRA Street Stocks with a 150-lap feature. For more information about Anderson Speedway see www.andersonspeedway.com. For CRA Super Series news go to www.craracing.net