Bobby Parsley Leads Flag to Flag at Mansfield Motor Speedway Mansfield, OH (September 11, 2005) -- Bobby Parsley started on the pole of the Mansfield 100 at Mansfield Motor Speedway, took the lead on the first lap and held on to win...
Bobby Parsley Leads Flag to Flag at Mansfield Motor Speedway
Mansfield, OH (September 11, 2005) -- Bobby Parsley started on the pole of the Mansfield 100 at Mansfield Motor Speedway, took the lead on the first lap and held on to win his second CRA Super Series presented by Spray Power event of 2005 Sunday afternoon. Chuck Barnes, Jr. had the fastest car all day, setting a new track record in qualifying and after which he drew a three for the invert to put Parsley on the pole of the event. After working hard to get around JR Roahrig for 2nd, Barnes finally caught Parsley as the laps were winding down and tried unsuccessfully many times to pass him all the way until the end of the race finishing right on his bumper as they crossed the line.
"This was Chuck's race to win, but he did not knock me out, I just kept him behind me, and I need to thank him for that. He was faster and should probably have passed me, but I made the car wide and kept him behind me." Stated Parsley.
Parsley won the first CRA Super Series event this year at Anderson, and with this win becomes only the second driver to win more than one CRA event in 2005. This win coupled with a rough day for Jeff Lane propels him to the lead in the Driver Points race for 2005 and a close second in the Owners Point Championship. Lane started seventh dropped to the tail after spinning when bumped while checking up on the 47th lap. Lane then made his way back up to finish 10th, the first time he has been out of the Top 5 since June when he finished 12th at Berlin Raceway.
With close racing throughout the field, there was bumping and grinding from the beginning to the end. Yet there were only four yellow flags during the race. "It's getting to the end of the year and there is a lot on the line." Commented Eddie Van Meter after the race. Van Meter finished fourth and on the strength of that finish moved into second in the Driver's point chase only 1 point ahead of Lane with and 12 points behind Parsley with only three point races left in the 2005 season.
Barnes was the Bicycle Clay Poker Chips/Menards Fast Qualifier, and won a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award winner. Tom Hernly, Jr. also won a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award winner. Tim Sibila was the ISKY Racing Cams/Lane Automotive Hard Charger Award and the Racing Electronics Most Improved Award.
J.R. Roahrig, third place finisher, won the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move of the Race Award for several moves during the race in an attempt to pass Barnes and stay ahead of Van Meter. Parsley was the RaceTrailers.com Halfway leader and his chief mechanic Jeff Martin won the Marvel Mystery Oil Mechanic of the Race Award. The Leaf Race Products Tough Luck Award went to Bob Sibila who lost an engine during practice. Ryan Tedesco, in his first CRA Event, won the Howe Racing Performance Award.
Eddie Hoffman returned to form and finished fifth after a couple of weeks out of the Top Five. Hoffman has been in the Top Ten for all but one event he has attended this year. His team, TK Racing is currently the Owners Points leader, just 17 points ahead of Parsley, and only 30 points ahead of Lane in fourth place in a very tight race for the championship.
The next CRA Super Series event is the Chicago International Trucks 250 in the 40th ANNUAL NATIONAL SHORT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS, Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 at Rockford Speedway in Rockford, IL. For more information see www.craracing.net.