BONAR TAKES OVER CRA STREET STOCKS POINTS LEAD HEADING TO PLYMOUTH SPEEDWAY Salem, IN (June 20, 2007) -- Hoagland, Indiana native Shawn Bonar has taken over the CRA Street Stocks points lead after the series last event on June 10th at ...
BONAR TAKES OVER CRA STREET STOCKS POINTS LEAD HEADING TO PLYMOUTH SPEEDWAY
Salem, IN (June 20, 2007) -- Hoagland, Indiana native Shawn Bonar has taken over the CRA Street Stocks points lead after the series last event on June 10th at Winchester Speedway heading into this Sunday's 100 lap event at the newly repaved Plymouth Speedway. Bonar has used steady finishes so far this season to put himself into position to take over the lead from 2006 series Champion Joe Beaver. Bonar's best finish to date was fourth place in the June 10th race were he came into the event tied with Brian Hopkins for fourth in points. Bonar left Winchester with the points lead after former leader Joe Beaver finished 13th two laps down and second place in points Beau Mitchell didn't show for the event, the third place Steve Davis owned team finished 21st with mechanical problems and Hopkins finished 24th after getting got up in an accident.
Veteran racer Rich Boyer has now moved into second in points 15 behind Bonar. Joe Beaver drops to third 19 points down to Bonar. The number 21 Steve Davis owned team is now fourth one point behind Beaver with rookie Larry Matillo now in fifth place 34 points out of first. Brian Hopkins is now sixth, followed by John Weisenaur in seventh, Jacob Owens in eighth, rookie Phil Evans in ninth and rookie John Robinson in tenth.
To date there have been four different winners in the series first four events. 2006 series Champion Joe Beaver and Frank Kimmel II got victories in the series first two events at Winchester Speedway, while veteran Ft. Wayne racer Steve Christman won the event at Baer Field Speedway on May 20th. Bubba Trinkle fought off Dean Baker to get his first series win at the June 10th event at Winchester Speedway. Chuck Cook has been a consistent front-runner after missing the series first event of the season. Cook has finished fourth and has two straight third place finishes after wining the All-Star Non-points event at Winchester Speedway on May 5th.
Local competitor Kevin Gunkel got the win in last years 100 lap CRA Street Stock event at Plymouth Speedway. Gunkel looked to be headed toward a second place finish behind leader Rodney Spencer when on lap 84 Spencer made contact with the retaining wall on the front stretch with what appeared to be a right front tire going flat. Those suspicions were confirmed on the next lap, when headed into turn one, Spencer's car took a hard right into the outside wall doing major damage to his car. Spencer was shaken up and was taken to the ambulance, but was later released.
Spencer's issues created a golden opportunity for Gunkel to score the victory, and that's exactly what he did. With Spencer out of the race, Gunkel was by far the class of the remaining field, and showed that muscle by pulling out to a 6.318 second margin of victory in a race that was very competitive until that point, with nine total lead changes among seven drivers. The rest of the top five were Rich Boyer in second after starting 28th in the 40 car field, Joe Beaver in third, Dave Mannia in fourth, and Mike Riddle Jr. in fifth.
Pit gates open Sunday at 3pm, spectator gates at 4pm, the race program begins at 7pm. The Vore's Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts will also be in action that evening in special non-points "Big Purse" CRA/Plymouth FWD Compact Showdown that will pay $500 to win for that 50-lap feature event. For more information and rules on the CRA Street Stocks or the the Vore's Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts visit craracing.net. For more information on Plymouth Speedway visit plymouthspeedway.net.