Jeff Lane Takes Over CRA Super Series Drivers Points Lead Salem, IN (August 30, 2005) - Knightstown, Indiana veteran racer Jeff Lane has used the strength of six straight top five finishes to take over the CRA Super Series Presented By Spray...
Jeff Lane Takes Over CRA Super Series Drivers Points Lead
Salem, IN (August 30, 2005) - Knightstown, Indiana veteran racer Jeff Lane has used the strength of six straight top five finishes to take over the CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power Drivers points lead with only five series points events left on the 2005 schedule. In a season that has seen no driver dominate, including 13 different winners in 14 events, the closest has been Lane's run over the past six events.
After starting the season off with a 19th place finish in the season opener because of an oil leak, Lane had two top five finishes over the next two events that seemed to put him in a good position to run for the series championship, but then the bad luck started. Lane suffered a blown motor at Winchester, another motor problem at Columbus then a cut tire at Berlin. His team was seeing their hopes of a championship slip away quickly.
Things began to turn around at Illiana Motor Speedway with a third place finish. Things really turned around in the next series event at Angola Motor Speedway. Lane came from his ninth starting position to get the win over Bobby Parsley. Next up came the famed Anderson 400 were Lane fought back from a lap down to battle Eddie Hoffman over the closing laps for the lead. Lane ended up second, his best finish ever in the annual 400-lap event.
Lane continued his streak of good runs with a fifth place finish at Kalamazoo Speedway. Lane battled Rick Turner through out the closing laps for the win at the August Anderson Speedway event, but had to settle for second place. Lane came into the series last event at Berlin Raceway poised to take the points lead, which he did with another second place finish, this time to local racer Ross Meeuwsen who used his experience on the tricky half-mile racetrack to get his first ever CRA Super Series win.
Lane now holds a five-point lead over Bobby Parsley, who had lead after the previous CRA Super Series event. Eddie Van Meter, who held the points lead at the season's halfway point, is now in third 17 points behind Lane. Eddie Hoffman has used his two series wins to be in fourth in series Driver points, 23 points behind even though he has raced one less race than all the drivers in the top eight in Drivers points. Scott Hantz is currently in fifth place, only 27 points behind Lane in what has become the tightest Driver point's battle ever for the CRA Super Series.
Eddie Hoffman's team TK Racing currently leads the series Owner's points by 52 points over Lane's team. Steve Moenck drove the TK Racing CRA Super Series entry at Columbus Motor Speedway while Hoffman raced a NASCAR AutoZone Midwest event in Colorado the same weekend for team owner Tom Kmak.
The next CRA Super Series Presented By Spray Power event will be the McGunegill Engine Performance 100 on Monday, September 5 of Labor Day Weekend, which is part of the World Stock Car Festival Presented By Maple-Tarr Chrysler Dodge Jeep at Winchester Speedway. More in formation is available at www.craracing.net.