RAIN CLEARS OUT, GABEHART CLEANS UP (Toledo, OH) -- CRA Super Series points leader Chris Gabehart set fast time and won the A.P. Racing Engines 100 Sunday evening, at Toledo (OH) Speedway. After earning the Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast...
RAIN CLEARS OUT, GABEHART CLEANS UP
(Toledo, OH) -- CRA Super Series points leader Chris Gabehart set fast time and won the A.P. Racing Engines 100 Sunday evening, at Toledo (OH) Speedway. After earning the Appleton Rack & Pinion Fast Qualifier Award, Gabehart drew a five for the invert, putting John Van Doorn on the pole. Van Doorn out-dueled Brian Campbell, who started outside the front row, at the drop of the green flag and led the first six laps. JR Roahrig powered past Van Doorn on lap seven to claim the lead after starting in the third position. Roahrig led for the next thirteen laps, with Gabehart hot on his tail most of the time.
"After seeing JR qualify, I really felt like he was going to be the man to beat tonight," stated the race winner, Gabehart. "But, thankfully our new Port City car was up to the task."
Gabehart was impressive during a couple of long, green-flag runs in the middle part of the race, building sizeable leads, and lapping several cars with Roahrig in tow. During that stretch, Van Doorn, Scott Hantz and Campbell were waging a war for third, fourth and fifth. Scott Hantz' pass of Van Doorn, for third, on lap 87 earned him the Sweet Manufacturing "Sweet Move of the Race" award. Campbell followed Hantz underneath VanDoorn to come home fourth, while Van Doorn held-on for fifth.
While many had written the day off as a wash-out, ARCA President and Toledo Speedway Managing Partner, Ron Drager, staunchly affirmed that the racing event would go off as planned. "I've been watching this weather pattern since Friday," said Drager, "we are going to get wet in the afternoon, but we will be racing this evening." And, after a small rain-shower around 2:00 PM, CRA Super Series practice begin just a few minutes after it's scheduled 3:00 start. With the sun shining, the A.P Racing Engines 100 went off as scheduled.
The RaceTrailerSales.com Half-Way Leader Award went to Gabehart as well as a Hoosier Tire Performance Award. He also won the FatHeadz.com Fast Qualifier and Race Winner Awards. After starting shot-gun on the field, Scott Baker came home ninth, earning the Lane Automotive / ISKY Racing Cams Hard Charger Award and a Hoosier Tire Performance Award. With a time of 16:106 seconds, on lap four, Baker secured the VDL Fuel Systems Fast Lap of the Race Award.
By virtue of his fifth place finish, Van Doorn was the RV Performance Rookie of the Race for the third time in four series events this season, and currently leads the CRA Super Series Rookie of the Year standings. Fellow Rookie of the Year contender Jeff Bozell had a good run, finishing tenth after starting in the sixteenth position. Sean Matthuis earned the Speed-Media Best Appearing Car Award. The Leaf Racewear Hard Luck Award went to Donald Karr, Jr after a piece of debris knocked the oil pump belt off his car on lap seventeen.
"I am really glad we were able to get this race in, especially after getting rained-out last night at Berlin." stated CRA Super Series Director Glenn Luckett. "With the cost of travel escalating, a "double-header wash-out" would have been pretty tough for some of our teams."
The CRA 125 Presented by Crown Spray Power at Berlin Raceway was post-poned until Saturday night August 25th.
Next up for the CRA Super Series will be the 5th Annual Buckeye Bash with the Sizzle Marine 125 Presented by M H & T & Howe Racing, Saturday night, June 2nd at Columbus (OH) Motor Speedway. More information on the CRA Super Series can be found by logging on to www.craracing.net.