Van Meter Dominates PGG Shootout 150Scott Menlen
Anderson (Friday, July 15) – Indianapolis driver Eddie Van Meter started “50th Annual Redbud 300 Weekend” at Anderson Speedway with a win in the Vores Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Series / MEP Late Model feature.
Van Meter led the final 96 laps of the PGG Shootout 150 on Intersect Night at the Races to win in Champion Racing Association action for the second time this season at Anderson Speedway.
It was Van Meter’s third consecutive win and padded his point lead over Terry Fisher Jr.
Just prior to the break at lap 100 fast qualifier Greg Van Alst from Anderson, made a run for the top spot with ten laps remaining but settled for second with 50 laps remaining.
After Van Meter opened up a lead on the Ivy Tech restart Van Alst closed the gap with 25 laps remaining. But Van Alst was never able to get close enough to challenge for the point.
Van Meter scored the win over Van Alst followed by Fisher, Billy Van Meter and Jon Beach.
“The car was awesome coming off the corners,” Van Meter said. “I didn’t want to run that hard at the break and was trying to save my tires. But I knew Greg (Van Alst) was coming.”
Van Alst said his car was good entering the corner but wouldn’t turn through the middle.
“It was like driving my plow truck,” he said. “I didn’t have anything for Eddie.”
Van Meter took the lead on lap 54 with an outside pass of Fisher on an Ivy Tech restart following the only caution flag of the first 100 laps.
The caution flag waved on lap 46 when Cory Setser spun on the back straight after, a blown engine, collecting the car of Steve Woods who made contact with the infield barriers.
Van Alst got inside of Fisher on lap 62 with an inside move entering turn three. From that point the three front runners maintained their position until the break.
The driver on the move through the first 100 laps was Billy Van Meter who started on the tail for the feature after not making a qualifying attempt. He moved into the top five on lap 44 by passing Setser and then got around Jon Beach for the fourth spot.
There was just the one caution flag, in addition to the caution for the break and two lead changes among three drivers in the longest race of the season for the Vores Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Series.
By: Ken de la Bastide / Champion Racing Association
Photo: R&S Racing Photos
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