Clise Claims Will Memorial at Thunder
CENTRAL CITY, Pa. - Chuck Clise scored his first Thunder Valley victory of the season as he snared the annual W.W. Will
Memorial event at the track Saturday. The 35 lapper, held in honor of the track builder and long time
promoter, was the first win for Clise in almost two seasons and his career fourth.
By the luck of the draw, Shawn Claar was awaded a front row starting position. He got the jump on Steve
Everhart and ran off from the field early. Two early cautions closed the field but Claar shot off from
Everhart both times. Meanwhile Clise was coming forward.
By the time Clise got by Everhart for second on lap 19, Claar had a huge lead. But the extra distance of
the event was to be Claar's undoing. At lap 25, his lead was shrinking fast and Clise
was noticeably closing in. Clise, whipped by Claar as they field went by on lap 31 and took the
lead. Claar tangled with a lapped car one lap later and spun, ending the 22 lap green flag run.
On the restart, Clise shot away from Greg Fetters, but had to survive a one lap shootout after the fourth
caution of the race flew for fourth running Steve Gibney, stopped on the track. Clise survived the last
lap charge from Fetters toi take the $3000 win. Fetters was second at the line, followed by Everhart,
Doug Glessner, John Britsky, Rick Singleton, Wayne Johnson, Tom Decker, Derek Byler and Gene Kain.
Everhart and Claar won the heats.