ALMS: Jeep Blows Up, Miller Moves to First Win of 2010 in
|Matt Miller after his ALMS win at Eldora. (Jim
From Eldora Speedway Report
ROSSBURG, Oh. - Sept. 5. Inheriting a five-lap lead when Jeep Van Wormer scattered the motor on his #55 car,
Matt Miller showed the ALMS field to the checkered flag in Sunday's "Earl Baltes Classic" at Eldora Speedway.
With Sunday's ,
win Miller also passed Van Wormer to move into first place in
Eldora Speedway's cumulative points race, with two contests
Going into the night, VanWormer was the
points leader with a slim margin over Miller, and it appeared that
he was going to increase that margin as he was leading the 25-lap
main event in convincing style in the early going of the
Houston area driver Christopher Brown, in only his second appearance
to the one-half mile clay oval, was the polesitter and early leader of
the main event,
A very impressive first-time showing by
Texan Chris Brown yielded an early lead over #55 Jeep Van Wormer and a runner up finish to Matt Miller.
with Van Wormer giving hot pursuit until the popular Michigan speedster finally took command on lap
seven. Miller sat in third behind Brown.
Lapped traffic, a specialty of Van Wormer's, came to his aid two laps
later. With the fast paced action tight up against the wall, Miller used
Arkansas duo Jared Landers and #88 Wendell
Wallace duel for third on the big half-mile. (Jim Denhamer)
Jeff Beyers and #83 Scott James race for
position during the Earl Baltes Classic at Eldora. (Jim Denhamer)
his allie over Brown and took over runner-up honors on lap 11, then
with ten laps remaining, pulled up behind VanWormer.
The crowd rose to its feet as the pair diced through the
lapped traffic, but their expectations ended as the chase did,
with billowing smoke on lap 20, as VanWormer's
expired engine's smoke completely engulfed the speed plant, reducing
visibility to zero.
A blown engine of epic proportions on Jeep Van Wormer's leading car reduced visibility to zero
before the ALMS troops were able to go back to racing.
That gave the lead to Miller which he
held to the finish and gave him a three-point margin for the points
chase. Brown finished second, with Wendell Wallace turning in a sold
third place finish over fellow Arkansan Jared Landers, and Scott
Eldora Speedway "Earl Baltes
1) Matt Miller, 2) Chris Brown, 3) Wendell Wallace, 4)
Jared Landers, 5) Scott James, 6) Austin Dillon, 7) Jack Sullivan, 8) Brian Ruhlman, 9) Jerry
Bowersock, 10) Curtis Roberts, 11) Rusty Schlenk (prov.), 12) J.R. Hotovy, 13) Jesse Lay, 14) Jeff
Beyers, 15) Ryan Vanderveen, 16) Andrew Reaume, 17) Dillan White, 18) Chad Smith, 19) Dusty Moore
(prov.), 20) Rick DeLong, 21) Jeep Van Wormer, 22) Jeff Babcock, 23) Casey Noonan, 24) Duane
Heat winners (52 entries): Beyers, Wallace, James, Van Wormer, Brown, Miller. B-Main winners: White,
Jim Denhamer photo