Claremont, NH — Andy Lindeman won the AllStar Race Truck Series feature event at Twin State Speedway on Saturday, October 25th thereby clinching the 2008 Championship. Andy is from Poestenkill, NY and drives the #3 sponsored by Thorpe Electric Supply Co, Dawson Towing, Wells Communication Service Inc., Buffa-Matic Transmission, FANE Trucking, Dale Lindeman Construction, PMC Race Car Fab, Lakeview Inn, Shirmer Plumbing, EJP Homes, Towne Tavern, Freeman Brothers, and Salvage Eaton Electric.
With the treat of rain moving in the feature was run in lieu of the heat races. Eleven trucks took the initial green flag for the start. In turn one Derek Chriss of Averill Park driving the #12 sponsored by Dan Engwer Wholesale Florist went low inside making it 3 wide which sent trucks spinning in all directions. Mike Carrigg of Southbury, CT driving the #41 Sponsored by Carrigg Motorsports ended up in the infield with a bent chassis, right side suspension destroyed, and was done for the night; Gee Perry of Granby, CT driving the #83 FEB Construction went into a pile of dirt in turn 1 not causing any damage to halt his competition for the night; Greg Butler of East Hampton, CT driving the #85 sponsored by East Hampton Auto Parts had to go into the pits and change his left rear tire which went flat causing him to restart at the rear of the field; Chriss had his front end damaged and had to restart in the rear of field; and Chris Austill of Waterford, CT driving the #07 sponsored by C & S Marine Service went into the back wall. The collision with the wall had Austill’s hood and roof being ripped off along with damaging the right frame rail. This brought out the red flag while they attended to Austill’s truck. Everyone was ok.
At the restart Chris Correll of Old Lyme, CT driving the #7 Hooters of America was on the pole with Dan Butler of Cromwell, CT driving #25 sponsored by Butler Motorsports to his outside. Correll took the lead with the field close behind. In turns 1 & 2 Lindeman passed D. Butler and moved in on Correll. By lap 2 Lindeman had the lead. Meanwhile Perry who started 5th was moving up the field. It took several laps for him to move up to 3rd behind Correll with D. Butler in 4th. Behind Perry, G. Butler was also moving up the field. G. Butler eventually passed his brother taking over 4th with Keith Chapman of Groton, CT who drives the #90 sponsored by B & W Paving and Tom Smith of Hope Valley, RI who drives the #64 sponsored by TLS Design & Mfg. battling for 6th. Smith got around Chapman and had his sights on D. Butler.
It didn’t take him long to get around Butler taking over 5th. Rookie Ron Fortune driving the #46 sponsored by TK Auto in his 1st ARTS event was hanging in there right behind Chapman. While Perry was doing his best to catch Lindeman, G. Butler was battling Correll to take over 3rd. On lap 16 Correll came down into G. Butler causing him to hit the front wall and be done for the night. Correll was black flagged for rough running and parked his truck in the pits. At the restart Lindeman and Perry pulled away from the others to battle for 1st. Smith, D. Butler, Chapman, & Fortune were having their own battle. Smith managed to pull ahead and capture 3rd with D. Butler finishing 4th, Chapman finishing 5th, and Fortune finishing 6th.
This was the last event for the 2008 season. Lindeman needed to take the green in order to clinch the championship. After last weeks engine problems at Thompson, his crew was cautious. He not only clinched the championship but drove to the win the event.
Greg Butler won the 2008 Rookie of the Year in ARTS. Greg also finished 3rd in the 2008 Point Standings 162 points behind Lindeman.
The AllStar Race Truck Series will be holding their 2008 Banquet on November 22, at the Lakeview Inn, Averill Park, NY.
Sources: Debbie DuVilla/ARTS PR