Crossroads resident's plane first to cross finish at Air Race Classic; winner not yet announced

June 21, 2013 at 1:21 a.m.

One Crossroads pilot's plane was the first to cross the finish line at this year's Air Race Classic.

Port Lavaca resident Dianna Stanger and teammate Joyce Wilson pulled into Fayetteville, Ark.’s Drake Field on Thursday in their Cirrus SR22, said Jasmine Gordon, who works in public relations for the race.

The Air Race Classic is a four-day, all-women event that began Tuesday in Pasco, Wash., according to the race’s website. Pilots make nine stops along the way, before finishing in Arkansas.

Although Stanger’s plane came in first – only two planes flew in Thursday – that doesn’t guarantee a win, Gordon said. Because each team flies a different type of plane, handicap speed also enters the mix.

"They're trying to beat their own speed," said Gordon, who also works with the Calhoun Air Center.

Winners will be announced Sunday night, at the event's awards banquet.



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