Warner, Boyer, Phipps, Whitson, Baker and Sherley Score New Year's Day Feature
New Year’s Day is fill with a lot of
traditions…football games, parades, and racing at Anderson Speedway. The 9th
Annual New Year’s Day Bash presented by Yellow Book featured racing in six
divisions. A hearty band of several hundred fans braved temperatures in the
upper 30’s and a persistent mist that fell most of the afternoon.
The Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 feature went to a driver
familiar with finishing on top. Anderson’s Nick Warner, the 2006 points
champion, cruised to a commanding lead from the start and never looked back.
Johnathon Pitts finished second followed by Noblesville’s Josh Tharp, Donnie
Ellis Jr. and Bryce Hall.
Anderson drivers Rich Boyer and Rob Allman staged a dandy battle in the Lampco
Federal Credit Union Street Stock feature. Boyer, the street stock division
champion from 2003 to 2005, held off Allman at the finish. Third was Abe Puckett
with Sheldon Lindley with Ronnie Phipps in fifth.
Boyer also won the first Street Stock heat race, with Anderson’s Ronnie Phipps
finishing on top in the second heat.
Ronnie Phipps came back to win the ThunderCar oval feature. Ronnie Phipps and
Michael Phipps were battling at the half-way mark of the 25 lap event when
Ronnie made the pass heading through turn two. Michael then lost control and
turned head-on into the wall, ending his day. Chris Jennings ended up second
with Jeff Marcum third. Anderson’s Rod Phipps took the first ThunderCar heat,
while Joe Walters captured the checkered flag in the second heat.
Lafayette’s Gary Whitson captured the Mini Cup feature over Michigan’s Tim
Phillips. Whitson, a Purdue University student, built a commanding early lead in
the 20-lap race before Phillips mounted a late charge. However, Phillips attempt
to steal the victory was too late.
Anderson’s David Baker built an insurmountable lead in winning the Chappy’s Rent
to Own Front Wheel Drive Oval feature. Baker took the lead on the sixth lap and
built nearly a half-lap lead. That cushion proved beneficial as Baker got
tangled with lapped traffic on the 20th and final lap. He slowed but still had a
large enough lead to hold off the field. Robert Kehm and Jack Leisure chased the
winner across the finish line.
Donnie Ellis Jr. and Devin Mitchell won their respective FWD oval heats.
Sheridan’s Andy Shirley jumped out to the lead and cruised to the win in the
Figure 8 feature. Noblesville’s Jeff Swinford ended up second as he held off
fellow Noblesville driver Josh Tharp. Anderson’s Rod Phipps won the oval heat
for the figure 8 cars.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.