Out-Duels Muffley Wins ThunderCar Enduro
By Kyle Larson
Public Relations Director
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Audio: Ronnie Rose
- David Baker
Anderson Speedway officially kicked
off the 2007 racing season on March 31, with defending Ed Martin Auto Group
SuperTruck champion Ronnie Rose scoring the $3,000 to win ThunderCar Enduro
victory. Other winners included Tony Holden in the Newco Metals Legends, David
Baker in the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Oval and Travis Burge in the
Front Wheel Drive Figure 8’s.
The 200-lap ThunderCar Enduro began with Rod Phipps, who earned the pole
position, pacing the early circuits. Phipps then gave way to his teammate Rob
Allman, who dominated the remainder of the first half. While Allman was setting
a torrid pace, three-time Enduro winner Carl Muffley charged from his 28th
starting position to a fourth place standing at halfway. At the 100-lap mark, a
10-minute halfway break took place that allowed teams to make adjustments prior
to the final 100 circuits.
As the second half began, Allman was scored as the leader with Rose, Phipps and
Muffley the only four cars of the 36 starters on the lead lap. Allman continued
his strong performance during the second half, until he made contact with the
outside wall that knocked him out of contention. He finished in 16th.
When Allman fell from first spot that handed the race lead to Rose. As Rose was
showing the way, Muffley continued his march to the front and closed the gap on
Rose during the final stages. With 25 laps remaining, the two leaders waged a
heated battle for the victory. Muffley drove low under Rose in traffic exiting
Turn 2 to grab the lead and then Rose returned the favor a few laps later.
During the final exchange, Muffley suffered a flat tire.
Rose then held on during the final laps to score a one lap victory over Nick
Warner with Muffley recovering to place third. Johnathon Pitts and Ranny Hinton
rounded out the top-five finishers.
In the Newco Metals Legends feature, Greenfield’s Tony Holden began his season
on a superb note, visiting the O’Reilly Auto Parts Winner’s Circle. Ohio’s Bryan
Nuckles darted into the first spot a the drop of the green flag and controlled
much of the race until he and defending division champion Rodney Smith tangled
with nine laps remaining.
Holden then inherited the first position on the restart and a charging Nuckles
retook the first position a couple laps later. Race officials then penalized
Nuckles for jumping the previous restart when the caution flag was displayed.
Holden was then able to fend off late challenges from Nuckles for the victory.
Mark Dietzen, Tyler Nuckles and Zack Germain rounded out the top five.
In the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Oval, Anderson’s David Baker
turned in a dominant performance, finishing a half lap ahead of runner-up Tim
Tharp. Third at the checkers was Lee Gossett with Lenny Thompson and Brian Lewis
completing the top five.
Travis Burge scored a flag-to-flag victory in the 12-lap Chappy’s Rent to Own
Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 race. Behind Burge at the finish were Warner,
Thompson, William Ripberger and Pitts.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday, April 7 with the Opening
Points Night. Featured divisions include Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks,
Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stocks, Figure 8’s and Newco Metals Legends.
For additional information contact
Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.