Poore, Owens, Robbins and Hinton Earn Ivy Tech Community College Spring Championships

By Kyle Larson
Public Relations Director

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Anderson Speedway wrapped up the Ivy Tech Spring Championships on Saturday, May 19, with Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks, Figure 8’s and Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stocks. The Newco Metals Legends also made a special Saturday night appearance.

Anderson’s Josh Poore became the third different winner with scoring a flag-to-flag victory in the 50-lap Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTruck feature. Poore got the jump at the start and then held off a late challenge from last week’s winner Bob Lemen. Third was New Castle’s Tony Broyles with Andrew Brown in fourth and Ronnie Rose grabbing fifth-place honors.

In preliminary action, Brandon Phillips won the first heat race while Andrew Brown grabbed the winning hardware in the second heat. Josh Poore was the quick timer at 13.912 seconds.

Jake Owens scored his second consecutive Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stocks feature victory. After a spirited battle with Willy DeHart in the opening laps, Owens grabbed the point and led the remainder of the 40-lap event. At the finish, DeHart placed second with Elwood’s Jake McElfresh in third position. Dennis Moser and John Lundy rounded out the top-five finishers.

Ronnie Phipps and Bruce McFall won heat races while Willy DeHart recorded the quickest qualifying time at 14.318 seconds.

Frankton’s John Robbins scored a flag-to-flag victory in the Newco Metals Legends feature. He was challenged from last year’s division champion Rodney Smith, but Robbins prevailed, winning his first event of the season. Eric Black grabbed third-place honors with Billy Smith and Clark Dietzen completing the top-five finishers.

Rodney Smith and Mark Dietzen won heat races with John Robbins posting quick time at 13.929 seconds.

Ranny Hinton recorded his second consecutive Figure 8 feature victory in dramatic fashion. Hinton was running in the third position on lap 23 when he took over the runner-up position after contact with Ronnie Phipps. Over the final seven laps, Hinton closed the gap on leader Herb Rose. On the final circuit, as Rose was trying to bypass the lapped machine of Michael Lewis, Hinton made the move on Rose and took over the first position to score the win. Herb Rose placed second with Ronnie Rose, Ronnie Phipps and Elliott McKinney completing the top five.

In the 20-lap Oval heat race for the Figure 8’s, Herb Rose scored the victory over Nick Warner and Rob Allman.

Activities for the 59th Pay Less Little 500 kick off on Wednesday, May 23, with practice beginning at 11:15 a.m. The USAC National Sprint Car Series will compete in the 8th Annual Glen Niebel Classic – Banjo 100 presented by Sam Pierce Chevrolet on Wednesday evening. The Kenyon Midgets and Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks will also be part of the Wednesday night program.

First round qualifications for the 59th Pay Less Little 500 will take place on Thursday, May 24, beginning at 1:30 p.m. On Friday afternoon, May 25, the 33-car field will be set with the second round of qualifications.

Later that night, the Biolife Plasma Services / Families Forever Ministries $2 Night will take place. The WLBC/MAX Friday Night Summer Series will feature Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stocks, ThunderCars along with Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives in Oval and Figure 8 action. An awesome fireworks show follows the racing program.

On Saturday, May 26, the 59th Pay Less Little 500 green flag waves at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available for the legendary 59th Pay Less Little 500 at $27 for reserved seating. For more information, contact the Anderson Speedway Ticket Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.