Levi Jones Wins Banjo 100 presented by Sam Pierce Chevrolet; Armstrong, Lemen Also Score Feature Victories

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Levi Jones of Olney, Ill. earned his first-ever pavement Lucas Oil USAC National Sprint Car feature victory in Wednesday night’s 8th Annual Glen Niebel Classic - Banjo 100 presented be Sam Pierce Chevrolet at Anderson Speedway.

Jones led all 100 laps in his Tony Stewart Racing Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops Beast to beat fast qualifier Bryan Clauson, Aaron Pierce, Bobby East and series point leader Darren Hagen. Clauson emerged second in a frantic late-race battle as Marc Jessup’s car developed problems while holding down the runner-up spot. Jessup ended up in the front stretch wall on the last lap and finished eighth as a result.

Dakoda Armstrong of New Castle, Ind. led all 30 laps to win the accompanying USAC Kenyon Midget race in his Bungee North America/Anderson Yamaha. The win halted Kyle Hamilton’s four-race series winning streak. Hamilton took second from Cale Conley on lap 17 and nearly caught Armstrong in the closing laps. On the white-flag lap he actually climbed Armstrong’s rear tire but was unable to keep his streak alive. Cale Conley, Drew Charlson and Jeff Wimmenauer rounded out the "top-five."

In the 50-lap Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTruck feature, Indianapolis’ Bob Lemen made a pass with less than two circuits remaining on Andrew Brown to score a dramatic victory. At the finish, Lemen finished .269 seconds ahead of Josh Poore, who also bypassed Brown. Third at the finish was Andrew Brown. The remainder of the top five included Brandon Phillips and Scott Brooks.

Activities for the 59th Pay Less Little 500 continue with first round qualifications for the 59th Pay Less Little 500 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.