Warner, Nuckles and Crum Score Friday Night Victories

By Cassie Marcum

Anderson Speedway returned to action on June 1, with the MAX/WLBC Friday Night Summer Series featuring Newco Metals Legends, ThunderCars along with Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives in Oval and Figure 8 racing.

Anderson’s own Nick Warner was the first to take the checkered flag in the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8’s, scoring his sixth victory of the season. The 10-lap event began with Jeff Wright leading the pack for the first two circuits. Warner took the lead from Wright on the third circuit and maintained in that position and was able to hold off Donnie Ellis Jr. for the win. Travis Burge placed third with Dennis Farver Sr. and Jeff Wright rounding out the top five.

The Newco Metals Legends competed in an action-packed 25-lap event. Billy Smith led the pack in the starting position, but that was short lived because Eric Black was again able to grab the lead at the start, pacing the first 10 laps. Then on the 11th circuit, the number 59 of Bryan Nuckles was able to steal the lead from Black and drove away with the victory over Rodney Smith. Defending race winner John Robbins placed third with Black and James Edsall III finishing out the top five.

In preliminary action, Eric Black and Doug Dugger collected heat race victories. John Robbins posted the top qualifying time with a lap of 14.135 seconds.

In the ThunderCars racing action, rookie Sam Folsom’s hot streak came to halt with the rookie coming home with a 10th place finish. Nick Warner took home the checkered flag for his second win of the night. Warner was able to take the lead on the first lap from Darryl Rogers and led the entire 20-lap race to take the win over Alexandria’s Alice Riall. Third place went to Tim Nickerson, with Lonny Burton and Tim Dick filling out the top five.

In the heat races, Anderson’s Johnathon Pitts won the first heat with Alice Riall claiming the second event. Folsom claimed the fastest lap with a time of 15.172 seconds.

Another driver’s hot streak came to an end on Friday night, Alexandria’s Kevin Harmon came home in the 14th position after winning the past four out of five races in the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Ovals. Gaston’s Tony Crum won the feature by taking over the lead from Alexandria’s Dennis Farver, Jr. on lap five. Dennis Farver Jr. came home in second, with Tim Tharp, Jeff Wright and Bryan Wright finishing out the top five positions.

Tharp and Chuck Gossett won the two heats races, while Kevin Harmon was able to take home another top qualifying time at 16.215 seconds.

On Saturday, June 2, the Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks return to action in a 100- lap event. Also racing on Saturday, will be the Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stocks and Figure 8’s.

On Saturday night, spectator gates open at 5p.m., with racing starting at 8p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, and five and under are free.

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