Mike Riddle Jr. Wins 1 Hour
Enduro, Elliott, Warner, and Elliott Also Win
By: Cassie Marcum
A huge crowd was on hand as
Anderson Speedway returned to action on July 4th with the Indiana Business
College Figure 8 Madness featuring Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure
8’s, School Buses, Powder Puff School Buses, and a Figure 8 Enduro. The night
was completed with fireworks set to music by MAX/WHBU.
The evening began with a dominant race by Nick Warner in the Chappy’s Rent to
Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8’s. Warner started on the pole for the 12-lap
feature and was able to maintain that position to take the win. Ronnie Phipps
was able to grab the second place position on lap 4 and hold off Randy Hoppes to
finish second. Hoppes was third, with Shane Cullen and Jeff Wright rounding out
the top five.
Bobby Jo Elliott scored a flag-to-flag victory in the Powder Puff School Buses.
Roxanne Grissom came home with a second place finish, along with Tara Folsom,
Teresa Dowden, and Becky Stanley finishing out the top five.
Cory Elliott took home the win in the action-packed School Bus Figure 8’s. By
lap 2 of the feature the buses were racing 3-wide for position. On lap 4 of the
12-lap event, the leader, Mike Day, tried to go through the grass to get around
a slower bus and collided with the bus driven by Shawn Cullen in the cross over.
Cullen was able to continue the race, but Day’s ride was cut short due to his
front-end being damaged. Day’s luck seemed to worsen as only two circuits later
two buses became hooked together and side- swiped the wrecked bus of Day.
Elliott took over the lead on lap 10 to take home the win. Danny Stanley, Jr.
was second, Ronnie Phipps third, with Tony Grissom and Shawn Cullen rounding out
the top five.
Anderson’s Mike Riddle, Jr. scored the victory in an exciting 1 Hour Figure 8
Enduro. Rod Phipps grabbed the pole position with a lap of 20.255 seconds. He
dominated the first half of the feature, leading all fifty-one laps. The second
to fifth positions were busy with the battle to take over the second spot. On
lap fifty-one, a brief shower ended the first portion of the Enduro and the
drivers were given a 10-minute break to rest and the crews were able to work on
their respective cars.
The second half of the race began with a slippery start after the rain. Phipps
started from the first spot and was able drive off with a big lead until a
caution was thrown. On the restart, Phipps didn’t have it as easy as Riddle Jr.
was able to stay with him and battle for lead position. On lap 91 contact was
made between Phipps and Riddle Jr. and Riddle was able to take the lead and the
third place car of Ronnie Rose was also able to get around Phipps. However, that
didn’t last long as Phipps got back around Rose for the second spot to battle
Riddle once again for the lead. Riddle did everything he could to hold off
Phipps throughout the closing laps. Riddle Jr. held on to win after he and
Phipps touched on the corner coming for the white flag. Phipps was second, Rose
third, with Dustin Burge and Bobby Long finishing out the top five.
One of Anderson’s largest fireworks displays filled the skies to the music of
MAX and WHBU radio after the races were completed.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, July 6th with the WLBC/MAX
Friday Night Summer Series showcasing Newco Metals Legends, ThunderCars along
with Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives in Oval and Figure 8 action.
On Friday Night, spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with the racing program
beginning at 8. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Children
five and under get in free.
On Saturday, July 7th, the Ed Martin Auto Group 75 with O’Reilly USA Modified
Tour will be featured along with Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stocks, Ed
Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks, and Figure 8’s.
On Saturday Night, spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with racing beginning at 8.
Admission is $10 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Children five and under
get in free.
For additional information on Anderson Speedway, contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.