Eric Evans Wins ThunderCar Enduro 200; Owens and Wright Also Win Saturday

By Jessica Larson

Anderson Speedway returned to racing action on Saturday, July 28th with the ThunderCar Enduro 200. Some 57 cars were on hand for the biggest race of the year for the ThunderCar division. Also on the program were the Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stocks and Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8’s.

The 200 lap ThunderCar Enduro began with defending race winner Rod Phipps taking command of the field. On the second lap the race was stopped after an accident between Herb Rose and Carl Muffley. On the restart Eric Evans charged around Phipps to become the new race leader. Evans then dominated the remainder of the first half of the event. At the half way break Evans was scored as the race leader with Phipps in second and Ken Scheffler in third. Only the top three cars remained on the lead lap. Randy Hoppes and Tom Gossar completed the top five.

After a ten minute break Evans turned in a near perfect performance in the second half, earning a sizeable victory over Sheffler. Phipps finished third, one lap off the winning pace. Gossar and Mike Riddle Jr. completed the top five. Sam Folsom earned top honors in qualifying with a time of 15.038 seconds.

In other racing action, Anderson’s Jake Owens scored another victory in the Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stocks. Former Street Stock champion John Lundy led the initial six circuits with Owens sailing into first place on lap seven. Abe Puckett pressured Owens throughout the remaining circuits but was forced to settle for runner up honors. Finishing third was Willy DeHart with Ronnie Phipps and Randy Hoppes filling out the top five finishers.

In heat race action Owens and Hoppes scored victories. Danny Acrey II was the top qualifier at 14.369 seconds.

Jeff Wright completed the weekend sweep with winning his second consecutive Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8. He got the jump on Donnie Ellis Jr. and never looked back. Ellis finished a distant second with David Baker in third. Dennis Farver Sr. and Cale Ramey rounded out the top five.

On Thursday, August 2, there will be an open practice for all divisions. Pit gates will open at 3pm with practice being held from 4-7:30pm.

On Friday, August 3, the WLBC/MAX Friday Night Summer Series will feature Newco Metals Legends, ThunderCars, and Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives in oval and figure 8 racing.

On Saturday, August 4, CRA Super Series Late Models and Street Stocks will return for the Drink Responsibly Anderson 400. The CRA Super Series Late Models will be showcased in the Budweiser 250 Presented by Great Deals Coupon Magazine along with the CRA Super Series Street Stocks in the Bud Light 150.

Adult advance tickets are now on sale at Anderson Speedway ticket office for $12 Monday through Friday 10-4. On race day, adult tickets will be $15 with kids 6-12 $4 and five and under free.

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