Smith, Folsom, Harmon and Warner
Victorious On Opening Night of WLBC/MAX Listener Appreciation Weekend
Anderson Speedway returned
to racing action on Friday, August 10 for the opening night of the WLBC/MAX
Listener Appreciation Weekend. On Friday Night, the racing program showcased
Newco Metals Legends, ThunderCars along with Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel
Drives in Oval and Figure 8 action.
In the Newco Metals Legends action, defending division champion Rodney Smith
earned his fifth feature victory in one of the closest finishes in Anderson
Speedway's 60-year history. The 25-lap race began with South Carolina's Tommy
Jordan grabbing the first position and pacing the opening five circuits. Billy
Smith took over the point on the sixth lap and three laps later, Jordan dropped
from the second position with apparent mechanical problems.
After Jordan dropped out, a three car battle developed between Billy Smith,
Rodney Smith and John Robbins for the victory. A pair of caution flags slowed
the event on laps 13 and 16. The remaining nine circuits provided some exciting
action with Rodney Smith and John Robbins waging a great battle for second
position. After Rodney Smith solidified the runner-up position, he then set his
sights on Billy Smith. The final five laps provided an exciting duel, with
Rodney Smith finishing just 0.011 seconds ahead of Billy Smith. Robbins placed
third with Eric Black and Mark Dietzen completing the top-five finishers.
Robbins posted the best qualifying time at 14.103 second with Billy Smith
winning the heat race.
Sam Folsom rebounded from bad luck from last week to earn his fifth checkered
flag of the ThunderCars season. Folsom sailed into the top spot at the start
with Tom Tacket in the runner-up position. Folsom was able to build a healthy
margin on the remainder of the lead lap machines. As Folsom was cruising to the
victory, Johnathon Pitts made a last lap pass on Tom Tacket to grab second-place
honors. Nick Warner was fourth with Lonny Burton in fifth position.
Folsom led qualifying with a time of 15.177 seconds. Darryl Rogers and Josh
Myers were winners of heat races.
Anderson's Nick Warner turned in another impressive performance in the Chappy's
Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8's, scoring his 13th victory of the
season. He got the jump on David Baker at the start and never looked back. Jeff
Wright crossed the finish line in second position with Baker, Donnie Ellis Jr.
and Andy Keller filling out the top-five finishers.
Kevin Harmon visited the O'Reilly Auto Parts Winner's Circle after recording his
10th victory in the Chappy's Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Oval division. Harmon
jumped to the first position at the drop of the green flag and constructed a
sizeable advantage. The caution waved on the 12th circuit, bunching up the front
runners. After the restart, Harmon continued his dominance and pulled away to a
2.327 second victory over Bryan Wright. Third was Devin Mitchell with David
Baker and Tim Tharp completing the top five.
Gary Bragg Jr. paced qualifying with a time of 16.121 seconds with Bryan Wright
and Dennis Gee grabbing the winning hardware during heat races.
On Saturday, August 11, the world’s fastest cars return when the H.O.S.S. Outlaw
Winged Sprint Cars invade Anderson Speedway during Pepsi Night at the Races
presented by Wings Etc. The racing program will also include Ed Martin Auto
Group SuperTrucks, Figure 8’s and Central Indiana Mini Cups.
Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with racing beginning at 8. Admission is $12 for
adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Children five and under get in free.
For additional information, contact Anderson
Speedway at (765) 642-0206