Brown, Warner, Wright and Phipps
Score Victories on Friday Night
Anderson Speedway returned to racing
action on Friday, September 14 with the WLBC / MAX Summer Series featuring Newco
Metals Legends, ImmediaDent ThunderCars along with Chappy’s Rent to Own Front
Wheel Drives in Oval and Figure 8 action.
In the Newco Metals Legends feature, Wisconsin competitor Blake Brown turned in
a dominant performance in his first visit to Anderson Speedway. He grabbed the
lead at the start, getting the jump on Pendleton’s Mark Dietzen with James
Edsall lll, Bryan Nuckles and John Robbins filling out the top five during the
early stages. The first caution took place on the fourth circuit when Doug
Dugger made hard contact with the turn 4 wall.
After the restart, Brown continued to pace the event with Nuckles bypassing
Edsall for second position. By the 10th lap mark, Brown held a full straightaway
advantage over Nuckles and Edsall.
The final caution flag took place on lap 17 when Illinois racer Alex Arelano
spun exiting the second turn. The remainder of the race, Brown was able to pull
away to finish 1.464 seconds ahead of Nuckles. Third at the finish was Edsall
with Rodney Smith and John Robbins completing the top five. Nuckles was the fast
timer at 14.029 seconds with Brown and Cullen Camasta winning heat races.
Anderson’s Nick Warner scored his second season victory in the ImmediaDent
ThunderCars. Starting on the outside on the front row, Warner passed Jeff Dick
on the initial start. As Warner pulled away, Alice Riall moved into second
position with Dick scored in third.
After the caution period on the sixth lap, Warner reconstructed his large margin
and was unchallenged for the duration of the 20-lap event. As Warner held the
first position, Lonny Burton was making a charge from his ninth starting
position to finish in second after making a last lap pass on Alice Riall.
Alexandria’s Darryl Rogers and Tim Dick completed the top-five finishers.
Sam Folsom set new track record in qualifying with an official clocking of
14.870 seconds. Heat race victories went to Tim Nickerson and Brad Cain.
In took four attempts to get the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives Oval
officially started for their 15-lap event, but then four lead changes occurred
in the action-packed event. Ryan O’Bryant grabbed the lead at the start with
Jeremy O’Bryant sailing into the top spot the second lap. Jerry Baker passes
O’Bryant for first position on the third circuit with Bryan Wright then becoming
the fourth different leader on the fourth lap.
Wright then dominated the remainder of the feature, but was forced to fend off a
late charge from Devin Mitchell. At the checkers, Wright finished just 0.199
seconds ahead of Mitchell. Third was Gary Bragg Jr., with Casey Davis and Jeremy
O’Bryant completing the top five.
In qualifying, Kevin Harmon posted the top time with a quick lap of 16.020
seconds. Mitchell, Davis and Ryan O’Bryant won heat races.
Veteran racer Ronnie Phipps demonstrated why he is one of the best Figure 8
drivers with scoring the victory in the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive
Figure 8 feature. Phipps grabbed first position at the start over Jared Keller
and then pulled away to score an impressive victory. While Phipps built a
sizeable margin, it was far from easy and he was forced to work through heavy
cross over traffic during the 10-lap event.
At the checkers, Jared Keller placed second with Donnie Ellis Jr. edging out
point’s leader Nick Warner for third place. Andy Keller rounded out the top-five
After a three-year absence, the USAC National Midgets make their return to
Anderson Speedway on Saturday, September 15. The racing program will also
include ImmediaDent Figure 8’s and Newco Metals Legends.
On Saturday Night, spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with the racing program
beginning at 8. Admission is $15 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.