Raber, Acrey, Robbins and Hoppes Light Up Anderson

It was Ed Martin Chevrolet Night at the Races Saturday evening as Ben Raber took the USA Modified main in his first appearance at Anderson Speedway. Danny Acrey, II grabbed his first win of the year in the Street Stock headliner while John Robbins continued his winning ways in the Newco Metals Legends feature and Randy Hoppes lit 'em up taking both checkers in the Quick Auto Front Wheel Drive Pros.

The O’Reilly USA Modified Tour got off to a rough start with a complete restart and a yellow in the first lap. Ben Raber led the event from the get go. John Manula and Scott Coe tangled on lap 17 for the first yellow. Cory Setser was pressuring Raber for the lead when they hooked bumpers on lap 35 allowing Jeff Weston to pass them both. Modified race control called a safety yellow to unhook the bumpers and allowed the front runners to maintain the first two positions, with Weston going back to third on the restart. Raber went on to the win defeating Setser, Weston, Tim Burkett and Kyle Jones. Burkett was the dash winner with Setser copping the heat win. Weston was fast timer at 12.788 seconds.

In Street Stock action, Danny Acrey, II took his first checker of the season. Acrey was flying on the outside and made the race winning pass on early leader Steve Blair on lap 19. The race was slowed by 2 two car incidents the last of which sent Jake McElfresh flying high through the air after tangling with Josh Burton down the main shute. Trailing Acrey at the checker were Rich Boyer, Joe Beaver, Jake Owens and Blair rounding out the top five. Burton and Ronnie Rose were heat winners with Owens fast qualifier at 14.093 seconds.

Defending track champion John Robbins took his second straight Newco Metals Legends feature win with a last lap pass of Adam Roberts. Mickie Kudlicki, Robbins and Roberts put on quite a driving performance with the three battling for the lead the distance. Roberts and Robbins got around Kudlicki and then Robbins pulled off the same move he did in the heat to capture the main event. Chasing Robbins were Roberts, Kudlicki, James Edsall, III and Mark Dietzen rounding out the top five. Robbins and Chris Weddle were prelim winners with Roberts fast timer at 14.173 seconds.

It was double feature time for the Quick Auto Front Wheel Drive Pros and Randy Hoppes proved to be the man to beat as he captured both the make-up feature and the scheduled headliner. In the make-up event Donnie Ellis, Jr was runner-up followed by Jerry Baker, Peter Corsaro and Tim Harrod. Ellis was the chief chaser in the second feature with Gary Bragg, Jr; Jack Leisure and Jerry Baker rounding out the top five. Ellis and Robert Kelm were heat winners with Gary Bragg, Sr fast timer at 16.084 seconds.

Anderson Speedway returns to action on Friday, July 11 with the WLBC/MAX Friday Night Summer Series featuring Newco Metals Legends, Kenyon Midgets, ThunderCars, Mini Cups and Quick Auto Front Wheel Drives in Amateur and Figure 8’s.

On Saturday, July 12, CRA Street Stocks, Ed Martin Chevrolet SuperTrucks, ImmediaDent Figure 8’s and Quick Auto Front Wheel Pro divisions will in action at the world’s fastest quarter-mile oval.

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