Zimmerly, Burton and Keller Taste Victory
The WLBC/MAX Friday Night Summer
Series lit up the warm summer evening as Donnie Ellis, III took victory in the
Quick Auto Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 feature, Grant Galloway crossing the line
first in the Kenyon Midgets feature, Zach Zimmerly grabbed the top spot on the
podium in the Newco Metals Legends, Lonny Burton finishing first in the
ThunderCar feature and Andy Keller taking the checkered flag in the Quick Auto
Front Wheel Drive Amateur Division.
In the Quick Auto Front Wheel Drive Figure 8’s, Donnie Ellis, III took the lead
very early in the race and weaved his way through crossover traffic to take the
feature victory. Ellis had little trouble passing lap traffic, with a
spectacular pass on lap 5 splitting cars on the end of the lead lap. The race
was for second between Andy Keller and last week’s winner Nick Warner turned
into a great battle. Warner worked his way through the field after a few mishaps
early in the race, but couldn’t get passed Keller who finished second. Warner
wound up third, Pete Corsaro took fourth and Harry LaShure rounded out the top
The Kenyon Midgets feature turned into a two car shootout as Grant Galloway
outlasted Jeff Wimmenauer for the win. Galloway took the lead on the first lap
and set sail, but found company after lap 9 when Wimmenauer and then second
place Drew Charlston were involved in an incident. Wimmenauer kept it straight
and grabbed second place. He then set his sights on leader Galloway, almost
completing the pass on lap 17. Galloway would eventually win the battle, with
Wimmenauer crossing the line second, Caleb Armstrong came home third, Dillon
Welch finishing fourth and Mike Terry, Jr. capping the top five.
Zach Zimmerly would not be beaten in the Newco Metals Legends feature. Zimmerly
found the lead on lap 6, but quickly found company in the form of Adam Roberts.
Roberts, last week’s Legend feature winner, gave it all he had but couldn’t fin
the speed to get around Zimmerly. The rest of the field got spread out and
separated from the top two. Zimmerly and Roberts finished one-two, with three
time winner David Moyes grabbing third, Bryan Knuckles taking fourth, and James
Fowlkes III crossing the line in fifth.
Lonny Burton quickly went from fourth to first on the opening lap and went on to
take the victory in the ThunderCar feature. Burton made the pass around
polesitter Dennis Farver, Sr., second place Stephen Counceller and third place
Hannah Lundy within two turns. The real action happened near the end of the race
when Travis Burge found his way around then second place Tom Tackett with just
two laps to go. Tackett would come back to be involved in an incident with Burge
in turn four coming to the checkered flag. Tackett then was placed in the 8th
position and Burge would be disqualified for an incident shortly after the race.
Sam Folston would find his way to finish second, Alexandria’s Darryl Rogers took
third and fellow Alexandrians Dennis Farver, Sr. and Alice Riall finishing
fourth and fifth, respectively. Marshall Thompson crossed the finish line in
third, but was disqualified after failing post-race inspection.
Andy Keller found first after Lap 9 after then leader in Kevin Harmon slowed due
to car trouble and continued on to win the Quick Auto Front Wheel Drive Amateur
Division. Quite a few cars found trouble during the race, most notably Aaron
Jones with a right side flat tire towards the end of the race. Jones would bring
the car home fourth. Last week’s winner Jeff Saxon got loose and hit the wall on
lap 8, finishing his night early. But no one had anything for the Keller boys
with Andy finishing first and Jared right behind in second. Mike Alley rallied
to find third, Jones took fourth, on three tires, and Harry LaShure took the
checkered flag in fifth.
Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway on Saturday, July 19, with the 59th
Best Way Disposal National Crown featuring the ImmediaDent Figure 8’s. The
Saturday night program will also feature Ed Martin Chevrolet SuperTrucks and
The Midget 400 Classic will take place on Saturday, July 26. Watch the nations
top Midget Car drivers compete in this first ever race with live pit stops.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with the race beginning at approximately 8 p.m. All tickets
are reserved at $22.
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