Ellis, Galloway, 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 five.

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 KOIL Legends.

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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(765) 642-0206.