USAC Regional Midget Feature; Hamilton, Wimmenauer Score Wins
By KEN de la BASTIDE
Canadian driver Alison MacLeod tuned
up for the inaugural Anderson 400 Midget Classic by leading from wire to wire to
capture the USAC Regional Midget feature at Anderson Speedway on Wednesday.
MacLeod, who is entered in Saturday’s
400 lap event jumped into the lead from the pole position and was never
seriously challenged to garner her second win of the year, she won earlier this
year at Grundy County Speedway in Illinois.
Behind MacLeod there was a good battle
for second place between Travis Young, James Robertson, Dakota Armstrong and
The only thing that slowed MacLeod
down was when she was attempting to get around some lapped traffic with about
ten laps remaining.
“This was a great car,” she said, “the
crew had it handling terrifically.”
With the victory MacLeod became the winningest female driver with USAC, breaking
a tie with Stephanie Mockler.
Fast qualifier Kyle Hamilton started
sixth in the Ford Focus Midget feature and before the first lap was completed
used the second groove to move into the third position behind Tyler Cottongim
and Chett Gehrke.
On the second lap Hamilton went to the inside of Gherke entering Turn three and
brought Craig Haack with him to move into the second spot.
Hamilton closed on leader Cottingim
and made the pass for the lead on the sixth circuit with an inside move down the
After ten of the 30 laps Hamilton was
pulling away from Haack and Alison MacLeod when the first of two caution flags
waved on lap 14 when Gehrke came to a stop on the track.
Hamilton again started to pull away
from Haack and MacLeod when on the 21st circuit Branden Allen spun coming off
the second corner. Right after the caution flag waved Julia Landauer slammed
into the front straight wall bringing out the red flag.
On the final restart, Haack stayed
glued to the rear nerf bar of Hamilton’s midget, bumping him entering Turn
three. The slight contact forced Hamilton high with Haack attempting to make the
pass on the inside, but was unable to grab the top spot.
MacLeod finished third followed by
Jordan Pennington, who started seventh, and Steve Mathews rounding out the top
“We had a good car,” Hamilton said. “Craig got a good restart and let me know
that he was right there. I tried not to slip up.”
New Whiteland’s Jeff Wimmenauer passed
Drew Charlson with an inside move entering Turn three on the third lap of the
Kenyon Midget feature and went on to cruise to the victory.
Pulling away from Charlson, who held
off fast qualifier Dillon Welch to grab the second spot in a spirited battle for
the entire race with Dalton Armstrong and Caleb Armstrong running a close fourth
and fifth. Welch continually tried to get the inside line coming off the fourth
corner but was unable to get up far enough to make the pass.
It was the second dominating win at
Anderson Speedway for Wimmenauer.
“The car runs pretty good at
Anderson,” he said. “I have to thank my dad for setting up the car.”
On Friday, qualifying for the inaugural Midget 400 Classic begins at 12:30 p.m.
The field will be set that evening with qualifying races. The Quick Auto Front
Wheel Drives in Pro and Figure 8’s along with ThunderCars are part of the Friday
night racing program that starts at 7 p.m. Admission on Friday night is $5.
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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