Zimmerly, Burge, Ellis and Harmon Score Friday Night Wins

Zack Zimmerly captured the Newco Metals Legend feature in the WLBC/MAX Friday Night Summer Series at Anderson Speedway while Travis Burge continued his winning ways in the Thundercar main event. Point leader Kevin Harmon scored the Quick Auto Front Wheel Drive Amateur win and Donnie Ellis, Jr survived the wild figure 8.

Zack Zimmerly made quick work of the competition in the Newco Metals legend feature, sailing to a large lead early and never looking back. The 14 year old from Davidson, N.C. scored his second win of the season defeating Billy Smith, defending track champion John Robbins, Bryan Nuckles and Mark Dietzen to round out the top five. Zimmerly was also the heat winner with Robbins fast timer at 13.946 seconds.

In Thundercar action, Travis Burge has been a domineering force in 2008. His persistence paid dividends again as Travis worked his way through traffic to take the lead late in the race and go on to his sixth feature win of the year. Chasers were Tom Tackett, Dennis Farver, Sr; Hannah Lundy and Sam Folsom rounding out the top five. Jerry Mandrell was the prelim winner and Lonnie Burton was fast qualifier at 15.216 seconds.

Point leader Kevin Harmon jumped on the competition early in the Quick Auto Front Wheel Drive Amateur headliner and sailed to his second win in three weeks. Finishing out the top five were Ron Phipps, Andy Keller, Mike Alley and Jared Keller. Harmon also took the heat win with Jeff Saxon fast timer at 16.118 seconds.

The Quick Auto Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 was a dandy! Newcomer Justin Brown led the first four laps before Ricky Tharp took control. Donnie Ellis, Jr and Nick Warner joined Tharp the last five laps for an awesome battle for the lead. With both Tharp and Ellis slamming each other, Warner laid back a little. Coming through the intersection for the checker, Tharp and Ellis came together one final time with both cars spinning wildly toward the finish line and Warner charging the line. When the smoke had cleared, Donnie Ellis, Jr had slid across the line in first, Ricky Tharp sliding across in second, Nick Warner finishing third followed by Tony Torres and Dennis Farver, Sr.

Anderson Speedway returns to action on Saturday, August 23, with the Ed Martin Chevrolet SuperTrucks, ImmediaDent Figure 8ís, CRA Street Stocks and UMRA Midgets.

Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with the racing program beginning at 8. Admission is $10 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Children five and under get in free.

For additional information on Anderson Speedway, visit www.andersonspeedway.com or contact Anderson Speedway at
(765) 642-0206.