Miles Captures Opening Street Stock Feature; Phipps, Harmon and Tharp
Muncie’s Bret Miles started the 2009 season leading all 30 laps of the Street
Stock feature Saturday at Anderson Speedway.
Miles was chased for all 30 laps by Josh Burton, who finished second. At the
start the front duo was pursued by Rob Allman and Ronnie Rose, as the front
runners ran nose to tail. But that all changed a third of the way into the race.
On the 12th circuit a transmission problem on the back straight caused Ronnie
Rose to make contact with Rob Allman while the pair was running third and
fourth. With the back straight partially blocked the cars of Randy Hoppes and
Jake McElfresh were collected. All four drivers were finished for the night.
From there Miles was able to pull away slightly from Burton with Rich Boyer
holding off Danny Acrey II for third. Calvin Parham came home in fifth.
Even before the feature began fast qualifier Joe Beaver was forced to the pits
with a flat left rear tire and was unable to run in the event.
“It was a real good race,” Miles said. “I hated that Joe (Beaver) had a flat
tire at the start.”
Rob Phipps, who set a new track record in qualifying, weaved his way through
traffic to capture the Thunder Car feature. Phipps took the lead on the 12th lap
by going inside of leader Paris Swallows entering the fourth corner. Swallows
subsequently got loose and spun into the infield and knocking him out of
contention for the win.
Once on the point Phipps pulled away for the win. Rob Allman and Johnny Magee
took advantage of a restart with four laps remaining to use the outside line to
finish second and third followed by Terry Malone Jr. and Lonnie Burton.
The caution was caused when Ronnie Rose and Nick Warner were battling for the
fourth position. Rose got loose entering turn one causing both drivers to spin.
Ricky Tharp took the lead on the second lap and went on to capture the
ImmediaDent Figure 8 feature followed by Mike Riddle Jr. and Ronnie Phipps.
Josh Tharp led the first lap and was running second until lap nine when a
leaking radiator knocked him from competition.
Defending Front Wheel Drive champion Kevin Harmon led all 20 laps to capture the
event and withstood a strong challenge from Trever Abbott followed by Andy
“I had a good run on the outside and was able to hold him (Abbott) on a couple
of restarts,” Harmon said. “He probably gave me more room than he should have at
A total of 84 cars in four divisions were on hand for the opening night of the
During qualifying Anderson’s Rob Phipps set a new track record in the ThunderCar
division turning a lap at 14.791-seconds, that broke the mark of 14.870 seconds
set by Sam Folsom in September, 2007.
The Champion Racing Association kicks off the 2009 season for the Late Model
North Division on Saturday with a 125-lap event. There are already 20 cars
entered for the event at Anderson Speedway. Entered for the event is defending
champion Scott Hantz, Illinois drivers Eddie Hoffman and Boris Jurkovic, Ohio
competitor Jack Landis, and local drivers Kenny Tweedy, Aaron Pierce and Rick
Racing starts at 7 p.m. with the ImmediaDent Figure 8 and Front Wheel Drive on
the oval also on the program.