Miles Dominates in Street Stock Win; Swinford, Allman, Saxon and Warner
Muncie’s Bret Miles Sr. watched a big lead disappear as a result of a caution
with 12 laps remaining and then pulled away to score the Street Stock feature at
Anderson Speedway on Saturday.
Miles set fast time during qualifying and jumped into the lead at the start
chased by Rich Boyer, and Ronnie Rose. Rose got inside of Boyer on the back
straight on lap 15 and completed the pass entering turn three a lap later.
By lap 23 Boyer slowed which allowed Rob Allman and Randy Hoppes to drive past
on the outside. Rose appeared to be closing on Miles when the caution waved on
lap 29 when Gilbert Ham lost an engine.
But following the restart Miles again opened up a sizeable lead over Rose, who
developed a handling problem with Allman coming home third.
“Run with a good group of guys here,” Miles said following the win. “We had a
problem in the heat race and all the teams helped put it back together.”
Muncie’s Derrick Layne and New Castle’s Danny Acrey II scored heat wins in the
Street Stock division.
Noblesville’s Jeff Swinford held off fast qualifier Johnny Magee to capture the
Immediadent Figure-8 feature with Mike Riddle Jr. claiming the third spot.
Josh Tharp was running fourth with five laps remaining when he spun in turn four
which allowed Shawn Cullen and Ronnie Rose to drive past. Rose past Cullen on
the next circuit to claim the fourth spot followed by Cullen.
Anderson’s Ronnie Rose scored his second heat win of the season, coming a week
after making heavy contact with the front straight wall, and Mike Riddle Jr. of
Greenwood captured the second heat victory.
Anderson’s Rob Allman got the jump at the start and led all 30 laps to capture
his second consecutive Thunder Car Division feature.
Allman was chased for the entire distance by fast qualifier Rod Phipps and Nick
Warner with Dustin Burge and Josh Poore rounding out the top five.
“I knew I had to get out front,” Allman said. “There are five or six cars out
here than when they get in front it’s hard to pass. When I saw the 72 (Phipps)
behind, I knew he would race me clean.
“He (Phipps) put the pressure on me, it was not an easy win,” Allman continued.
Anderson’s Rod Phipps scored his second heat win of the year and Anderson’s Josh
Poore won the second heat race for the Thunder Car division.
Fast qualifier Jeff Saxon survived two aborted starts and then went on to lead
all 25 laps for the feature win in the oval race for the Front Wheel Drive
Saxon was chased throughout the race by Jack Leisure with Ronnie Phipps driving
to a third place finish after starting 14th. It was Saxon’s third feature win of
the season. Fourth went to Nick Warner with Gary Bragg Jr. surviving a spin on
lap ten to record a fifth place finish.
Kokomo’s Gary Bragg scored his first career heat win with Kennard’s Ronnie
Phipps capturing the second heat race win in the Front Wheel Drive division on
Anderson’s Nick Warner dominated the Front Wheel Drive division in the Figure-8
feature. The fast qualifier started from the pole position and was never
challenged for the lead.
It was Warner’s first feature win of the year.
There was a good battle for second place in the middle stages of the race
between Randy Hoppes and Andy Keller with Keller grabbing the second spot
followed by Hoppes, Bill Leisure finished fourth and Donnie Ellis Jr. claimed
the fifth position.
Anderson’s Andy Keller and Donnie Ellis Jr. scored heat wins on the crossover in
the Front Wheel Drive division.
Warner set a new track record in the Front Wheel Drive division in Figure-8
competition with a time of 20.974 seconds, besting the mark set on March 28 by
Jared Keller of 21.033 seconds.
Anderson Speedway will be hosting four days of sprint car action leading up to
the 61st running of the Pay Less Little 500 next Saturday. The Winged Sprints
and Kenyon Midgets take to the track Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Pole qualifying for the Pay Less Little 500 takes place on Thursday from 1:30 to
Round two qualifying for the Little 500 to fill the 33-car starting field takes
place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday followed by Thunder Cars and Front Wheel
Drive action on the oval and figure-8 along with fireworks starting at 7 p.m.
The 61st Pay Less Little 500 takes place on Saturday with pre-race activities
starting at 7 p.m. and the green flag scheduled to wave at 8 p.m.
For additional information on Anderson Speedway call (765) 642-0206.