71-Year-Old Hank Lower Gets First Anderson Win in Winged Sprint Car
Event; Armstrong Scores Kenyon Win
Angola’s Hank Lower recorded his first ever feature win at Anderson Speedway
capturing the Must See Racing.com 60 on Wednesday.
Lower, 71, led all 60 laps and had to survive a late race restart by holding off
the two drivers that set new world records at Anderson Speedway.
Daleville’s Aaron Pierce brought out the final caution with two laps remaining
when he lost a left rear tire and spun in turn three while running third. Jim
Swain flipped behind Pierce. That set up a two-lap shoot-out between Lower, Ryan
Litt and Dave Steele. Litt and Steele climbed from the fourth row to claim the
second and third spots.
Pierce chased Lower in the early stages of the race but went high in turn four
on lap 40 which allowed Litt to make the inside pass. Steele got around Pierce
on the outside on lap 47 on the front straight.
Jeff Bloom had an impressive run to finish fourth after starting 12Th.
“This was awesome,” Lower said of the victory at Anderson.
Steele based on his win Sunday at Winchester and his third place run at Anderson
won the “Battle of the Banks”
Daleville’s Aaron Pierce caught Troy Underwood at the checkers to win the first
heat race using an outside pass coming off the fourth corner.
Crawfordsville’s Sondi Eden captured the second heat win chased by Bill Tyler.
Matt Rademaker made hard contact with the outside wall in turn three after
making contact with
The third heat race was captured by Michigan’s Jeff Bloom followed by Geoff
Kaiser. The race was red flagged on the third lap when Hank Lower and Jim Swain
tangled in turn three.
Hank Lower captured the semi-feature to advance to the Must See Racing.com 60
lap feature with Jimmy McCune, Jason Blonde, Ron Kohler and Jason Bradford
Chad Goff and Patrick Stewart tangled on the first lap in turn two and Jim Swain
suffered a mechanical problem after two laps while running in the top three.
Florida driver Dave Steele set a new track record and world record for
quarter-mile paved ovals during qualifying for the Winged Sprints with a lap at
10.344 seconds. Steele’s lap broke the old mark set by Geoff Kaiser on June 24,
2006 at 10.414 seconds. Canadian driver Ryan Litt also eclipsed the old record
by turning a lap at 10.397 seconds.
Fast qualifier Dillon Welch got the jump at the start and opened a comfortable
lead only to see it disappear when the caution flag waved with six laps
remaining. On the restart Welch was pressed by Dalton Armstrong and Adam Wilsdon.
With two laps remaining Welch got loose in turn one which allowed Armstrong to
sneak underneath. At the checkers it was Armstrong, Welch with Wilsdon grabbing
There was good racing for the second spot between Armstrong and Taylor Ferns in
the first third of the race with Ferns looking to make a move on the inside for
several laps. She eventually got inside of Armstrong exiting the fourth corner
to take the spot on lap 11.
Ferns was running second on lap 24 when she tangled with the lapped car of Jake
Blackhurst in turn four and had to restart at the back of the field. It was the
second consecutive time that Ferns saw a good run at Anderson disappear when she
tangled with a lapped car. She was credited with an eighth place finish.
Heat races for the Kenyon midgets were captured by Dillon Welch and Dalton
Pole day qualifying for the 61st annual Pay Less Little 500 will take place on
Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Anderson Speedway. The fastest 15 cars are
locked into the starting field for the richest pavement sprint car race in the
Second round qualifying is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday to fill the remainder
of the field. At 7 p.m. Families Forever will sponsor Thunder Car and Front
Wheel Drive division racing along with fireworks.
The 61st Pay Less Little 500 with a purse of more than $123,000 will start at 8
p.m. on Saturday.
For additional information on Anderson Speedway call (765) 642-0206.