Warren Scores Midget Win; Welch Liqouri Capture Victories

Noblesville driver Jeremy Warren took advantage of a front row starting spot and went on to capture the USAC Regional Midget feature at Anderson Speedway on Friday.

It was Warren’s first ever win with the USAC Regional Midgets. He was helped to a five-second win as a result of a spirited three car battle for second between Alison MacLeod, Brian Olson and Kyle Hamilton.

MacLeod ran just the right line to keep Olson from slipping to the inside entering either turn one or turn three. Lapped traffic allowed Hamilton to make a late race charge but he had to settle for fourth with Mario Marietta scoring a fifth place showing.

Marietta, Indianapolis and Rushville’s Tate Martz scored heat wins for the USAC Regional Midgets. Brian Olson, Puyallup, WA., set fast time in qualifications.

Florida driver Joe Ligouri got the jump at the start from his outside front row starting position and went on to capture the Ford Focus feature win.

Ligouri survived a restart with 12 laps remaining to hold off Tyler Cottongim by two-tenths of a second for the win. Cottongim moved into the second spot on lap 11 with an inside pass of Michael May entering turn three.

May and Jimmy Simpson battled for the third spot for several laps with Simpson looking to make the pass on the inside. On the eighteenth circuit Simpson got into the back of May coming off the fourth corner. May made contact with the outside retaining wall on the front straight. Simpson was sent to the rear of the field.

Adam Wilsdon came home third followed by Zack Knizer and Katie Hargitt.

Indianapolis driver Hargitt scored the first heat win for the Ford Focus Midgets and Avon’s Tyler Cottongim recorded the victory in the second heat race. Jimmy Simpson of Indianapolis was the quick qualifier.

Dillon Welch led all 30 laps and was never seriously challenged for the victory in the Kenyon Midget Series. It was Welch’s second win of the year at Anderson Speedway.

The only close call Welch had was on lap 11 when he almost tangled with the lapped car of Isaac Chapple coming off the second corner.

Dalton Armstrong ran second the entire race distance, but could never mount a challenge on Welch, who won by almost three seconds. Grant Galloway gained three positions to record a third place finish passing Taylor Ferns entering turn one on lap 19 and slipping inside Jared Marks on lap 27 through turn three.

Kenyon Midget heat wins were recorded by Dillon Welch, Indianapolis, and New Castle’s Dalton Armstrong. Welch was the fast qualifier.

Racing action continues at Anderson Speedway at 8 p.m. with the Street Stocks, Thunder Cars, Immediadent Figure-8 and Front Wheel Drive divisions in action.

NASCAR sensation Kyle Busch headlines the Champion Racing Association super late models in the Red Bud 300 at Anderson Speedway on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Two-time ASA champion Gary St. Amant is entered for the event. The race is a tribute to Rex and Becky Robbins the founders of the original American Speed Association national tour. Advance tickets are on sale for $20 at the speedway.

For additional information on Anderson Speedway call (765) 642-0206.