Magee Dominates Enduro; Bragg, Warner Claim Wins
Johnny Magee’s nickname should be “Mr. Enduro” as the Carthage resident captured
his fourth consecutive Thunder Car endurance race at Anderson Speedway on
Magee set a new track record during qualifying turning a lap at 14.819 seconds
to eclipse the old mark set by Herb Rose in 2008 at 14.897 seconds.
Starting from the pole position Magee led all 200 laps to take home the $3,000
in first place money.
During the early stages of the race he was chased by Ronnie Rose, who posted the
second quick time, but Rose’s night came to an end on lap 79 with an apparent
That turned the second spot over to Josh Poore, who changed a transmission 30
minutes prior to the race. Poore charged up from the 24th starting spot and
moved into the top five after 40 circuits.
After the halfway break, Magee opened up a quarter of a lap lead that stabilized
and he was never seriously challenged by Poore for the lead. Nick Warner came
home in third, falling one lap off the pace with six laps remaining. Ron Phipps
was credited with a fourth place finish followed by Travis Burge.
Rounding out the top ten were Jeff Swinford, Herb Rose, Tom Gossar, Hannah Lundy
and Larry Swinford.
“Want to thank everybody that helps on the car,” Magee said. “It takes a lot of
work to keep the cars prepared.”
Poore said he used his tires up in the first half of the race and didn’t have
anything for Magee in the second half.
Shawn Cullen, who qualified fifth fastest dropped out after only seven circuits
and Rob Allman was knocked out of contention early in the race with a mechanical
There were 13 of the 25 cars that started the 200-lap event running at the
finish. The race was slowed six times. The final 100 laps were run without any
stoppages in the action.
After spinning twice in the early stages of the Front Wheel Drive oval feature
Kokomo’s Gary Bragg Jr. made a late charge to claim his second victory of the
Mike Alley led the first 17 laps with points leader Jeff Saxon, Bragg and Jack
Leisure battling side by side for the front spot. Bragg drove inside of Saxon
and was able to get inside of Alley entering turn three and completed the pass
on the front straight.
Leisure challenged Bragg for the win but was unable to make an inside move
coming to the checkers and settled for the runner-up position.
Saxon and Alley made contact on lap 19 coming off the fourth corner while
battling for third. Alley spun and crossed the finish line in fourth but was
awarded the third spot with Saxon finishing fourth and Harry Leisure claiming
Nick Warner set a new track record for the Front Wheel Drive Figure-8
competition turning a lap in 20.817 seconds besting the mark set by Andy Keller
of 20.874 seconds on April 18.
Bill Leisure held off Warner for 13 laps during the feature event on the
Figure-8 with Andy Keller also in the mix for the potential victory.
Warner attempted for several laps to get inside of Leisure entering turn one but
was unable to complete the pass. The two raced side by side and finally Warner
got inside of Leisure entering turn three with two laps remaining. Keller
recorded the third place finish followed by Elliott McKinney and Jerry Dane.
NASCAR star Kyle Busch will be making his first appearance at Anderson Speedway
on Tuesday for the Red Bud 300 presented by Great Deals Magazine with racing
starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Red Bud 300 is a tribute to the original American Speed Association founded
by Rex and Becky Robbins. Former two-time ASA AC-Delco Challenge Series champion
Gary St. Amant and Harold Fair, the 1990 winner of the Anderson 400 are among
the top drivers expected to compete in the Champion Racing Association
sanctioned super late model event.
For additional information on Anderson Speedway call (765) 642-0206.