Layne Captures Street Stock Event at 12th Annual WDMH Stock Car Festival
In weather more suitable for football
than stock car racing, Muncie’s Derrick Layne used his own version of Mr. Inside
and Mr. Outside to capture the Street Stock feature at Anderson Speedway.
Anderson resident Ronnie Rose took the early lead in the opening event during
the 12th annual WMDH Stock Car Festival on Saturday but he was chased for the
first 18 laps by Rob Allman and Layne with Randy Hoppes closing on the leaders.
Following a caution period, Layne went to the outside to pass Allman for the
second spot entering Turn three on lap 18 and two circuits later worked his way
inside of Rose coming off the second corner and completed the pass entering Turn
From there Layne was never challenged with Rose holding on for second followed
by Allman, Hoppes and John Davis.
Early in the race Elwood’s Jacob McElfresh was involved in two incidents that
brought out the yellow flag. McElfresh spun on the front straight on the second
lap after being nudged through the corner by Hoppes. On lap four McElfresh made
contact with Rob Phipps, ending the night for both drivers.
Fast qualifier Nick Moore suffered a transmission problem and was unable to
start the feature event.
Anderson’s Nick Warner took the lead at the start of the Thunder Car feature
surviving a side by side battle with Kevin Claborn and went on to win going
On the eighth circuit Rose and Rob Allman made contact in Turn three while
battling for the fifth position. Allman suffered a flat tire and was finished
for the night. Rob Phipps and Rob Wyman Jr. made slight contact going down the
back straight on Lap 9 sending Wyman into the infield.
Behind Warner was a good battle for the second through fifth position with five
laps remaining between Claborn, Ronnie Rose, Rod Phipps and Sam Folsom. Rose was
able to use a lapped car to slip inside of Claborn for the second spot entering
Turn one and then Phipps got inside of Claborn going down the back straight.
Rounding out the top five behind Warner were Rose, Phipps, Claborn and Shawn
Rod Phipps passed Jason Pitts on lap 12 and went on to capture the ImmediaDent
Figure 8 feature. Pitts was challenged early in the event by Shawn Cullen, but
Cullen got into the rear of Pitts mount on lap six with the end result his car
suffered a flat right front tire.
After Phipps took the lead Pitts and Ronnie Rose exchanged paint several times
as they battled for the second spot. Rose finally made an inside move on lap 25
entering Turn three to take the position.
Phipps, the National Crown winner earlier in the year, scored the victory
followed by Rose, Pitts, Bruce McFall and Larry Swinford.
Anderson’s Mike Alley inherited the lead on the fourth lap of the Front Wheel
Drive oval feature when leader Chuck Gossett was black-flagged for breaking his
qualifying time and sent to the rear of the field.
Before the feature was over Gossett would recover to challenge for the lead,
actually passing Alley with four laps remaining. But Alley returned the favor on
the next circuit with an outside pass down the back straight. David Powell,
Eddie Claborn and Chase Lane rounded out the top five.
Alley tried to make it a clean sweep of Front Wheel Drive action leading the
first 11 laps of the figure-8 feature before a flat right front tire ended his
night. That gave the lead to Jerry Dane, who was passed by eventual winner Nick
Warner on lap 13 entering Turn one. John Frowley was second followed by Archie
Fast qualifier Tim Phillips ran down early leader Geoff “Sandman” Gerline to
take the lead on lap 17 with an inside pass down the back straight to record the
Mini-Cup feature win. Phillips was followed to the checkers by Gerline, Andrew
Conklin, Scott Swem and Freeman Hochstetler.
Former Anderson Speedway track champion in the Legends Division John Robbins
captured the feature win with Jeff Woods and Marc Anderson rounding out the
The International Outlaw Figure 8 Series and the IOFS Front Wheel Drive Series
makes their final appearance at Anderson Speedway next Saturday. In addition to
the cross-over action there will be School Bus and Trailer Figure 8 races and a
demolition derby. Racing action starts at 7 p.m.