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 three.

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 away.

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 Cullen.

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 Patterson.

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 podium finishers.

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.