Wyman Captures ThunderCar Feature
Muncie driver Rob Wyman Sr. might be wondering why he
decided to retire from racing 12 years ago after winning the WMDH Thunder Car
feature last weekend at Anderson Speedway.
During qualifying Wyman posted the fastest time turning a lap at 14.7 seconds
and started sixth in the feature following the inverting of the field.
Sam Folsom took the early lead chased by Bruce McFall with Wyman gaining three
positions on the first lap with Shawn Cullen and Rob Allman in hot pursuit.
Wyman moved into the second spot on the second circuit with an outside pass of
McFall entering turn three and on the fifth circuit got inside of Folsom down
the front straight to take the point.
Cullen and Allman both passed McFall to grab the third and fourth spots before
five laps were completed.
On the tenth lap Nick Warner and Rod Phipps moved into the top five with
identical passes of Folsom in turn one using the high groove. Allman got past
Cullen on lap 17 with an inside move in turn one.
Phipps made a late charge toward the front first passing Warner on the front
straight after 19 laps and then getting past Cullen to grab the third position.
Wyman won by .5 seconds followed by Allman, Phipps, Cullen and Warner.
Had the race been another five laps Wyman might not have visited victory lane
for the first time in 12 years.
“There was something going out in the rear end,” he said, “it wouldn’t have
lasted much longer. My son set up an awesome car tonight. This was a lot of
There was plenty of action in the heat races with Cullen and Warner scoring
their first wins of the year.
In the first heat race Cullen used an outside move to get around McFall halfway
through the event and just like in the feature Wyman and Phipps were there to do
battle for the win.
Wyman got outside of McFall going through turn three on lap six and Phipps used
the high line to grab third entering turn one.
Cullen went on to win by .3 seconds over Wyman with Phipps, McFall and Hannah
Lundy rounding out the top five.
In the second heat race Warner passed James Peterson for the lead on the second
circuit and never looked back winning by .2 seconds over Allman with Peterson,
Folsom and Tom Tacket rounding out the top five.