Norton Collects Wild IOFS Feature Victory; Warner, Tharp Score Wins
Veteran driver R.J. Norton took the lead on a
restart after eight laps and held off Gary Bedel to capture the International
Outlaw Figure 8 Series feature at Anderson Speedway on Sunday.
Jeff Hizer took the early lead chased by Norton and Doug Grieg when the caution
flag waved for debris on the eighth lap. On the restart Norton and Greig got
inside of Hizer.
The first action at the crossover took place on lap 18 when Jeff Shakelford and
Hizer made contact. Shakelford spun to a stop on the front straight and Hizer
came to rest in turn four.
Bedel, who was running sixth on the restart passed Jesse Tunny for the fifth
spot with an inside move entering turn three.
The third caution flag waved on lap 37 when Chuckie Hargraves and Corey Turner
made contact in the crossover and both spun to a stop on the front straight.
At the restart the driver on the move was fast qualifier Charlie Hargraves, who
passed Tunny on the back straight. He gained two more positions when first
Shakelford and then Grieg slowed to a stop.
At the finish Norton won by .255 seconds over Bedel with Hargraves and Tunny all
running on the lead lap.
“This is my house,” Norton said of his win at Anderson Speedway. “I’m not
running for points, just came out to have some fun.”
Defending Front Wheel Drive Figure-8 champion Nick Warner passed Josh Tharp on
the next to last lap and went on to record his fourth feature win of the season.
Tharp was able to hang with Warner for most of the final lap, but slowed
dramatically in turn three and coasted to a fourth place finish.
Mike Alley took the early lead only to be passed by Tharp on the second lap. The
only caution flag waved on lap eight when Bill Leisure and Kevin Henson made
contact in the cross over.
Following Warner to the checkers was Donnie Ellis Jr. and Alley.
In a case of déjà vu, Tharp and Warner battled for most of the Figure-8 Division
feature with Tharp holding off Warner on the final two laps to record his first
feature win of the season.
James Peterson took the lead at the start and was passed
by Tharp on the fourth lap with an inside move down the front straight. Warner
moved into second with a pass of Peterson entering turn three on lap six.
For the next 19 laps Warner pressured Tharp but came up .192 second short with
Rob Allman, Jason Pitts and Rod Phipps rounding out the top five.
Phipps had his regular ride heavily damaged in the first heat race when he made
contact with the car of Jerry Norris. Phipps borrowed the car of Rodney Milliner
and drove to the fifth place finish to gain valuable points for the season
Danny Stanley Jr. took the lead on the final lap of the School Bus Figure-8 to
hold off Basil Stanley with Will Cornwall coming from deep in the pack to record
a third place finish.
Kokomo’s Frank Gasho won the Culver’s Trailer Race Figure-8 followed by Bill
Keihn and Mike Irwin rounding out the top three. Only five of 18 entrants were
still running at the finish.