Boyer, Warner, Tharp, Stiffler and Ensor Collect Feature Victories
A hot night saw some sizzling racing at the
world’s fastest high banked quarter mile as the Street Stocks, the WMDH Thunder
Cars, the Mini Cups and the Front Wheel Drive Figure 8's were in action.
Rich Boyer took the checkered flag in the Street Stock feature. Boyer grabbed
the lead from Derrick Layne on the first lap of the race and constructed a 15
car length lead at the halfway point. Josh Burton and Rob Allman battled hard
for second for the first half of the race with Allman getting second on the high
side on lap 18. Allman then set his sights on Boyer but ran out of laps and
settled for runner-up honors. Burton placed third with Derrick Layne and Todd
Marsh rounded out the top five.
The WMDH ThunderCars took to the track with Nick Warner leading every lap and
taking the checkered flag. The front four were nose to tail from lap two as
Warner dealt with lapped traffic throughout the race. Rob Wyman, Sr., who
challenged Warner nearly every lap, could not find a way around and finished
second. Rod Phipps and Phil Jenkins ran third and fourth with Sam Folsom coming
home fifth for the ThunderCar division sponsored by Hit Country 102.5 WMDH.
The Mini Cups Future Stars were showcased their talent as Bradley Stiffler
finished first. Stiffler took the lead before a lap had been completed and held
a car length advantage throughout the race over Austin Johnson who ended up
second. Trey Craig and Matthew Lorance never let the front two out of their
sights, and rounded out the top four. A battle took place for the fifth position
as Erica Ensor and Amanda Harrison swapped the spot from the halfway point all
the way to the finish with Ensor securing the position.
The Adult Mini Cups were a different story as two lead changes saw Ed Ensor
seeing checkered. Ensor was running second for the first half of the race when
debris brought out the yellow, and the 17 capitalized on a mistake by Scott Swem
a few laps after the restart and never looked back. Todd Wilfang and Geoff
Gerline also took advantage of the Swem miscue and came home third and fourth as
Swem captured the fifth spot.
Rickie Tharp took home the Front Wheel Drive Figure 8ight trophy. Tharp dealt
with lapped traffic for most of the race with the middle of the crossover seeing
all kinds of action. The lead changed hands between Tharp and Bill Leisure a few
times when the traffic stacked up in the middle of the Figure 8 course. Nick
Warner slipped by Leisure on the last lap to come home second with Josh Tharp
and Donnie Ellis, Jr. rounding out the top five.
Next Saturday night the longest running stock car race returns to Anderson
Speedway hosts the 61st Annual Best Way Disposal National Crown for Figure 8's.
Also added to the event will be a special appearance by the Motion Motors Late
Models. Front wheel Drive Oval cars and the Pure Stocks will also be in action.
Excitement is building for the Welch and Wilson Red Bud 300 on to be held
Monday, July 26th. Kyle Busch, Ken Shrader and the stars of the CRA Late Model
Series will compete for 300 grueling laps. NASCAR star Bill Elliott will also be
on hand to meet the fans and sign autographs. Discounted tickets may be
purchased from The Anderson Speedway ticket office daily.