Chapman, Phipps stage Figure 8 battle
Drivers dominate racing action
drivers Curtis Chapman and Rod Phipps staged a classic short track battle in the
feature event for the Figure-8 Division at Anderson Speedway with Chapman taking
a narrow victory.
The two drivers were the fastest during qualifications and
one-two in the heat race with the main event of the evening in the feature.
Tim Nickerson took the early lead in the 25-lap feature
chased by Danny Stanley Jr. with James Peterson, Chapman and Randy Hoppes in hot
On the second lap Nickerson and Stanley got together going
through the crossover and both drivers spun toward the outside retaining wall on
the front straight.
That put Peterson in the lead but that that advantage
lasted just one circuit as first Chapman slipped past on the back straight and
then Phipps moved into second with an inside pass entering turn one.
For the next 21 laps Chapman and Phipps battled for the
top spot. Phipps with the faster car looked inside and out for a way around
Chapman but to no avail. Chapman maintained the same line to the finish with
Phipps giving him a tap from time to time to just let Chapman know he was right
Chapman made no mistakes and won by .217 seconds over
Phipps with Peterson, Bruce McFall and Hoppes rounding out the top five.
It was Chapman's second consecutive win for car owner
Terry Malone Jr., having won the Best Way Disposal National Crown the last time
the division was in competition.
During the heat race Peterson took the early lead with
Phipps running fifth and Chapman holding down the sixth position at the start.
Phipps passed Nickerson on lap two and both Phipps and
Chapman used the outside line to get around Stanley.
Phipps then went outside of McFall and took the lead on
lap four with an outside pass of Nickerson.
Chapman passed Nickerson on the sixth circuit to move into
second, but came up more than two seconds shy of catching
Phipps. Peterson, McFall and Stanley rounded out the top five.
During qualifying Phipps turned the quickest lap with a
time of 19.985 seconds with Chapman posting a lap at 20 seconds flat.