Braden Wins Fritz/Dietzen Tune-up
Robbins, Linley record victories
West Virginia driver Travis Braden made his first trip to
Anderson Speedway a memorable one by capturing the feature win in the Legends Division.

The biggest race of the year for the division is set for Saturday with the running of the 100-lap Grant Fritz/Greg Dietzen Memorial.

During qualification Braden edged our Bryan Nuckles and John Robbins to set fast time, which was a good indication of the tight racing that would take place.

Doug Dugger took the early lead in the 25-lap feature chased by Aaron Holden, Braden, Nuckles and Kevin Donahue.

On the second lap Robbins moved into the fifth spot with an outside pass of Donahue coming off the second corner.

Following a caution for debris on the track, Braden moved into the second spot on lap nine with an inside move on Holden down the front straight and Nuckles used a similar move a lap later.

After getting a good run off the second turn on lap 11, Braden drove by Dugger down the back straight to claim the took spot. A lap later both Nuckles and Robbins got inside of Dugger to claim the second and third positions.

The three frontrunners ran in close formation, but it appeared that Braden would hold on for the win.

Nuckles and Robbins had one more shot at Braden on a restart with two laps remaining after Gerard Miller hit the outside retaining wall in the first corner.

Braden got an excellent jump on the restart to win by .242-seconds over Nuckles with Robbins, Holden and Dugger rounding out the top five.

"I thought it was a lot of fun," Braden said of his first feature race at Anderson. "There was a lot of bumping and banging, but everyone raced clean."

The three fast qualifiers battled in the first heat race with Nuckles taking the early lead chased by Braden, Robbins, Holden and Donahue.

Robbins slipped inside Braden entering turn three on the fourth circuit and on the final lap he was able to make the same move on Nuckles to grab the lead and his second heat win of the year.

Nuckles, Braden, Holden and Donahue rounded out the top five.Chris Linley took the lead from Miller on the third lap of the second heat race and led to the finish.

But there was tight racing between Miller and Tony Holden for the second position. The two drivers exchanged the position three times in three laps with Holden gaining the advantage to finish second followed by Miller, Paul Holden and Cullen Canmasta.