Braden Wins Fritz/Dietzen Tune-up
Robbins, Linley record victories
West Virginia driver Travis Braden made his first
Anderson Speedway a memorable one by capturing the feature win in the Legends
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
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
"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
The three fast qualifiers battled in the first heat race
with Nuckles taking the early lead chased by Braden, Robbins, Holden and
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.