Braden Scores First Anderson Victory in Legends; Phipps, Chapman, Holden
and Keller Get Wins
Travis Braden, made his first appearance at
Anderson Speedway memorable by capturing the Legends feature on Saturday in the
final tune-up for the 100-lap Grant Fritz/Greg Dietzen Memorial next week.
Doug Dugger grabbed the early lead from the pole position chased by Aaron Holden
and the three fast qualifiers of Braden, Byran Nuckles and Kevin Donahue. John
Robbins moved around Donahue on the second lap.
That set up a spirited battle for the top spot involving the five front runners
as they ran side by side for several laps. Braden got inside of Holden on the
front straight on lap nine and two laps later used a similar move on the back
straight to pass Dugger.
Nuckles and Robbins moved inside of Holden on lap 12 while Dugger drifted back
to fifth. A final restart was set up when Gerad Miller got loose and hit the
turn one outside retaining wall.
Braden was able to hold onto the lead at the finish followed by Nuckles and
Rod Phipps was the recipient of a spin by the front running cars in the WMDH
Thunder Car feature to inherit the lead after 20 laps and went on to record the
victory and extend his point’s lead.
Rob Wyman Sr. and Hannah Lundy battled side by side at the start with Wyman
gaining a clear advantage after four laps. One circuit later Phipps, the fast
qualifier, got inside of Ronnie Rose on the front straight to move into the
With the three leaders running nose to tail for the next 15 laps, the complexion
of the race changed on lap 20 when Wyman and Lundy both spun in turn three.
That put Phipps into the lead chased by Rose, Rob Allman, Earl Adams II and Pam
Neal. On the first attempt at a restart Wyman and Folsom made contact on the
front straight with Folsom spinning. Wyman and Lundy were able to use the high
line on a lap 21 restart to move back into fifth and sixth.
At the finish it was Phipps recording his second feature win followed by Rose
and Allman. Adams came home fourth followed by Wyman and Lundy.
Curtis Chapman scored his third consecutive Figure-8 division win by passing
Jason Pitts with an inside move on lap 20 coming off the second corner.
From the drop of the green flag Pitts and Chapman raced in each other’s tire
tracks with Rod Phipps able to close by the halfway point.
The three raced nose to tail until Chapman grabbed the lead and pulled away from
Pitts and Phipps. Danny Stanley Jr. finished fourth followed by James Peterson.
The three consecutive wins was the first time that feat has been accomplished at
Anderson Speedway since 1995.
Andy Keller lead the entire distance to record the Front Wheel Drive feature win
on the oval followed by Jeff Willams and Gary Bragg Jr.
Tony Holden scored the feature win for the Last Chance Wrecker Thunder Roadsters
pulling away from the field on a restart on lap seven. Fast qualifier Al Renner
moved from fourth to second in the space of four laps, but was unable to reel in
Holden, settling for second place.
The biggest event for the competitors in the Legends Division takes place next
Saturday at Anderson Speedway during the Madison County Convention & Visitor’s
Bureau night with the annual running of the Grant Fritz/Greg Dietzen Memorial
100-lap event. Joining the Legends on the racing program will be the Street
Stocks, WMDH Thunder Cars and the Last Chance Wrecker Thunder Roadsters. Gates
open at 5 p.m. with racing at 8 p.m.