Bragg, Dewey Gets Wins; Cluxton, Stanley and Warner Victorious During
Night of Thrills
Gary Bragg Jr. took the lead from his father on
the third lap of the Front Wheel Drive oval feature at Anderson Speedway and
motored his way to a fourth feature win of the season during the U.S. Air Force
Night of Thrills presented by Harrison College.
Bragg Jr. led a Mad Cow Racing sweep of the top three positions followed by Gary
Bragg Sr. and Jerry Dane. Fast qualifier Chris Teepe came from back in the field
to finish fourth followed by Ron Phipps.
“The car was really hooked up,” Bragg said of the win. “These little
four-baggers really run.”
John Dewey used the high line on the front straight to take the lead on lap 18
of the Mini-Cup feature from Tyler Minix to record the victory.
The lead changed three times in the first four laps. Geoff Gerline took the
early lead and surrendered it to Josh Satler on lap two, who was passed by Minix
with an inside pass on the front straight,
Dewey and fast qualifier Tim Phillips were climbing through the field and had
moved up run second and third after nine laps. Phillips night ended on lap ten
when his car lost the drive chain.
Following Dewey to the checkers were Minix, Scott Swem, Satler and Freeman
Phillips of Otsego set a new track record for the Mini-cups becoming the first
driver to break the 15-second mark with a lap of 14.926-seconds.
Frankton’s Jedi Cluxton took the early lead and then regained it on the final
lap with an inside pass of Jerry Dane on the back straight to win the backwards
race, with the drivers going in reverse and in the opposite direction on the
Dane closed on Cluxton and took the lead on the next to last lap on the front
straight and then hit the back straight wall to give Cluxton his first win ever
in racing. Following Cluxton was Bragg Jr. and Chad Worland.
Nick Warner led from start to finish to win the corkscrew race chased by Kevin
Henson and Mike Irwin.
Warner also picked up the win in the Culver’s Trailer Race. Warner pulled away
from the field when his closest competitor Bragg spun in turn one and dropped
out of competition.
Three drivers were taken out on the first lap when they tried to make the tight
turn into the crossover. Bobby Bair, Harry Schultz and Worland all made contact
and were finished for the night.
Basil Stanley made it two wins in a row in the School Bus Figure-8 passing Will
Cornwall on the final corner. Cornwall led the entire distance but on the final
lap had to check-up at the crossover to avoid a collision which allowed Stanley
to get the advantage entering the third corner.
Dana Parrott, Indianapolis, in a Corvette defeated Allen Ice and Chase Tomlinson
to win the spectator races.
Next Saturday is WMDH 102.5 Family Night at Anderson
Speedway with kid’s bicycle races, WMDH Thunder Cars and the Front Wheel Drive
division in action on the oval and in Figure-8 competition. Gates open at 5 p.m.
with racing at 8 p.m.