Greig Claims IOFS Event; Bedel Wins Championship
After continually tapping the back of RJ Norton Jr.'s car for a dozen laps to no
avail, Doug Grieg took advantage of a restart to win the International Outlaw
Figure-8 race Saturday at Anderson Speedway.
Norton took the lead from Jeff Shakelford on a restart at the midpoint of the
race and doggedly held his line as Greig attempted to knock him aside to grab
With five laps remaining the caution flag waved when Bruce McFall stalled near
the crossover. On the double file restart Norton was on the high line and Grieg
started underneath him.
Entering turn one Greig grabbed the top spot from Norton with fast qualifier Ben
Tunny also using the low line to grab the second position. Greig pulled away to
win by 1.9 seconds followed by Tunny and Norton.
There were unexpected changes at the front of the pack after the caution flag
waved on lap 22 when Andy Sherley stopped in the crossover.
Leader Ben Tunny dove into the pits before the race was restarted and on the
restart, Shakleford, who inherited the lead, jumped the start and was sent to
the tail of the field.
That put Charles Hargraves on the point, but his advantage lasted less than one
lap when Norton grabbed the low line entering turn three and took the lead.
Hargraves slowed on lap 34 while battling for second with Greig.
The feature got off to a rousing start before the field made it through the
first two corners.
Hargraves got loose in the first corner and the car of Shakleford bounced off
the rear tire and briefly got airborne. Both drivers were able to continue. But
behind them the cars of Danny Stanley Jr. and Johnny Hargraves tangled with both
stopping near the outside retaining wall. Johnny Hargraves was able to continue,
but Stanley's night came to an end.
The early lead was taken by David Byrd, who was passed on the tenth circuit by
Jesse Tunny with an outside pass entering turn one.
With the top 16 qualifiers inverted for the start, Ben Tunny moved up to the
second spot by lap 10 and he took the lead on lap 15 with an outside pass of
Gary Bedel, who finished fourth, won the IOFS championship.