Greig Claims IOFS Feature; Tharp Gets FWD Figure 8 Win
Indianapolis driver Doug Grieg took advantage of a restart with five laps
remaining to take the lead from RJ Norton to win the final visit of the
International Outlaw Figure-8 series at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.
Greig pressed Norton for the 10 laps while the two drivers were running nose to
tail. Greig kept bumping the back-end of Norton’s car, but was unable to get
alongside for the pass.
With five laps remaining Elwood’s Bruce McFall stopped at the crossover bringing
out the fourth and final caution flag and set the stage for a final double file
On the restart Greig starting on the inside was able to get past Norton entering
turn one and went on to the victory. Ben Tunny finished second followed by
Norton, Gary Bedel and Jeff Hizer.
“I took my time early in the race,” Grieg said. “Everyone was driving a little
crazy at the start. On the last restart Norton gave me the low line.”
The complexion of the race changed at the halfway point with Tunny leading
chased by Jeff Shakelford. The race was slowed when Andy Sherley stalled at the
crossover. Tunny went to the pit area giving up the point.
On the restart Shakelford jumped the start and was sent to the tail of the
field. That gave the point to Charlie Hargraves, but Norton grabbed the inside
line entering turn three to take the lead.
Hargraves slowed on lap 33 which moved Grieg into the second spot chased by
Josh Tharp led all 15 laps to capture the IOFS Front Wheel Drive feature
followed by Rickie Tharp, Brad Brooks and Elliott McKinney.
Tharp made contact with the retaining wall during qualifications and the team
made the necessary repairs.
The race was slowed by caution with four laps remaining when Jeremy Morris and
Chris Bair made contact in the crossover. On the restart Mike Alley made contact
with Nick Warner entering turn three. Alley was disqualified following the
Next Saturday is the Ed Martin Season Championship event with champions being
determined in six divisions. The Street Stocks, Figure-8, WMDH Thunder Cars,
Front Wheel Drive oval and Figure-8 and Pure Stock divisions will all be in
action. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing action starting at 7 p.m.