Rickie Tharp Captures Ed Maynard Memorial; Defends His 2009 Title
27, 2010) –
Rickie Tharp defended his win in the Ed
Maynard Memorial 100, the biggest race of the year for the Front Wheel Division
on the Anderson Speedway oval.
After taking the lead on lap 34 Rickie Tharp, he with
stood numerous restarts to first hold off Josh Tharp, and then Ron Phipps to
record the victory. Finishing second was Phipps followed by Josh Tharp, Jimmy
Wyman, and Mark Jennings. Jennings started 22nd in the 41-car field.
During a caution period on lap 55, the front running cars
of Josh Tharp, Jimmy Wyman and Brian Slavey all made pit stops, putting them on
the tail of the field.
Josh Tharp was part of a multiple car accident on lap nine
which brought out the red flag in turn four. Tharp was running second and had to
restart at the tail of the field. He worked his way up to second when he was
forced to pit.
Josh Tharp, driving the car owned by season champion Chris
Teepe, twice came from the back of the field to finish in the top five.
"We won this race last year," Rickie Tharp said in victory
lane, "I told my wife it would be great to make it two in a row. This caps off
the season pretty good."
Jeff Williams set a new track record during qualifying for
the Ed Maynard Memorial 100 for the Front Wheel Drive division, but his night
ended on lap 33 when the lapped car of Josh Myers spun in turn three. Williams
with no where to go made contact with Myers car.
Just one lap earlier Rickie Tharp used lapped traffic to
take the lead from Williams in turn three.
Williams mark of 15.286 seconds during qualifying topped
the old record set on May 8 by Gary Bragg Jr. at 15.385 seconds. Williams
teammate Kevin Harmon, also broke the old record during qualifications.
It was a tough night for Nick Warner, who twice lost the
front wheel of his mount and was credited with a 15th place finish.