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Rod Phipps Moving to IOFS, Chasing Wins at Anderson

(March 24, 2011) – Veteran racer Rod Phipps will have change of scenery this season as he will compete full-time in the International Outlaw Figure 8 Series (IOFS).

“I’m really looking forward to racing with the IOFS this season,” said Rod Phipps. “My goal is to run in the top five on any given night. That will be a tough challenge but I’m excited about this new opportunity. I want to earn the respect from everybody in the series.”

Phipps will begin his IOFS season at Anderson on April 30 that marks the first of five races at the quarter-mile oval. Anderson will be a regular fixture on the IOFS tour as half of the 10 race schedule will take place at the challenging Figure 8 track.

Phipps has won Anderson Speedway championships in Figure 8’s (2007, 2010), Street Stocks (2006), WMDH ThunderCars (2009, 2010) and ThunderCar Pro (2006).

In addition to a full season with IOFS, Phipps plans to race at Anderson in the Figure 8 and WMDH ThunderCar divisions on a part-time basis. One of track’s marquee events, the 62nd National Crown, for the Figure 8 division will continue to be a focus for Phipps as he will be chasing his fourth victory. He has experienced success in America’s longest continuous stock car event with earning three victories with the most recent taking place in 2009.

“I’m excited about racing to win at Anderson Speedway this year and not worrying about points.”

Last season Phipps accomplished a remarkable achievement winning the Figure 8 and WMDH ThunderCar championships. Phipps drove to the Figure 8 title with car owner Brenda Allman and the ThunderCar crown with Rodney Milliner

“It was unbelievable winning two championships in one year especially with one on the Figure 8 and the other on the Oval. It would never been possible without the help from a great crew.”

Phipps recorded an impressive 12-top five finishes in the Figure 8 division in 2010 while reaching the Winner’s Circle on four occasions. In the final points rundown he finished 85 markers ahead of Curtis Chapman.

Consistency was also a theme of Phipps’ title run in the WMDH ThunderCars. In the opening eight nights, he was among the top three finishers. At the conclusion of the season Phipps tallied three feature wins, 11 top-five finishes and seven heat victories.

Sponsors that are helping Rod Phipps in 2011 include Progressive Masonry, Sheets Automotive, Milliner Towing, Great Deals Coupon Magazine and Shorts Machine Shop. Rod sends a special appreciation to Brenda Allman and Rodney Milliner for the opportunity to race for them in 2011. Special thanks also to Doug Sheets.

Rod Phipps was expected to begin his 2011 season on Saturday in the ThunderCar Enduro. That event has been postponed due to cold weather conditions and rain chances. The event has been reset for April 29. He has earned two Enduro victories including the most recent version last October.