Santos Claims Glen Niebel Classic Victory; Young Records Kenyon Midget
(April 3, 2011) – After finishing third in the past two runnings of
the Glen Niebel classic, Bobby Santos III finally recorded the win in the
11th edition of the USAC Sprint Car classic at Anderson Speedway on Sunday.
Santos qualified sixth and started from the pole position following the
inversion and jumped into the lead at the start. For the first 30 laps Kody
Swanson and Bobby East challenged for the point looking high and low in an
attempt to make the pass.
Daleville’s Aaron Pierce, quick qualifier, started sixth and moved outside
of East on lap 18 to momentarily move into third place. But he was forced
high in lapped traffic and lost two positions.
Pierce moved into fourth on lap 26 with an outside pass of Chris Windom in
turn three, but his race ended 14 laps later as he was challenging East for
third with a flat right front tire.
Santos took advantage of a restart on lap 30 to open a gap between himself
and Swanson and East. He was able to stretch the lead following the last
restart on lap 40. At the checkers it was Santos winning by 1.13 seconds
over Kody Swanson, East, Windom and A.J. Fike.
“I had a great car and it was a lot of fun,” Santos said. “I did a good job
in qualifying this time and we were in a position to lead at the start. I
love coming here.”
Alexandria’s Donnie Adams Jr., who captured a win in a heat race, completed
only one lap when he was collected by Mario Marietta, who spun coming off
turn two. New Castle’s Tracy Hines day ended on lap 26.
Peru’s Russ Gamester drove to an eighth place finish.
Franklin’s Travis Young used the outside line on lap 10 to pass Issac
Chappel and went on to lead the rest of the way to capture the opening event
for the United States Speed Association Kenyon Midget opening event.
Young, who set quick time during qualifications, survived three restarts to
hold off Chappel. Cordy Horn finished third followed by Justin Peck and
The first caution flag waved on lap 14 when Jessica Bean, running fourth at
the time got loose on the front straight and collected Mario Marietta near
the start-finish line. Marietta’s ride suffered right front suspension
damage. Nine laps later Bean lost a right rear tire and came to rest near
the fourth turn wall.
Peck passed Cottongim on the restart to move into the fourth position and on
lap 29, Cottongim spun in turn one bringing out the fourth and final
caution. On the final restart Cottongim passed Damon Harris for the fifth
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday, April 9 with the
racing program showcasing the season debut for Street Stocks, Front Wheel
Drive Figure 8’s, Legends, Last Chance Wrecker Thunder Roadsters and