21, 2011) –
was declared the winner of the Anderson Late Model event after 21 of the 30
laps were completed Saturday at Anderson Speedway.
Anderson Speedway officials and the drivers decided not to finish the feature
event following an accident involving Knightstown driver William Mefford.
The race was red-flagged on lap 22 when Mefford appeared to have a
mechanical problem while running down the back straight and made hard
contact with the outside retaining wall in turn three.
At the time of the accident Mefford had just passed his son, Brandon, going
down the back straight while they were battling for the third position.
Prior to the accident Claborn, the fast qualifier, took the early lead
holding off David Fox at the start and on a lap six restart after Terry
Cater spun in turn three.
Brett Robinson got past Fox on the 10th circuit. With Claborn pulling away
there was tight racing for position between Robinson, William and Brandon
Mefford and Fox.
Anderson Speedway officials and the drivers in the EDCO Welding Street
Stock, Figure-8 and Front Wheel Drive Oval and Figure-8 divisions elected
not to complete the racing program on Saturday.
Brandon Mefford and Terry Cater recorded heat wins for the first time in
2011 in heat races for the Late Models.
Brandon Mefford passed his father, William, on the second lap of the first
heat race with an inside pass entering turn three. From there the father-son
duo ran in the top two positions with David Fox coming home in third.
In the second heat race, Cater, who won the first feature event for the Late
Models, led the entire distance to record the victory. Trey Craig passed
Randy Hoppes for the second spot on the third lap with an outside move in
turn three. Craig was later disqualified for failing to report for technical
inspection. That moved Hoppes into the second spot.
There were two first time heat winners in the EDCO Welding Street Stocks
with Josh Myers and Jacob McElfresh accomplishing the feat.
Tyler Marsh took a brief ead on the first lap of the opening heat race
before he drifted high in turn one which allowed Ronnie Rose and Myers to
slip past. Josh Poore joined the front-running pair with a pass of Marsh on
the same circuit entering turn three.
From there Rose, Myers and Poore ran nose to tail until the tenth lap. Myers
got inside of Rose coming off the second corner and Poore made contact with
Rose, sending him spinning.
Myers took over the lead with Rose heading toward the pits and Poore sent to
the tail of the field. At the finish Myers was followed by J.P. Crabtree,
who used the outside line to gain two positions during the mid-point of the
race, and Poore recovering to come home in third.
In the second heat race McElfresh led from start to finish with Rob Allman
and Steve Raper Jr. rounding out the top three.
Raper made a nifty move on the third lap by getting inside of both Frankie
Oakes and Jason Williams entering turn three. Allman duplicated the move
entering turn one on the next circuit and on lap six, Allman got inside of
Raper coming off the fourth corner.
Two drivers recorded their first wins of the year in Front Wheel Drive
Figure-8 action with Mike Alley and Donnie Ellis Jr. recording the
Alley took advantage of a flat right front tire on the leading car of Kevin
Henson on the third lap to record the win with fast qualifier Chris Teepe
and Elliott McKinney rounding out the top three.
In the second heat race, Ellis led wire to wire for the victory followed by
Cody Rinehart and Trevin Henson.
Ron Phipps recorded his first heat win of 2011 in the first Front Wheel
Drive Oval division action.
Phipps was running fourth on the fourth lap when the lead pack tangled
coming off corner four. Because of the caution Andrea Williams restarted on
the point, but Phipps charged into the lead on the double-file restart.
Phipps was followed to the checkers by Paul Phipps and Jeff Williams.
In the second heat race Trevin Henson got underneath Cody Rinehart on the
front straight to assume the point. With Henson pulling away from the field
John Davis Jr. and John Davis Sr. swapped the second position twice on the
eighth and ninth laps with son holding off father.
It was Henson’s second heat win of the season.
Curtis Chapman won a heat race for the second time in 2011 in Figure-8
division action when leader Ronnie Phipps slowed suddenly on the fifth
Josh Tharp was the driver on the move passing James Peterson on the fourth
lap and then getting inside of Danny Stanley Jr. on the front straightaway
to claim the runner-up position with Stanley coming home in third.
Pay Less Little 500 Week kicks off Wednesday, May 25 with the Must See
Racing Xtreme Sprint Series featured in the Must See Racing 60 presented by
Sam Pierce Chevrolet. On Thursday, May 26, Pay Less Little 500 Round 1
qualifications will take place with the 33-car field set on Friday during
Bump Day. Later that night Families Forever Night will showcase a huge
fireworks show with the racing action featuring WMDH ThunderCars along with
Front Wheel Drives in Oval and Figure 8 action. On Saturday Night, the 63rd
Pay Less Little 500 will be featured.