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Burton, Lundy Get Wins; Williams Sweeps Front Wheel Drive Features


(May 27, 2011) –
Lonny Burton led the entire distance to capture the WMDH ThunderCar feature, but he was pressed most of the way by Ronnie Rose on Families Forever Night at Anderson Speedway on Friday.

Burton took the lead at the start and survived a restart but veteran Rose stayed glued to his rear bumper. As the two were making their way through lapped traffic Rod Phipps closed on the duo and pressed Rose to the checkers.

The front six cars raced side by side during the early portion of the race with the low groove holding a slight advantage.

Rob Allman finished fourth followed by fast qualifier Hannah Lundy and Jameson Owens.

Burton said he concentrated on running his line and had Rose and Phipps started tapping on his rear bumper would have given them room.

“I’m still learning a little bit,” Burton said. “I’ve been out for two years and the cars are different and everyone got better. I’m back in the groove a little bit.”

Alexandria’s Hannah Lundy recovered from a first lap spin on the back straight and then got the jump on the restart over veteran Rod Phipps to record the win in the rained out feature event from the Spring Championship last Wednesday.

Behind Lundy, Phipps and Ronnie Rose battled for the second spot. Rob Allman climbed through using the outside line on lap six going down the back straight to grab the sixth spot from Frankie Oakes and two laps later using a similar move to grab fifth from Travis Burge.

“I was a little nervous at the start,” Lundy said after celebrating her first win in typical style by climbing on the roof of her car. “I thought I wrecked before running the first lap.
“I was able to pull it off,” she said of the win.

Ron Phipps finished second followed by Rose, Lonny Burton and Allman.

Jeff Williams and Ron Phipps waged a good battle in the rained out feature from May 14 for the Front Wheel Drive on the oval with the two drivers using different lines.

Phipps took the lead at the start using a drifting technique through the corners, was able to hold Williams at bay, who was running the traditional low line.

On the fifth circuit Phipps came down from the high side of the traffic, briefly allowing Sean Bragg to grab the second spot on the front straight.

Williams got inside of Bragg on the front straight and two laps later used an identical move to grab the point from Phipps and led to the finish. Following Williams was Phipps, Bragg, Paul Phipps and Kevin Henson.

“I want to thank Ron Phipps, he races me clean every week,” he said. “Sometimes things happen,” he said of the tangle in turn four.

Williams made it a clean sweep by taking the lead from Bragg on lap four with an inside pass coming off the second corner. For the rest of the distance Bragg was able to stay within striking distance, but Williams never faltered.

Finishing third was Ron Phipps, with Ryan Claborn using the outside groove after starting from the back of the pack to finish fourth with Aaron Jones coming home in fifth.

Front Wheel Drive Figure-8 action was red-flagged on lap three with leader Harry LaShure getting passed by Kevin Henson and Donnie Ellis Jr. in turn three.

With Ellis and Henson battling for the lead, Ellis spun entering turn three and Henson made contact with the outside retaining wall. As a safety precaution the top of Henson’s car was cut off to prevent any possible injuries to the driver.

After the restart Elliott McKinney took the lead with fast qualifier Chris Teepe closing through the middle stages of the race. Teepe several times pulled even and on lap 13 he grabbed the lead entering turn one.

On the next lap the two bumped with McKinney getting loose, which gave Teepe an easy win. Blake Zirkle came home third followed by Mike Alley and Zachary Kendall.