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Bedell Wins Figure 8 Thriller; Poore, Rose Get Victories

(June 11, 2011) – For 35 laps two Figure-8 legends in central Indiana waged a classic battle, but in lapped traffic the outcome all changed during the International Outlaw Figure 8 Series feature at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.

Mike St. John led from the start chased by Jack Dossey Jr. for 35 laps, weaving their way through traffic in the crossover. Gary Bedell, who started seventh in the field worked his way up to third.

With lapped cars in front of them, Dossey attempted to get underneath St. John entering turn three. The two touched with St. John spinning. That allowed Bedell to drive past on the high side.

The final lap produced a tremendous finish with Bedell and Dossey splitting a lapped car at the finish line, allowing Bedell to win by a record the victory. They were followed by Johny Hargraves, St. John and Jeff Hizer.

“I kind of burnt the tires off coming from the back,” Bedell said. “Jack (Dossey) was coming on at the end.”

There was plenty of action in the crossover with a number of near misses with Johny Hargraves having to go into the infield dirt to avoid the car of Curtis Chapman, Hargraves was running second at the time.

Charlie Hargraves was looking to make it three consecutive IOFS wins, but suffered a flat tire early in the race and was knocked from contention.

After battling with early leader Rob Allman, Josh Poore made an inside pass on the front straight on lap 18 and went on to capture the EDCO Welding Street Stock feature.

Poore pulled away to the victory with Allman finishing second, followed by fast qualifier Rickie Tharp. Rob Wyman Jr. finished fourth and Josh Myers charged from the tail of the field to grab the fifth spot on lap 29 with an inside move on Jacob McElfresh in turn three.

Myers was sent to the tail on the ninth circuit after he made slight contact with Pam Neal coming off the second corner. Neal spun into the infield which brought out the first caution flag.
“It was good racing,” Poore said of his second feature win of the season. “There’s a lot of tough competition.”

Ronnie Rose used an outside move along the front straight on the eighth lap to take the lead from Lonny Burton and then took advantage of lapped traffic to drive to a dominating win in the WMDH Thunder Car feature.

Burton held on for second place followed by Allman, Hannah Lundy and Jeff Williams.
When Mike Alley suffered a flat tire while leading the IOFS Front Wheel Drive feature, Elliott

McKinney grabbed the lead and went on to win despite two late race restarts.

McKinney was followed to the checkers by Donnie Ellis Jr., Chris Teepe, Bruce McFall and Blake Zirkle.

This is the first time in 2011 that Teepe, who was the fast qualifier, didn’t win a Front Wheel Drive Figure-8 feature at Anderson Speedway.

Anderson Speedway will return to action on Friday, June 17 with the conclusion of the Spring Championships. Featured divisions include Street Stocks, Figure 8’s along with Front Wheel Drives on the Oval and Figure 8. On Saturday, June 18, the H.O.S.S. Winged Sprints return to the world’s fastest quarter-mile oval. They are joined by Late Models, WMDH ThunderCars and Front Wheel Drive Figure 8’s.