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Bedell Wins Figure 8 Thriller

(June 13, 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 bumper to 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.

Hargraves, after setting quick time in qualifying, charged from the back of the pack to pass Jeff Hizer with two laps remaining entering turn three to win the first of two heat races.

Hargraves passed Dossey on lap five, Johny Hargraves on lap seven and finally made the pass for the lead. He was followed to the checkers by Hizer, Johny Hargraves, Dossey and Jeff Swinford.

Josh Tharp used the high line down the back straight to take the lead from Curtis Chapman and went on to victory in the second heat race, eventually winning by 11.9 seconds over Bruce McFall, who passed Chapman on the next to last lap. Chapman came home in third followed by Larry Swinford and Mike Peters.