Williams Bests Dane
11, 2011) – Early in the 2011 season it appeared that Jeff
Williams was going to run away with the Front Wheel Drive Oval title, but
that has changed with the appearance in recent weeks of Jerry Dane.
Fans got a preview of what was in store at Anderson Speedway on Saturday
when Williams out qualified Dane by .018-seconds.The first heat race
provided tight racing between the two with the main event still to come.
Dane grabbed the early lead from James Frawley with Williams glued to his
rear bumper. The two raced nose to tail and on lap seven sandwiched the
lapped car of Michele Cutsinger.
Dane got sideways after contact with Cutsinger but was able to maintain the
lead. The caution came out on lap nine for a multi-car incident in turn
On the restart Williams was able to get outside of Dane to take the point
and went on to the victory by a half-second over Dane.
Todd Yarberry made a nice move on the lap nine restart to get past Ron
Phipps and Frawley on the outside going down the backstraight when the other
two drivers made contact, but kept running.
At the finish Williams and Dane were followed by Yarberry, Marshall Clark
and Trevin Henson.“I was able to get it done tonight,” Williams said
following the win. “There was a heck of a battle with Jerry (Dane). I
appreciate that he always races me clean.“I knew I had to get him on the
outside on the restart because I wasn’t going to get underneath him,” he
In the first heat race Ron Phipps took the early lead with Dane and Williams
moving up through the pack. Dane took the lead on the third circuit with a
back straight pass of Phipps, who was later black-flagged for running
underneath his qualifying time.
Dane won by 1.6-seconds over Williams with Clark, Frawley and Phipps
rounding out the top five.
Cutsinger took the early lead in the second heat race, but was passed by
Paul Phipps on the back straight going down the back straight. Zachary
Kendall passed Cutsinger on the seventh circuit entering turn one to claim
the second position with Cutsinger holding on for third followed by Kenny
Galbreath and Gene Carson.