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Williams Bests Dane

(July 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 three.

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 said.

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.