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Burton Holds Off Rose for Win; Tharp, Goff, Dane Get Victories

(August 6, 2011) – Despite several attempts by Ronnie Rose to bump him off the low groove, Lonny Burton wouldn’t give up the line and went on to win Saturday’s WMDH Thunder Car feature at Anderson Speedway.

For 22 laps Rose kept tapping on the rear bumper of Burton’s car with Rob Allman and Hannah Lundy running close behind. Entering turn one on the 23rd lap, Burton got high coming off the second corner which allowed Rose to attempt an inside pass. But entering turn three Burton prevailed and went on to score his third feature win of the year.

Rose finished second followed by Allman, Lundy and Travis Burge.

“He was a little quicker than me,” Burton said of Rose. “I want to thank everyone for racing me clean. I’m glad to be back in victory lane.”

Josh Tharp showed a lot of patience before finally getting inside of Jeff Swinford on lap 18 entering turn one and went on to capture the Figure 8 feature.

Behind Tharp there was a tight battle between Swinford, Ronnie Rose, Nick Warner and Curtis Chapman, who crossed the finish line in tight formation.

More than half the field was eliminated in the UMRA Midget feature on lap 3 when leader Kevin Blue spun coming off the second corner and came to a stop in the middle of the back straight. Four other cars made contact with Blue, but none of the drivers were injured.

On the restart Johnny Goff maintained the lead over his uncle, Terry , for 18 laps. Several times Terry Goff attempted to get to the inside and was finally able to make the pass on lap 21 entering turn three to record the win.

Behind the two Goffs, fast qualifier CJ Leary faded on lap eight and was passed for third by Brandon Gray and Jason Burke. Burke looked for gain the third spot several times, but was never able to make the pass.

“I saw that Kevin (Blue) spun and I was lucky enough to be on the inside,” Terry Goff said following his 120th victory. “He (Johnny Goff) was fast and I was going to ride and let him get the win. But he has to work to beat me.”

Jerry Dane and Jeff Williams battled side by side for the lead in the Front Wheel Drive oval feature with Dane taking advantage of lapped traffic to record his second consecutive win.

Dane would get the jump on restarts and then Williams would close. On the 12th circuit Williams got inside to take the lead on the front straight. The two drivers raced side by side and finally on lap 16 Dane grabbed the lead when the two front-runners got into lapped traffic.

The yellow flag waved on lap nine when Ron Phipps made contact with Trevin Henson in turn two and when the two pulled into the infield, Phipps car was hit by Kevin Henson. All three drivers were finished for the night for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Following Dane and Williams to the finish were Paul Phipps, Sean Bragg and Ricky Craig.

Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday, August 13 with the Late Models featured in Willy’s Race, honoring the fallen racer William Mefford. The race is presented by Motion Motors and the winner will receive a $3,000 payday. The WMDH ThunderCars and Front Wheel Drives Figure 8’s will also be in action.