Warner Dominates Enduro; Attrition Takes Out Front Runners
25, 2011) –
Aside for a four lap period late in the WHDM Thunder Car Enduro
last Saturday at Anderson Speedway, once Nick Warner took over the lead it
was his race to win.
Warner inherited the lead on lap 63 when Artie Ware was forced to pit with a
flat right front tire. From there Warner held off Phil Jenkins the rest of
the way to capture the $3,000 purse by a full lap over his closest rivals.
Jenkins did take the lead on lap 128 when he got inside of Warner entering
turn three following a stoppage, but four laps later Warner retook the point
with an inside lap of Jenkins on the front straight.
From that point Jenkins was able to keep Warner in sight as the two drivers
worked their way through lapped traffic. Any chance Jenkins had of winning
evaporated on lap 152 when he spun in turn four and lost a lap to the
At the finish it was Warner, Jenkins, Allan Williams Jr., Ranny Hinton and
Jameson Owens rounding out the top five. Ware finished sixth followed by
Lundy, Shawn Cullen, Jamie Goodman and Ronnie Rose.
“It was slick,” Warner said of the track conditions. “I was trying to make
it to the end, I think the rear-end was going out.”
Williams, the fast qualifier during Herald Bulletin qualifications, took the
early lead chased by track champion Hannah Lundy, Warner, Marcus Elliott Jr.
and Rob Allman.
Williams was forced to the pits with a flat left front tire which gave the
lead to Warner, who was promptly passed by Ware. Ware retained the lead
until lap 63 when his mount suffered the flat tire.
Flat tires forced several drivers that were running with the leaders into
the pits forcing them to go down multiple laps.
Two of the front runners were taken out of action on lap 46 when Robbie
Wyman lost an engine. Second place running Herb Rose got into the oil and
came to rest against the outside retaining wall in turn four and Allman,
running in the top ten, couldn’t stop in time and made heavy contact with
Rose’s stopped car.
In the second half of the event, Williams got back one of the two laps he
lost on lap 128 but was never able to get any closer to Warner.
“Mr. Enduro” Johnny Magee’s night ended on lap 118 with a mechanical
Ellis’s night ended on lap 179 while he was running third when he slowed and
pulled to the inside pits.
A total of 43 cars were entered in the field with 25 still running at the
halfway break and 13 running at the finish.