Speedway Honors Champions; Lundy First Female Champ
12, 2011) –
Approximately 160 members of the Anderson Speedway family gathered
at the Madison County Shrine Club last Saturday to officially crown
champions in six divisions.
In addition to the awards posted by the speedway, the champions were awarded
a special watch from McIntyre Jewelry, a framed photograph from David Sink
Photos and a special Richmond Gear Weekend Warrior Prize Package compliments
of the Contingency Connection.
Alexandria driver Hannah Lundy made track history by beating Lonny Burton to
capture the WMDH ThunderCar championship. Lundy became the first woman
driver to win a track title. During the season Lundy set fast time eight
times during Herald Bulletin qualifying, recorded three feature wins and
finished in the top five a total of 13 times. “I couldn’t have done it
without my dad,” she said of her car owner and father, John. “There was also
a little bit of luck.”
John Lundy said his daughter was competitive and he kept telling her she
could do it when it came to competing for the championship. “It took six
years to get up here,” he said.
Terry Cater won the championship in the return of the Late Model Division to
Anderson Speedway for the 2011 season. Cater has been competing on race
tracks in central Indiana for almost four decades, but this was his first
championship at Anderson Speedway. “It was a good year,” he said. Cater said
William “Willy” Mefford got him interested in racing late models at Mt. Lawn
Speedway three years ago. Mefford died in a crash during a race at Anderson
Speedway on May 21. “William Mefford would have been tough to beat,” Cater
Josh Poore opened the 2011 season continuing a streak of feature wins from
2010 that reached eight before it was finally snapped. During the year he
never finished lower than third in the division feature races. Poore held on
to beat Josh Myers and Rob Allman, who was runner-up in the division the
past four years. “We took it one week at a time,” he said. “I couldn’t do it
without my crew. “It was a pretty amazing run,” Poore said of the eight
consecutive wins. “It didn’t sink in until after the end of the season.”
Poore received a certificate for a Late Model body from Five Star Body.
Curtis Chapman didn’t secure the Figrue-8 title until the final race of the
season holding off a determined Josh Tharp to win the championship. “It was
an awesome season,” he said. “I want to thank all the competitors. I want to
thank my crew for beating out the same dents night after night.” Chapman
also congratulated Tharp and car owner Mike Swinford for winning the Best
Way Disposal National Crown.
Jeff Williams captured the Front Wheel Drive championship in what can only
be called a dominating season. Driving for Kevin Harmon, Williams won seven
features, set fast time nine times and only finished lower than second once.
“We managed to keep it together all season long,” Williams said. During the
late stages of the season, Williams was challenged for the top spot by Jerry
Dane, when asked what might have happened if Dane competed all season,
Williams said, “We would have figured out a way to beat him”. Harmon said
the team set goals for the year, adding some of the other teams in the
division suffered bad luck.
Chris Teepe, who won the oval championship in 2009 and 2010, captured the
Front Wheel Drive Figure-8 title this season. He recorded five feature wins
during the year. “It was harder,” Teepe said of competing in the Figure-8
Division. “I wasn’t sure how the year would go. I had a lot of luck until
the last race of the season.” Teepe said he was taking a year off from
competition and planned to return in 2013 in the ThunderCar Division, but he
added that he would come back if a team was looking for a driver.
Two drivers captured rookie of the year honors during the 2011 annual
banquet. J.P. Crabtree captured rookie of the year honors in the EDCO
Welding Street Stock Division, which included a $1,000 product certificate
and Rob Noel took home the honor in the WMDH ThunderCar Division. Noel won a
late model body from Five Star Body.
Mary Ann Remington presented the Dedication Award named in honor of her late
husband, Bob, who was an integral part of Anderson Speedway. The winners
were: Dave Hacker, EDCO Welding Street Stocks; James Peterson, Figure-8; Bob
Noel, WMDH ThunderCars; Elliott McKinney, Front Wheel Drive Figure 8; and
Marshall Clark, Front Wheel Drive Oval.
The Rocky Tharp Sportsmanship Awards were presented by Anderson Speedway
Starter Gary Mong. The winners were: Tyler Marsh, EDCO Welding Street
Stocks; Bruce McFall, Figure-8; Lonny Burton, WMDH ThunderCars; James
Frawley, Front Wheel Drive Figure-8; and Sean Bragg, Front Wheel Drive Oval.