MEP Late Models Headline Saturday Lineup; Sprint Cars Return Sunday for
Glen Niebel Classic Plus Midgets
25, 2012) –
Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway on Saturday, April 28
and Sunday, April 29. On Saturday night, featured divisions include
McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models, EDCO Welding Street Stocks along
with G.W. Pierce Front Wheel Drives in Oval and Figure 8 action.
On Sunday afternoon, April 29th, Sprint Cars and Midgets will return to the
quarter-mile oval under the USSA sanction. The USSA Sprint Cars will be
showcased in the 100-lap Glen Niebel Classic while the Mel Kenyon Midgets
will compete in a 30-lap feature event.
Heading into Saturday’s night action, veteran campaigner Joe Beaver paces
the MEP Late Models after scoring the opening night victory on April 7.
Early season challengers include Rob Allman, Nick Moore, former Super Truck
standout Fred Hopkins and newcomer John Cave.
Jimmy Kirby won the initial EDCO Welding Street Stock event and leads 2011
division runner-up Josh Myers by seven markers. Third is Rickie Tharp with
Colby Lane and Tyler Marsh completing the top five.
Two consistent finishes have placed Chris Jennings into the top spot in the
G.W. Pierce Front Wheel Drive Oval points lead. Ron Phipps ranks in second
spot, just 10 markers from the first place. Third is Andy Jennings with
Joseph Jennings and Trevin Henson completing the top five.
Mike Alley paces the G.W. Pierce Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 standings.
Opening night winner Donnie Ellis Jr. is second with James Frawley, Kevin
Henson and veteran Elliott McKinney rounding out the top five.
On Saturday, April 28, spectator gates open at 4 p.m. with the racing
beginning at 7. Admission is $12 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12.
Children five and under get in free.
The excitement and tradition of the Glen Niebel Classic Sprint Car race
returns to Anderson Speedway Sunday April 29, under the Banner of the United
States Speed Association. The 100-lap Sprint Car race will be the inaugural
event sanctioned by USSA.
USSA’s Mel Kenyon Midget Series will also be on hand with a 30-lap feature
to complete a full day of open wheel racing excitement on the high banks of
USSA Sprint Car racing is conducted under the same rules used for Anderson
Speedway’s 64th Annual Pay Less Little 500. Fans will be able to enjoy Pay
Less Little 500 drivers and sprint car aces like Aaron Pierce, Brian Gerster,
Chet Fillip and Jimmy McCune tackling the competition and the high banks for
100-laps. Midget Ace Kyle Hamilton will be bringing his talents to the Glen
Niebel Classic as well.
Nick Hamilton, Kyle’s younger brother, will lead the Mel Kenyon Midget
Series drivers into Anderson Speedway with the USSA points lead following
his win in the season opener. Grant Galloway, second in all time USSA Kenyon
Car wins, has also returned to the series for the 2012 racing season.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Anderson,” Galloway said. “I want to
be the all time leader in races won,” he enthused. Keeping the Mel Kenyon
Midget Series field honest will be Jessica Bean, the 201l USSA Kenyon Midget
USSA and Anderson Speedway Officials expect strong competitive fields for
both the Glen Niebel Classic and the Mel Kenyon Midget Series. Spectator
gates open at 11:30 AM, Sprint Car practice and qualifying starts at 11:30,
followed by MKMS practice and qualifying at 1:15 with racing set to go green
Tickets for the Glen Niebel Classic are $15 for adults, $4 for kid’s six to
twelve and kids five and under are free.