Warner Holds Off McKinney in G.W. Pierce Front Wheel Drive Figure 8
By Ken de la Bastide
29, 2012) –
During the course of winning five G.W. Pierce Auto Parts Front
Wheel Drive Figure-8 titles Nick Warner has become known for making late
race passes to win features.
For Warner the Saturday night feature at Anderson Speedway almost saw
Elliott McKinney pulling off a late race pass for a feature win.
Warner took the lead at the start chased by Kevin Henson, fast qualifier
McKinney, Donnie Ellis Jr. and Keith Morris.
With McKinney having a tough time getting around Henson, Warner opened a
sizeable lead. Finally in lap six McKinney used an outside pass on the back
straight to pass Henson and set his sights on Warner.
It didn’t appear that McKinney was going to catch Warner, until the leader
approached slower cars. That allowed McKinney to gain ground on every lap
and on the final lap the two leaders were running nose to tail.
McKinney was unable to get alongside Warner and came up just three-tenths of
a second short of the victory. Ellis, Henson and Mike Alley rounded out the
McKinney scored the heat win by using the outside line to pass Ellis on the
back straight on the second circuit. At the finish it was McKinney followed
by Ellis, Warner, Henson and Alley.