Wright Claims MEP Late Model Victory; Van Alst, Poore, Hopkins Get Wins
By Ken de la Bastide
29, 2012) –
Visiting Illinois driver Eldon Wright said he loves racing at
Anderson Speedway just minutes after claiming the McGunegill Engine
Performance Late Model win on Saturday.
Wright, 59, bested Greg Van Alst at the start with the two racing side by
side for the first two laps; on the third circuit Van Alst slapped the
outside retaining wall on the front straight yielding the second and third
spots to Terry Cater and Brandon Phillips.
Josh Poore climbed from the sixth starting spot to third after 17 laps to
put himself in a position to challenge for the win. Fast qualifier Brandon
Phillips brought out the first caution flag on lap 17 when he spun coming
off the fourth corner.
Following a spin by Mark Livesay on the front straight, Cater challenged
Wright on the restart. Cater attempted to dive low in front of Wright in
turn two with the end result being Cater spinning and damaging the radiator
on his mount.
That put Josh Poore into the second spot, but Ronnie Rose grabbed the spot
on the restart. For the next few laps Poore and Nick Moore battled for the
third spot, but on lap 24 Moore had a tire go down and he hit the outside
retaining wall in turn four.
From that point on Wright survived two more restarts to win followed by
Rose, Josh Cave, Poore and Allman.
“I love this track,” Wright said. “It reminds me of a little dirt track in
Farmer City. I want to apologize to Terry (Cater) for that incident; I think
we were both a little at fault.”
Phillips set fast time during qualifications followed by Wright, Van Alst
and Brock Anderson.
Van Alst led through the entire Motion Motors Dash for Cash following by
Anderson, Wright and Phillips.
The first heat got off to a slam bam start when Joe Woodring appeared to
spin the rear tires on the front straight, battled for control but
eventually hit the outside retaining wall. With Woodring swerving up and
down the track, Jeremy Threet spun in turn one and make contact with the
outside retaining wall. The incident ended both drivers’ nights.
Randy Hoppes took the lead at the start chased by Ryan Amonett, but on the
third lap Fred Hopkins used the high line through turns three and four to
emerge with the lead.
Amonett continued to run in the top five until he suddenly slowed on lap
At the finish Hopkins recorded his second heat win of the year followed to
the checkers by Moore, Rob Allman, Hoppes and Livesay.
There was plenty of excitement to finish the second heat race with Poore and
Rose tangling coming off the fourth corner, both getting sideways and Poore
winning the drag race to the checkered flag.
Rose had led the entire distance until that point chased by Poore. While the
two front-runners ran nose to tail, Cater and Cave swapped the third
position several times.
Following Poore to the checkers were Rose, Cater, Cave and Wright.