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Johnny On the Spot; Hargraves Scores IOFS Win

(June 5, 2012) – Johnny Hargraves was in the right spot to inherit the lead and go on to win International Outlaw Figure 8 regional action at Anderson Speedway.

Mike St. John appeared to have resolved his season long engine problems in regional International Outlaw Figure-8 Series action. But after leading the first 22 laps of the feature, the engine let go ending his bid for that first win in 2012.Prior to losing an engine, St. John was keeping Gary Bedell at bay and Hargraves.

Following the misfortunes to St. John, Hargraves was able to record his second career with with IOFS, winning by .288-seconds over Bedell with Jeff Hizer coming home in third.On lap eight the cars of Bruce McFall and Shawn Cullen made contact in the crossover.

Josh Tharp, who was running in the top five during the first half of the race suddenly slowed which allowed both Hizer and Jeff Swinford to slip past. On lap 18 Swinford’s car slowed, but he continued circling the track for another six laps.

It was a race of attrition with only four of the 13 cars running at the finish.In the first of two heat races, St. John led the entire distance chased by Chuck Hargraves and Hizer.

The second heat win went to Shawn Cullen. Jeff Swinford and Tharp finished second and third after passing Kenny Boggs on lap four. Boggs was caught behind the slower car of Donnie Derry with Swinford and Tharp splitting the two cars on the back straight.

Gary Bedell set fast time during qualifying, followed by Eddie VanMeter.

VanMeter lost an engine following qualifying and didn’t participate in any of the racing action.

Ronnie Rose was unable to complete either the heat race or feature with a rear gear problem.