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Warner Wins a Thriller

By Ken de la Bastide

(June 12, 2012) – 
Six drivers battled for the win in the WMDH Thunder Car feature with Nick Warner prevailing with nine laps remaining to record the victory on Saturday.

With an invert of eight for the 25-lap feature at Anderson Speedway, Fred Hopkins and Earl Adams II battled through the first ten laps for the top spot. As the two battled for the top spot Nick Warner, Scott Neal, Rob Allman and Hannah Lundy all joined the fray.

Jesse Bilbrey was in the early fight for position running third after seven laps, but on the eighth circuit he drifted high entering the third corner which allowed Warner and Neal to slip past.

Adams got caught on the high side on lap 13 and a number of cars were able to pass him. Warner took the lead from Hopkins on lap 16 with an inside move entering turn one.

The only caution flag waved on lap 17 when Hopkins and Neal made contact coming off the second corner. Both drivers were done for the evening with flat tires.

From there Warner held off Allman and Lundy on the restart. Lundy got inside of Allman going down the back straight. Following Warner to the checkered flag was Lundy, Allman, Jesse Bilbrey and Mike Peters.

It was Warner’s first feature win of the season in the division with a new engine under the hood of his car.

“We’ve been making some adjustments on the car,” Warner said.

The first heat race was a preview of the feature with Adams leading Bilbrey at the start chased by Warner, who moved into the third spot on lap two by passing Travis Burge going down the back straight.

Warner used a similar move to get around Bilbrey with Neal and Allman moving up to the fourth and fifth positions with a pass of Burge.

After chasing Adams for four laps, Warner was able to make the pass on the eighth lap with an inside move coming off the fourth corner.

Adams held on for second and Allman nipped Neal at the finish line for third. Lundy rounded out the top five.

In the second heat race Frankie Oakes led the entire distance beating Danny Stanley Jr. to the checkers by slightly more than a second. Mike Peters came home in third.

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