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Pierce Captures USSA Sprint Feature; Amonett Holds On For MEP Late Model Win

(June16, 2012) – Aaron Pierce took the lead on the eighth lap and led the rest of the way with JoJo Helberg glued to his rear bumper to win the United States Speed Association’s 50-lap feature at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.

The early lead was taken by Kyle Feeney chased by Travis Welpott, Pierce and Helberg. On the fourth lap Pierce got inside of Welpott entering turn one and a lap later Helberg followed suit around Welpott on the back straight.

On the eighth circuit Pierce used an inside move to get around Feeney entering turn one to grab the top spot. Helberg got inside of Feeney coming off the second corner.

For the next 40 laps Helberg was able to close on Pierce but was unable to find a way around to take the lead. Feeney finished third followed by Welpott and Kevin Feeney.

Pierce lapped the entire field except for Helberg.

“I knew JoJo (Helberg) was pretty good and it was important to get in front of him,” Pierce said. “I had to keep him behind me. You can’t made a mistake here.”

Pierce won the Glen Nielbel Classic at Anderson Speedway in April in the first pavement sprint car race sanctioned by USSA.

Two weeks after having all kinds of mechanical problems during the Champion Racing Association Sportsman race, Ryan Amonett rebounded to win the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Model feature.

Amonett, helped by an invert of the eight fastest qualifiers, started from the pole position and led all 35 laps for the victory. He first had to hold off Brandon Phillips for 28 laps and then Daniel Hemric over the final seven circuits.

Hemric spun on lap 27 and had to go to the tail, but before one lap could be completed Josh Cave and Josh Poore made contact in turn two which caused a four-car tangle.

On the restart Hemric lined up third behind Amonett and Phillips. Hemric got inside of Phillips on the front straight and started to put pressure on Amonett. Behind the two front runners Phillips and Poore swapped the third position with Poore claiming the spot on lap 31. Brock Anderson came home in fifth.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit this year, but we’re finally getting things together,” Amonett said. “I knew Daniel (Hemric) was behind me and I was just trying to hold my line through the corners.”

Chis Weddel made it three Thunder Roadster wins in a row passing Scott McGinnley with an inside move entering turn one on the 20th circuit to record the victory.

McGinnley took the lead from the start chased by Nate Shrout, Doug Dugger, Darrell Brown and Weddel. Brown and Weddel got inside of Dugger going down the back straight on lap six and four laps later Weddel got inside of Brown.

When Shrout got loose in turn four on lap 16 Weddel got to the outside and started closing on McGinnley. Following Weddel and McGinnley to the checkers were Brown, Shrout and Dugger.

Jerry Dane recorded his fifth feature win in the G.W. Pierce Front Wheel Drive Oval action but he had to hold off a determined Jeff Saxon.

On the final lap Saxon got inside of Dane entering turn one, but exiting the second corner, Dane was able to pull away for his fourth consecutive win. Ron Phipps came home in third with Trevin Henson and Nick Warner rounding out the top five.

Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday, June 23 with McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models, WMDH ThunderCars, Thunder Roadsters and Legends.

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