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Morris Wins Wild IOFS Compact Feature; Henson, Ellis Record Heat Wins

By Ken de la Bastide

(July 5, 2012) –
There was plenty of action in the return of the International Outlaw Figure-8 Front Wheel Drive feature that was eventually won by Keith Morris with a last lap pass.

With an invert of nine for the feature on Marsh Figure 8 Madness Night at Anderson Speedway presented by Custom Door Projects, Kevin Henson took the early lead chased by Devan Berry and Mark Allman.

But the passing action started immediately with Nick Warner driving around both Allman and Berry on the second lap entering turn three. On the next lap Berry was passed by Allman, Blake Zirkle and Mike Alley.

Morris didn’t crack the top five until lap nine when he passed both Zirkle and Allman. Alley made contact with the turn one wall but kept his car running, although at a greatly reduced speed.

Throughout the race Henson and Warner ran in a tight formation, several times locking bumpers and both got loose on the back straight on lap 11 which allowed Morris to join the fray.

Warner and Morris swapped the second position twice on laps 11 and 12 which set up a wild finish.

Entering turn one on the final lap and battling for the lead, Henson and Warner tangled with both cars moving up the track which allowed Morris to slip underneath for the victory.

At the finish it was Morris, Mark Allman and Blake Zirkle. IOFS officials disqualified Kevin Henson for unsportsmanlike conduct and Nick Warner for failure to go to technical inspection.

In the first heat race Henson led the entire distance for his second win of the year. Early in the race he was chased by Warner and Paul Phipps.

The driver putting on a show was Alley, who climbed from the fifth position to second over the course of four laps. He used the inside line to pass Phipps in turn four and made similar moves to get around Allman and Warner entering turn two.

The second heat win was claimed by Donnie Ellis Jr. who dominated the event winning by more than 5-seconds over Harry Lashure and Berry.

Alley set fast time in the car that was destroyed two weeks ago in a heavy crash with Elliott McKinney. Alley turned a lap at 20.676-seconds.

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