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Hopkins Gets First MEP Late Model

By Ken de la Bastide

(July 10, 2012) – 
When Fred Hopkins won the second heat race for the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models on Saturday, he probably didn’t expect it to lead to a feature win.

Hopkins pulled the pill to invert the fastest six qualifiers for the feature event on WMDH Night at Anderson Speedway. The luck of the draw had him starting on the pole position.

From that starting spot Hopkins jumped into the lead chased by Brandon Phillips and Ronnie Rose.

Rob Allman took over the third spot with an inside pass of Rose entering turn three on the second circuit and the running order remained unchanged for several laps.

Fast qualifier Joshua Poore got outside of Tray Craig on the front straight on lap eight to move into the fifth spot and didn’t get around Rose for the fourth position until lap 23.Greg VanAlst got inside of Ryan Amonett, looking for his third consecutive win, on lap 26 to claim the sixth position.

The 35-lap race went caution free.

In the PPG Dash for Cash Rose became the first driver to claim a victory in the race for the fastest four qualifiers, leading the entire distance followed to the checkers by Allman and Craig.

VanAlst passed Joe Woodring on the second lap with an inside move entering the first turn and went on to record his first heat race of the year. Woodring finished second with Randy Hoppes holding onto to third.

Hopkins led all ten laps to capture the second heat win chased by Rose. Allman and Poore swapped the fourth spot a couple of times.

Following Hopkins and Rose to the checkers were Phillips, Poore and Allman.

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