Hopkins Gets First MEP Late Model
By Ken de la Bastide
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
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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