Hemric and Snyder Earn Victories on Opening Night of Late Model Weekend
By Ken de la Bastide
(July 20, 2012) –
Daniel Hemric made it two for two at Anderson Speedway winning the
McGunegill Engine Performance Willy’s Race on Friday.
In a race with the longest green flag run of 17 laps, Hemric took the lead
on lap 23 with an inside pass of Damon Ecoff and then turned back challenges
on eight restarts to take the checkered flag.
Hemric led on lap two when the front run of Josh Poore and Brandon Phillips
were both sent to the tail for jumping the start.
But that early lead only lasted six laps when Ecoff got the jump on the
restart with Eddie Van Meter running third followed by Fred Hopkins and
On a lap 23 restart Ecoff elected to start from the outside line, allowing
Hemric to grab the top spot.
Poore climbed his way back through the field and moved into the second
position on lap 34 when he got inside of Danny Trent.
Hemric was able to pull away from Poore on each restart opening up more than
a one-second lead after only a few laps.
Poore was parked for unsportsmanship conduct on lap 78 when he appeared to
attempt to take out Hemric on a restart. It collected the cars of Fred
Hopkins, Eddie VanMeter and Rob Allman, who were all running in the top
seven at the time. Only Allman was unable to continue.
At the finish it was Hemric winning by 1.2-seconds over Ecoff with VanMeter,
Hopkins and Brandon Phillips rounding out the top five.
The race was slowed by a total of 16 cautions with only 8 of the 28 cars
that started the race still running at the finish.
Anderson Speedway is becoming Trent Synder’s favorite race track as he
scored his second consecutive win Friday in the Anderson 100 for the
CRA/JEGS All Stars Tour.
Synder defended his 2011 by holding off a late charge from Daniel Hemric to
record his second consecutive win in the tour visit to the track.
Snyder started third as a result of the invert of the fastest eight
qualifiers and fell in line behind Tom Woodin and Jerome Foley.
He slipped in side of Foley on the second circuit with an inside move on the
front straight and set his sights on Woodin.
On lap 11 Snyder got inside of Woodin entering turn three to take the lead
and led the final 89 laps of the race.
A year ago, Snyder led 67 laps to win the inaugural JEGS All Stars Tour race
at Anderson Speedway.
“I hated to see those cautions because I built up a nice early lead,” Snyder
said. “I knew Daniel (Hemric) was coming, so I knew I had to maintain my
Hemric finished second followed by Josh Nelms, fast qualifier Brent Downey
and Cody Coughlin.
Through the middle stages of the race, Snyder opened up more than a
three-second lead on the rest of the field, but that disappeared when the
caution flag waved three times over the final 40 laps.
Hemric, looking for his sixth win of the year, started seventh in the field
and ran sixth for the first half of the race.
He moved into fifth on lap 54 with an inside pass of Wes Griffith Jr. and
claimed the third spot on lap 63 passing Woodin on the front straight.
On a restart with 24 laps remaining Hemric got inside of Nelms on the back
straight and closed on Snyder, coming up .654-seconds short at the finish.
Late Model Weekend concludes on Saturday, July 21 with the Stoops
Freightliner Redbud 300 featuring the ARCA/CRA Super Series Late Models.
For additional information on Anderson Speedway, visit
www.andersonspeedway.com or contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.