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Neuenschwander Gets First H.O.S.S. Sprint Car Victory

By Ken de la Bastide

(July 28, 2012) –
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky rather than fast and that was the case for Chris Neuenschwander as he won the Winged Sprint feature Saturday at Anderson Speedway.

When the two lead cars tangled and spun on the back straight with nine laps remaining, it became anybody’s race in the HOSS Winged Sprint feature on G.W. Pierce night.

Tanner Swanson led the first 21 laps chased by Jimmy McCune when the two made contact coming off the second corner and spun to the infield. That put Chris Neuenschwander on the point followed by Aaron Pierce and fast qualifier Geoff Kaiser.

Neuenschwander scored his first ever win at Anderson Speedway by .357-seconds over Pierce followed by Kaiser, Jason Fuller and McCune, who recovered from the spin.

It was an interesting night for Neuenschwander that got off to a slow start coming to the green flag and that collected the cars of Hank Lower, Ryan Gillenwater and Sam Davis.

Point leader Joe Swanson finished sixth and Tanner Swanson was credited with a ninth place finish.

Indianapolis driver Jimmy Kirby battled Ronnie Rose at the start of the EDCO Welding Street Stock feature, but took a firm grasp on the top spot by lap three.

With Kirby pulling away there was a good battle for second between Rose, Josh Myers and Josh Poore.

Poore brought out the caution on lap 20 when he spun coming off the second corner. That wiped out a comfortable lead for Kirby and gave Rose and Myers a last chance to fight for the win.

Fireworks erupted on the lap 21 restart when Rose spun on the front straight after contact from Myers. During the caution period, Rose spun Myers, which sent both drivers to the pits.

Poore passed Tom Gossar and Jacob McElfresh following the restart to move into the second spot, but he ran out of laps in an attempt to catch Kirby. McElfresh finished third followed by Gossar and Frankie Oakes.

Don Gallaher swept G.W. Pierce Front Wheel Drive oval action by setting fast time, then went out and won a heat race and scored his first feature victory of the year.

Gallaher took the lead from Ron Phipps on lap two and never looked back. Nick Warner slipped past Phipps before the halfway point to finish second.

Front Wheel Drive Figure-8 point leader Mike Alley scored his first feature victory of the night, passing Donnie Ellis Jr. on the back straight on lap two. Mark Allman came home third followed by James Peterson and Rickie Craig.

Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway on Saturday, August 4 with the Outlaw 100 with the IOFS Oval division. Other divisions in action include the WMDH ThunderCars, IOFS Front Wheel Drive Compacts and Thunder Roadsters.

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