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

By Ken de la Bastide

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(July 30, 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.

Up until the two leaders got together, Neuenschwander was looking at a third place finish, but when the opportunity knocked the northern Indiana gladly accepted the gift.

It was Neuenschwander’s first career victory at Anderson Speedway.

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.

Pierce, who started tenth in the 19 car field, was running fifth after the first lap by using the high groove to his advantage. He passed Jason Fuller for fourth on lap 10 with an inside pass entering turn three and started to close on Neuenschwander.

But after the McClure and Tanner Swanson incident, Pierce had a chance to record the win. But Neuenschwander was not to be denied.

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.

Pierce led the entire distance to win the first of the three heat races pulling away from Anderson resident Jim Sheets and Kaiser to score the victory by 6.6-seconds.

Legendary driver Lower got the jump at the start to win the second heat race followed by McCune and Gillenwater.

The third heat victory went to Joe Swanson with Neuenschwander and Jim Dolph rounding out the top three.

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