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Riddle Wins IOFS Feature

(October 13, 2012) – Mike Riddle Jr. recovered from an early spin and then inherited the lead and the win in the IOFS Figure-8 feature at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.

With six laps remaining leader Johnny Hargraves and Ben Tunney, who battled the entire distance for the point, crashed entering turn one with both cars exiting the track.

Tunney got a run on Hargraves going down the backstraight when the two cars made heavy contact, bounced off the outside retaining wall and stopped in the turn four exit.

Hargraves lost his transmission at the start/finish line and was attempting to exit the track and didn’t realize that Tunney was alongside at the time.

For the first 43 laps the two drivers battled nose to tail for the lead, with both narrowly missing contact in the crossover.

That gave the lead to Riddle, who spun on lap three, and worked his way back to the third spot when the two front runners crashed with six laps remaining.

Following Riddle to the finish was Jeremy Vanderhoof with Tunney recovering from the crash to pass Shawn Cullen on the final lap for third with Artie Ware coming home in fifth.

With his crash, Johnny Hargraves lost a chance at winning both the IOFS Regional and National championships.

Johnny Hargraves won the Regional championship when his brother Charlie crashed on lap 44 and finished sixth. Vanderhoof won the National title.

It was a tough night for drivers running in the top five with Robbie Loving spun in the crossover while running fourth and on lap 37 Charlie Hargraves spun coming off the fourth corner after making contact with another car while running third.

Elliott McKinney took advantage of a mistake by early leader Bruce McFall on lap six making an inside pass entering turn three and went on to record his second feature victory of 2012.

McFall, making his first start in the IOFS Front Wheel Drive division this year, grabbed the early lead chased by Mike Alley and McKinney.

The caution flag waved on lap five when the cars of James Frawley and Blake Zirkle got together on the front straight. Zirkle hit the front straight wall and Frawley was also unable to continue.

On the restart McKinney passed Alley entering turn one to take the second spot and when McFall slipped in turn three, McKinney was able to take the lead.

Following McKinney to the checkers were McFall, Alley and Kevin Henson.

Alley won the IOFS Front Wheel Drive championship to go along with the G.W. Pierce Front Wheel Drive Figure-8 title at Anderson Speedway.

Ben Smith battled with Jerry Reynolds through the first half of the IOFS SuperKarts feature before taking control of the race on lap 13 and pulling away to his second victory of the year at Anderson Speedway.

Smith and Jerry Reynolds swapped the lead three times before Smith was able to grab the top spot for good. David Reynolds and Ryan Cherry finished second and third and Jerry Reynolds faded to fourth with Garry Taylor coming home in fifth.

Cherry won the IOFS SuperKarts championship over David Reynolds.

Jordan Caskey took advantage of lapped traffic to pass Jarret James on lap 13 and went on to win by three-tenths of a second in the Mini-Cups feature.

Tony Velez, Brody Hays and Austin Kunert rounded out the top five.

Kunert captured the Mini-Cup championship over James.

George Shields won the Culver’s Trailer Race by outlasting 13 other competitors. Mike Alley won the Rollover contest by rolling his front wheel-drive compact a total of 2 ½ times in three attempts.

Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway on Saturday, October 20th with the ThunderCar Enduro 200 and Front Wheel Drive Challenge.

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