Riddle Scores IOFS Win; Hargraves, Vanderhoof Crowned Champions
By Ken de la Bastide
16, 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 back straight 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
Before Riddle could secure the victory he had to overcome a final challenge
from Jeremy Vanderhoof when the caution flag waved on the restart when five
cars tangled in turn three.
Following Riddle to the finish was Vanderhoof with Tunney recovering from
the crash to pass Shawn Cullen on the final lap to take 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.
Riddle changed the number of his race car to “9” and painted it orange to
honor former Anderson Speedway Figure-8 champion and six-time winner of the
Best Way Disposal National Crown, Gene Huston.
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.
There were 19 cars that took place in the final IOFS event of the year on
the MAX Night of Thrills.
For additional information on Anderson Speedway, visit
www.andersonspeedway.com or contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.