By Ken de la Bastide
31, 2013) - Andy Jones passed Aaron Holden on the final
restart with four laps remaining to win the opening Legends race of the
season in what became a race of attrition.
Jones started sixth in the field showing the patience of a veteran to record
his first ever win at Anderson Speedway.
“We didn’t have the fastest car,” Jones said. “I just took my time and
watched what was happening upfront. On the final restart I was able to pull
away from the field.”
A lap after the final Aerco Heating & Cooling restart, Jones was running
side by side with Holden and made the pass stick on the front straight.
Josh Dietz recovered from being sent to the tail of the field on lap 10 to
pass Holden to grab the second spot followed by Holden, Eric Black and Zach
Of the 13 cars that started the 25-lap feature only six were running at the
finish as the race was slowed by an uncharacteristic six cautions.
Being on the point was not the place to be during the Legend feature as
three of the front runners all experienced problems.
Bryan Nuckles was the early leader when he tangled with fast qualifier Jack
Dossey Jr. on the back straight on lap five. Dossey’s night was finished and
Nuckles went to the rear of the field.
The next leader to have a problem was Jack Dossey III, who was spun on the
front straight on lap 10 by second place running Dietz. Both drivers were
sent to the tail of the field.
That put John Robbins into the lead, but his night ended on lap 19 when his
car erupted in flames on the back straight. Robbins was uninjured.
With Holden on the point, Nuckles found himself in second on the lap 19
restart. But he never completed another two laps. Racing hard on the outside
of Holden entering turn two, Nuckles spun collecting the cars of Jack Dossey
III and Allison Schoch.
The biggest crash of the race involved Ray Oxxon on lap 16 when he bounced
off the outside back straight wall, losing a tire and coming to a stop
entering turn three.
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