Story by Ken de la Bastide
6, 2013) -
Keith Sterkowitz used the classic bump
and run on lap 19 to win the opening night of action for the McGunegill
Engine Performance Late Models at Anderson Speedway.
Ronnie Rose took the early lead and had built up a comfortable margin when
the only caution waved on lap 17 when fast qualifier Chet Fillip spun in
On the restart Sterkowitz lined up outside of Rose and after challenging for
a lap, slipped back into the second position. One lap later he bumped Rose
just enough entering turn three to claim the low groove and the lead.
Several times Rose looked to return the favor but was unable to move
Sterkowitz out of the preferred racing line. Sterkowitz went on to win by
1.3-seconds after Rose slipped on the final lap.
“I tried to run him clean on the outside and we bumped a little,” Sterkowitz
said. “He went to protect the outside groove and I was able to get
Rob Allman finished third followed by Jeff Marcum and Ronnie Phipps.
Chris Hacker, the 13-year-old driver from Noblesville, started on the front
row, fell back to sixth after two laps. He worked his way back to fifth, but
spun on the back straight on the final circuit and finished eighth.
For the second week in a row Nick Warner was in a dogfight in Front Wheel
Drive Oval action with the difference being he held on for the win.
Warner swapped the point with fast qualifier Chris Jennings in the middle
stages of the race and then he was able to use lapped traffic to hold off
Jennings in the closing laps.
A week ago Warner surrendered the lead to Paul Phipps with three laps
remaining, again with lapped traffic playing a role in the finish.
Jennings finished second followed by Elliott McKinney, Phipps and Marshal
“Lapped traffic helped me tonight,” Warner said. “We both had great cars and
we raced clean.”
Jacob McElfresh was in the right place at the right time to record the
victory in the Street Stock season opener when the two front runners spun on
the final lap.
Calvin Parham took the lead from Tyler Marsh on a restart on lap 11 and
pulled away from his competition.
But with five laps remaining Parham got trapped behind lapped traffic which
allowed Marsh to close. For the final two laps Parham and Marsh exchanged
paint coming off the corners.
Exiting turn two on the final lap Parham and Marsh spun which allowed
McElfresh to slip past for the victory. Marsh was credited with second
followed by Parham, Jeff Hopkins and Joe Pulley.
Kevin Henson was able to get inside of Elliott McKinney entering turn four
with four laps remaining and went on to record the win in Figure-8 action
for the Front Wheel Drive Division.
Warner came home third followed by Jerry Lee Swinford and Mark Allman.
Racing returns with Late Model/Open Wheel Weekend on Saturday, April 13 and
Saturday, April 14. The ARCA/CRA Super Series Late Models return on Saturday
for the “Sell It Again, Sam!” 125. They are joined by WMDH ThunderCars and
On Sunday, April 14 the USSA Sprint Car Challenge Series presented by UAW
will be showcased in the 13th Annual Glen Niebel Classic Mel Kenyon 100. The
Mel Kenyon Midgets will also be action on Sunday afternoon.
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