Nester Wins Wild Modified Race; Fireworks on Final Lap

Story by Ken de la Bastide
Photo by Dave Sink

(April 21, 2013) -  A tight battle for the win in the return of the Top Speed Modifeds to Anderson Speedway ended in last lap fireworks that determined the outcome.

Scott Coe and Brian Nester were the two fastest qualifiers and both used the outside line to move from the third row to the top two positions after eight circuits Madison County Storm Water Quality Night.

Several times Nester attempted to bump Coe out of the low groove to no avail. Nester only looked outside of Coe one time.

With the battle for third in front of the two leaders with three laps remaining things got dicey for Coe.

Coming off the second corner on the final lap, Coe was forced to slow behind third place running Jerry Hammond. With Coe checking up Nester got into his rear bumper, sending both cars sliding.

Entering turn three it appeared Coe, who somehow held onto the lead, had a left rear tire going down and spun. He collected the cars of Hammond and Herb Johnson Jr.

Nester snuck underneath the carnage to score the win followed by Tim Burkett, the only other driver credited with completing 50 laps. Coe came home third followed by Chris Jennings and Mark Bott.

“I admit I got into Scott and backed off,” Nester said. “We both got sideways on the back straight.”

Coe and Nester were the class of the field, pulling away to a sizeable lead over the third place battle between Hammond, Jennings and Johnson.

The three drivers battling for the third spot played their own game of cat and mouse for most of the race with everyone waiting for the other driver to make a mistake.