Warner Scores Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 Checkers

By Ken de la Bastide

(June 8, 2013) - Nick Warner recorded his first Front Wheel Drive feature win in Figure-8 action at Anderson Speedway in a race that had plenty of twists and turns.

Kevin Henson, looking for his third feature win of the season, grabbed the early lead pulling away from the rest of the field.

With Henson solidly in front, Elliott McKinney, Warner, Donnie Ellis Jr. and Brian McKinney were battling for the second spot.

Unexpectedly on lap seven, Henson exited the track in turn one. When the caution flag failed to appear, he was never able to get back into competition.

Henson said he was forced to make a decision of exiting the track or making contact with the turn one water barrels.

That gave Elliott McKinney the lead, but he pulled out of competition on lap 12, which put Warner into the lead.

Ellis was bumped by the car of Trevin Henson on lap 10 and retired with a suspension problem.

Warner went on to win by one lap over Jesse Thomas, Jamie Valentine, JD Blankenship and Brian McKinney.

Kevin Henson recorded his first heat race victory of the year climbing from the third position to the top spot over the course of five laps.

He first used an inside move to get around Brian McKinney in turn two. After McKinney got the lead from Mark Allman, Henson used an outside move to take the lead coming off the fourth corner.

Elliott McKinney finished second, followed by Ellis, Allman and Warner.