Dane Wins Front Wheel Drive Oval Feature

By Ken de la Bastide

(June 15, 2013) - Noblesville driver Jerry Dane took advantage of lapped traffic on the final circuit to capture the Front Wheel Drive Oval feature Friday at Anderson Speedway.

Dane and fast qualifier Chris Jennings staged a spirited battle for the lead throughout the 20-lap feature event with slower traffic twice having an impact on the outcome.

With two laps remaining Dane and Jennings raced side by side with Jennings grabbing the lead with an outside move down the back straight, aided by a slower car.

On the final lap Jennings encountered a lapped car on the back straight and elected to use the outside groove. That allowed Dane to use the inside line entering turn three to make the pass for the win.

Following the race, Jennings was disqualified during the post-race inspection.

Marshall Clark Jr. was credited with a second place finish. He passed Paul Phipps for third on lap 11 on the front straight. Phipps finished third followed by Trevin Henson and Kamden Creek.

“I was lucky,” Dane said of his third feature win of the year. “I knew he would be slowed by traffic. Once he (Jennings) decided where he was going to go, I took a different line.”

There was plenty of passing in the two heat races for the division.

Clark scored his first win of the year leading from green to checkers, but behind the leader there was a lot of shuffling of positions.

Dane was running outside the top five after the first two circuits, but over the course of the next two laps moved up to the third spot with almost identical inside moves to get around Jennings and Phipps.

Elliott McKinney would pass Henson on lap six with an inside move coming off the fourth corner to claim the second spot, but was never able to mount a serious charge on Clark.

Henson finished third followed by Dane and Phipps.

Austin McKinney, driving a team car to Clark’s, recorded his first ever career win at Anderson Speedway in the second heat when Jesse Thomas was black-flagged for exceeding his qualifying time.

Thomas took the early lead chased by Dylan Hoppes, McKinney, Creek and David Powell. For the first third of the race it was Creek on the move by using the outside groove to get around both McKinney and Hoppes.

But just before the halfway mark, McKinney found the right line and passed both Hoppes and Creek with inside passes to claim the second spot.

When Thomas was black-flagged, McKinney inherited the lead and finished just ahead of Creek at the checkers. Hoppes came home in third.