By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - There was plenty of drama
during the second appearance of the IOFS
outlaw Figure-8 cars at Anderson Speedway on
Friday with Charlie Hargraves picking up a
The complexion of the
night’s racing action changed during a
warm-up session prior to the 50-lap feature
Ben Tunney, who
qualified second quick, slowed during the
warm-up session and appeared to be heading
off the track, when defending IOFS champion
Jeremy Vanderhoof couldn’t stop in time and
made heavy contact.
The contact punctured
the fuel cell in Tunney’s car, ending his
effort for the night. Vanderhoof made
contact with the outside retaining wall and
suffered front-end damage, but was able to
It was a prelude for
what was to come in the feature event.
With the top eight cars
inverted from the start, Chuckie Hargraves
grabbed the early lead, but the driver on
the move was visiting Kentucky driver Artie
Ware climbing from the sixth starting spot
to third in the opening lap.
Two laps later Ware used
the inside line coming off the second corner
to take the lead from Chuckie Hargraves.
On a restart on lap
five, Chuckie Hargraves dropped from the
second o sixth position, which gave the
second spot to Josh Tharp.
The final caution flag
waved on lap nine when Randy Spence spun in
turn three. By that time the running order
among the top five was shuffled with Ware
leading Charlie Hargraves, Vanderhoof,
Richard Dickens and Tharp.
grabbed the top spot on lap 19 with an
inside pass of Ware entering turn one. Four
laps later the two leaders encountered
slower traffic with Ware bumping the back of
Ware’s night ended a
lap later with front end damage and
Hargraves ride suffered a broken rear
suspension part, which sent tire smoke
billowing from the back of the machine.
Vanderhoof, looking for
his first career win at Anderson Speedway,
used lapped traffic to claim the top spot on
lap 24. Hargraves stayed glued to the rear
bumper of Vander hoof’s car as the two
sliced through the remainder of the field.
In a care of turn about
being fair play, Charlie Hargraves reclaimed
the lead on lap 32 when Vanderhoof got
trapped behind a slower car.
For the next 18 laps
Vanderhoof looked for a way to get back in
front, but Hargraves never surrendered the
preferred racing line. Tharp finished third
followed by Dickens and Chuckie Hargraves.
“I’m still trying to
figure out how I won,” Hargraves said. “We
weren’t the fastest car tonight, but I was
determined to win.
“I knew Jeremy (Vanderhoof)
would race me clean,” he added.
Vanderhoof thanked his
crew for making the necessary repairs
following the warm-up session incident.
“I could get close to
taking the lead,” he said of the final
circuits, “but I didn’t want to wreck both