By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - There were plenty of
fireworks before the big show at Anderson
Speedway Thursday as Ben Tunney won the IOFS
Outlaw Figure 8 feature that turned into a
race of attrition.
For Tunney it was his second career Outlaw
Figure-8 victory at Anderson, holding
defending IOFS champion Jeremy Vanderhoof on
a restart with three laps remaining with
Shawn Cullen coming home in third.
“Feels good to win here again,” Tunney said.
“I’ve only won once here before, but always
seem to be running upfront.”
The action on the track took out several
drivers that were in contention for the
victory, including previous two-time
Anderson winner Charlie Hargraves, Mike
Riddle and Larry Swinford.
Riddle started on the pole position and led
the first nine laps before being passed by
both Ben Tunney and Austin Tunney in turn
The Tunney brothers swapped the lead three
times during the race, before Ben took
control of the event with 22 laps remaining.
The second caution flag of the night waved
when Charlie Hargraves made contact with
Bruce McFall in the crossover on lap 20. At
that point Josh Tharp, who had climbed from
the 11th starting position to fourth, went
to the pits. Tharp later returned to the
action, several laps down to the leaders.
On the restart Hargraves made contact with
Jeff Swinford and Shawn Cullen coming off
the second corner. Hargraves crew made
repairs and he returned to the action.
Larry Swinford spun coming through the front
straight, spinning and coming to rest for
several laps along the front straight
But eight laps later, Riddle’s car which was
showing tire smoke for much of the race,
lost a tire entering turn three. Riddle’s
car ended up against the turn three wall and
collected Hargraves car.
Austin Tunney slowed unexpectedly on lap 43
and had to settle for a fifth place finish.
Of the 12 cars that started the race, only
four were running at the finish.
In the Front Wheel Drive Figure-8 feature,
Nick Warner took advantage of early leader
Kevin Henson having to slow for a car in the
crossover to take the lead entering turn one
to record the victory.
Warner set a new track record during
qualifying, but the drive to the victory was
not without some excitement. Several times
Warner had to take evasive action to get
around slower traffic.
That allowed Henson to close at times, but
he was never able to regain the lead.
Elliott McKinney came home third followed by
Mike Alley and Austin McKinney.
In a race similar to Daytona or Talladega,
David Reynolds and Randy Caldwell used the
draft to move to the front on lap 10 in the
With Reynolds and Caldwell pulling away,
Caldwell came to a stop with just three laps
remaining and faded to a ninth place finish.
Reynolds went on to win for the second time
at Anderson, followed by Dustin Kares, Ryan
Cherry, Ben Tunney and Jason Reynolds.
Matt Smith flipped his SuperKart end over
end on the front straight after brushing the
front straight wall.
Kevin Henson led the entire distance to
capture the trailer race.
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