By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - Ronnie Rose led all but one
lap to capture the Thompson Builders 75 for
the McGunegill Engine Performance Late
Models on Herald Bulletin night at Anderson
But to record his first
win of the year, Rose had to survive a
green-white-checker finish when Jack Oliver
brought out the fourth caution flag by
spinning coming off the fourth corner.
On the final restart Rose got the jump on
K.C. Spillers to record the win with Jason
Atkinson and Fred Hopkins coming back from
eventful nights to claim third and fourth
with Joe Woodring finishing fifth.
Rose started from the pole position after
the fastest seven qualifiers were inverted
for the start and was chased through the
early laps by Rob Allman.
Hopkins spun on the third lap in turn one
and fell all the way back to the tail,
working his way back into contention by lap
Fort Wayne driver Spillers passed Allman on
the front straight on lap 18.
The Thompson Builders 75 was red-flagged on
lap 33 when Jason Atkinson and Billy
VanMeter spun in turn four while battling
for the third position. With the track
momentarily blocked the car of Jacob Garrgus
ended up on the roof of Chris Hacker’s mount
in turn four. Neither driver was injured.
On the restart Spillers grabbed the lead
from Rose with an outside pass on the back
straight, bit on the next circuit he went
high in turn four and lost three positions.
“I knew he (Spillers) would be real strong,”
Rose said after collecting the $1,500
winner’s share of the purse. “The first time
he drove into turn three a little hard. At
the end I wasn’t going to let him inside.”
Spillers started ninth in the field,
beginning his march to the front on lap
eight when he passed Jeff Marcum for fifth.
He moved inside of Jeff Williams on lap 16
and two laps later found himself running
second after Allman and Atkinson temporarily
locked bumpers coming off turn four.
Spillers got back to the second spot on lap
47 by passing Hopkins coming off the fourth
corner with an inside pass.
VanMeter and Atkinson were involved in the
third caution when the two drivers spun in
turn four on lap 48 and collected the car of