Rose Captures Thompson Builders 75;
Poore Wins Motion Motors 75

By Ken de la Bastide

(July 6, 2013) - Ronnie Rose led all but one lap to capture the Thompson Builders 75 for the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models on The Herald Bulletin night at Anderson Speedway.

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 34.

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.”

Josh Poore made it two big paydays in a row by winning the Motion Motors 75 for the Street Stock Division.

Poore’s win came just two weeks after he won the Champion Racing Association’s annual 200 lap feature at Anderson Speedway.

Larry Matillo led the first 13 laps, but in the only restart of the race, Poore got the jump on the outside entering turn one and Jason Atkinson moved into the second spot in turn three.

From there Poore maintained a comfortable lead over Atkinson with Robert Amos Sr. and Jason Thompson slipping inside of Matillo on lap 26.

Thompson passed Amos for third after the mid-point of the race, but was never able to close the gap on the front runners.

Poore went on to win by a half straight away over Atkinson, with

Thompson, Amos and Matillo rounding out the top five, the only cars running on the lead lap.
Visiting Legends driver Jacob Schneider from Charlotte made his first visit to Anderson Speedway a memorable one.

He qualified second quick, won a heat and held off three-time track champion John Robbins to win the feature.

Schneider led the first six laps, but on a restart was passed by both Robbins and Josh Dietz. Schneider passed Dietz on lap 11 and started to close on Robbins.

Just when it appeared Robbins was on his way to the victory, he got trapped behind a slower car with three laps remaining which allowed Schneider to slip inside down the back straight.

Dietz finished third followed by Aaron Holden and Eric Black.

Marty Griffin led from start to finish to record his second victory of the year in the Thunder Roadster Division followed by Darrell Brown and John Robbins.

Elliott McKinney scored his second win of the year in Front Wheel Drive Oval action, turning back a challenge from Jerry Dane on lap 11.

Dane attempted to get underneath McKinney in turn three and instead did a half-spin in the infield, losing three positions in the process.

Dane recovered to finish second followed by Marshall Clark Jr., Paul
Phipps and Trevin Henson.

On Saturday, July 13, the Night Poet Biorefining Cow Appreciation Day features McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models, Street Stocks, WMDH ThunderCars and Front Wheel Drives Oval & Figure 8.