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 The Herald Bulletin night at
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.”
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
From there Poore maintained a comfortable
lead over Atkinson with Robert Amos Sr. and
Jason Thompson slipping inside of Matillo on
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
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
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
Dane attempted to get underneath McKinney in
turn three and instead did a half-spin in
the infield, losing three positions in the
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.