By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - Kevin Donahue made the
trip from Missouri worthwhile as he passed
John Robbins with 24 laps remaining to win
the Grant Fritz/Greg Dietzen Memorial race
for the Legends division.
Donahue was the first different winner of
the event in six years at Anderson
Speedway. The classic first started in 1996
and has become a stable on the speedway’s
annual schedule attracting some of the best
competitors from around the nation.
Donahue was able to get inside of Robbins
on lap 51 following a restart when Robbins
car was unable to maintain the preferred low
Robbins was able to keep pressure on
Donahue, closing to his rear bumper with 15
laps remaining. At the finish Donahue won
by less than a car length.
Ross Rollings finish third followed by Eric
Black and Cody Anderson.
Robbins took advantage of a mechanical
problem for early leader Aaron Holden on lap
29 to take the lead coming off the fourth
For several laps there were sparks visible
under Holden’s car and when his car drifted
high in the corner that allowed Robbins and
Kevin Donahue to slip pass. Holden spun in
turn two when the car lost a muffler and was
unable to continue.
With Robbins in the lead Donahue and Ross
Rollings swapped the second position several
times. Rollings moved into the second spot
on lap 43 and closed to the rear bumper of
Robbins when the second caution flag waved
when Mark Dietzen lost an engine.
Jeff Marcum held off fast qualifier Eddie
Van Meter for 23 laps to record his win of
the year in the McGunegill Engine
Performance Late Model feature.
Marcum started from the pole position as a
result of a four-car inversion with Van Meter
passing Rob Allman on the second lap with an
inside move in turn three.
Van Meter stayed glued to Marcum’s rear
bumper, but was battling a loose race car
exiting the corners and came up less than a
Chris Hacker finished third followed by
Allman and Ronnie Rose, who held off Fred
Hopkins and Danny Trent at the finish.
Doug Dugger made it a clean sweep of Thunder
Roadster action by setting fast time,
winning the fast heat and recording his
first feature victory of the year.
Dugger took the lead from Chase Lane on the
second lap with an inside pass going down
the back straight. Dugger opened up a
comfortable lead until the caution flag
waved on lap 17 when Darrell Brown made
contact with the turn three outside
Dugger was able to maintain the lead with
John Robbins and Nate Shrout rounding out
the top three.
Marshal Clark Jr. recorded his first victory
win holding off a rapidly closing Nick
Warner at the checkers by a half-second.
Clark opened up a straight away lead over
Warner, who moved into the second position
halfway through the race. From there Warner
started cutting into Clark’s lead, on the
final lap slower traffic helped Clark to the
Elliott McKinney, Paul Phipps and Dylan
Hoppes rounded out the top five.
Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway
on Saturday, August 31 with the Night of
Thrills Plus EDCO Welding Fireworks. The
racing action will include Front Wheel
Drives Oval, Spectator Races, Trailer Race,
Hour Glass Race, Roll Over Contest and Cork