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 the past
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
Donahue was able to get
inside of Robbins on lap 51 following a
restart when Robbins car was unable to
maintain the preferred low groove.
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.
“I tried to keep my
cool,” Donahue said in the Thompson
Insurance winner’s circle. “I just tried to
stay calm and focus on
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 corner.
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
Robbins set fast time
during qualifications with a lap of 14.083
seconds followed closely by Rollings at
14.1-seconds, Holden at 14.12-seconds and
Donahue with a time of 14.13-seconds.
Defending champion David
Moyes III, who would have been looking for a
sixth consecutive win, crashed Friday night
at a race at the Nashville (TN) track and
didn’t make the trip to Anderson.