By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - It took almost all
season for Jeff Marcum to get his first
feature win with the McGunegill Engine
Performance Late Models and it was a
memorable one at Anderson Speedway.
Marcum started on the
pole position when the fastest four
qualifiers were inverted for the feature and
he quickly jumped into the lead ahead of Rob
Allman and Eddie Van Meter.
Van Meter got inside of
Allman on the second circuit entering turn
three and closed on the rear bumper of
Marcum’s late model.
For the next 32 laps Van
Meter tried everything he could to get
Marcum out of the preferred racing line on
the low groove. Van Meter battled a loose
race car coming off the corners as his ride
would get slip.
With the front-runners
contesting their own battle, Chris Hacker,
Allman, Ronnie Phipps, Ronnie Rose and Fred
Hopkins battled for third.
Phillips night ended on
lap 20 when he slowed on the track. Hacker
got around Allman with ten laps remaining,
but was unable to close on the two leaders.
For the final few laps
Hopkins pressed Rose for the fifth position
and on the last circuit spun in turn four.
Marcum won by
.348-seconds over Van Meter followed by
Hacker, Allman and Rose.
“We’ve been trying to
get that monkey off our back,” Marcum said.
“I’m glad to get a win here.”
In the first heat race
Danny Trent passed Rose on the second lap
with an inside move on the front straight
after the two raced side by side for several
Marcum finished third
followed by Phipps and Hacker.
There was plenty of
passing in the second heat, but Joe Wooding
led the entire distance for his first win of
Behind him the driver
putting on a show was Hopkins, who started
on the tail of the field. He moved around
Mark Soots on lap three, Jeff Williams two
laps later and Dave Clark on lap seven.
Hopkins passed Rob Noel
on the ninth circuit with an outside power
move coming off the fourth corner to claim
the third spot. He was aided by a restart
caused when Clark and Williams got together
in turn two.
Wes Russell Jr. finished
second followed by Hopkins, Noel and Soots.