By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - Elliott McKinney held off a
determined pack of drivers over the final 10
laps to record his third feature win in the
Front Wheel Drive Oval Division at Anderson
Speedway on Saturday.
The caution flag waved at the halfway point,
which wiped out a comfortable lead for
McKinney. With point leader Paul Phipps
lined up on the outside of the front row,
the two drivers battling for the
championship raced side by side for five
McKinney and Phipps were joined by Nick
Warner, Jerry Dane and Marshall Clark Jr. as
the five drivers jostled for the win.
Lapped traffic allowed Clark to pass both
Dane and Warner with two laps remaining, but
with one lap remaining Clark and Phipps made
contact and did partial spins in turn two.
McKinney went on to win followed by Dane,
Warner, Phipps and Clark.
With an inversion of the fastest 12 cars for
the start it took the fast qualifiers about
10 laps to work their way to the front.
Dylan Hoppes took the early lead from the
pole position when he was passed by McKinney
on the back straight after four laps.
The Maximum Classic Rock Radio Night of
Thrills featured something different with
the first ever Hour Glass race for the Front
Wheel Drive division. Drivers exited turns
two cut through the crossover and re-entered
the track in turn three, exiting the track
in turn four driving through the crossover
and re-entering the oval on turn one.
McKinney, Warner and Jeff Williams staged a
three-car battle for the lead for the first
seven laps before Warner was able to get
around McKinney on the outside of turn
The three drivers weaved their way through
the modified road course on the Anderson
Speedway oval. Williams was able to pass
McKinney for the second spot at the finish
line by using the low line through the final
Harry LaShure finished fourth followed by JD
“It was a lot of fun,” Warner said,
“particularly through the short chutes. I
want to thank Elliott (McKinney) for racing
Warner scored his second win of the night in
the Cork Screw Race by passing McKinney on
the final lap at the corkscrew in the middle
of the Figure-8 course.
McKinney took the early lead chased by
Warner and Williams as the three ran in a
Williams lost contact with McKinney and
Warner in slower traffic at the Corkscrew,
but still finished third. Dane finished
fourth followed by Kevin Henson.
Lawrence Kelly Jones won the trailer race as
the only competitor still pulling a trailer
at the conclusion of seven laps.
Kevin O’Bryant driving a 1986 Chevrolet
Monte Carlo defeated David Powell in a Honda
to win the Spectator Drag Races.
Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway
on Saturday, September 7 with Aerco Night at
the Races featuring McGunegill Engine
Performance Late Models, Front Wheel Drives
Oval, Legends and Thunder Roadsters.