By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - New Castle driver Fred
Hopkins became the latest driver to record a
win in the McGunegill Engine Performance
Late Models at Anderson Speedway on
Hopkins led all 35 laps
on AERCO Heating & Cooling night, but he was
chased the entire distance by a pack of cars
first led by Rob Allman followed by Jeff
Marcum, Danny Trent and Ronnie Rose.
The only caution flag
waved on lap 15 when Chris Hacker, Brandon
Mefford and Joe Woodring tangled in turn
three while batting for position.
On the restart Hopkins
was able to maintain the lead over Allman,
who lost positions to Marcum, Trent, Wes
Russell Jr. and Ronnie Phipps over the next
At the finish it was
Hopkins followed by Marcum, who held off
fast qualifier Trent over the final two
“It’s about time,”
Hopkins said of his victory. “Once you get
out front here, you have to protect the
Trent was the driver on
the move after starting eighth in the field,
he moved into the top five after six laps by
passing both Rose and Mefford with inside
The first of the two
heat races got off to a slow start as Josh
Cave spun on the opening lap on the front
It was discovered that
Cave’s car was leaking fluids and after the
track crew handled the first situation, Cave
returned for the restart but the car
continued to leak fluids.
Once it got underway
Rose lead the entire distance chase closely
by Allman and Marcum. Hacker and Russell
rounded out the top five.
Phipps recorded his
third heat win of the season by passing
early race leader Rob Noel with an inside
move down the back stretch.
Noel and Mark Soots had
brought out the caution flag on the first
lap when they tangled entering turn one.
On the restart Noel took
the lead followed by Soots, Phipps, Joe
Woodring and Hopkins.
But it only two the
veteran Phipps three laps to claim the top
Mefford passed Woodring
on the fourth lap entering turn one to take
the fifth spot.
At the checkers Phipps
was followed by Noel, Soots, Hopkins and