By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - Aaron Pierce continued his
dominance of the USSA Sprint Car Challenge
by winning for the third time this season
and capturing the inaugural championship.
On UAW Paint the Night Pink at Anderson
Speedway, which raised over $20,000 to fight
breast cancer, Pierce started fourth in the
50-lap feature and immediately went to the
high side to move into contention for the
Pendleton’s Travis Welpott led the first
four laps before being passed by Tony Hunt
using the high line entering turn one and
Pierce followed suit on the front straight.
Pierce and Kody Swanson got inside of Hunt
on lap nine and from there the Daleville
driver was never seriously challenged for
The only caution flag waved on lap 20 when
Welpott spun coming off the fourth corner.
At the same time fast qualifier Brian Olson
was forced from the race with a water leak
while running fifth.
Following Pierce to the checkers was Olson,
Chris Neuenschwander, Hunt and Brad
Garrett Green captured rookie of the year
Anderson Speedway crowned champions in nine
separate divisions during the night of
Martinsville driver Danny Trent used a
restart on lap nine to slip around the
outside of early leader Mark Lambert,
surviving a restart with four laps remaining
to win for the third time in the McGunegill
Engine Performance Late Models.
Lambert took the early lead after setting
fast time during qualifications and jumped
into the lead.
Jeff Marcum, looking for his fourth
consecutive win, passed Lambert on lap 15
with an inside move coming off the second
corner. Marcum had one final shot at passing
Trent when Rob Noel brought out the caution
flag on lap 37 with a spin in turn four.
Marcum slipped on the restart entering turn
one which allowed Lambert to reclaim the
second spot behind Trent. Ron Allman and
Steve Stacy rounded out the top five.
Anderson driver Ronnie Rose was crowned the
2013 champion in the division with Allman
Josh Poore set fast time during
qualifications in the Street Stock division
then went out and led the final 27 laps to
record his fourth win of the season.
Calvin Parham led the first 13 laps before
Poore got to the inside entering turn one to
take the top spot.
From there Poore went on to win by
1.5-seconds over Parham with Jimmy Kirby,
Tyler Marsh and Danny Adams rounding out the
With his second place finish Parham captured
the Street Stock season championship with
Marsh finishing runner-up in the points.
Trent Gossar led all 30 laps to capture his
first NASH 102.5 Thunder Car feature win of
the season holding off Rob Allman and Curtis
Allman passed Chapman coming off the final
corner on the last lap to claim the
runner-up position. Frankie Oakes and Chris
Snyder rounded out the top five.
Chapman won the Thunder Car championship on
the strength of winning eight feature events
during the year.
Nick Warner won his third Front Wheel Drive
Oval feature of the year in only his fifth
race in the division.
Warner was quickest during qualifying and
led all 25 laps chased by newly crowned
division champion Paul Phipps.
Jerry Dane, Ryan Claborn and Chris Jennings
rounded out the top five.
Phipps locked up the championship when
Elliott McKinney lost a right rear tire on
lap 16 while running fourth.
Despite being involved in a lap six incident
at the crossover, Kevin Henson secured the
Front Wheel Drive Figure-8 title.
Henson was collected after Lawrence Jones
and Jamie Valentine made contact in the
crossover, leaving Henson to where to go to
avoid the accident.
Elliott McKinney led the entire distance
holding off Claborn and Warner.
John Robbins made it two wins on the night
by capturing the Thunder Roadster feature by
passing Marty Griffin with an inside move
Robbins held on to beat Griffin by a
half-second followed by Doug Dugger, Nate
Shrout and Mike Carroll.
Griffin was crowned the season champion as a
result of his second place finish and
Dugger’s third place run.
Spencer Bayston capped off his championship
season with the Mel Kenyon Midget Series by
recording his tenth win of the year.
Driving a borrowed car from Travis Young
after his mount lost an engine during
qualifying, Bayston passed early leader
Cordy Horn with an inside move on the back
straight on the ninth lap.
Bayston was followed to the checkers by
Horn, Cole Fehr, Don Petit and Clayton
With his fifth place finish Gaines captured
rookie of the year honors over Fehr.
Eric Black set fast time and led the entire
distance to record his first feature win of
the season in the Legend Division by holding
off John Robbins.
Robbins was glued to Black’s rear bumper,
although he bobbled a couple of times in the
corner Robbins was unable to make the pass.
Mark Dietzen came home in third.
Robbins won his fourth point championship.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action
on Saturday, October 26 with the season
finale. The Triple 100’s will showcase
McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models,
NASH FM ThunderCars and Front Wheel Drives
Oval in 100 lap features.