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
Pierce said he has a good set-up for the
Anderson Speedway high-banked oval.
“I’ve been racing here since 1996,” he said.
“I’ve got a lot of laps here.
Swanson filing in for the team’s regular
driver said racing at Anderson Speedway was
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.
Horn settled into the second spot with Cole
Fehr and Jessica Bean battling for the third
spot. On lap 25 Bean spun in turn four and
was sent to the rear of the field.
Bayston was followed to the checkers by
Horn, Cole Fehr, Don Petit and Clayton
Gaines. Bean recovered to finish sixth.
With his fifth place finish Gaines captured
rookie of the year honors over Fehr.