By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - Don Gallaher outdueled
veteran Anderson Speedway driver Nick Warner
to record his first career win at the track
in the Front Wheel Drive 100.
The two drivers started on the front row
after qualifying one-two which set up the
battle in the biggest event of the year for
the Front Wheel Drive Oval Division.
Warner led the first 40 laps before he got
trapped by slower traffic which allowed
Gallaher and Paul Phipps to slip inside
coming off the fourth corner.
The on-track action was slowed only three
times by caution flags through the first 15
laps which was followed by a green-flag run
of 44 circuits.
The final caution flag waved on lap 59 for
debris on the back straight. Gallaher held
off Phipps, Warner and Josh Tharp, the only
drivers on the lead lap, on the Aerco
Heating & Cooling restart.
The three front-runners ran in a tight pack
until lap 75 when Warner used the high line
to pass Phipps in turn three.
From that point Gallaher and Warner pulled
away from Phipps, Josh Tharp and Ron Phipps.
For the final 25 laps Warner stayed glued to
the rear bumper of Gallaher waiting for a
break to retake the lead. At the finish
Gallaher won by .221-seconds over Warner
with Paul Phipps, Tharp and Ron Phipps
rounding out the top five.
During the closing laps Gallaher said he had
to hold his car in gear to be able to hold
“Last year I ran this race and ended up with
a torn up race car,” Gallaher said following
the win in the Tim Thompson Nationwide
Insurance Winner’s Circle. “I love racing at
this track, the competition is tough. You
can race here side by side and everyone
races you clean.”