Nick Warner Sweeps Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 Action

By Ken de la Bastide

(April 7, 2014) - It was the perfect start to the 2014 season for Nick Warner in Front Wheel Drive Figure-8 action on Tom Raper RV Night at the Races at Anderson Speedway.

Warner set fast time during qualifying, took advantage of some luck to win the heat race and misfortune to Kevin Henson to dominant the feature.

Starting from the front row, Henson took the early lead chased by Randy Owen, Elliott McKinney and Warner.

While running out front on lap three, Henson’s car slowed dramatically and he dropped to the back of the pack. Henson said his car briefly lost power.

That put Owen in the lead chased by Warner and McKinney. Owen remained on the point until lap five; when Warner got a run off the second corner and took the lead with an inside pass down the back straight. Owen dropped out of competition a lap later.

From there Warner pulled away to win by 3.9-seconds over McKinney, with Henson recovering to finish third followed by Kamden Creek and Randy Hoppes.

In the heat race, Warner used a slick move to the inside on the final lap to take the lead from Kamden Creek entering turn one.

Creek led from the start chased in succession by Henson, Owen, McKinney and Warner. Coming to the white flag the leaders, running in a tight pack came upon the lapped car of Eric Wiley.

With the front runners going high and low to avoid Wiley, Warner went from fourth to the lead with an inside move through the corner. Owen came home in second followed by McKinney, Henson and Creek.

Creek suffered a flat tire on the final lap ending his chances of a heat win in his first Figure-8 race at Anderson Speedway.

For Jim Warner racing, his brother Nick’s sweep and a win by Jerry Dane in Front Wheel Drive Oval Division racing made it a perfect night for the team.