7, 2014) - Jeff Shackleford took
the lead on a restart with 28 laps remaining
and survived four more restarts to win the
inaugural Winged Outlaw Figure-8 Series race
at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.
For Shackleford it was his third career
victory at Anderson Speedway on Tom Raper RV
Night at the Races.
Shackleford used the inside line to take the
lead from Michael Hadley Jr. entering turn
three. On the following four restarts
Shackleford used the outside groove to hold
“I wanted to stay out of the water coming
off the second corner,” Shackleford said the
restart strategy. “Also my car is sown a
little on horsepower, so my running the
outside groove I could flat foot around the
“This is a good way to start the year,” he
continued. “This crew is second to none. I
just got back from Florida on spring break
on Friday and the team had the car ready to
Hadley came home in second followed by
Jeremy Vanderhoof, who recovered from two
spins, RJ Norton III and Dennis Whisman.
Hadley was making his first start at
Anderson Speedway and only the sixth
Figure-8 race of his racing career.
“I make a rookie mistake going into turn
one,” he said of surrendering the lead to
Shackleford. “I should have gone up the
track a little higher.”
Hadley said the team also made a mistake by
not running on sticker (new) tires and that
on the restarts the tires gave up.”
He said the team made a last minute decision
on Friday to race at Anderson.
“This was a good learning experience,”
Hadley said. “Next time we’ll run on new
tires. We will definitely be back.”
Fast qualifier and early leader Jacob
Garrigus was forced to take evasive action
in the cross-over to avoid a slower car and
spun in turn three bringing out the first
Ben Tunney, a two-time winner at Anderson
Speedway worked his way from the back of the
pack to fourth after 16 laps, but just
before a restart headed to the pit area, he
returned to action several laps down to the
The caution flag waved when Vanderhoof spun
coming off the second turn and came to a
stop on the track on lap 17 while running
Garrigus spun a second time on lap 36 coming
off the second corner after working his way
back up to the third position. Vanderhoof
brought out the sixth caution with a spin
entering turn one while he was running third
on lap 40.
Garrigus’s night came to an end on lap 42
when he made contact with RJ Norton Jr.
approaching turn three and came to rest
against the outside retaining wall. It also
ended Norton’s chance at a victory.