Jeff Shackledford Wins Inaugural WOFS Figure 8 Event

(April 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 off Hadley.

“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 track.

“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 go racing.”

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 caution flag.

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 leaders.

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 fourth.

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.