By Ken de la Bastide
21, 2014) - Jerry Dane trailed
Jared Keller by almost a quarter of the race
track with just one lap remaining when
everything changed quickly in the Front
Wheel Drive Oval Division feature.
Keller started fourth on the grid but before
the end of the first lap was on the point
chased by Adam Lee, Dane and Kevin Henson.
Keller steadily pulled away from the
competition as Dane and Lee staged a
spirited battle for second and Henson and
Austin McKinney fought for fourth.
Coming to the white flag off the fourth
corner Keller encountered slower traffic.
Unable to weave his way through the lapped
cars, Keller made contact and rolled to a
stop in the infield.
At the same time Billy Hooten, in a borrowed
car, lost a tire bringing out the caution
with one lap remaining.
Keller’s misfortune gave the lead to Dane
with Lee, Henson and Austin McKinney left to
battle for the win with one lap remaining.
Dane got the jump on the restart to record
his third consecutive win of the year with
Lee coming home in second and a three-wide
finish for third with Henson claiming the
position over Austin McKinney and Ryan
Up until the incident with the lapped
traffic, Keller could drive his car anywhere
on the quarter-mile oval without losing any
“I feel sorry for Jared (Keller),” Dane said
in the Tim Thompson Nationwide Insurance
Winner’s Circle. “He put a number on me
Dane and Brandon Lee Cook were unexpected
winners in the two heat races when the
winning car in both events failed to pass
post-race technical inspection.
In the first heat race Ron Phipps led the
first four laps when the caution flag waved
for a crash on the front straight.
Dylan Hoppes running third at the time, spun
on the front straight coming to a stop with
the driver’s side door facing traffic. With
the caution flag waving for some time,
Hooten hit the side of Hoppes car. Both
drivers were uninjured.
On the restart Jeff Williams used the high
side to pass teammate Phipps with Dane
running fourth. Dane passed Henson on the
front straight and on the seventh circuit
got inside of Phipps entering turn three.
A second caution flag waved on lap eight for
debris. On the restart Williams was able to
hold off Dane with Phipps, Henson and Lee
rounding out the top five.
When Williams and Phipps cars failed to pass
tech inspection, Dane was awarded the win
followed by Henson, Lee, Keller and Elliott
In the second heat race Austin McKinney led
the entire distance with teammate Brian
McKinney and Cook swapping the second spot.
Tom Bullock and Jacob Brown rounded out the
When the two McKinney cars were disqualified
it made a winner of Cook for the first time
in his Anderson Speedway career with Bullock
and Brown rounding out the top three.