By Ken de la Bastide
21, 2014) - On a night when the
attention was centered on three up and
coming drivers, it was veteran Danny Trent
making all the right moves to capture
McGunegill Engine Performance Late Model
feature at Anderson Speedway.
During qualifications first Billy VanMeter
and then Jack Dossey III shattered the track
record set on opening night by Jason
But when the night was over it was Trent
making his first visit to the Tim Thompson
Nationwide Insurance winner’s circle on
Madison County Storm Water Partnership night
at the races.
Jared Thomas took the lead at the start
chased by VanMeter, fast qualifier Dossey,
Trent and Jon Heck.
Six laps into the feature Trent used his
years of experience to show the young guns
how to move to the front at Anderson
He started by lightly tapping the rear end
of first Dossey’s ride and then VanMeter’s
coming off the corners to move up to the
second spot. On lap nine Trent got Thomas
loose coming off the fourth corner and
completed the pass entering turn one.
It was three classic examples of the
traditional “bump and run” to gain the
preferred racing line.
VanMeter moved up to the second spot and
stayed glued to Trent’s rear bumper until
lap 29 when he brushed the back straight
wall and a lap later was unable to turn
entering turn four and made contact with the
outside wall. VanMeter suffered a stuck
throttle while racing down the back
Before racing action could resume, Jon Heck
cracked an oil pan while he was running
Dossey pressed Trent for the final five laps
but was unable to get to the inside line
coming off the corners. Kent Baledge came
home in third followed by Thomas and Jon
Trent was competing in a brand new race car
and said the car was good all night.
“I got shuffled back to fourth at the
start,” Trent said after the win. “I just
started working my way back to the front.
“On the last restart I hit the oil dry and
pushed up the track,” he said of forcing
Dossey toward the wall. “I like coming here,
I love this track.”
Jared Thomas, 16, making his first visit to
Anderson Speedway led the entire distance to
win the PGG Enterprises fast heat. Dossey
got inside of VanMeter entering the second
corner on lap four and went on to finish
second. VanMeter and Trent rounded out the
Jeff Marcum took advantage of the pole
position to lead the entire way to score the
victory in the second heat race. He was
followed to the checkers by Rob Allman, Jon
Watson, Baledge and Heck.