By Ken de la Bastide
4, 2014) –
Indianapolis driver R.
J. Norton Jr. is no stranger when it comes
to winning Outlaw Figure-8 racing at
Norton led all 50 laps on July 4 before a
packed grandstand to win at the local track
for the 12th time since 1989.
It seemed like every time Norton opened a
comfortable lead there was a caution flag
that bunched up the pack.
While Norton was running out front Ben
Tunney and Michael Hadley Jr. we’re waging a
battle for the second spot, swapping the
position several times in the middle stages
of the 50-lap feature event.
The final 18 laps of the race went green
with Norton not able to shake off Hadley,
Ben Tunney and his son R.J. Norton III.
At the checkers it was Norton followed by
Hadley, Tunney, Norton III and Doug Grieg.
Jeff Shackleford, who won the last two
Outlaw Figure-8 races at Anderson Speedway
moved from the eighth starting spot up to
fourth after 11 laps, but faded over the
final 15 laps, finishing seventh.
The first yellow flag waved on lap ten when
Danny Stanley Jr. tried to thread the needle
in the cross-over and was collected by the
third place running car of Jesse Tunney.
Stanley’s night was over while Tunney had to
drop to the back of the field.
Tunney’s misfortunes continued on lap 33
when he broke a front tie-rod and bounced
off the turn two wall, ending his night.
The Front Wheel Drive Figuure-8 drivers
turned in an exciting race with four drivers
battling for the top spot, several times
making it three-wide entering the corners.
Randy Owens grabbed the initial lead chased
by Kamden Creek, Kevin Henson and Nick
Warner. Things got interesting on lap five
when Henson, Warner and Creek all taking a
shot at the leader.
Warner got the jump on a restart on lap
eight that saw Owens tangle with Henson in
turn three, losing a tire in the process.
Following the restart Warner was able to
drive away to his fifth feature win of the
season followed by Henson, Creek, Brian
McKinney and Josh Poore.
Josh Tharp making his first start in the
Front Wheel Drive Oval Division makes it a
successful night winning a heat race and the
Tharp grabbed the point on the opening lap
but had to hold off Jeff Williams who moved
into second spot early in the race.
The two front-runners ran nose to tail for
most of the second half of the race with
Tharp winning by less than a half-second
over Williams. Dylan Hoppes came home in
The final two spots in the top five changed
on the final lap when Randy Hoppes and Jared
Keller tangled in turn one which allowed
Marshall Clark Jr. and David Powell to claim
On Saturday, July 5, racing action continues
at Anderson Speedway with CRA Late Model
Sportsman, NASH FM ThunderCars, Front Wheel
Drives Oval and Super Karts. Spectator gates
open at 5 p.m. with the racing beginning at
8. Admission is $12 for adults and $4 for
kids ages 6-12. Children five and under get