By Ken de la Bastide
6, 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. were waging a
battle for the second spot, swapping the
position several times in the middle stages
of the 50-lap feature event.
The field tightened up again when race was
red-flagged on lap 33 after the car of Jesse
Tunney made contact with the water barrels
protecting the exit from the pit area.
That gave Hadley one final shot at Norton on
the restart, but the veteran driver was able
to drive away. From there the final 18 laps
of the race stayed 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.
Manny Agular lost an engine on lap
19.Tunney’s misfortunes continued on lap 33
when he broke a front tie-rod and bounced
off the turn two wall, ending his night and
bringing out the
Jacob Garrigus continued his strong
qualifying runs at Anderson Speedway setting
fast time in both visits of the Winged
Outlaw Figure-8 Series.
He turned a lap at 17.193-seconds to better
the 17.244-second lap of Jesse Tunney.
Anderson Speedway regular competitor Jeremy
Vanderhoof lost an engine during qualifying
and was finished for the night.