Burge, Chapman, Acrey, Rose and
Stevens Score New Year's Day Wins
By Tom Hammond
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An Anderson Speedway tradition
continued Sunday with the 8th Annual New Year’s Day Bash presented by Yellow
Book. A solid crowd enjoyed five divisions of cars under cloudy skies and
temperatures above normal for early January in the mid 40’s.
The Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 feature was the first main
event of the afternoon, with Anderson’s Travis Burge picking up where he left
off to close out the 2005 season. Burge dominated the race much like he did the
final weeks of last year. At the checkers, Donnie Ellis Jr. was second with
Chris Jennings, Tim Tharp and Josh Shepherd completing the top five.
The Insight ThunderCar 25-lap feature was a dandy as Curtis Chapman won by
inches over Rob Allman. The two were side-by-side heading into the fourth turn
on the final lap, with Chapman barely beating Allman across the finish line.
Allman was later disqualified for changing his tires before going through
post-race technical inspection. Larry Sargent was listed in second position with
Rod Phipps in third place. Roy Grissom Sr. and Jack Taylor rounded out the top
In preliminary action, Larry Sargent and William Coffman scored Thunder Car heat
New Castle’s Danny Acrey II picked up the win in the Open Street Stock feature.
He took the lead on the fifth lap after several cars vied for position early.
Rod Phipps looked to be in position to challenge for the win, only to have his
right rear tire come off the car on the final lap. Phipps still held on for
fourth. Bruce McFall finished in second behind Acrey. Third was Frankie Oakes
with Phipps and Curtis Chapman completing the top five.
Acrey was also victorious in the first Open Street Stock heat. Phipps took top
honors in the second heat.
Anderson’s Ronnie Rose drove to the win in the Figure 8 feature in dominating
fashion, even though he was forced through the track exit gate and into the pits
on the first start of the race. He was able to continue and put on a spectacular
performance. Anderson’s Ronnie Phipps and Middletown’s Elliott McKinney also
scored top-three finishes. William Coffman and James Peterson were fourth and
fifth at the finish.
Phipps took the checkered flag in the first Figure 8 heat. Anderson’s Rob Allman
visited the Texas Roadhouse Winner’s Circle in the second heat.
The final event of the afternoon was also a dandy as Anderson’s Brad Stevens
took the lead on the last turn of the final lap to win the Chappy’s Rent to Own
Front Wheel Drive Oval feature. Stevens and race leader Daniel Pierce tangled in
turns three and four, with Stevens claiming the victory and Brian Harmon in
second. Pierce recovered for third with Chris Jennings and Brad Brooks filling
out the top five.
Brian Harmon also won the first Front Wheel Drive Oval heat after his brother
Kevin was disqualified for not going to post-race inspection. Fairmount’s Billy
Beard scored the win in the second heat.