Anderson Speedway Kicks off 2005
Racing Season On Saturday Night
By Kyle Larson
Speedway begins the 2005 racing season on Saturday, April 2, with an exciting
season-opening lineup of Ed Martin Auto Group Super Trucks, Terry's RV Sales &
Service Street Stocks, Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8's and Insight
ThunderCars on the Oval.
Defending Ed Martin Auto Group Super
Truck champion Josh Burton returns to the premier division in 2005 with goals of
challenging for the division championship. He will continue to drive for Tim
Bennett, who he teamed up with last year to earn the Super Truck Championship.
After placing a career-best second in
last year's standings, Mike Mendenhall hopes to battle for the title. Other
contenders from 2004 expected to compete include DT'S R Bar Rookie of the Year
Ronnie Rose, Jamie Hadley, Tony Broyles, Jake Owens, Scott Brooks and Brian
The Rookie class looks strong with
Street Stock Rookie of the Year Jason Atkinson and Steve Blair, who won both of
the C.A.R.S. Stock Car events held at Anderson in 2004 entering the Rookie
Class. Other first-year Super Truck drivers will be ThunderCar Oval driving
champion Josh Poore, Frank Wolf, Ric Pfeifer, Joe Clements, Donald Johnson, Ed
Lynn and Mark Jones.
in the Terry's RV Sales & Service Street Stock division appears to be on the
rise for 2005. Last season, Rich Boyer recorded a division best eight feature
victories along with six fast times and 13 top-five finishes. Other solid
performances were turned in by Rod Phipps and Dennis Moser, who finished fourth
and fifth in last year's final points tally.
In 2005, Veterans Darwin Blankenship and
Danny Acrey ll hope to challenge for the division crown. Other drivers to watch
include Curtis Chapman and Bruce McFall.
Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8 championship looks to be wide open. Last
season, Jeff Swinford collected his initial divisional title. Other strong
performances from last season were turned in by Dale Phillips, Shawn Cullen,
Curtis Chapman, Josh Tharp, Ronnie Phipps, and Rod Phipps.
Insight ThunderCar Oval division also kicks off its 2005 season and is set for
one of the most balanced seasons in its history. Third-ranking in the driver
standings, Tim Brown returns along with William Coffman, Rick Trueblood, Dustin
Tomlinson, A.J. Jones, Alice Riall and a host of other competitors in the
action-packed stock car class.
On Saturday, spectator gates open at 5
p.m. with qualifying set for 6:30. The racing program begins at 8. Adult tickets
are $10 with children ages 6-12 priced at $4. Kids five and under are admitted
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.