Treated to Wild Action During Night
By Tom Hammond
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Some great racing and wild action
highlighted the Night of Thrills presented by The Herald Bulletin at Anderson
Speedway on Saturday, April 22. A huge crowd turned out to enjoy the craziness
at the world’s fastest quarter-mile oval.
Becky Stanley may have a future as a racer as she won both “Powder Puff” events
to open the night. In the Front Wheel Drive Powder Puff race, Stanley took the
lead on the seventh of 10 laps after passing Hannah Lundy. Stanley then cruised
to the victory. Amber Owens finished in second followed by Lundy, Michelle
Barrett and April Covington.
Right after that Becky Stanley took to the wheel of a school bus in the Powder
Puff School Bus Figure 8 feature and drove to a commanding victory. Kendra
Burgess of Muncie was second in the school bus race, followed by Bobby Jo
Elliott, Roxanne Grissom and Jmica Hobbs.
The Corkscrew race returned for the second time, and Anderson’s Travis Burge may
want it to become a full-time event. Burge, a regular in the Chappy’s Rent to
Own Front Wheel Drive division, dominated the race that involved a complete
360-degree turn around a tractor tire in the Figure 8 crossover. Nick Warner
finished second followed by Jerry Smith, Jason Orr and Gregg Willey.
Up next was the Rollover Contest, where drivers sacrificed their machines by
driving over a narrow ramp to see how many times they could make their machines
roll over. Each driver had three attempts, assuming their cars were still
running. Brian Harmon completed two complete rolls on each of his first two
attempts for 20 points. He was on his way to a third attempt when the left front
wheel fell off his car. It was Harmon’s second win in the event. Duane Bouseman
finished second with 17 points. Josh Tharp and Donnie Ellis Jr. tied for third
with 12 points. Tharp was the best overall rollover, scoring all 12 of his
points on his first and only attempt.
The Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 division then took to the
track, and Warner put on a show for the fans by dominating the 10-lap feature.
Burge crossed the line in second spot followed by Jacob Owens, Donnie Ellis lll
and Randy Owen.
Burge then cruised to victory in The Herald Bulletin Delivery Challenge. Drivers
had to drive around a leg of the Figure 8 crossover, place a newspaper in a
delivery tube and then drive back to the start-finish line. Burge turned a time
of 13.761 seconds to easily score the win. Brent Wollard, Bridgett Moreland, Tim
Senkowski, Todd Lewis and Theresa Timmons rounded out the field.
Seven Anderson Speedway fans then had a chance to take their own cars on the
track for Spectator Races. The preliminary heats consisted of one-lap drag races
and the final race was a two-lap event. Ronald Adams of Pendleton dominated each
race he ran to pick up the overall victory.
The Chappy’s Rent to Front Wheel Drive cars then returned for two oval feature
events. The first was a dandy as Randy Owen passed Eric Shell on the final lap
in turn three for the win. Shell set a commanding early pace, only to see Owen
methodically reel him in. Shell got caught in traffic and Owen took advantage to
seal the win. Kevin Harmon, Tony Crum and Ashley Patterson rounded out the top
Keith Morris took the lead at the start/finish line at the end of the 11th lap
to win the second Chappy’s Rent to Front Wheel Drive oval feature. Jerry Smith
was second, followed by Gregg Willey, Doug Hollingsworth and Robert Moreland.
The School Buses returned for the final event of the night, and the drivers
didn’t disappoint as fans were treated to some tremendous racing and some
near-misses in the crossover. Tony Grissom started at the back of the field but
used his shorter but quicker bus to roar through the field and take the lead on
the 10th of 12 circuits. Grissom took advantage of heavy traffic to take the
lead from Tim Nickerson. Basil Stanley also used the traffic to move into
second. That’s the way they finished with Nickerson in third spot followed by
Ronnie Phipps and Ranny Hinton.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday, April 29 with the return
of the ARCA Lincoln Welder Truck Series. The Star Press Saturday Night Series
will also showcase the Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8’s and the first
appearance of the American Awards Legends.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.