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wins, charges through the field, qualifying track records and a classic Boss
Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8 feature highlighted The Star Press Saturday
Series at Anderson Speedway on April 30.
Second-year driver Jake Owens drove into first position at the drop of the green
flag and never looked back in the 40-lap Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTruck
feature. The Anderson racer took advantage of a full inversion to start on the
outside of the front row. The inversion placed new track record holder Josh
Burton and second fastest Tony Broyles, who also broke the old track record, in
the rear of the field for the start.
Both Burton and Broyles advanced through the 21-truck starting field with
impressive driving, utilizing both the upper and lower groves on the
quarter-mile oval. Broyles ended up third despite damage on his SuperTruck.
Meanwhile, Burton made it to sixth, but a spin knocked him out of the top 10.
After a late-race incident with Robert Lemen, officials disqualified Burton for
At the finish, Owens was able to build a healthy advantage over Derek Price to
record his first feature victory. Broyles was third with Anderson drivers Ronnie
Rose and Mike Mendenhall completing the top five.
In qualifying, Josh Burton set a new qualifying record with a one-lap time of
13.465 seconds. In preliminary action, Muncie’s Bret Miles and Owens claimed
checkered flags in heat races.
Anderson’s Rich Boyer picked up his third feature victory in the opening four
events of the Terry’s RV Sales and Service Street Stocks. Boyer started ninth on
a half-inversion after Middletown’s Ronnie Phipps set the new track record with
an official lap of 13.984 seconds.
Both Ronnie Phipps and Boyer surged toward the front in the early stages and at
lap four, Ronnie Phipps bypassed Scotty Roberts to grab the first position with
Boyer moving into second. Then, disaster struck for Phipps on the ninth lap
after his Danny Acrey owned mount suffered damage and a flat tire from contact
with Jason Bliss on the main straightaway.
This handed leadership honors to Boyer with Curtis Chapman listed in second spot
and Rod Phipps running third. After the restart, Boyer was able to pull away
from the remaining race contenders as Chapman and Rod Phipps put on a great
battle for runner-up honors.
Rod Phipps was able to move into second position on the 24th circuit with an
inside move of Chapman. At the finish Boyer was followed by Rod Phipps, Chapman,
Elwood Bruce McFall and DT’S R Bar Rookie Ryan Buckner.
During qualifying, Ronnie Phipps set a new track record with an official
clocking of 13.984 seconds. Street Stock heat races were captured by Ronnie
Phipps and Jason Puckett.
The Legends made their first appearance of this season with Albany’s Daniel
Russell celebrating in the Texas Roadhouse Winner’s Circle. Russell started
fifth and took the lead on the eighth circuit, after a four-car battle for the
top spot. He then pulled away for a comfortable victory.
Scott McGinely finished in second position with former division champion Eric
Black in third spot. John Robbins and Mark Dietzen rounded out the top five.
Danny Trent and Greenfield’s Paul Holden took the checkered flags in the two
Legends heat events. Robbins posted the quickest time in time trials with a lap
of 14.121 seconds.
One of the most competitive Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8 features capped
off the racing program. Jon Conklin drove into the lead at the start and was
able to hold off consistent challenges from Curtis Chapman.
As Conklin and Chapman continued to battle for first position, eighth-place
starter Mike Riddle Jr. and ninth starting Mark Goettman were charging through
the field. On lap 10, Riddle completed a pass on Shawn Cullen for third position
with Goettman advancing to fourth on the 11th circuit. Riddle then pulled off a
great move, advancing from third to first with passes on Chapman and Conklin to
grab the lead.
Goettman grabbed second place on the 14th circuit and in the final stages Riddle
and Goettman battled intensely for the race victory. Riddle was able to hold off
Goettman collecting his first feature win of the season. Chapman, Ronnie Phipps
and Cullen rounded out the top five.
With an impressive lap in qualifying, Ronnie Rose set a new qualifying record
with a time of 20.119 seconds. Heat race victories went to Curtis Chapman and
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, May 6, with the debut of
the MAX/WLBC Friday Night Summer Series featuring Legends, Insight ThunderCars
in Oval and Figure 8 action and Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives on the
Oval and Figure 8.
On Saturday Night, May 7, Super Late Models return to Anderson Speedway. The
Terry’s RV Sales & Service Street Stocks and Insight ThunderCar Figure 8’s will
also be showcased in The Star Press Saturday Night Series.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.