Peters, Pitts, Baker, Atkinson
and Sneva Score Opening Night Victories
The 2003 WLBC Friday Night Summer Series sailed into action Friday evening at
Anderson Speedway with a large field of cars on hand to thrill the "Eskimos" who
braved the cold weather! It was quite a night for Anderson drivers as Mike
Peters captured the closely contested Thunder 8 while Jonathon Pitts continued
his winning ways in the Thunder Oval, David Baker took the hard fought Chappy's
Rent to Own FWD victory and Jason Atkinson copped the Limited Late Model
checker. Indy's T.J. Sneva scored the Legend feature win.
Mike Peters and Roy Grissom Sr. started on the front in the ThunderCar Figure 8
and the race quickly became a dogfight between the duo. The race was slowed
early for a crossover tangle that eliminated James Peterson and Jonathon Pitts.
Grissom led the first four laps of the 15-lap event before getting tangled with
a slower car, letting Peters take over. Peters and Grissom raced through some
hair-raising traffic at the intersection! Josh Tharp who started sixth steadily
moved up to make it a threesome with two laps to go. At the checker it was
Grissom trying to pass Peters on one side while Tharp was doing the same on the
other. Tim Brown and Ranny Hinton completed the top-five finishers.
The ThunderCar Oval saw heavy-duty traffic with some 28 cars taking the green
flag. Tim Brown led early before Jonathon Pitts took over. Pitts had to do some
exciting in and out of traffic driving to survive. On lap 18, Tim Adams slammed
the third turn rubber safety barrels vaulting his car high into the air and
coming down on top of Mike Peters. Both cars were severely damaged but the
drivers were ok. Pitts went on to take his third win of the young season over
Brandon Leisure, Tim Brown, Joe Walters and Jim Brown.
In the Chappy's Rent To Own Front Wheel Drives it was all out war and the
paint exchange was incredible. Four drivers battled for the win with it turning
out to be a battle of the Bakers. At the finish, it was David Baker
capturing the win over Jerry Baker, Larry Thomas, George Baker Jr. and Patrick
Legend action got off to a rocky start. In the first heat, Jay McFall was
trying to pass leader Homer Adams Jr. on the inside of turn 3 and there was
little racing room available. The end result was a nine-car pileup, with several
eliminated for the night.
Bryan Phifer went on to the win over T.J. Sneva and Greg Dietzen. Heat No.
2 did not escape a crash either as three legends tangled on the last lap.
Surviving for the win was Eric Black trailed by Mark Dietzen and Kyle Pollock.
Twenty-five cars took the green in the
feature and it was Sneva going coast to coast for the win. Following were Al
Renner, Phifer, Mark Sullivan and James Robertson. Fast Qualifier was Sneva at
Limited late Model racing saw Mike Riddle Jr. lead flag to flag in the heat over
Gerald Hinshaw and Jason Fullen. Jason Atkinson made it look easy in the
feature leading the distance. Trailers were Fullen with Scott Neal making a last
lap pass for 3rd, Riddle and Hinshaw. Fullen was fast qualifier at 12.983
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.