Warner, Riall, Russell, Harmon, Stone and McKinney Score Friday Night Wins
By Tom Hammond
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If the rest of the 2006 MAX/WLBC
Friday Night Summer Series at Anderson Speedway goes like opening night did, a
lot of drivers will end up with feature wins. A half dozen features produced a
six different names in the winner’s circle on Friday, May 5 at the World’s
Fastest Quarter-Mile Oval.
Nick Warner won his second consecutive Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive
Figure 8 feature. The 2005 points champion climbed through the field to
challenge leader Travis Burge of Anderson on the 8th of 10 laps. The two tangled
in turn three of the figure 8 course as Warner tried to pass Burge on the low
side on the 8th lap. Warner then went to the outside on the following lap and
made the pass and ended holding off Burge at the line. Randy Owen, Mt. Summit’s
Keith Morris and Tim Tharp completed the top five.
Alexandria’s Alice Riall overcame mechanical problems in the pits to win the
Insight ThunderCar Oval Feature. Riall took the lead with a pass on the outside
heading onto the front stretch at the end of the 7th lap and held off a furious
challenge from Rookie drivers Brad Stevens and Dustin Burge to pick up her first
win of the season. Tim Dick and Elliott Swallows Jr. completed the top five.
Stevens posted the top qualifying lap at 15.385 seconds to pace qualifying. The
first Insight ThunderCar oval heat went to Dustin Burge while Brian Morrow held
off Tim Nickerson to grab the winning hardware in the second heat.
Albany’s Daniel Russell picked up where he left off in the American Awards
Legends division. The 2005 points champion, driving a new car, took command from
the pole position and cruised to the win in 30-lap feature. Rodney Smith
finished in second position, just 0.878 seconds behind the winner. Plainfield’s
Eric Black edged John Robbins for third position with Paul Holden rounding out
the top-five finishers.
Robbins topped the qualifying charts with a lap of 14.042 seconds. Russell also
scored the win in the first American Awards Legends heat while Tony Holden took
the victory in the second heat.
Alexandria’s Kevin Harmon scored a flag-to-flag victory in the first Chappy’s
Front Wheel Drive Oval feature. Harmon had a comfortable lead most of the night,
but Owen was able to challenge Harmon in traffic on two separate occasions. Owen
ended up second, followed by Morris, Anderson’s Tony Crum and Muncie’s Bruce
McGill to round out the top five.
Misfortune for two other drivers opened the door for Anderson’s Josh Stone to
win the second Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Oval feature. Mike Imel
had the early lead, only to be forced to the infield when the hood blew open on
his machine, blocking the windshield and obscuring his ability to see where he
was going. Lawrence Jones then took the lead, only to slow suddenly two laps
from the checkered flag. Stone then surged into the lead and took his first
victory. Russ Bennett, Zack Patterson and Anderson drivers Amanda Boyer and
Ashley Patterson filled the top five.
Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Oval heat wins went to Brian Lewis,
Patterson and Randall Swallows. Randy Owen recorded the fastest qualifying time
of the 34 drivers that were on hand.
The inaugural Insight ThunderCar Pro Division feature went to Elliott McKinney,
but not without a furious challenge from Rod Phipps. The two battled
tooth-and-nail for much of the 20-lap feature. They tangled on the backstretch
on the 17th lap and were forced to line up behind William Coffman for the final
McKinney made it around Coffman shortly after the green flag reappeared, and
Phipps made it around a short time later. McKinney then kept Phipps at bay for
the win. Coffman, Jack Taylor and Anderson’s Brandon Leisure completed the top
five. Phipps took the checkered flag in the ThunderCar Pro 10-lap heat race.
Phipps led qualifying with a time of 15.327 seconds.
On, Saturday, May 6, The Star Press Saturday Night Series showcases the Ed
Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks, Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8’s, Insight
ThunderCars and Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Oval.
On Saturday Night, spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with the racing beginning at
8. Admission is $10 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Children five and
under get in free.
Watch the NASCAR race on our big screen television provided by Chappy’s Rent to
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.