Rose, McKinney and Phipps Earn Spring Championships
By Tom Hammond
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Two dandy battles and a comfortable
victory marked The Star Press Spring Championships at Anderson Speedway on
Saturday, May 20. Rod Phipps won the Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stock
Feature, while Ronnie Rose took top honors in the Ed Martin Auto Group
SuperTruck main event and Elliott McKinney held off Shawn Cullen in the Boss
Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8 feature.
In the Lampco FCU Street Stock feature, Rod Phipps started neck-and-neck with
Bret Miles Jr. before gaining the advantage exiting turn two and onto the
backstretch. Phipps built a comfortable advantage before seeing it go away
during a caution period on the 23rd of 40 laps. Miles was in contention just
after the restart, but a slide in turn two gave Phipps an advantage he would
never relinquish. Anderson’s Mike Riddle Jr., New Castle’s Danny Acrey II and
Ryan Buckner rounded out the top five.
The first Street Stock heat went to Danny Acrey II of New Castle with Anthony
Whiteman of Indianapolis earning the second heat win. Miles posted the best
qualifying time with a lap of 14.069 seconds, just .004 seconds quicker than Rod
Ronnie Rose and Joe Beaver staged a dandy two-truck battle in the 50-lap Ed
Martin Auto Group SuperTruck feature. Rose jumped out to a big lead, while
Beaver had to weave his way through the pack to mount a challenge. Beaver, who
won the previous two events this season, tried to pass Rose on both the high and
low sides but Rose was able to hold off the all-time division victory leader.
Current point’s leader Josh Burton finished third, followed by Bob Lemen of
Indianapolis and New Castle’s Mark Jones.
Jones captured the first SuperTruck heat, while Jake Flagle of Wanamaker took
the second heat. Rose was the top qualifier at 13.639 seconds.
In the Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8 main event, Elliott McKinney and
Shawn Cullen quickly turned the 30-lap feature into a two-car battle for the
win. They rocketed away from the rest of the field from the start, with McKinney
taking the point at the end of the first lap. Crossover traffic became heavy
just three laps in and continued that way until a caution period for a crash on
lap 15. McKinney and Cullen pulled away again after the restart, with McKinney
picking up a three-car length advantage at the finish. Noblesville’s Josh Tharp
finished third followed by Joe Hart and Michael Phipps.
Rob Allman scored a commanding victory in the first Figure 8 heat with former
division champion Jeff Swinford taking top honors in the second heat. Elliott
McKinney led the qualifying charts with a lap of 19.299 seconds.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Wednesday, May 24, with Pay Less
Little 500 week kicking off with the USAC National Sprints Cars in the Sam
Pierce Chevrolet 50. The Ford Focus Midgets will join the Sprint Cars.
On Wednesday, Pay Less Little 500 practice begins at 11 a.m. with USAC practice
taking place at 3:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with racing starting at
7. Advanced adult tickets are $10 and $15 on raceday. Kids 6 to 12 are admitted
for $4. Five and under are free.
The 58th Pay Less Little 500 round one pole qualifications will take place on
Thursday, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
On Friday, the 33-car field will be set with the second round of qualifications.
Later that night, the Families Forever / Primerica Free Night will take place.
The MAX/WLBC Friday Night Summer Series will feature Insight ThunderCars and Pro
ThunderCars along with Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives Oval and Figure 8
action and an awesome Fireworks show.
Admission is free for all events on Thursday and Friday.
On Saturday, May 27, the 58th Pay Less Little 500 green flag waves at 8 p.m.
Thirty-three Sprint Cars in 11 rows of 3 will be featured in the richest Sprint
Car asphalt event.
Tickets are available for the legendary 58th Pay Less Little 500 at $27 for
reserved seating. For more information, contact the Anderson Speedway Ticket
Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.