Rose Notches Double Win Night
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Anderson’s Ronnie Rose continued his
hot streak at Anderson Speedway during The Star Tress Saturday Night Series on
May 21. Rose won both the Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTruck and Boss Hogg Jerky
and Catering Figure 8 features on the final night of The Star Press Spring
Championships Weekend. It was the second consecutive week that Rose was able to
accomplish the feat.
In the 50-lap Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTruck feature, Rose was able to pass
race leader Tony Broyles of New Castle on a lap 22 restart. Once out front, Rose
was able to build a sizeable lead over the other race contenders. The three-time
2005 feature winner avoided disaster on the final lap as several trucks tangled
in turn 1 in front of him.
Broyles grabbed second-place honors followed by Josh Burton, Anderson’s Mike
Mendenhall and Danville’s Ric Pfeifer. In qualifying, Burton set a new track
record with a time of 13.459 seconds. SuperTruck heat race wins went to
Brownsburg’s Steve Blair and Wannamaker’s Jake Flagle.
The SuperTruck race didn’t start as planned. An eight-truck pileup in the first
turn forced a red flag and a complete restart. The incident unfolded when
front-row starters Burton and Broyles tangled just before the start-finish line.
Momentum carried both trucks into the first turn and several drivers behind them
weren’t able to check up in time.
In the final race of the evening, Rose wasn’t done with his trips to the Texas
Roadhouse Winner’s Circle as he picked up his fourth Figure 8 feature win of the
season. However, Rose nearly missed the opportunity for victory. On the initial
start, he was pushed out the track exit and into the pits. The ensuing yellow
flag forced a complete restart, and Rose was able to regain his starting
position on the pole.
Rose was then able to cruise to the victory in the 30-lap event with Curtis
Chapman finishing second. The top five was completed by point leader Jeff
Swinford, Josh Tharp and Jon Conklin. Middletown’s Ronnie Phipps and Conklin won
Figure 8 heat races. Rose paced qualifying with a time of 20.246 seconds.
Anderson’s Rod Phipps led flag-to-flag in the Terry’s RV Sales and Service
Street Stock feature to pick up his second checkered flag of the season. Rose
and New Castle’s Danny Acrey II got off to an even start when the green flag
flew, but Phipps was able to surge ahead by the middle of the second lap.
Phipps, Acrey and points leader Rich Boyer of Anderson then made it a three-car
race over the remainder of the 40-lap event. Chapman and Markleville’s Randy
Hoppes filled out the top five. Hoppes and Jason Puckett were Street Stock heat
winners. Phipps led qualifying with a lap of 13.889 seconds.
Next week activities for the 57th Pay Less / Remy International Little 500 kick
off on Wednesday, May 25, with practice beginning at 11:15 a.m. The USAC
Valvoline National Sprint Car Series will compete in its Central Indiana Chevy
Dealers 50 on Wednesday evening. They will be joined the USAC Midwest Ford Focus
The 57th Pay Less / Remy International Little 500 round one pole qualifying is
set for 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 in Oval
and Figure 8 racing, Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives Oval and Figure 8
action and an awesome Fireworks show.
On Saturday, May 28, the 57th Pay Less / Remy International Little 500 green
flag waves at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available for legendary 57th Pay Less / Remy International Little
500 at $25 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.