Free Show Thrills Fans
Thousands of fans filled Anderson
Speedway Friday evening for a free evening of entertainment which featured some
awesome racing and a giant fireworks show. Fortville's David McHenry continued
his winning ways in the Chappy's Rent To Own Front Wheel Drive cars while
Anderson's Brandon Leisure and Roy Grissom Sr. captured the ThunderCar Oval and
ThunderCar Figure 8.
Rick Capps lead the Front Wheel Drive feature from the get-go. McHenry, who
started 19th, worked his way through traffic and then used a late-race caution
to settle in behind the leader with three laps to go. Upon the return to green,
McHenry made quick work of Capps and sailed on to his third straight FWD
victory. Trailing were Capps, Kevin Rhodus, Carol Beeman and Patrick Spillis.
Scott Roberts took the win in heat only to be disqualified or failing
technical inspection. This handed the win to Rhodus over David Baker and
McHenry. Three different drivers led the second heat with Capps taking the hard
fought win over Chris Teepe and Sam Banta.
The 34-car ThunderCar Oval had two scary incidents which hailed red flags. The
first occurred on lap five when Ranny Hinton hit the turn 3 rubber safety
barriers head on, with his car vaulting back in front of A.J. Jones.
Jones's car smacked Hinton's so hard
it tore a wheel off and knocked the fuel cell out of the car. Both drivers were
ok. Early leader Eric Evans gave way to Jack Taylor on lap three only to see
Leisure take at the halfway point. Then on lap 14 William Coffman also slammed
turn 3 with the red again flying. Again, all drivers were ok. Leisure went on to
victory over Taylor, Joe Walters, Evans and Tim Brown. Leisure also took the
first heat checker over Grissom and Walters while Evans was the victor in heat
No. 2 over Taylor and Hinton.
The ThunderCar Figure 8 was again one of those thrillers. Josh Tharp challenged
all comers at the crossover and threaded the needle successfully until he found
his brother Matt Tharp there at the same time.
Neither gave an inch and it was crash
time in the "x". With the Tharp brothers ok and shaking hands, the battle
resumed with Grissom capturing his first Figure 8 of the year. A mad spinning
scramble on the last lap in positions second through fifth saw Josh Myers, Mike
Peters, James Peterson and Phil Jenkins finish in that order.
The giant fireworks show followed the racing program presented by Anderson
Speedway and the Little 500 Festival in celebration of the 55th running of the
Payless/Delco Remy Little 500 Sprint Car Classic Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m.
All seats are reserved and tickets are available at the gate.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.