Different Winners on Friday Night
By Tom Hammond
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A huge crowd took advantage of free admission to see some great racing during
the Primerica/Families Forever Ministries Free Night at Anderson Speedway on
Friday, May 26. Racing on the eve of the 58th Payless Little 500 featured the
Insight ThunderCars, Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive cars in both oval
and figure 8 racing and the Insight Thunder Pro division.
Anderson’s Dustin Burge won a wild Insight ThunderCar feature. Noblesville’s
Katie Beaver took the lead on the 5th lap with a nifty low-side pass of
Anderson’s Tom Tackett. Tackett’s night ended just a short time later when he
spun on the front stretch, collecting several cars including Nick Warner, Brad
Stevens and Alice Riall.
Beaver pulled away on the restart, only to see Dustin Burge, Riall and
Anderson’s Tim Dick close the gap. Burge took the lead by passing Beaver on the
inside in turn 3 on the 15th circuit. Riall and Dick followed suit, creating a
three-car battle to the finish. Burge was able to hang on, followed by Riall,
Dick, Beaver and Jeff Eytchison.
Warner took some consolation by winning the first ThunderCar feature. Beaver
took the top spot in the second preliminary for her second heat win of the
Warner pulled off a late-race pass to win the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel
Drive Figure 8 feature. Warner bided his time and pulled off a 10th lap pass to
surge toward a comfortable win. Keith Morris, Travis Burge, Elliott McKinney and
Randy Owen completed the top five.
Travis Burge took top honors in the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive oval
feature, but not without a late-race challenge from Owen and Alexandria’s Kevin
Harmon. The 15-lap feature saw three lead changes in the first four circuits
before Burge took control. He surged to a big lead through the middle portions
of the race before Harmon and Owen mounted a challenge three laps from the end.
Owen managed to pass Harmon on the white flag lap to gain second behind Burge.
McCordsville’s Bobby Sanders and Morris rounded out the top five.
Jerry Smith took the top spot in the first Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel
Drive oval heat while Eric Shell was victorious in the second heat.
Anderson’s Ronnie Rose scored his first feature win in the ThunderCar Pro
feature. He took the lead at the end of the 2nd lap to score the comfortable
victory in the 20-lap event. McKinney crossed the line in second position
followed by Chris Bair Sr., Robert Phipps and Ronnie Phipps. Bair also won the
ThunderCar Pro heat.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.