Morris, Smith, Warner, Owen and Bair Earn Friday Night Wins
By Tom Hammond
Photos by Aaron and David Sink
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A wild night of racing during the MAX/WLBC Friday Night Summer Series got the
Boss Hogg Pitt BBQ & Catering Hogg Wild Fun weekend off to a big start at
Anderson Speedway on June 16.
Indianapolis’s Rodney Smith picked up his second straight American Awards
Legends feature win in a race that featured six green lead changes in 25 laps.
There was also a major incident in turn 3 when six cars were involved in a melee
on the eighth circuit that included the car of Paul Holden bursting into flames.
Fortunately no one was injured.
Racing resumed after a lengthy cleanup with a great battle for the lead between
four cars. Smith took the lead from Albany’s Daniel Russell with an inside move
on the 20th circuit in turn four and on the front stretch. Keaton Feller of
Altus, Okla., also passed Russell to end up second. Russell, Frankton’s John
Robbins and Greenfield’s Tony Holden completed the top five.
Robbins made his way through traffic to take the first Legends heat, while Tony
Holden picked up his first heat victory of the season in the second preliminary
event. Feller was the top qualifier at 13.990 seconds.
Anderson’s Nick Warner scored his second feature win of 2006 in the Insight
ThunderCar feature. Warner led qualifying with a time of 15.316 seconds and then
started at the back of the pack due to a full inversion of the field.
Fortville’s Lonny Burton, Alexandria’s Alice Riall and Warner began to separate
from the rest of the field in the second half of the 20-lap feature.
Riall spun in turn 2 after suffering a flat tire from contact with Warner on the
16th circuit and was unable to continue. That opened the door for Warner to take
the lead from Burton with an inside move on the backstretch. Warner then cruised
to the win, with Burton placing second and Noblesville’s Katie Beaver in third
position. The remainder of the top five included Jeff Eytchison and Anderson’s
The first Insight ThunderCar heat went to Burton, with Riall bolting from the
back of the pack to take the second heat after Shirley’s David McConnell was
disqualified for exceeding his qualifying time.
If Anderson’s Randy Owen was a fighter pilot he would now be an ace as he scored
his fifth win of 2006 in the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Oval
feature. Owen took the lead two laps from the end of the 15-lap event. He passed
fellow Anderson driver David Baker was the fifth lead change of the action
Muncie’s Bruce McGill and Mt. Summit’s Keith Morris were battling for the lead
on when McGill went low and Morris went high to get around slower traffic in the
first turn. Both drivers then tried for the same piece of real estate, only to
make contact. The crash sent Morris into the wall and McGill to the apron,
opening the door for Baker to take the lead. Baker’s advantage didn’t last, as
Owen took over two laps from the end. Baker held on for second followed by
Anderson’s Jeff Wright, McGill and Gaston’s Tony Crum.
Travis Burge took top honors in the first Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive
Oval heat, while Brian Lewis of Indianapolis scored the victory in the second
heat. McGill recorded the fastest qualifying time at 16.424 seconds.
The Chappy’s’ Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 feature had a little bit of
everything, a huge crossover crash and an attempted pass for the lead that ended
another driver’s night. Morris managed to avoid the carnage to capture the win.
The first incident involved Travis Burge. He was leading the race when the
slower car of Dennis Farver Sr., who was making his debut on the Figure 8,
entered the crossover directly in Burge’s path. Burge’s car hit Farver’s machine
squarely in the driver’s side, ending the night for both drivers.
Morris then inherited the lead and engaged in a spirited battle with Anderson’s
Nick Warner. The two collided in the third turn of the Figure 8 course. Morris’s
car got sideways but somehow he straightened out his machine. Things weren’t as
good for Warner as he suffered a flat tire on the right front. He then failed to
obey a black flag and was disqualified. Morris went on to the win, followed by
Owen, Allen Wagner, Scott Vail and Johnny Burge.
Anderson’s Chris Bair Sr. scored his first feature win in the Insight ThunderCar
Pro division. Bair and Middletown’s Elliott McKinney staged a spirited battle
for the lead during the first half of the 20-lap feature. Bair then managed to
pull away by the 10th lap to score a comfortable victory.
Point’s leader Rod Phipps also passed McKinney to end up second. McKinney,
Chesterfield’s Jack Taylor and Anderson’s Shane Cullen, who won the previous two
ThunderCar Pro features, rounded out the top five.
Cullen won the ThunderCar Pro heat race while Bair was the fastest qualifier
with a best lap of 15.306 seconds.
On Saturday, June 17, The Boss Hogg Pitt BBQ & Catering Hogg Wild Fun Weekend
concludes with The Star Press Saturday Night Series featuring Ed Martin Auto
Group SuperTrucks, Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8’s and Lampco Federal
Credit Union Street Stocks.
Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with the racing program beginning at 8. Admission
is $10 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Children five and under get in
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.