Burtons Bag Big Ones at Anderson
inversion being half of the field, Josh Burton took the Phillippe Eco Water
Systems Super Truck feature lead from the pole and never was headed. But that
certainly was not the picture of the race. Rob Hazelbaker hounded Burton the
first five laps of the 40-lap event before Bret Miles was able to slip by.
Miles never left
Burton, running bumper to tailgate the entire distance. Hazelbaker was third
followed by Joe Beaver and Jack Dossey Jr.
Burton also took
the first heat win over Miles and Beaver. Hazelbaker and Fred Hopkins tangled in
Turn 3 sending Hopkins slamming into the wall and out for the night. Heat No. 2
had similar action on lap six when Buddy Davis attempted an inside pass on
Robert Lemen. They locked together with Lemen into the wall and out of
competition while Davis limped to the pit for repairs. Derrick Layne took the
win over Mark Jennings and Mike Mendenhall. Fast timer was Beaver at 13.792
Terry Burton grabbed the lead in the Street Stock main from early leader Rod
Phipps and went on to complete the Burton victory romp. Darwin Blankenship
trailed by a length at the checker followed by Rich Boyer, Danny Acrey, II and
Robin Burton led
flag to flag in the fast heat winning over Phipps and Curtis Chapman. Kevin
Brooks mount broke on lap seven of heat No. 2 vaulting Bob Rabenstein to the win
over Donnie Butler and Stephan McDaniel. Boyer was again fast qualifier at
Mike Perry led the first 12 laps of the fabulous Figure 8 before tangling with
the slower car of Tony Hart. Perry's machine was damaged and could not continue
while Hart was parked for the evening.
Ronnie Rose took
over at this point and built a nice lead. Rose was having it easy and that
almost cost him the race. Coming to the cross-over and for the checker, all of a
sudden Rose saw Doug Sheets directly in front of him. Rose hit the binders,
smoking the tires and was able to avoid disaster.
were Ricky Tharp, Matt Tharp, Rod Phipps and Joe Hart Jr. Mike Phipps took the
first heat win over Billy Palmer and Sheets while Tim Tomlinson returned to
capture heat No. 2 defeating Curtis Chapman and Bobby Long.
The USAC Ford Focus Midgets rounded out the program with a thrilling feature
that saw a disastrous finish. Robbie Ray grabbed the lead at the green and
was never headed although he was pressured heavily most of the race.
Tate Martz was
putting the heat on Ray and looking like he might try a last lap pass. That is
when disaster struck. Martz has his engine expire going into Turn 3 on the final
lap. Car after car slid into the oil & wall before the field could react to the
situation. Three out of the top six runners were also involved including Sondi
Eden and Ryan Hamilton. All drivers were ok.
At the end, it
was Ray trailed by Trenton Darland, Brice Kenyon and Derek Crasi. Kenyon took
first heat honors over Martz and Darland while the second heat went to Eden over
Hamilton and Ryan Litt.
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