Rodney Scott Scores Buis Oil / Valvoline 75 Victory

A large crowd was on hand Saturday evening at the Anderson Speedway for Buis Oil Night at the Races. New Castle's Rodney Scott captured the 3rd Annual Buis Oil/Valvoline 75 for the Ed Martin/USA Modifieds and a $1,000 payday. Anderson pilot Curtis Chapman was the victor in the Terry's RV Sales and Service Street Stock Headliner while Bobby Long, also of Anderson, won the Figure 8 main event. Craig Haack of Lewisburg, TN took the victory in the Baby Grands.

The Ed Martin/USA Modifieds had 30 cars on the grounds for the racing program. With an inversion of four cars, Bud Adams sat on the pole.

The green flew only to see disaster strike when Don Skaggs made contact with the main straightaway wall, vaulting off and into Scott Neal. This sent Neal into a slide and some 10 other cars into a giant tornado. Six cars were eliminated.

Adams took the point at the get -go. LJ Lines pressed Adams until being passed by Rodney Scott on lap 18. The 2001 National Modified Champion made short work of Adams, taking the lead just five laps later. Quite a battle raged for fourth spot with Harold Scott getting defending track champ Mark Harrison turned sideways on lap 52.

Scott backed off to allow Harrison to get straightened up. This allowed Neal to slip by for 4th.  Scott dominated the remainder of the race with Adams and Lines finishing second and third. Neal and Rodney's father Harold Scott rounded out the top five.

Jeff Weston led the entire distance in heat No. 1 over Brad Springer and Bill Sink. Corey Setser made a sweet move in the second heat as he dove under Bruce Cooper coming for the white flag to cop the coins over Cooper and Michael Thurman. Rodney Scott was fast qualifier at 12.697 seconds.

The Terry's RV Street Stock headliner saw the field half inverted. Rod Phipps led the first four circuits before Curtis Chapman sailed by. Chapman continued on the point with chief chaser Jim Jordan, Jr moving into second on lap nine.  

Danny Acrey, II and Rich Boyer raced for third with point leader Boyer taking third on lap 19 of the 25-lap affair. Trailing "Superman" at the checker were Jordan, Boyer, Acrey and Phipps.  

Four drivers led a hard fought heat No. 1 with Boyer taking the lead at the white flag when Chapman slipped in the corner. Boyer went on for the win over Chapman and Kevin Montgomery.

The second heat was anything except normal. Larry Greene, Jr led from the get-go until Kevin Brooks passed him. Greene and Brooks immediately locked horns with Brooks into the wall. Greene was disqualified for unsportsmanlike like driving. This vaulted Tony Cartwright into the lead on the white flag lap incident. Cartwright took his first win trailed by Jerry Rigney and JD Blankenship.

In post race tech, Blankenship's mount was 150 pounds light and was disqualified, while Missy Winegar finished third. Rich Boyer set a new track record in qualifying at 14.311 seconds.

The fabulous Figure 8 feature field was also half inverted for their battle, and it was that. Ricky Tharp took control from the pole with Mike Perry trailing. Perry's mount eventually broke with Bobby Long moving into second at the halfway point on lap 10.

Long, who started in fifth, made a cool move on Tharp and went to the point on lap 16. Ronnie Rose, who started from eighth, gave Long all he wanted, including a late-race bump coming for the checker.

It was to no avail as Long survived a very busy crossover to take the victory over Rose, Ricky Tharp, Jason Pitts and Josh Tharp. Rod Phipps had finished fourth but was disqualified in tech for an illegal tire.

Joe Hart Jr. led the distance to cop the first heat checker over Curtis Chapman and Shawn Cullen. Pitts led the second heat from the green until being black-flagged for over his time. Josh Tharp took the win over Billy Palmer and Michael Phipps. Ronnie Rose continued to whittle away on the track record, lowering it to 20.291 seconds.

The Baby Grand feature was a wild affair. Jim Dugan jumped to the top spot at the green. Craig Haack was really applying the pressure at the half-way point of this 30-lap event.

The field was tightly knit with some awesome racing going on. All of a sudden, Dugan's engine let go and the entire field went sliding everywhere. Fortunately, most restarted. Once the green fell, Haack hacked up the competition to score the win over Chad Ramsey, Al Verbish, Mark Maynard and Drew Oakley. Dugan took heat honors defeating Haack and Curtis Clark. Haack was fast qualifier at 13.509 seconds.

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