Chapman, Phipps, Baker, Grissom and
Greenwood Madness Masters
Fireworks from the sky and from the Figure 8
course thrilled a huge crowd Friday evening at the Anderson Speedway with Mother
Nature even tossing in a firework show of her own.
Five Anderson drivers were the victors in the
Annual Figure 8 Madness Fourth of July Celebration. Curtis Chapman captured the
Anderson Figure 8 headliner while Rod Phipps took the Open class feature, David
Baker the Chappy's Rent To Own Front Wheel Drive Main, Roy Grissom Sr. the
ThunderCar Feature and Bobby Greenwood the School Bus Thriller.
A straight-up inversion always promises a great figure and it was that. It
didn't take long for the crossover to get busy with Dan O'Bryant and Robert
Brumback crashing in the cross-over on lap two eliminating both cars.
Twenty laps of criss-crossing excitement with
the 27 eligible cars made this event a dandy. Curtis Chapman, Ronnie Rose and
Ronnie Phipps were glued together the distance with several near misses at the
intersection thrilling the fans. Chapman captured his second win of the year
defeating Rose, Ronnie Phipps, Jason Pitts and Joe Hart, Jr.
Rob Allman started in eighth and came on to take
the lead on lap seven and the win in the hard fought first heat over William
Coffman and Ranny Hinton. Bobby Long led the second heat until the white flag
when his mount broke handing the win to Hart. Trailers were Chapman and Shawn
Cullen. Ronnie Rose was fast qualifier.
R.J. Norton looked like a shoe in for the open class, totally dominating his
competitors. Then on lap 35, much to everyone's surprise, his lightning fast
racer came to a stop and a surprised Rod Phipps found himself on top.
Phipps went on to the $1,000 pay day over Jeff
Swinford, Andy Sherley, Bruce McFall and Norton. Norton was fast qualifier at
The Chappy's Rent To Own Front Wheel Drives went
into action with their first ever Figure 8 race. David Baker proved to be the
bravest of the bunch as he led it from flag to flag. On lap seven, Baker came
to the intersection as Dustin Tomlinson and Larry Phillips also arrived with all
three coming to a halt not knowing which one was going to give. Baker survived
to take the victory over Tomlinson, Phillips, Chris Teepee and Mike Milliner.
ThunderCar Figure 8 racing action saw Ranny Hinton lead the first five laps of
the 20-lap affair before Roy Grissom Sr. came from his third starting position
to take control. Josh Tharp had charged through the pack from ninth starting
position to now be on the bumper of Grissom. The duo fought hard, high and low,
side by side for the lead.
On lap 16, Tharp bounced off the wall while
attempting a pass Grissom ending any more serious challenges for the top
spot. Grissom went on to the checker defeating Tharp, James Peterson, Jim Brown
and Tony Hart.
Last, but certainly not least was the exciting School Bus Figure 8. Eight big,
yellow, lumbering machines put on an awesome show. Things started off with a
On lap 2, Dave O'Bryant's bus got crosswise in
Turn 1. Michael Day II was right there, hitting O'Bryant in the side and sending
O'Bryant's bus over on it's side. After bringing in Maynard's Recovery Big Dog
wrecker to upright the fallen warrior, O'Bryant started it up and rejoined the
race. Action continued with hits, slams and near misses at the cross-over. Bobby
Greenwood captured the victory over Ranny Hinton and Day.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.