Mike Riddle Jr. Wins Figure 8 Enduro; Nickerson, Teepe Also Score Wins

By Kyle Larson
Public Relations Director

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The Titan Auto Insurance Independence Celebration concluded on Monday, July 4, with The Right Movers Figure 8 Madness. Featured events included the 1 Hour Figure 8 Enduro showcasing the Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8’s and Insight ThunderCar Figure 8’s, School Bus Figure 8’s and Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8’s.

Former Figure 8 Champion Mike Riddle Jr. scored the checkered flag in the 1 Hour Figure 8 Enduro. At the start of the event, Ronnie Rose drove into first position, holding off several early race challenges from Riddle. On the 57th circuit, Rose dropped out of action with mechanical problems, handing the first position to Riddle. At the 30-minute mark, a short break allowed teams to make adjustments on the cars.

At halfway, Riddle showed the way over Shawn Cullen with Curtis Chapman in third position. The top three cars completed all 66 laps during the first half of the event. Riddle dominated the second half of the event with Cullen and Chapman battling for second position. Chapman then lost five laps after he suffered a flat tire, propelling Cullen to a solid second place.

At the finish, Riddle scored a sizeable victory over Cullen. Ronnie Phipps earned third-place honors with Chapman and Ranny Hinton completing the top five. Ronnie Rose posted the fastest time in qualifications with a lap of 20.412 seconds.

In the first season appearance of the School Bus Figure 8’s, Tim Nickerson recorded his second consecutive victory in an entertaining 15-lap event. Ten School Buses took the green flag that provided a lot of cross-over action, three-wide racing and several close calls for Nickerson. At the finish, Nickerson held off Bobby Greenwood to earn the victory. The remainder of the top five included Ranny Hinton, Basil Stanley and Kim McKinney.

The Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 main event featured the largest starting field of the season and one of best shows of 2005. Chris Teepe earned the victory in a race that showcased great racing throughout the 15-lap race. At the start, point’s leader Nick Warner grabbed the point, but had Teepe glued to his bumper for much of the race.

On the ninth circuit, Warner suffered a flat tire, propelling Teepe to the top of the leaderboard. At the checkers, Teepe held on for his third feature win of the season. Travis Burge grabbed runner-up honors with Randy Owen, Keith Morris and Devin Mitchell rounding out the top five.

Anderson Speedway returns to racing action with the Cooper’s Sport Bowl / Shout’s Perfect Score Weekend. On Friday, July 8, the MAX/WLBC Friday Night Summer Series will showcase Legends, Insight ThunderCars in Oval and Figure 8 racing along with Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive in Oval and Figure 8 action.

On Saturday, July 9, The Star Press Saturday Night Series features Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks, Terry’s RV Sales & Service Street Stocks and Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8’s.

For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.