Bobby Parsley Wins 37th Annual
Kentucky’s Bobby Parsley won the biggest race of his 11-year racing career by
capturing the prestigious 37th running of the Anderson 400 Presented By Great
Deals Coupon Magazine at Anderson Speedway Saturday, July 12. The win was the
second Sunoco Super Series win for Parsley in 2003 and his second career win
with the series. The 400-lap event was filled with side by side racing action
from the drop of the green until the checkers flew for Parsley.
“Wow, this is really exciting,” remarked Parsley. “I have to thank my mom and
dad for all their support over the past seasons, we have worked hard and it’s
finally paying off! I want to thank Junior Hanley for building me a great
racecar and for racing me clean tonight. I didn’t know if I could hold him off
on the last restart, but we did it, what a great win!
Yockey Motorsports Marketing Fast Qualifier Bull Baker took the early lead from
his pole starting position after slight contact with outside pole sitter Andy
Ponstein, which resulted in Ponstein hitting the outside retaining wall. Baker
held the early lead until lap 41 when Sunoco Super Series veteran Jeff Lane
caught Baker and made an impressive pass in lap traffic to take the lead.
The red flag flew on lap 83 for the nights hardest wreck, when former series
champion Brian Rievley slammed hard into the third turn outside retaining wall,
after something broke on his car, flying into the air, bouncing back on the
track right in front of another former series champion Scott Hantz. With no
where to go Hantz made hard contact to the rear of Rievley’s badly damaged car,
the hit dislodged Rievley’s fuel cell from his racecar. The Anderson Speedway
safety crew was quickly on the seen to assist both drivers and keep the spilled
fuel from igniting. After a lengthy clean up the Anderson 400 resumed with out
Rievley and Hantz.
Lane’s lead did not last long as his badly overheating car started to slow
allowing veteran Sunoco Super Series driver Junior Hanley to take the lead
charging to the front from his seventh place starting position. Hanley’s lead
lasted until a restart on lap 194 when 2000 Anderson 400 winner Kenny Tweedy got
under Hanley to make the past for first place. Tweedy was the leader at lap 200,
halfway, which earned him a $200 bonus from Kingen Interstate Express.
Roahrig was able to move past Tweedy on lap 210 to take the lead for a short
time until pit stops under yellow shuffled the line-up. Brent Downey was the
leader when racing resumed fighting off a very persistent Jim Crabtree Jr.
Tweedy battled back to pass Crabtree and then Downey to take back his lead.
Tweedy was leading, but everyone was watching Bobby Parsley, who had slowly
worked his way up from his thirteenth place starting position and had saved his
tires for a run to the front.
Parsley went from tenth to fourth in 15 laps. Parsley was in second by lap 270
and really began pressuring race leader Kenny Tweedy on lap 325. Parsley battled
Tweedy for several laps before making the pass on lap 351. Parsley’s lead was
not safe because Junior Hanley was making a late charge to the front after an
extra pit stop to get his right front fender off the tire. Hanley soon caught
Parsley and began applying pressure. Parsley made slight contact with the lap
car of Tom Smith, which had failed to get out of the leaders way in time. That
last yellow set up Hanley’s last chance to get Parsley, but Parsley handled it
like a pro. Parsley got a great restart and kept Hanley at bay to grab the
Roahrig finished third. Kenny Tweedy held on to finish fourth while early leader
Bull Baker came home fifth, the last car on the lead lap. Brent Downey finished
sixth, the only car one lap down. Chuck Barnes Jr. finished seventh which earned
him the Hubler Automotive Group / Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Race Award.
Rievley’s lap 83 bad luck was Barnes’s good luck. Barnes was able to fix a
broken drive shaft, which happened on lap 81, during the red flag condition and
only lost two laps. Terry Fisher Jr. finished eighth, Tom Smith ninth and Jim
Crabtree Jr. tenth.
Chris Gabehart, making his first ever start with the Sunoco Super Series, was
the Lane Automotive /ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Award winner. Gabehart
finished twelfth after starting twenty-ninth, the last car in the starting
field. Gabehart did not get to qualify for the Anderson 400 on Friday because of
damage suffered in a practice crash. The team took the car back to their shop,
made repairs overnight, and returned Saturday and was able to start the Anderson
For additional information, contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.