Van Meter Earns 39th Anderson 400
Pole; Ellis, Warner and Harmon Score Wins
By Kyle Larson
Public Relations Director
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Eddie Van Meter picked a good time to
win the first CRA Super Series pole of his career Friday night at Anderson
Speedway, during qualifying for the 39th Anderson 400 presented by Great Deals.
Van Meter recorded a quick tome 12.129 seconds to take the top spot for Saturday
night’s 39th running of the Anderson 400 at Anderson Speedway. Van Meter’s time
gave him a top qualifying speed of 74.202 miles per hour on the world’s fastest
quarter mile oval. Tommy Cook was just 0.025 seconds behind to capture the
outside of the front row. Jeff Lane timed in third quickest with Bobby Parsley
and Chris Gabehart rounding out the top five.
In MAX/WLBC Friday Night Summer Series action, Anderson’s Donnie Ellis Jr.
scored his first win of the season in the Insight ThunderCar Figure 8 feature.
Chesterfield’s Colin Ratliff took the early lead in the 15-lap event with Robert
Brumback right on his tail. Brumback then took the point on the second lap and
pulled away to a big advantage, only to see it disappear when the yellow flag
came out on the ninth lap as James Peterson lost the hood on his car in the
When racing resumed, Brumback maintained his advantage for two more laps until
Roy Grissom Jr. caused Brumback to spin in turn three. Both drivers had to go to
the back of the pack, giving the lead to Ellis. Terry Malone Jr. tried to pass
Ellis for the lead on the 14th lap only to spin in the crossover. Paris Swallows
Jr. also spun as a result of Malone’s misfortune, allowing Ellis to cruise to a
comfortable victory. Anderson drivers David Short, Tim Nickerson, Brumback and
Grissom rounded out the top five.
Nick Warner scored his seventh feature win of the season in the Chappy’s Rent to
Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 feature in exciting fashion. Fellow Anderson
driver John Burge jumped to a huge advantage at the start of the 10 lap race,
while Warner had to fight his way through traffic after starting sixth.
Burge got caught up in traffic in the crossover, allowing Warner to close the
gap. Warner pulled even with Burge on the eighth lap, only to fall back after
the two traded paint in turns three and four. Warner then drew even again on the
white flag lap and beat Burge to the checkered flag by the nose of the race car
as the two literally raced side-by-side across the finish line. Mt. Summit’s
Keith Morris finished third followed by Markleville’s Chris Teepe and Anderson’s
Westfield’s Clint Groves paid his third visit of 2005 to the Texas Roadhouse
Winner’s Circle in the Insight ThunderCar Oval feature. Groves enjoyed the
advantage over the length of the 20-lap event as several drivers literally took
turns holding the runner-up position. Kyle Dautrich of Middletown, Brandon
Phillips of Anderson, Dave Short of Anderson and Grissom completed the top five.
Brian Harmon survived two restarts to easily capture the Chappy’s Rent to Own
Front Wheel Drive Oval feature and picked up his first win of the season. Two
separate accidents forced the race to be restarted twice, but Harmon was able to
take over the lead each time. Sam Folsom placed second with Brad Stevens, Dustin
Burge and Travis Burge rounding out the top five.
On Saturday, July 16, a warm-up session for the 39th Anderson 400 is set for 5
p.m. with an on-track autograph session scheduled for 6. The 39th Annual
Anderson 400 presented by Great Deals goes green at 8.
On Saturday Night, admission is $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12.
Children five and under get in free. All seats are general admission.
For additional information on Anderson Speedway call
(765) 642-0206. For more information on the CRA Super Series Late Models, visit