Allman Wins 57th Best Way Disposal National Crown; First Career Victories for Phillips and Owens

Story By Kyle Larson

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Anderson’s Rob Allman scored the biggest victory of his career after visiting the O’Reilly Auto Parts Winner’s Circle in the 57th Annual Best Way Disposal National Crown presented by Anderson Sign and Banner at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, July 22. The Star Press Saturday Night Series also showcased first-time winners when Jake Owens grabbed the winning hardware in the Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stock feature and Brandon Phillips was victorious in the Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTruck main event.

Starting the National Crown in the second row, Allman darted into the first position in the early stages after bypassing 2004 race winner Ronnie Rose and current Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8 point’s leader Elliott McKinney. Once up front, Allman drove a superb race to score the victory.

Allman was forced to deal with a busy crossover throughout the 75-lap feature that saw the opening 43 laps caution free. As Allman paced the field, his teammate, Rod Phipps charged from his sixth starting spot to advance to second position. After the caution waved, several yellow periods bunched up the final in the closing stages.

Just past the lap 50 mark, Rod Phipps dropped out with tire problems. That moved Shawn Cullen back to second position. Over the final five laps, Cullen was closing the distance on Allman, but was unable to make the race-winning pass.

Following Allman and Cullen were McKinney, former Crown winners Jason Pitts and Ronnie Phipps. Fast time honors went to Ronnie Rose at 19.132 seconds.

For the second consecutive event, a new winner emerged at the conclusion of the Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTruck feature. Rookie Brandon Phillips led flag-to-flag to win the 40 lap feature. He was able to get the jump on Mark Jones at the start and then held off Joe Beaver over the final 10 circuits.

Third at the checkered flag was Josh Poore with current point’s leader Ronnie Rose and New Castle’s Mark Jones completing the top-five finishers.

In preliminary action, teammates Joe Beaver and Josh Burton won heat races. Muncie’s Andrew Brown led qualifying with a lap of 13.621 seconds.

Jake Owens made his first appearance of the season a good one as he won the 30-lap Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stock feature. On the initial start, a multi-car crash took place involving Bruce McFall, Abe Puckett, Owens and Willy DeHart.

On the second try, Owens grabbed first position at the drop of the green flag and then constructed a huge lead while Mike Riddle Jr., Bret Miles Jr. and Rod Phipps moved through the field.

Owens cruised to a comfortable victory over Doug Riddle with Mike Riddle Jr. placing third. Miles and Phipps rounded out the top five.

Ryan Buckner won the first Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stock heat with Elwood’s Bruce McFall visiting the O’Reilly Auto Parts Winner’s Circle in the second heat. Miles was the fast qualifier at 14.314 seconds.

Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 with the Insight Double Thunder Power Weekend. On July 28, the MAX/WLBC Friday Night Summer Series features American Awards Legends, Insight ThunderCars & Pro ThunderCars along with Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives in Oval and Figure 8 racing.

On Saturday, July 29, the Star Press Racing Series will showcase the Insight ThunderCar Enduro 200. The Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks and Lampco Federal Credit Union Street Stocks will also be part of the action on Saturday Night.

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