Ronnie Phipps National Crown
Anderson's Ronnie Phipps captured his second
National Crown Title Saturday evening at the Anderson Speedway in the 54th
running of the nation's oldest continuous stock car race. Phipps grabbed the
lead from teammate Ronnie Rose with just seven laps to go in the 50-lap
headliner for the $1,500 payday.
Following last weeks Figure 8 feature Curtis Chapman issued a challenge to Rose.
Answering that challenge by setting fast time at 20.449 seconds to grab the pole
for the Crown, Rose set the stage for what turned out to be one of the best Crowns in
Mike Perry, second fastest qualifier, grabbed the lead at the
get-go. Rose immediately hounded Perry and snatched the lead away on lap
five. The yellow flew on the eighth circuit when Tony Hart tried to exit the track under green flag
conditions and stalled in Turn 1.
The red flag flew on lap 14 for the most serious
incident of the night when Bobby Long and Ricky Tharp hit hard in the
was shaken and taken in for a check up. A five-car spin out/pileup brought the
next yellow on lap 18. Upon the return to green, Perry was able to pass Rose to
retake the point. Rose never left Perry's bumper with Ronnie Phipps and Rod Phipps
joining the two front-runners. It became obvious that this was the group that
would battle for the Crown.
All of a sudden, on lap 35, Perry's car slammed the corner rubber safety cushion
vaulting Rose back into the lead. That yellow would be the final slow down. The
traffic in the crossover looked like rush hour.
Rose slowed for a crowd at the
intersection and Ronnie Phipps was able to time it just right to make the pass
with seven circuits left. Rose brought the fans to their feet when he
pulled along side Phipps with two to go. The duo battled to the wire with 1998
champ Ronnie Phipps winning by a fender in one of the closest finishes in
National Crown history. Ronnie Rose was bridesmaid followed by Rod
Phipps. two-time Crown winner Herb Rose owns all the top three. Rounding
out the top five were
Michael Phipps and Jeff Swinford.
Phillippe Eco Water Super Truck action saw the field totally inverted by the
draw for the main event. Todd Neal, in his strongest showing of the season
grabbed the lead at the green. Mike Mendenhall was able to advance to second
position by lap three and
put the heat on Neal.
Mendenhall made several runs on Neal during the course of
the next 17 laps only to have them spoiled by a slower truck. At the halfway
point of the 40 lapper, Mendenhall found a clean track and made a pass on
the outside of Neal to take the lead. Mendenhall never looked back to record his
second win of the season over Neal, Rob Hazelbaker, Brent Busby and Bret Miles.
Hazelbaker took the fast heat
over Jack Dossey Jr. and Busby while Neal copped
the second heat checker over Mendenhall and Derrick Layne. Joe Beaver was fast
qualifier at 13.907 seconds.
In the Terry's RV Street Stocks main, Danny Acrey, II grabbed the lead from the
pole. Terry Burton quickly joined him. The duo battled back and forth until
Burton made the pass on lap 14 to take a lead he would not relinquish.
chased Burton to the checker followed by Rich Boyer, Kevin Montgomery and Chris
Darwin Blankenship snagged the lead from Hanna on lap
five of heat No. 1 to cop the coins over Curtis Chapman and Hanna. A complete
restart was ordered in the second heat race when Donnie Butler tried to pass J.D. Blankenship and everybody went sailing.
Chris Miller captured win. Jacob Owens made a last lap pass for second while Mike
Frederick was third. Burton was fast qualifier at 14.385 seconds.
Finally in the Chappy's Rent To Own Front Wheel Drives, Elliott McKinney led the
first two circuits before David Baker took control not to be seriously challenged. Trailers
were McKinney, Dustin Tomlinson, Bill King and Cale Ramey.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.