Robbins, Riddle, Riall, Burge and Stevens Score Wins

By Tom Hammond

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Five familiar names made it to the Texas Roadhouse Winner’s Circle during the MAX/WLBC Friday Night Summer Series on the first night of the J.D. Byrider Weekend of Power at Anderson Speedway on Friday, August 19.

Anderson’s Billy Riddle used a fourth lap pass to pick up his fourth win of the season in the Insight ThunderCar Figure 8 feature. Riddle got around James Peterson with the move. He was able to build a straightaway cushion by the time Paris Swallows Jr. passed fellow Anderson driver Robert Brumback for second on the ninth of 15 laps.

Swallows couldn’t make up the difference as Riddle negotiated his way through crossover traffic for the victory. Swallows ended up second followed by Brumback, Peterson and Roy Grissom Sr. to round out the top five.

Travis Burge took top honors in the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 feature. Burge was driving a new car that he and his crew completed the day of the race. He was able to hold off Anderson’s Nick Warner for the win. Randy Owen, Mt. Summit’s Keith Morris and Muncie’s Cale Ramey rounded out the top five.

Elwood’s John Robbins scored his first win of the season in a wild Legends feature. Point’s leader Daniel Russell was able to take the lead on the fifth of 25 laps as Scott McGinley roared through the field and made it to second four laps later. The two tangled in turn four on the 20th lap. McGinley’s night was done, while Russell was able to make it back into the race and finish 10th.

Meanwhile Robbins was able to hold of Rodney Smith of Indianapolis to pick up the victory. Greenfield’s Paul Holden, Speedway’s T.J. Sneva and Greenwood’s Mark Sullivan rounded out the top five.

Russell picked up the win in the first Legends heat race, while Mark Dietzen was victorious in the second heat. McGinley paced qualifying with a time of 14.203 seconds on the world’s fastest quarter-mile high-banked oval.

Alexandria’s Alice Riall solidified her lead in the Insight ThunderCar Oval point battle by winning her second feature of 2005. Riall passed Anderson’s Brandon Phillips on the 13th of 20 laps for the lead. Billy Riddle also passed Phillips and moved into the second spot when Phillips slid high in turn 4. Riall then held off Riddle for the victory despite a stiff challenge from her closest competitor. Anderson’s Tim Dick joined Grissom and Phillips in the top five.

Tim Dick scored the victory in the first ThunderCar Oval heat while William Coffman took the checkered flag in the second heat. Westfield’s Clint Groves led qualifying with a time of 15.396 seconds.

Brad Stevens won his third Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Oval feature of the season thanks to a last-lap pass of Nick Warner. Stevens went to the high side of Warner entering the first turn and pulled away for a car-length victory. Travis Burge led the first nine laps before Warner went to the outside to pass Burge in turn three on the 10th circuit. Travis Burge, Brian Harmon and Dustin Burge completed the top five.

Anderson’s Sam Folsom held off Brian Harmon in the first Front Wheel Drive Oval heat, while Pete Corsaro edged Noblesville’s Katie Beaver for the win in the second Front Wheel Drive Oval heat. Dustin Burge topped qualifying with a time of 16.147 seconds.

Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday, August 20, with the final night of the J.D. Byrider Weekend of Power. The Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks will be showcased in the 3rd Annual J.D. Byrider 150. Plus, the Terry’s RV Sales & Service Street Stocks and Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8’s will also be featured during The Star Press Saturday Night Series.

On Saturday Night, spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with racing beginning at 8. Admission is $10 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Children five and under get in free.

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