Nuckles, Riall, Rose, Harmon and Tharp Earn Friday Night Victories
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A couple of runaway victories and a
wild Insight ThunderCar feature highlighted the opening night of the Chappy’s
Rent to Own Weekend of Events at Anderson Speedway on Friday, August 25. On the
MAX/WLBC Night at the Races, fans enjoyed the action on a beautiful late summer
night on the World’s Fastest Quarter Mile Oval.
Bryan Nuckles made the three-hour trip from Columbus, Ohio, a good one as he won
the Newco Metals Legends feature. Nuckles took the lead from fellow Buckeye
state driver Jeff Denney on the 5th of 25 laps following a restart from an early
race caution. Nuckles was able to hold off Albany’s Daniel Russell through the
middle stages of the race and then pulled away for a comfortable win. Russell
ended up second followed by Frankton’s John Robbins, J.D. Trenary III of Bunker
Hill, West Virginia and Indianapolis’s Rodney Smith.
Denney won the first Legend heat, while Pendleton’s Mark Dietzen was victorious
in the second heat. Smith paced qualifying with a time of 14.120 seconds.
Alexandria’s Alice Riall scored her fifth feature win of the season in the
Insight ThunderCar feature. Riall inherited the lead on the 19th of 20 laps when
race leader Jeff Dick and the third place car of Lonny Burton, spun in the turn
4. Riall, who was running second, took over the top spot and then held off
Anderson’s Dustin Burge for the victory. Nick Warner finished third followed by
Noblesville’s Katie Beaver and Anderson’s Tim Dick.
Darryl Rogers won the first ThunderCar heat while Anderson’s Jeff Eytchison
grabbed the winning hardware in the second heat. Warner led qualifying with a
time of 15.235 seconds.
Ronnie Rose went behind the wheel of the No. 17 machine normally driven by Riall
and roared to a commanding win in the Insight ThunderCar Pro feature. Rose took
the lead from Anderson’s Shane Cullen on the 4th of 20 laps and quickly built a
comfortable margin. Cullen finished second followed by Chesterfield’s Brandon
Leisure and Anderson drivers Chris Bair Sr. and Rod Phipps. Cullen picked up the
win in the ThunderCar Pro heat while Leisure led qualifying with a time of
Alexandria’s Kevin Harmon bolted to the lead early and then turned the 15-lap
Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Oval feature into a runaway. The best
battle was for second as Owen moved around Indianapolis’ Brian Lewis on the
next-to-last lap to take the position. Lewis ended up third followed by Morris,
and Alexandria’s Tony Crum.
Jerry Smith took the checkered flag in the first Chappy’s Rent to Own Front
Wheel Drive Oval heat while Anderson’s Rickie Craig won the second heat.
Noblesville’s Rickie Tharp scored the victory in the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front
Wheel Drive Figure 8 feature. Tharp jumped to the lead from the start and
cruised to a comfortable win over Mt. Summit’s Keith Morris. Anderson’s Ryan
O’Bryant finished a strong third followed by fellow Anderson drivers Randy Owen
and Allen Wagner.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday, August 26, with the
Night of Thrills. The exciting lineup includes School Bus Figure 8’s, Roll-Over
Contest, Mattress Race, Cork Screw Race, Powder Puff Front Wheel Drives along
with Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive in Oval and Figure 8 action. The
Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8’s will also make a special appearance on
On Saturday Night, spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with the 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.