Buescher Wins Grant Fritz/Greg
Dietzen Memorial; Beaver, Boyer and Burge Also Record Wins
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The “B’s” were wild at Anderson
Speedway during the Star Press Saturday Night Racing Series as the Newco Metals
Laboring through the Weekend concluded on Saturday,
James Buescher of Plano, Texas claimed the victory in the 9th Annual Grant
Fritz/Greg Dietzen Memorial for the Legends. Buescher, who also entered the
Texas Roadhouse Winner’s Circle by winning the 30-lap Legends feature Friday
night, took the lead on Lap 16 of the 100-lap event by passing Albany’s Daniel
Russell. At the drop of the green flag, Russell took the early lead from the
outside of the front row with the pole sitter Buescher right on his tail.
Buescher would never be challenged during the remainder of the race, even though
the field was bunched up by six caution periods. The yellow flag laps counted
during the first half of the race, while the last 50 laps had to be run under
green flag conditions.
John Gottsacher of Dallas, Texas passed Michael Bilderback of South Beloit,
Ill., for the second spot on the 69th lap. The two maintained that running order
for the remaining 31 laps to finish second and third respectively. Tommy Jordan
of Hartsville, S.C. and Elwood’s John Robbins rounded out the top five. Buescher
paced qualifying with a time of 13.964seconds.
Noblesville’s Joe Beaver scored his second win as a driver and the fourth win of
2005 for the No. 14 machine in the 40-lap Ed Martin SuperTruck feature. Beaver
took the lead on the 23rd lap and never looked back.
Anderson’s Ronnie Rose finished in second spot with and New Castle’s Tony
Broyles placing third after both drivers were sent to the back of the pack
following a front stretch tangle on the seventh circuit. Wannamaker’s Jake
Flagle finished fourth with New Castle’s Mark Jones rounding out the top five.
Jones scored the victory in the first SuperTruck heat, while Flagle took top
honors in the second heat. Rose led qualifying with a time of 13.538 seconds and
drew a full inversion for the start.
Anderson’s Rich Boyer made it 15-for-19 in the Terry’s RV Sales and Service
Street Stocks, but not without a battle and a change in his normal driving
tactics. Elwood’s Bruce McFall and Anderson’s Curtis Chapman set a torrid early
pace, only to see their advantage disappear with a caution period on the ninth
lap when Neil Huddleston spun in the first turn.
A huge battle developed on the restart as Chapman took the lead. Anderson’s Rod
Phipps and Boyer then moved into the top three as a classic duel developed when
the frontrunners encountered slower traffic. Boyer has made a habit of forcing
the frontrunners out of the low groove to gain and advantage, but Chapman was
able to hold his line.
Boyer was forced to go to the high side to pass Chapman on the backstretch and
through turns 3 and 4 on the 24th lap. He then pulled away and won by a
comfortable margin. Phipps ended up second with Chapman, New Castle’s Danny
Acrey II and McFall rounding out the top five.
Elwood’s Jacob McElfresh won the first street stock heat, while Chapman emerged
with the victory in the second heat. Boyer continued to dominate qualifying with
a time of 13.989 seconds.
Anderson’s Travis Burge picked up his third consecutive win and fifth overall
victory of 2005 in the Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 feature.
Burge and fellow Anderson drivers Nick Warner and Randy Owen shot to the front
of the field on the first lap as Anderson’s Allen Wagner took the lead from the
Owen took the lead on the fourth lap as he shot past Wagner in the crossover on
the second of 10 laps. Not to be outdone Burge did the same thing to Owen two
laps later. Warner then passed Owen for second on the sixth lap with a similar
At the checkers Burge held a 10-car length advantage over Warner. Randy Owen
ended up third followed by Corey Elliott and Anderson’s Allen Wagner to complete
the top five.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action with the Bush Trophy Case &
Embroidery Sprint to the Finish. On Friday, September 9, the MAX/WLBC Friday
Night Summer Series will showcase Legends, Insight ThunderCars in Oval and
Figure 8 racing along with Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives in Oval and
Figure 8 action.
On Saturday, September 10, the final night of the Bush Trophy Case & Embroidery
Sprint to the Finish showcases the final visit of the Hoosier Outlaw Sprint
Series, the world’s fastest sprint cars on the world’s fastest quarter-mile
oval. 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
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.