Cawley, Robertson, Leisure,
Peterson, Baker and Sites Visit Winner's Circle
In superb weather conditions at the
world’s fastest quarter mile, Anderson Speedway showcased one of the best
MAX/WLBC Friday Night Summer Series’ of the 2003 season on Friday, September 12.
Ryan Cawley won a thrilling 30-lap
ED Martin Automotive Group Modified feature with 14-year old rookie James
Robertson completing a late-race pass to score the Legends trophy. Brandon
Leisure celebrated the ThunderCar oval feature victory with James Peterson
winning the ThunderCar Figure 8. Jerry Baker dominated the first Chappy’s Rent
to Own Front Wheel Drive feature with Ohio racer Jamie Sites winning the second
From his outside front row starting position, Bruce Cooper grabbed the top spot
at the beginning of the ED Martin Automotive Group Modifieds feature. In the
early stages, Cooper felt pressure from Marshall Emberton.
On the sixth circuit, fourth-place
runner Jeff Weston made slight contact with third Chip Dowell, forcing Dowell to
spin his machine in Turn 3 and forcing both competitors to start from the rear
of the field. When the green flag reappeared, Ryan Cawley with a bump and run
got by the second place machine of Emberton.
awley then set his sights on race
leader Cooper. On the 13th circuit, the battle for the victory heated up
tremendously. Cawley, utilizing the outside groove, drove around Cooper to take
over leadership honors on lap 16. The conclusion of the event, Cawley pulled
away for the victory. Harold Scott finished in second, after passing Emberton on
the final lap. Emberton was third with Mark Harrison and Weston filling out the
top-five finishers. Cawley and Cooper were winners of the heat races with Scott
earning the fast time.
Daniel Russell darted into the lead position as the Legends 25-lap feature event
went green. He paced the field the opening eight circuits with point’s leader
Eric Black advancing to the top of the leader board in the first portion of the
event. On the ninth lap, Black bypassed Russell taking command of the field.
Black showed the way until lap 22, when rookie sensation James Robertson drove
underneath Black taking the first position.
At the checkers, Robertson sailed
to the victory with Black holding on for second and Al Renner making a late-race
charge to finish third. Ron Tiller crossed the line in fourth with John Robbins
grabbing fifth-place honors. Clark Dietzen and John Robbins won heat races with
Robertson posting the fastest time in qualifications.
Anderson competitor Brandon Phillips, from his pole starting position, led the
opening laps in the 20-lap Thunder Car oval feature. On the third circuit,
Lonnie Burton grabbed the first position, but mechanical problems two laps later
ended his racing action.
This handed Phillips the first
position for the second occasion. The remainder of the event, he tried to fend
off challenges from Brandon Leisure. By the ninth lap, Phillips approached lap
traffic and Leisure pulled on the rear deck lid of the race leader. On the 17th
circuit, the lapped car of Sammy Hawkins spun on the backstretch and Phillips
couldn’t avoid contact, causing the leader front-end damage.
Leisure assumed the first position leading the final three circuits to win the
event. Jack Taylor finished second with Bill Lawson in third. Joe Walters placed
fourth with Josh Tharp finishing in fifth position.
James Peterson dominated the 15-lap Thunder Car figure 8 event, leading all 15
circuits. In the opening laps, Peterson held off Dave Stanley. Then on the fifth
lap, Stanley dropped from the top of the running order after spinning his car.
The second half of the event, Josh Tharp applied pressure to leader Peterson in
the action-packed event. Peterson held off all challengers scoring the win.
Tharp finished second with Mike Peters, Ranny Hinton and Tim Brown comprising
the top-five finishers.
Getting the best of a battle with Bill Greene, propelled Jerry Baker to the
winner’s circle in the first Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive feature.
Baker grabbed the lead at the wave of the green flag, with Greene up front on
lap 10. Baker returned to the first position on lap 12, leading the remainder of
the event. Carroll Beeman finished in second with Greene, Chris Teepe and Kevin
Rhodus completing the top-five performers.
Jamie Sites drove to the victory in
the second Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive feature. As Sites was cruising
to the win the best battle on the track was for second spot between Elliott
McKiney and Andy Jennings. At the finish, Sites crossed the line first chased by
McKiney, Jennings, Randy Owen and Rodney McKinsey.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.