Muffley Endures In 3rd Annual
ThunderCar Enduro 250
Plymouth's Carl Muffley fended off
54 other competitors to capture the 250 -lap Enduro and a $3,000 payday Saturday
evening at the Anderson Speedway. Muncie's Bret Miles padded his point lead by
taking the Phillippe Eco Water Super Truck 40-lap headliner. Anderson's Elliott
McKinney came away an unexpected winner in the Chappy's Rent To Own Front Wheel
Fifty-five cars took the green flag for 250 laps of grinding, fender banging
action in the 3rd annual Enduro. Drivers from all over the tri-state area came
in hopes of a $3,000 pay check. With so many cars on the tight quarter-mile of
the Anderson Speedway, several mishaps happened early on.
In this Enduro, it is either green
or red. If the red flys, the driver must stop where they are. Muffley set a new
Enduro qualifying record at 15.258 seconds which earned him the pole.
Nine of the 14 slow down happened
in the first 50 circuits for bumpers and wheels off and minor tangles. The most
serious was Brian Slavey slamming head on into the rubber safety retainers in
turn three on lap 26. Slavey was ok but his car was destroyed.
Muffley took the lead at the get-go
but was passed by Ronnie Rose, second fastest qualifier, on lap five. Muffley
caught Rose in traffic and passed him on lap 26 only to be passed two laps later
by last year's winner Chris Helfrich.
Rose took a ride on lap 56 after
being hit by Nik Carothers, leaving only Helfrich and Muffley on the lead lap.
The red flew on lap 67 for an ambulance run for Rose after he was slammed by
Curtis Chapman. Rose was ok. The race ran green all the way to the break at lap
125 with Helfrich building a three lap lead on the field and looking like he was
going to easily repeat last year's win.
Nineteen cars were still running at
the break. After the return to racing it became obvious that Muffley had made
some adjustments and was now the fastest car on the track. On lap 185, Muffley
caught Helfrich lapping a car, went inside making it three wide and snagged one
of his laps back.
Helfrich appeared to dislike
Muffley's slick move and slammed Muffley going into Turn 3. Helfrich, a two lap
leader, flattened his left front in the process and had to do a green flag tire
change and came out of the pit a two lap trailer. Lap 222 saw the final red for
Herb Carson who also slammed Turn 3. He was ok.
On go-around 233, Muffley was
attempting to lap Helfrich on the backstretch. Helfrich tangled with Muffley
spinning himself in the incident. Muffley went on to the victory over Joe
Walters, Duane Lowery, Helfrich and Teresa Gossar.
In Super Truck action, Bret Miles took advantage of the four truck inversion
draw to jump to the lead at the green and never give it up.
Josh Burton never left the
tailgate of Miles to claim runner-up honors followed by Joe Beaver, defending
champion Brent Busby and Fred Hopkins.
Brian Lemmer took the lead from
Todd Neal on lap two of the fast heat to cop the coins over Burton and Jack
Dossey, Jr. Mark Jennings led the first two go-arounds of heat No. 2 before Mike
Mendenhall made the pass and went on to the win over Rob Hazelbaker and Derrick
Layne. Joe Beaver was fast qualifier at 13.806 seconds.
Twenty-five cars started the wild
Front Wheel Drive feature. The race was absolutely incredible with seven lead
changes in 15 laps. Kenny Boykin led the first go-around before Dustin Tomlinson
took over. Corey Elliott led lap six with Darryl Rogers on the point for laps
seven and eighth.
Tomlinson was back to the point in
this see-saw battle on lap nine with Rogers to the lead for laps 10-13. Five
cars stacked in the corner halting the race and making a mad dash for the
checker even wilder.
On the restart, Rodney McKinsey
jumped to the point and went on to take the checker. McKinsey later failed
technical inspection with illegal tires and Elliott McKinney went home a
surprised winner. He was followed by David Baker, Andy Jennings, Kevin Rhodus,
Tomlinson and Paul Butler.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.