Beaver, Boyer and Phipps Capture
Feature Wins; Chapman Takes Figure 8 Championship
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season championships were decided Saturday night during the Star press Season
Championships at Anderson Speedway on September 24. Two division titles had
already been sewn up heading into the finale, while the Boss Hogg Catering &
Jerky Figure 8 winner remained undecided until the final 30-lap feature.
By virtue of a third-place finish, Anderson’s Curtis Chapman picks up his first
Figure 8 Season Championship. He was seventh on the starting grid after
qualifying while his closest competition in the points chase, Anderson’s Mike
Riddle, started fifth.
Riddle was running ahead of Chapman during the early stages of the feature, only
to see his chance at moving ahead of Chapman in the points battle end with a
spin on the 11th lap. Riddle was able to continue, but ended up eighth.
The race win went to Middletown’s Ronnie Phipps, who took over the lead on the
18th circuit when leader Ronnie Rose tangled with Noblesville’s Josh Tharp. Rose
cut a tire in the incident, ending his night, while Tharp continued and finished
Phipps was able to pull away on the restart after the Rose, Tharp collision and
cruised to a comfortable win over Anderson’s Ranny Hinton. Chapman was followed
by Anderson drivers Jason Pitts and Shawn Cullen in the top five.
Chapman also padded his points lead by winning the first Figure 8 heat, while
Anderson’s Rob Allman scored the win in the second heat. Tharp paced qualifying
with a time of 20.305 seconds.
Anderson’s Rich Boyer capped off his “three-peat” by winning the Terry’s RV
Sales and Service Street Stock Feature for the 16th time in 21 tries. Boyer used
his favorite move to take the lead in the 40-lap feature when he went inside
Phipps on the 20th lap heading down the backstretch and into the third turn.
Phipps had led since the green flag when he took the lead from the outside of
the front row. Boyer then surged ahead of Phipps on the front stretch of the
world’s fastest quarter-mile oval. Rod Phipps passed Ronnie Phipps on the 21st
lap and kept the race interesting, only to see Boyer pull away three laps from
the end. Rod Phipps, Ronnie Phipps, Ryan Buckner and Markleville’s Randy Hoppes
rounded out the top five.
Ronnie Phipps scored the win in the first street stock heat, while Anderson’s
Chris Bair entered the Texas Roadhouse Winner’s Circle in the second heat. Boyer
led qualifying with a time of 13.990 seconds at 64.332 mph.
The renowned philosopher Yogi Berra once said “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over” and
that phrase couldn’t have been more accurate in the Ed Martin SuperTruck
feature. Rose dominated the 50-lap feature from the get-go and developed a
straightaway lead by the 20th circuit.
Rose continued to maintain that advantage until the 49th lap when bad luck
struck and his motor gave out. He tried to hang on to the lead by nursing his
stricken machine around the track, only to see Noblesville’s Joe Beaver pass him
for the win. It was Beaver’s third win as a driver in and the fifth for the
truck owned by Tim Bennett.
Rose still finished second followed by 2005 points champion Tony Broyles of New
Castle, Anderson’s Josh Poore and Robert Lemen of Indianapolis.
Broyles used consistency to dominate the points this season. Broyles managed
only one feature win, but finished in the top 10 in all 16 races and scored 13
finishes in the top five.
The first SuperTruck heat went to Broyles, while Brownsburg’s Steve Blair took
top honors in the second head. Rose was the leading qualifier with a time of
13.613 seconds at 66.113 mph.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Friday, September 30 with the
Chappy’s Rent to Own Weekend of Events. The MAX/WLBC Friday Night Summer Series
will feature Legends, Insight ThunderCars in Oval and Figure 8 racing along with
Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives on the Oval and Figure 8.
On Saturday Night, October 1, the Benson Motorcycles Night of Thrills will take
place. Don’t miss the new lineup of events that include School Bus Figure 8’s,
Powder Puff School Bus Figure 8’s, Train Races, Cork Screw Race, Spectator
Races, Front Wheel Drives in Oval and Figure 8 racing and Powder Puff Front
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.