11 Feature Winners on Final Day of 9th Annual Stock Car Festival

Story By Tom Hammond

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9th Annual Stock Car Festival Video Highlights
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11 feature races capped an exciting finale for the 9th Annual Stock Car Festival Pip Printing, Anderson Rent-All, Mofab and A Total Tan at Anderson Speedway. Fans enjoyed the action on a sun-splashed, beautiful fall Sunday afternoon on the World’s Fastest Quarter-Mile Oval.

The Ed Martin Auto Group SuperTrucks competed in the A Total Tan 40. Indianapolis’s Ric Pfeifer inherited the lead during a lap 15 caution when race leader Josh Burton’s truck suffered mechanical problems. The yellow flag came out when two of the other frontrunners, Bob Lemen and Ronnie Rose, tangled in turn 4.

Pfeifer was then able to hold off John Wicks of Ypsilanti, Michigan to cross the finish line in first position. Following post-race technical inspection, Pfeifer was disqualified, giving Wicks the victory. Scott Brooks placed second with Noblesville’s Joe Beaver, Lemen and Josh Poore rounding out the top five.

The Ford Focus Midgets then added some open-wheel flavor to the day. Tate Martz, the 2006 FFM point champion, cruised to a huge win. Chet Gehrke, Allison McCloud, James Robertson and Mario Clouser rounded out the top five.

The Indy URL Stock Cars feature had a big field and a lot of attrition over the 40-lap event. Indianapolis’s Chad Gaskill and Brownsburg’s Mark Sweet were leading when they tangled on the 27th lap. That gave Indianapolis’ Stuart Quakenbush a lead he wouldn’t relinquish. Steve Blair was second, followed by Jeff Ellis, Quay Gregory and Tim Byrdwell.

The Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 feature saw the 2006 oval champion, Keith Morris, come out on top. Anderson drivers David Baker, Jonathon Pitts, Bill Leisure and Robert Johnson rounded out the top five.

Frankton’s John Robbins roared through the field to win the Newco Metals Legends feature. Robbins moved from the back of the pack to the front in three laps and then cruised to the win. Cottontown, Tennessee’s David Moyes III was second, followed by Pendleton’s Mark Dietzen, Plainfield’s Eric Black and Indianapolis’s James Edsall III.

Indianapolis’s Tom Miller and Blair battled tooth-and-nail for 3/4ths of the 40-lap Indy URL Pro Truck feature. Blair’s chance for victory ended seven laps from the end as Miller hung on for the win. Germantown, Ohio’s Joe Hill, Stuart Quakenbush, Greenfield’s Mark Thompson and Indianapolis’s Jamie Brickley completed the top five.

The Lampco Federal Union Street Stocks competed in the Pip Printing 40. It looked like it might be a father-and-son one-two finish early as Bret Miles Sr. and Bret Miles Jr. held the early advantage. However something broke on Bret Sr.’s car, sending oil spewing down the front stretch and into turn 1. Bret Jr. was able to avoid trouble despite spinning in the oil, and then roared out to a huge margin for the win.

Anderson’s Rich Boyer finished second after Ronnie Phipps slowed on the final lap. New Castle’s Danny Acrey II also passed Phipps for third. Phipps managed to hang on to the fourth spot followed by Anderson’s Jake Owens.

Noblesville’s Josh Tharp dominated the Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky – Mofab 20-lap feature, turning in a straightaway-length victory. Anderson drivers Michael Phipps, Ronnie Rose, Rod Phipps and Rob Allman rounded out the top five.

A small, but spirited field of Mini Stock cars put on a 15-lap feature. Justin Meriwether took the checkered flag, followed by Mark Mason, Lynn Dager and Jake Hinton.

The Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Oval feature showcased a hot early battle between David Baker and season points champion Keith Morris. Baker took the lead on the sixth lap and built a sizeable advantage, only to see the field bunched up for a yellow two laps from the end of the 15-lap event. Baker was able to hold off Morris during the green-white-checkered finish. Alexandria’s Kevin Harmon and Anderson drivers Jack Leisure and Devin Mitchell also scored top five finishes.

The Insight ThunderCar Feature had some dandy early racing. Anderson drivers Rob Allman and Rich Boyer battled for the lead in the early stages before Allman’s car developed a flat tire. Chris Bair Sr. then took the lead as Boyer had to check up for Allman. Boyer and Bair then tangled in turn four on the eighth lap, ending Bair’s afternoon and sending Boyer to the back of the pack.

Shane Cullen then inherited the lead, only to see Shantell Banks pull off an impressive move for the lead on the restart. However Banks’ night ended on the 12th lap when something broke on her car and she slammed the front stretch wall collecting Cullen. That gave Travis Burge the lead and he was able to hold off Boyer, who made a furious charge through the field to get back into contention. Chris Jennings was third followed by Tharp and Anderson’s Ranny Hinton.

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