Night of Thrills Held
By Tom Hammond
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The Night of Thrills presented by the
Herald Bulletin brought a little bit of everything to Anderson Speedway for the
Chappy’s Rent to Own – MAX/WLBC Night at the Races on Saturday Night, October
14. Fans braved a cold fall night on the World’s Fastest Quarter Mile Oval to
enjoy the craziness.
The Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drive Oval Feature started the wild night
with a regular 15-lap event. Anderson’s David Baker took the lead on the third
lap from Anderson’s Hallie Glover and cruised to a huge win. Alexandria’s Kevin
Harmon ended up second followed by Josh Tharp, Mark Funderburk and Bill Leisure.
If the Front Wheel Drive race was regular the irregular events then filled the
evening’s card. The Powder Puff School Bus Figure 8 feature had four drivers
entered. Anderson’s Becky Stanley withstood a late challenge from Muncie’s
Kendra Burgess for the win. Anderson’s Jennifer Phillips ran third, followed by
Anderson’s Roxanne Grissom.
The Herald Bulletin Delivery Challenge was next. Three HB driver/carriers
competed against three Anderson Speedway drivers in an attempt to deliver a
newspaper to a delivery tube placed in one leg of the figure 8 cross-over. A
five-second penalty was issued if the paper fell out of the tube. Racer Jack
Leisure won the event with a time of 14.384 seconds. Driver/carrier Seth Timmons
was second at 15.519 seconds.
A fan favorite then returned with the Roll Over Contest. Drivers mounted a
charge at a twisting ramp placed in the crossover in an attempt to make their
cars roll over. Assuming their cars were still running drivers had three
opportunities to build their scores. Muncie’s Josh Walker picked up the victory
by making one complete roll, one-and-a-half rolls and one-and-a-quarter rolls
for 18 total points. Fellow Muncie driver Nathan Burgess finished second with 11
points and Anderson’s Donnie Ellis Jr. was third with 10 points.
The Powder Puff Front Wheel Drive feature ended up being a six-lap dash between
three Anderson drivers. Lisa Huffman picked up a commanding victory behind some
solid lap times. Sue Burton was second and Mollie Fridley was third.
The Cork Screw Race then produced some incredible racing. The race involved
drivers using half of the oval and one leg of the figure 8 course while making a
360-degree turn around a tractor tire in the crossover. The driver that had the
inside line around the tire typically had the advantage heading back to the
front stretch. Anderson drivers Josh Tharp and Robert Johnson constantly traded
the lead throughout the eight-lap race, with Tharp having the final advantage.
Johnson spun on the final turn heading to the finish line, giving Mark
Funderburk the second spot. Johnson was followed by Ellis and Gaston’s Brian
Harmon to round out the top five.
The School Buses then returned for another Figure 8 feature. Anderson’s Corey
Elliott jumped out to a huge lead and then held off fellow Anderson driver Tony
Grissom for the win. Two more Anderson drivers, Ranny Hinton and Basil Stanley,
finished third and fourth respectively. Harmon also scored a top five finish.
Only two drivers entered the first-ever Trailer Figure 8 Race, but it did
feature some wild and wooly action. Richmond’s Chris Jennings drove a Front
Wheel Drive car towing a boat trailer, complete with a boat. Meanwhile
Anderson’s Rick Tharp was towing a well-used small mobile home with a pickup
truck. The object was to keep running while literally knocking the other trailer
out of commission. Tharp was able to hit the boat trailer, but the collision
disabled the mobile home.
Jennings, meanwhile, kept on moving
even though the boat fell off the trailer in turn one of the oval. Jennings was
declared the winner by virtue of being able to continue, even though the boat
trailer was heavily damaged.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday, October 21 with the
ThunderCar Enduro 200 and Front Wheel Drive Challenge.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.