Muffley Wins Third ThunderCar Enduro; Jackson Awarded Front Wheel Drive
By Tom Hammond
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Plymouth’s Carl Muffley picked up his
third ThunderCar Enduro 200 victory on a record-breaking night at Anderson
Speedway on Saturday, October 21. A remarkable 68 cars started the race on a
night when the ThunderCar qualifying track record was obliterated by nine
different drivers qualifying below the previous standard.
Muffley made his charge in the second half of the ThunderCar event, which
featured a 10-minute break between the first 100 laps and the second 100 laps.
Drivers also brought their machines to complete stops on the track during
caution periods no matter where they were running. Muffley surged into second by
the 116th lap behind Shirley’s Jason Thompson and stayed there through the 155th
circuit when he passed Thompson in traffic.
Muffley then built a sizeable lead that he wouldn’t relinquish over the
remaining 45 circuits. Thornton, Illinois’s Eddie Wolf made his debut in the
ThunderCar Enduro with an impressive second-place finish. Anderson’s Dustin
Burge, who captured the 2006 Insight ThunderCar championship, made a last lap
pass on Thompson for third place. Anderson’s Shawn Cullen rounded out the top
five, the final competitor to complete all 200 circuits. Herb Rose was the
fastest qualifier at 14.937 seconds
Indianapolis’s Brad Brooks appeared to win the inaugural Front Wheel Drive
Challenge, but was disqualified following post-race technical inspection due to
an illegal engine giving the victory to Matt Jackson. Drivers competed in two
30-lap races, with the field from the first race inverted for the second race.
Drivers accumulated points based on their finishes in both races, with the
lowest number of points determining the winner.
Brooks ended up tied with Matt Jackson and Mt. Summit’s Keith Morris for the
fewest points accumulated over the two FWD races. After Brooks was disqualified,
Jackson was the winner by picking up the best finish in the second 30-lap event.
With the disqualification of Brooks, Jackson finished first in the second
segment and grabbed the overall victory. In the Overall standings, Keith Morris
placed second with Devin Mitchell, Casey Davis and Chuck Gossett rounding out
the top five.
In the second segment, Jack Leisure Jr., Morris, Mitchell and Davis completed
the top-five finishers.
The first FWD 30-lapper went to Morris with Mitchell, Jackson, Nick Warner and
David Baker rounding out the top five.
Anderson Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday Afternoon, November 4
with the Turkey Bash featuring Street Stocks, ThunderCars, Front Wheel Drives
(Oval & Figure 8) and Legends.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.