Muffley Wins Third ThunderCar Enduro; Jackson Awarded Front Wheel Drive Challenge Victory

Story By Tom Hammond

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Plymouthís 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 Shirleyís Jason Thompson and stayed there through the 155th circuit when he passed Thompson in traffic.

Muffley then built a sizeable lead that he wouldnít relinquish over the remaining 45 circuits. Thornton, Illinoisís Eddie Wolf made his debut in the ThunderCar Enduro with an impressive second-place finish. Andersonís Dustin Burge, who captured the 2006 Insight ThunderCar championship, made a last lap pass on Thompson for third place. Andersonís 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

Indianapolisís 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. Summitís 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.

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