REPEAT WINNERS AT ANDERSON By Dave Hascall ANDERSON, Ind. (June 29)---Repeat winners were the rule Saturday night at the Anderson Speedway. Three of the four regular Anderson division winners repeated, as the MMRA Mini-Cups visited...
REPEAT WINNERS AT ANDERSON
By Dave Hascall
ANDERSON, Ind. (June 29)---Repeat winners were the rule Saturday night at the Anderson Speedway. Three of the four regular Anderson division winners repeated, as the MMRA Mini-Cups visited for their only 1996 appearance.
Brian Rievley set fast time in the Hoosier Park Late Models and rolled a 6 to set the inversion. That put last week’s feature winner and many times track champion Vic Hellis on the pole, with Ray Skillman on the outside. At the start of the 25 lap main, Hellis motored ahead as Skillman’s mount slipped off turn four and bedlam ensued. A full half of the field became involved, with Joe Beaver being the only casualty. Beaver was driving a brand new Ray Fullen back-up car. On the restart Hellis ran away as Tim Neal poked his car into second, with Skillman third. Hellis was running very consistent 12.6 laps but suddenly Neal moved to Vic’s rear bumper. Just as Tim began to pressure the leader, his ignition began to cut out. “I caught him up, but couldn’t have passed him any way. (Hellis) can drive this place in his sleep.,” Neal admitted. Behind Hellis and Neal were Skillman, Bobby Fields and Brian Rievley.
The Miniature Motor Racing Ass’n (MMRA) Mini-Cups were on hand for their debut Anderson event. These racers have been featured on ESPN2, and are not go-carts with stock car bodies. they are full coil suspension racers with a roll cage. They have a 13 horsepower Honda engine. Brian Walker bested Randy Walker and Bill Baird, Jr. in the heat and feature. The fans seemed enthusiastic about it.
Last week Mike Cain came back from a two year layoff to win the 15 lap Big Lots Figure-8 feature. Tonight, he made it two in a row. He first held off challenges from Herb Rose and then Joe Beaver. Rose tried to ram down to the inside of Cain but the pair made hard contact. Rose was finished. Cain then looked at the scoreboard and saw Beaver in second. “I knew I had to keep it low, ” Cain said of trying to protect his lead over Beaver. Cain won over Beaver, Gene Huston, Rod Phipps and Rick Fields. Rose and Darwin Blankenship won heats.
Wayne Young started 20th last week and took the lead of the 20 lap Street Stock A-Main on lap 18. This week he started 10th and took the lead on lap 8. Early front runners Danny Whitaker, Michael Stewart and Bob Lemon battled but Young’s charge was inevitable. Several late race cautions bunched up the field. Stewart actually got alongside Young on a restart, but Wayne powered away. Young took his fourth win over Stewart, Chris Bair, Dennis Wallen, Whitaker and Lemon. The B-Main was the wildest race of the night. Bob Jeffries had the lead with one lap to go. He had been under heavy pressure from John McGee. Both cars spun and crashed off of turn four. Jeffries spun to the line just a few inches ahead of McGee. Rich Goodwin was third over Mark Wyman and Jerry Swinford, Jr.
MMRA Mini-Cups: Heat and Feature: Brian Walker (Indianapolis)
HOOSIER PARK LATE MODELS: 25 Lap Feature: 1. Vic Hellis (Selma) 2. Tim Neal (Honey Creek) 3. Ray Skillman (Greenwood)
BIG LOTS FIGURE-8’s: Fast Heat: 1. Herb Rose (Anderson) 2. Doug Riddle (Anderson) 3. Joe Beaver (Noblesville) Second Heat: 1. Darwin Blankenship (New Castle) 2. Terry Malone (Anderson) 3. Gene Huston (Anderson) 15 Lap Feature: 1. Mike Cain (Noblesville) 2. Beaver 3. Huston
STREET STOCKS: Fast Heat: 1. Rob Harless (Markleville) 2. James Gann (Muncie) 3. Bob Lemen (Indianapolis) 2nd Heat: 1. Brian Brock (Muncie) 2. Jason Fullen (Anderson) 3. Danny Vickerey (Muncie) 3rd Heat: 1. Raymond Gray (Richmond) 2. Frank Boling (Muncie) 3. Brian McVey (Anderson) 4th Heat: 1. Mark Wyman (Muncie) 2. Todd Neal (Muncie) 3. Steve Schwartz (Noblesville) B-Main: 1. Bob Jeffries (Anderson) 2. John McGee (Carthage) 3. Rich Goodwin (Noblesville) A-Main: 1. Wayne Young (Anderson) 2. Michael Stewart (Carmel) 3. Chris Bair (Anderson)