Anderson Speedway report 96-06-01

SKILLMAN WINS FIRST ANDERSON LM MAIN, MA NATURE ENDS NIGHT EARLY ANDERSON, Ind. (June 1) The Anderson Speedway management tried to hustle things along Saturday night, but the expected rain moved in on lap 11 of the Street Stock A main. Doug...


ANDERSON, Ind. (June 1) The Anderson Speedway management tried to hustle things along Saturday night, but the expected rain moved in on lap 11 of the Street Stock A main.

Doug Greig captured the 50 lap Open Competition Figure-8 feature. Grieg, fast timer, passed leader Duane Lee on lap 37. Lee spun later as he fought to control his ill-handling machine. R.J. Norton took second ahead of Charlie Coles, Jerry Brawner, Lee and Scott Fields.

Orie Parkhurst looked headed for his first Hoosier Park Late Model 25 lap feature win this year, but Vic Hellis spun him out of the lead on lap 15. Hellis blamed lapped traffic for the contact, as three cars struggling to stay on the leader's lap bottled things up. Both cars were sent to the tail, leaving Ray Skillman in the lead. The three tail-enders were taken out just three laps later. Barry Jackson, making his first 1996 appearance, laid down some liquid and sent Jerry Stewart and Tom Flynn into the fence. All were finished. Defending Hoosier Park LM champ Jim Cooper tried every trick in the book, but could not overhaul Skillman. Ray took the win over Cooper, Bobby Fields, William Mefford and Al Grogg. B. Fields and Tim Neal won heat races.

Had the 20 lap Street Stock "A" main gone trouble free, the night may have not been awash. Several cars crashed off of turn two on the start. Benny Blevins' Nova rolled on to its top before settling on its side. On the restart, John McGee took the lead. His car spun on lap 3 giving the lead to Brian Brock. Brock held off challenges from James Gann and Dennis Wallen. The rain began to pick up in its intensity. Defending points champ Chris Bair tried a move on lap 11 to squeeze between Brock and the backstretch wall. The move put both machines in to the turn three fence, quite hard. The red came out with Gann in the lead. It appeared that James would secure his first ever win. As the fans were leaving the stands, it was announced that the race scoring must revert to the last scored lap (lap 10). At press time, Brock was awarded the win over Bair, Gann, Wayne Young and Wallen. The B-Main was the only casualty - it will be the first race, on next week's card. Gann, McGee, Brian McVey and Jerry Swinford, Jr. won heat races.

SUMMARY: Open Competition Figure-8: 50 Lap Main: 1. Doug Grieg (Indianapolis) 2. R.J. Norton, Jr. (Indianapolis) 3. Charlie Coles (Indianapolis)

Hoosier Park Late Models: Fast heat: 1. Bobby Fields (Willow Branch) 2nd heat: 1. Tim Neal (Honey Creek) 25 lap Feature: 1. Ray Skillman (Greenwood) 2. Jim Cooper (Anderson) 3. Fields

Street Stocks: Fast Heat: 1. James Gann (Muncie) 2nd Heat: 1. John McGee (Carthage) 3rd Heat: 1. Brian McVey (Anderson) 4th Heat: 1. Jerry Swinford, Jr. (Noblesville) *A-Main: 1. Brian Brock (Muncie) 2. Chris Bair (Anderson) 3. Gann B-Main: POSTPONED. Added to June 8th card * Called on lap 10 - Rain


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ANDERSON, Indiana ---The I-CAR Modified traveling series will visit the Anderson Speedway this Saturday night. These cars are somewhat less expensive to race (than other classes) and can be taken all over the Nation. Michigan driver Ken Kropf captured the May event. Local star Joe Beaver (Noblesville) will be back in action, after taking an I-CAR tour win in Michigan a few weeks back. Desoto's father and son team of Rick and Rusty Rhonemus will be in action as well as Indianapolis driver Tim Taylor.

The Hoosier Park Late Models is the top class competing on a regular basis at the track. They are called stock cars, yet there is nothing on the cars stock. The bodies, normally formed from aluminum or fiberglass bear little or no resemblance to a passenger car. Those differences aside, the class is extremely exciting and fast. Anderson's Jim Cooper captured the 1995 title over fellow hometowner Ray Fullen.

The Figure-8 class is one of the best in the country. Rich Boyer (Anderson), who has nearly won the points title the last few years, looks to be in good shape. Anderson's Herb Rose has taken two feature wins.

Chris Bair (Anderson) captured last year's Street Stock points war. Anderson drivers Wayne Young and Rob Hazelbaker, along with Markleville's Dennis Wallen have captured feature events so far. Young has also broken the track record. Race fans will get an extra feature this week! The June 1st B-Feature was canceled due to rain. It will be ran as the first race this week.


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