COOPER WINS WILD NIGHT OF LM RACING AT ANDERSON By Dave Hascall ANDERSON, Ind. (August 10)---Jim Cooper survived a wild night of Hoosier Park Late Model racing to extend his points lead. The action started early and continued long after the...
COOPER WINS WILD NIGHT OF LM RACING AT ANDERSON
By Dave Hascall
ANDERSON, Ind. (August 10)---Jim Cooper survived a wild night of Hoosier Park Late Model racing to extend his points lead. The action started early and continued long after the checkers flew. Rick Fields jumped ahead of the pack in the fast heat, only to be tapped by Ray Skillman. Both cars crashed into the turns one and two wall. Fields immediately flew out of his machine and headed for Ray's crippled mount. It was hard for anyone on the homestretch to see, but Fields apparently either swung at Skillman or his car. Fields was barred from one week as LM car owner and driver. Skillman had an injury to his left wrist, maybe from a flying steering wheel spoke.
Cooper drove away from Rick's brother Bobby to take the lead of the 25 lap main. He never looked back. He won over Bobby Fields, Ray Fullen, Brian Rievley and Vic Hellis. During the race, fans and drivers were pelted with "gravel." Later it was discovered it wasn't gravel but it was buckshot out of a competitors portable weight bag. The car was re-weighed and found legal.
Hoosier Park LM driver Bret Miles pulled ahead of the 25 lap Hoosier Legends show. His car handled worse and worse over long green flag runs and was passed by second generation driver Dane Carter on lap 9. Carter is the son of former Indy car driver Poncho Carter. Miles fell to sixth at the races end. Doug Grieg assumed the point by lap 13 and won over Carter and Dave Osborne. Grieg and Gary Pedigo won the heats.
Gene Huston smacked the wall hard after his qualifying run in his Big Lots Figure-8 car. His crew went to work to bring the car back to competition. He jumped ahead at the drop of the green and easily won the 15 lap main. Joe McKinney, subbing for Tim Lemon, took second over Darwin Blankenship , Terry Malone and Rod Phipps. Points contenders Rich Boyer and Herb Rose tangled late, forcing Joe Beaver into a spin. Mike Cain and Mike Riddle, Sr. won the heats.
Is it possible to be divorced before you were ever married? Ask Tim Teal and pheoncee Deanna Schwartz! They started side-by-side on the front row of the 20 lap Street Stock A Main. Officials over the radio network commented, "I wish they were on the front every week, they did a great job." Tim jumped ahead at the start while Shane Reed moved to second. Several cars, including points leader Wayne Young were involved in a crash on lap 4. Deanna was involved but was able to return. Reed was stuffed into the wall by Rob Hazelbaker on lap 9. Hazelbaker was put on the trailer for unsportsmanlike driving. Teal was hit from behind on lap 10 but it was ruled to have occurred after the yellow flew for a Ronnie Rose stall. They were both given their spots back. Gann hit the wall late in the race and was finished. Tim won his first ever "A" main over Danny Whitaker, Benny Blevins, Jr., Chris Bair and Don Cain. Ricky Lunsford was the class of the 15 lap "B" main but was DQ'ed for too low of ground clearance. Billy Doggett was awarded the win. Mike Hopkins and Mike Fredricks trailed. Lunsford also took the second heat, but Steve Jackson should be awarded that win. Rose, Pat Boyer and Fredricks won the other heats.
SUMMARY: Hoosier Park Late Models: Fast Heat: 1. Vic Hellis (Selma) 2. Jim Cooper (Anderson) 3. Rick Rhonemus (Desoto) Second Heat: 1. Al Grogg (Bluffton) 2. Jerry Stewart (Indianapolis) 3. Jerry Stires (Anderson) 25 Lap Feature: 1. Cooper 2. Bobby Fields (Willow Branch) 3. Ray Fullen (Anderson)
Legends Cars: First Heat: 1. Doug Grieg (Indianapolis) Second Heat: 1. Gary Pedigo (Indianapolis) 25 Lap Feature: 1. Grieg 2. Dane Carter (Brownsburg) 3. Dave Osborne (Indianapolis)
Big Lots Figure-8: Fast Heat: 1. Mike Cain (Noblesville) 2. Darwin Blankenship (New Castle) 3. Terry Malone (Anderson) Second Heat: 1. Mike Riddle, Sr. (Anderson) 2. Joe McKinney (Markleville) 3. Gene Huston (Anderson) 15 Lap Figure-8 Feature: 1. Huston 2. McKinney 3. Blankenship
Street Stocks: Fast Heat: 1. Ronnie Rose (Anderson) 2. Larry Southerland (Noblesville) 3. Benny Blevins, Jr. (Anderson) Second Heat: 1. Steve Jackson 2. Tim Teal (Noblesville) Ricky Lunsford DQ'ed Third Heat: 1. Pat Boyer (Anderson) 2. Ryan Cash (Muncie) 3. Brian McVey (Anderson) Fourth Heat: 1. Mike Fredricks (Muncie) 2. John Rose (Muncie) 3. Johnny Bowen (Anderson) 20 Lap A-Main: 1. Teal 2. Danny Whitaker (Knightstown) 3. Blevins 15 Lap B-Main: 1. Billy Doggett (Muncie) 2. Mike Hopkins (Muncie) 3. Fredricks Ricky Lunsford DQ'ed.