Hannagan Speeds Away At Limaland
Hannagan stormed to the front and drove his red colored No. 22H Yoakam Motorsports car with confidence in the track surface as he appeared to be almost full throttle riding just below the cushion on the high-banked quarter-mile oval. A flurry of yellow flags allowed Stewart to maintain the runner-up position, although he was never able to wrestle the lead away from Hannagan.
A spectacular crash on the front straight by Chase Ridenour near the mid-point of the race simply slowed the inevitable for Randy Hannagan. He ultimately gave up very little ground to Stewart and rolled to his first win of the new season. It was also the 15th for Hannagan in his career at the track, with most of those coming in the past three seasons.
“Everything was good for us tonight,” said Hannagan. “Our starting position was fortunate and the car was working well. Winning is important for us after the success we’ve had here and to be able to win on this weekend (Memorial Day) is always special.”
The 15-lap Budweiser Thunderstocks field was packed with proven competitors at the front of the field from the start of the race. Jordan Conover found himself almost immediately fighting off challenges from track champion Tony Anderson and former winners Shawn Valenti and Tim Cole.
The pressure from Anderson proved too much for Conover as he surrendered the lead position on lap number four. Anderson executed a perfect pass near the bottom of the racing surface in getting around Conover. Tony Anderson won the track title last season but was unable to win a feature during his championship season. This time he finished the deal while maintaining the lead through the duration of the event. In the meantime Conover and Shawn Valenti produced a spirited battle for second place.
Anderson was thrilled in winning after last season’s drought.
“When the track is heavy there are three or four cars out here faster than me, but when it’s dry and slick we definitely are one of the main players in this division,” said Anderson. “My crew did a last second shock change that really helped the car out and allowed me to make the bottom side work.”
It was the 31st career win for Tony Anderson in the stock car division. He is also an eight-time season point’s champion at the track.