Pierce Sprints To Another Anderson Score
ANDERSON, Ind. — Aaron Pierce remained perfect in USSA Sprint Car challenge competition leading all 50 laps at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.
Pierce, who won the Glen Niebel Classic in April, took advantage of the inversion of the top four qualifiers to dominate the event. Aside from the Pay Less Little 500, which was a USSA point race, Pierce has won every event at the track.
After Pierce opened a comfortable lead through the first 18 laps over fast qualifier Chris Neuenschwander when the caution flag waved when third place running Joe Swanson made contact with the front straight wall.
On the restart Neuenschwander was able to stay close to Pierce for the next 10 circuits, but then it was all Pierce the remainder of the event. Third place went to Brian Olson.
The best racing was for the fourth spot between Brian Gerster, Tony Hunt and Tyler Roahrig Jr. The three ran nose to nail for the final 32 laps with Gerster and Hunt holding on to the fourth and fifth positions.
After not recording a victory in more than a month in NASH FM Thunder Car action, Curtis Chapman scored his eighth feature win of the season.
Chapman took the lead from Trent Gossar on a lap three restart with an outside pass on the front straight.
Gossar challenged him during three more restarts, but was never able to make the pass for the lead.
Cautions were brought out by Billy Cribbs who spun in turn one and came to rest against the outside retaining wall. Tom Gossar lost an engine on lap 22 while he was running fourth.
The final caution flag waved on lap 22 when Danny Stanley Jr. and Nick Lewis tangled on the back straight while fighting for the fifth spot.
Following Chapman and Trent Gossar to the checkers were Robbie Allman, Nick Warner and Austin Russell.
The father son team of Brad Kares and Dustin Kares hooked up on a restart with six laps remaining to finish first and second in the IOFS FasCarts competition.
The two hooked up on a restart after Dave Reynolds lost a tire while batting for the fourth spot.
On the restart Brad Kares went to the outside to pass Jason Reynolds and a lap later Dustin Kares and Ryan Cherry got inside of Reynolds.
With the five cars battling for the top spot Dustin Kares lined up behind his dad, Brad, in a two-car draft to sweep the top two positions. Cherry finished third followed by Jason Reynolds and Cody Rinehart.
Nick Warner worked his way through the field passing Elliott McKinney with an outside pass entering turn one with six laps remaining to win the IOFS Front Wheel Drive Figure-8 event.
Once Warner took the lead McKinney and Ryan Claborn exchanged paint while battling for the second spot on lap 12. Both drivers were disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The race was slowed on the restart when Lawrence Kelly Jones and Jamie Valentine crashed in turn three.
Warner maintained the lead over the final four laps followed by Kevin Henson, Mike Alley, Mark Allman and Jeff Williams.