McKnight Dominated MSR Supermodifieds Event
Hargraves scores IOFS Figure 8 win at Anderson
McKnight used a classic high, low move coming off the fourth corner on lap 22 to pass early leader Jim Paller. From there he pulled away from Paller and the rest of the field.
Over the final 28 laps McKnight almost lapped the entire field, taking the checkered flag on the bumper of third place finisher Jimmy McCune with Paller slightly further ahead.
Paller took the lead from the pole position chased by Kyle Vanderpool, but the driver clearly on the move was McKnight, who was running fifth after the first lap.
He used the outside line to pass McCune on lap four down the back straight and six laps later passed Brian Gringras with a power move on the outside entering turn three.
McCune passed Vanderpool for third on lap 18 and pressed Paller for second the remainder of the distance but was unable to complete the pass. Sondi Eden moved into fourth by slipping outside of Vanderpool on lap 35.
McKnight, who won at Winchester Speedway on Sunday, made it two wins in a row to open the season.
At the checkers McKnight finished 12.5-seconds ahead of Paller with McClure, Eden and Vanderpool rounding out the top five.
“We had a great race car,” McKnight said.
He said the crew hit on the right set-up for Anderson Speedway.
In the opening race for the International Outlaw Figure-8 Series, several cars were knocked out of contention before a lap was completed.
Front runners Jeff Swinford and Mike Riddle tangled in turn four and three cars including Johnny Hargraves, Larry Swinford and Manny Agular crashed in turn three.
Jeff Swinford, Riddle and Agular were able to make repairs and return to action.
Charlie Hargraves made a nifty move on the second lap climbing from third place to the lead with an inside move on both Ben Tunney and early leader Curtis Chapman.
Once outfront Hargraves maintained a comfortable margin over Ben Tunney and Austin Tunney, the only other two cars on the lead lap, until lap 30.
With the Tunney brothers glued to his rear bumper, Hargraves blocked several attempts by Ben Tunney to make an outside pass.
Jesse Tunney used a cross over move on lap 43 to take the second spot entering turn one and started to again close on Hargraves.
Jesse Tunney made a final hard charge into turn three but wasn’t able to get along side of Hargraves.
Hargraves got the win followed by Jesse and Ben Tunney with Chapman and Chuckie Hargraves rounding out the top five.
Racing action returns on Wednesday, May 22 with the TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series and Mel Kenyon Midgets. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with the racing beginning at 7. Advance Admission is $10 for adults and $15 day of race. Tickets are $4 for kids ages 6-12 with children five and under getting in free.
First round qualifications for the 65th Pay Less Little 500 will take place on Thursday, May 23, beginning at 1:30 p.m. with the 33-car field set during second round of qualifications on Friday afternoon. The 65th Pay Less Little 500 goes green approximately at 8 p.m. on Saturday night.
For additional information on Anderson Speedway, visit www.andersonspeedway.com or contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.
Source: Anderson Speedway