On America’s most patriotic day of the year, there were plenty of fireworks both on and off the track at Friendship Motor Speedway.
Elkin’s George Anen Jr. was able to grab his third-straight win in the Renegade series. Two weeks ago, Anen made a late race move to the inside and drove away. Saturday night, he was the class of the field as he continued to close the gap on the points lead.
“We could have had 10 wins this season,” Anen said. “We’ve lost four races due to our car breaking that we were out front in. We’ve led every single race this season.”
Friendship’s rule is if a driver wins three wins in a row, they have to start at the rear of the field. Anen will have to do what Richard Clew did this weekend in the Open Wheel Modified division.
Clew certainly made the race interesting, coming all the way from the back, nearly making a pass in the last corner before settling for second.
A fireworks display happened in between the heat and feature races, but the sparks did not stop flying until the last checkered flag waved. The largest wreck happened on lap 12 of the SECA Late Models race, when Bill Tesh spun exiting turn four, collecting Elkin’s Brian Moody, fan favorite Chase McCormick, and three others.
The wrecks did not stop coming throughout the night, with the hardest hit coming out of the exit of turn two during the Open Wheel Modified race, when the 13 slammed into the inside wall. The driver was shaken up, but walked out under his own power.
Other notables are Brad Mickalowski, who worked his XS4 car through some wrecks to grab his first top five of the season, and the #77 of Bobby Jones in the Open Wheel Modifieds. Jones was part of a controversial call. Supposedly, the yellow and white flags came out with Jones as the leader. However, due to a miscommunication, the race was declared over when it really wasn’t. Cars stayed behind Jones who was ready to hop out of his car to celebrate a win. He was then informed that there would be a one lap shootout because the caution did indeed come out. Jones was then passed on the last lap by Statesville’s Buck Stevens. Fans were not happy on the Facebook page, while Stevens said, “It is what it is.”
Additional results can be found on Friendship Motor Speedway’s Facebook page. Points are still pending. Racing resumes at the speedway Saturday night before an off-weekend on July 18.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.