Calvin Parham took advantage of a two-lap dash to the checkers to win the season opening feature race for the Street Stock Division at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.
For 27 laps the battle was between Kirby and Josh Poore as the two front runners were never separated by more than a car length.
With the laps winding down, fast qualifier Calvin Parham was closing on the two leaders when the running order got scrambled by two incidents with three laps remaining.
That’s when things got interesting. Jeff Hopkins and Jimmy Kirby got together on the front straight while battling for the fourth spot on the front straight. Hopkins spun into the infield and returned to action collecting Poore coming off the second corner on lap 29.
That set up a green-white checker finish with James Kirby taking the pole position with fast qualifier Calvin Parham on the outside.
Parham used the outside line to take the lead and was able to beat Kirby to the checkers by a second followed by Nick Warner, Matt Clark and Jimmy Kirby.
Michael Hadley Jr. appeared to be on the way to an easy win, but was pressured for the win over the final ten laps in the season opening event for the Interstate Auto Auction Outlaw Figure-8 Series.
Hadley was able to open a lead over the rest of the front runners, who got trapped behind slower traffic.
With 10 laps remaining fast qualifier Ben Tunny and Jesse Tunny started closing the gap on Hadley, closing to his rear nerf bar.
Hadley was able to hold on for the victory followed by Ben Tunny and Jesse Tunny with Chris Harmon and Jacob Garrigus rounding out the top five.
John Robbins, a four-time track champion, scored his first feature win in the Thunder Roadster division taking the lead from Marty Griffin with an inside pass entering turn three.
The red flag stopped action on lap 15 when Brad Kendall attempted to move from the seventh to fifth position entering turn four. Kendall attempting to squeeze between two cars collected fifth place running Tony Holden and Dave Osborn.
Robbins who opened the season last week with a second place finish to Doug Dugger wasn’t denied on Saturday.
After the restart Robbins opened a comfortable lead over Griffin and last week’s feature winner Dugger.
Kyle O’Gara took advantage of the inversion allowing him to start on the pole and he won for the second consecutive time at Anderson Speedway in Mel Kenyon Midget action.
O’Gara was closely followed for the first third of the 30-lap feature by Jessica Bean and Dameron Taylor, but pulled away at the midway point to win comfortably.
Bean, Taylor, Clayton Gaines and Logan Huggler rounded out the top five in a caution free race.