HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Andy Anderson was driving a Rocket that turned into a missile Saturday at Hagerstown Speedway when he took top honors in the postponed (from May 18) Bill Bowman Special by leading the final 13 laps of the 31-lap event and then topped off his evening with another dominant run in the regular scheduled 20-lap feature on Mayberry Night, both efforts coming from the 12th starting position.
It was the fourth triumph of the season for the Martinsburg, W.Va., driver aboard the Doug and Dougie Timmons Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman.
“This is actually the first I’ve ever got to run the Bowman race,” Anderson said. “We go back a long ways. I used to sell him parts all the time when I worked at Ernie’s (Salvage Yard). There wasn’t a day go by that Bill didn’t call or at least come down. I’m just glad we got to make this race up and run it for Bill.”
The Bowman event was settled in a one lap charge to the checkered in which Anderson beat eighth starter Paul Cursey by .99 second and in the scheduled event, he had pulled away to a 5.082 second triumph over pole sitter Billy Farmer.
Other winners included Darrin Younker in the Ernie D’s pure stocks, his second for the season where he is celebrating his 25th season of racing and also Tom Caravello, who posted his first ever oval track feature win in the D & D Auto Recycling hobby stocks.
Starting fourth, Scott Palmer had led the initial seven laps of the Bowman Special on May 18th before the rain shower arrived. For the restart, Paul Cursey, who initially started eighth and was second, charged past Palmer to take command while Anderson took second from Palmer on the tenth lap while Cursey was 2.4 seconds ahead.
Anderson kept reeling Cursey in as Cursey got to the rear cars four laps later and Anderson closed in traffic. He got past Cursey to lead the 19th lap while Terry Flaherty got past Palmer for third two laps later but was more than five seconds behind Cursey.
Yellows with two and one to go tightened the field, but Anderson had no problem speeding away from Cursey to get the checkered .99 second ahead with Flaherty holding to third over Palmer and Mike Walls.
“We had a good car,” Anderson said. “We got in that lapped traffic there and I had to go where he didn’t go. We bumped a little coming off four but I’m sure he knew it was just racing.”