posted July 19, 2001 10:15 AM
Kokomo,IN - This Past Sunday night at Kokomo was a great night of racing with the USAC Regional Dirt Midget Series on tap as well as the regular program of Non-Wing Sprints, Street Stocks, and Thunder Cars.
To set up for the rest of the article I must tell you that Tony Elliott a local favorite, but also a top runner in USAC's top three divisions which are the Stoop's Freightliner National Sprint Car Series, the WorldCom National Midget Series, and the Coors Light Silver Bullet Series. Also, Tony had only visited the track three times previously to this event this year and he won all three times. Twice in the non-wing sprint car and once in the midget.
I attentively watched the midget heat races, and the one thing I noticed was a that a young man that I have had the pleasure of meeting personnally by the name of Shane Hollingsworth who is only 16 yrs. old this kid has also driven Kenyon cars and mini-sprints, and I noticed during his heat race that nobody had anything for him.
Now I'll move to the Midget feature.
In the midget feature Shane Hollingsworth started on the pole and veteran Tony Elliott started in the front of the pack also. Shane led the feature for quite a few laps until he got into traffic and going into the third turn he tried to lap a car on the high side, but the car he was trying to lap moved up on the track and Tony Elliott moved under the car using it as a pick to take the point from Hollingsworth. So from this point Tony Elliott the local favorite led until there was four laps left when he had a right rear tire go flat, and Hollingsworth was right behind him to take the lead and his second feature win of his rookie season in the midget. Hollingsworth's other feature win was in the first event of the season at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville,IN.
Now the non-wing sprint car feature.
Two local drivers that have a fierce rivalry made up the front row for this A-main wich is the best I have seen at the Kokomo Speedway to-date these drivers were Tony Elliott who was on the pole, and another USAC top runner in all three major divisions, Dave Darland. Elliott pulled right out of the box to keep the lead from Darland while Darland who to me seemed like the only one brave enough to run up against the very mean outside retaining wall which is built of concrete. While Darland ran the high side he managed to keep second for most of the race, but the end of the feature is when it really got good. A young man who had been running third all night behind Darland within the last two laps got around Darland on the low side to steal second, and then dogged leader Tony Elliott on the last lap this young man whos name is A.J. Anderson was able to get his nose right under Elliott's sprint car in turn four coming around for the checkered flag and A.J. then did the impossible when he drag raced Tony Elliott back to the line for the win. However, these two cars were separated by just mere inches so the cars of Tony Elliott and A.J. Anderson just circled the track while officials had to decide who to give the win to and when the flagman pointed the checkered at Anderson on the front stretch Anderson proceeded to the backstretch where he did doughnuts to celebrate his awesome victory.
Also, just a note Kokomo is a 1/4 mile dirt track which is flat and has a very mean outside retaining wall which has ended many drivers good runs for the night.