ANDERSON, Ind. — Defending Interstate Auto Auction WOFS champion Mike Hadley Jr. held on to win the WOFS season opener Saturday at Anderson Speedway. The victory was Hadley’s second career WOFS victory and first at Anderson Speedway.
Ben Tunny got the night started off setting quick time with a lap of 16.951 seconds around the high-banked speedway.
Pole sitter Hadley got the lead at the drop of the green but was pursued closely by Chis Harmon, Ben Tunny, and Jesse Tunny. Hadley began to build a sizeable lead as the battle for second between trio was tight. At one point, Hadley had a straightaway size lead. On lap 21 Harmon was forced to take evasive action to avoid hitting Jeff Swinford at the intersection falling to fourth.
With fifteen laps remaining, drama began to unfold. Ben and Jesse Tunny slowly began to catch Hadley. By lap 93 the duo had caught Hadley and started to run side-by-side trailing Hadley closely. The three ran side-by-side and put on a thrilling battle for the lead running in a very tight formation. It arguably may have been some of the best figure 8 racing at Anderson Speedway in many years. The Tunny’s made contact several times in an effort to gain an advantage on the other getting alongside Hadley numerous times. Hadley held on for the win followed by Ben Tunny and Jesse Tunny.
“Honestly I just burned up the tires” Hadley explained in victory lane. ”The car was a little bit tight. I was just trying to throttle the car to get it to turn. There at the end we didn’t have any more rear grip and I was just holding on. The first time I realized they (Tunny’s) were back there was when I felt a tap and that’s when I said come on white and checkered. I was nervous, but was hungry. I had yet to win here and wanted it bad” concluded Hadley.
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