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Taylor wins at Anderson, Gladish crowned champion

Anderson Speedway 10-5-19

Anderson Speedway 10-5-19 Taylor wins at Anderson, Gladish crowned champion

Anderson Speedway 10-5-19

Taylor wins at Anderson, Gladish crowned champion

By Ken de la Bastide

ANDERSON – Entering the final race of the 2019 season Kameron Gladish knew what was necessary to claim the championship honors for the Mel Kenyon Midgets.

Gladish entered Saturday night at Anderson Speedway with a point lead over Colin Grissom with Tommy Kouns having an outside shot at the title for the K&M Tool & Die Mel Kenyon Series.

Kouns broke his own track record during qualifying with a lap of 12.299-seconds with Gladish posting the fourth best time and Grissom a disappointing eighth quick effort.

Dameron Taylor won the first of two heat races with Kouns coming home in second and Ryan Huggler claimed the second heat event followed by Gladish and Grissom.

Former series champion Dameron Taylor took the lead from the start ahead of Kouns and Ryan Huggler.

Both Kouns and Grissom needed to lead at least one lap, lead the most laps and win the final feature race and hope Gladish finished sixth or worst.

Grissom passed Huggler on the second lap entering turn three and Gladish followed suit on the next circuit.

But as the laps wound down Taylor was able to hold off Kouns, who made efforts to gain the point on both the inside and high lines to no avail.

At the finish Taylor won by .629-seconds over Kouns with Grissom coming home third followed by Gladish and Jack Macenko.

For Taylor it was a series best 12th win at Anderson Speedway.

“I wanted to get another win at Anderson,” Taylor said in the Star Financial Victory Lane.

“I had my hands full in the final laps,” he continued. “I could smell rubber and was losing grip on the right rear tire. I was trying to drive into the corners full throttle, which you can’t really do in these cars.”

Gladish said going into the night he knew all he had to do was keep his rivals in sight.

“That was the goal,” he said. “All I had to do was stay close to them and I would win the championship. It would have been nice to get the win.”

Gladish said his plans for 2020 could include moving up to non-wing sprint cars with team owner Gene Nolen.

Macenko won the Simpson World Indy Rookie of the Year honors.

Anderson Speedway 10-5-19

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