Variety Marks Second Practice
By Ken de la Bastide
21, 2011) –
There was plenty of variety in the number of
different racecars that took advantage of clear, sunny skies for the second
practice last Saturday at Anderson Speedway.
More than 50 cars were in the pit area with large numbers of Champion Racing
Association Super Late Models, Sportsman Late Models on hand.
Several sprint car teams were preparing for the opening of the USAC pavement
season at Anderson Speedway on April 3 along with midgets.
Also in the pit area were Street Stocks, WMDH ThunderCars, Front Wheel
Drives, Legend, Thunder Roadster and a Mini Cup.
On a hand-held stop watch Damon Ecoff led the CRA Super Late Models with a
lap of 12.32 seconds, followed by Pete Cozzolino at 12:42 seconds and Jeff
Lane at 12.52 seconds.
Jason Shively was shaking down his Super Late Model for a second week. The
team experienced a fuel sensor problem the previous Saturday.
Cozzolino had a scary moment when a loose fuel line caused a fire in the
engine compartment, but it did little damage.
Bobby East was turning laps in the 11.58-second range in his pavement sprint
car with Brian Gerster and Anderson’s Jim Sheets in the low 12-second range.
Trey Craig made the trip from Louisville to test the new Sportsman Late
Model that he hopes to campaign all season at Anderson Speedway. Craig, 14,
is taking the step-up from racing a mini-cup last year.
He is teamed with Brett Robinson, who captured a CRA Sportsman race at
Anderson Speedway last season. Robinson said he would run at Anderson as
often as his baseball schedule will allow.
Defending Best Way Disposal National Crown winner Curtis Chapman was shaking
down his Terry Malone Jr. owned Figure 8 car in preparation for the upcoming
ThunderCar drivers on hand to prepare for Saturday’s ThunderCar Enduro
included Johnny Magee, four-time winner of the race, Herb Rose, Dennis Hill,
John Collins and Nick Warner.