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Variety Marks Second Practice

By Ken de la Bastide

(March 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 season.

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.