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View From the Tower

By Ken de la Bastide

(May 12, 2011) – Just a little over a month into the 2011 season and there has been plenty of good racing at Anderson Speedway in all of the divisions.

This past weekend the Champion Racing Association Super Late Models kicked off the 2011 campaign at Anderson and put on a good show.

Had it not been for 14 caution periods the Seal Wrap 125 would have been considered a great race in many respects.

The CRA drivers were getting their first taste of double file restarts. The new format, used for all Anderson Speedway divisions, achieved the desired result of tight racing for position. Although impatience caused numerous caution periods triggered by one-car spins.

Knightstown driver Jeff Lane and defending CRA champion John VanDoorn waged a classic battle for the lead for most of the second half of the race. VanDoorn beat and banged on the back of Lane’s Ed Martin sponsored Chevrolet, but was unable to gain the low line.

Van Doorn’s night ended on lap 107 with a mechanical problem, but that didn’t make the run to the checkers any easier for Lane. Mason Mingus and Terry Fisher Jr., both looking for their first Super Series win, raced side by side for several laps battling for the second spot. Mingus finally prevailed when Fisher’s car developed a tight condition in the corners.

Jenny White, making her first appearance at Anderson Speedway, turned in an impressive run. White competes in Missouri and raced at the now closed I-70 Speedway.

White received the “Lucky Dog” several times, finishing seventh the last car on the lead lap.

Something else took place over the weekend that won’t appear in a box score, money being brought into the local economy by the speedway.

There were approximately 20 CRA teams that attended an open practice last Friday. Many of those teams were from outside the immediate area.

What that meant was money spent on hotel rooms, meals and gasoline. With the Pay Less Little 500 only slightly more than two weeks away it will mean the speedway will be providing more customers for local businesses.

This Saturday the CRA Sullivan RV Sportsman Late Models return for their second visit of the year. The earlier race attracted 35 racecars and the drivers provided good racing in three heat races and the 50-lap feature.

Keith Sterkowitz took the lead on a lap 26 restart and than held off Jason Atkinson and Brett Robinson.

I expect to see more of the same on Saturday.