Late Models Dominate Practice; Eight Divisions Doing Prep Work
By Ken de la Bastide
(March 26, 2012) –
With a week left before the start of the 2012 season at Anderson
Speedway, more than 30 teams turned out Saturday to prepare for racing.
Action starts on March 31 with a 200-lap Enduro for the WMDH Thunder Cars,
50 laps of action for the International Outlaw Figure 8 series and the
Legends, racing starts at 6 p.m.
During the practice session there were five teams shaking down McGunegil
Engine Performance Late Models for the season opening event on April 7.
Street Stock champion Josh Poore was testing a new late model, Front Wheel
Drive Oval champion Jeff Williams was shaking down his new late model. Eric
Evans was on hand along with Josh Cave and former ARCA driver Greg VanAlst
.Unofficially Williams was turning laps in the 13.2-second range, Poore was
clocking in the 13.5-second range and Evans turned laps in the 13.4-second
There were three Champion Racing Association Sportsman teams turning
practice laps including Eldon Wright, Brock Anderson and Corey Gregory.
Pete Cozzolino, Damon Ecoff and Joe Beaver were fine-tuning their CRA Super
Late Models for the opening event of the season on April 14 at Anderson
Speedway with a 125-lap event.
Beaver was recording laps unofficially at 12.4-seconds on tires with almost
200 laps on them. Cozzolino was running in the 12.6-second range.
Phil Jenkins, Danny Stanley, Danny Stanley Jr., Robbie Wyman, Travis Burge,
Andrea Williams, Ryan Buckner and Curtis Chapman were all practicing in WMDH
Thunder Cars in preparation for the Enduro-race.
Chapman, the 2011 Figure-8 Champion, is planning to run a limited ThunderCar
scheduled for 2012. Jim Sheets was shaking down his winged sprint car and is
preparing to run the United States Speed Association sanctioned non-wing
event on April 29 and the Pay Less Little 500 on Memorial Day weekend.
Sheets turned a quick lap of 11.79-seconds.“I’m about 1.5-seconds off where
I want to be,” Sheets said. “These are old tires, but the car felt good in
Dustin Burge was shaking down a brand new street stock with equipped with an
Herb Rose built engine. After initially having an ignition problem, Burge
was turning laps at 14.4-seconds during a second practice session.
There were seven Front Wheel Drive teams on hand including Mark Allman and
Keith Graybill who will be racing the IOFS events in 2012.