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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 bracket.

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 the corners."

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.