Preparing for 2013, Teams Practice at Speedway

 By Ken de la Bastide

(March 24, 2013) - Thirty teams and drivers took advantage of sunny skies Saturday to shake down their equipment for the upcoming 2013 season at Anderson Speedway.

Race cars from seven different divisions from Legends to Super Late Models turned laps on the quarter-mile oval in preparation for the start of the season next weekend.

Joe Beaver turned several laps in his Champion Racing Association Super Late model before a brake line broke ending the day.

Trey Craig and Brad Davis were practicing in their CRA Sportsman cars. Craig was turning laps in the 13.7 second range.

Bret Miles brought out a new McGunegill Engine Performance late model and plans to run as often as possible. Miles turned laps in the 13.4-second range on old tires. Jeff Marcum also brought out a new MEP late model with intentions of running the full season.

John Robbins was testing his completely rebuilt Legends car, turning laps in the 14.2-second range.

Robbins said he felt the car was down on horsepower, adding the cooler temperatures was tire grip an issue.

Four Street Stocks participated in the practice session. Cambridge City driver Frankie Oakes said the intent is to bring two cars to the track this year. Alan Lambert will drive the 26 and Oakes will be in the 0.

Jake McElfresh is hopeful he will be a regular at Anderson Speedway in 2013, turning laps in the 14.4-second range.

Jason Drummand made the trip from Ohio to practice for upcoming CRA season.

There were 11 WMDH Thunder Cars preparing for next week’s 100-lap Enduro including the team of Justin Keith, making his first start in a race car.

Keith is driving the 00 car that sports a “pink ribbon” on the hood.

“We would like to run the whole season,” Keith said. “This has been a dream of mine for a while.”

Barlow’s Salvage provided the car and Keith’s father paid for the safety equipment. He has sponsorship from JT Automotive.

The business manager’s wife at JT Automotive, Nicole, is battling breast cancer and the team decided to dedicate the team to the fight against the disease.

Appropriately the car is named “Nicole”.

Mike Peters constructed a new car during the past year and plans to run the full Thunder Car season in the 66.

Peters said he also plans to run the car in the 200-lap Street Stock feature this season.

Ten Front Wheel Drive teams were at the practice including first-time competitors Brock Farmer and Adam Lee in the oval division.

Former champion Jeff Williams was on hand with a brand new car he constructed over the winter. Williams intends to campaign his late model on a limited basis this season.

Elliott McKinney will share the 21 with Williams and compete in the Figure-8 division. Nick Warner will be competing in both Front Wheel Drive divisions in the 09.