By Ken de la Bastide
(March 30, 2014) -
With sunny skies and more seasonable
temperatures Anderson Speedway officially
opened for the start of the 2014 season on
After a colder than
normal winter and a record amount of snow,
competitors were ready to return to racing
Sue Saxon of
Indianapolis was making her first visit for
racing action at
Anderson Speedway in preparation for her
daughter, Nikky, to run a limited number of
JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour.
“This is our first time
here for a race,” she said. “It’s pretty
Saxon said the family
used to race at the “Bullring” in Las Vegas.
“We’re anxious for the
season to start,” she said. “We’ll
definitely be up
here to practice on the short track.”
Muncie resident John
Modgoin hadn’t been to Anderson Speedway for
about a decade, but was there on Sunday to
watch his buddy JP Crabtree race in the
Vores Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman
“I love coming to this
track,” he said. “It’s always been fast. I
around here and used to come on the
Modgoin said he is
planning on making a number of visits to
Speedway in 2014.
“I was ready for the
racing to start,” he said.
Tristan Crago was at
Anderson Speedway with his three-year-old
Jasper. Crago is planning on running some of
the CRA Street Stock events at Anderson
Speedway this season. He is a regular
competitor at Angola Speedway in
“I was ready to watch
some race cars,” he said. “Our season starts
in two weeks.”
Crago said he grew up in
the Anderson area and has been to the famed
high-banked oval numerous times.
“I’ve been to a lot of
the Little 500s,” he said.
Indianapolis, was also making her first
Anderson Speedway and described herself as a
big race fan.
“We heard they were
racing today and decided to come up,” she
Worthington said she has been to many races
at the Indianapolis Speedrome, adding the
Anderson Speedway is a lot different than
the Marion County oval.
“We’ll probably come
back up here several more times this year,”
Rick Dawson, owner of
Anderson Speedway said fans will notice
numerous changes over the course of the next
One change is the return
of Big Joe’s Event Services that will be
providing the concessions at the track.
“They will be new and
improved,” Dawson said. “It’s bringing back
Dawson said once the
weather cooperates there will be changes to
buildings at the track and the grandstands.
“We’re upgrading the
facilities,” he said.
Concerning the season,
which runs weekly through October, Dawson
said the Pay Less Little 500 on May 25 will
be bigger than ever.
Other highlights are the
Stoops Freightliner Red Bud 300 for the CRA
Super Series late models and a new event on
Labor Day weekend when the Must See Racing
winged sprints will be competing in a
“Spring is officially
here,” Dawson said, “Anderson Speedway is