ANDESON KICKS ASS ON SATURDAY NIGHT by Jeremy Troiano
Late Restart Jump Maybe Key To Win
Anderson was loosing ground late in the race to a fast-charging Freddie Querry, but after a late caution flag, Anderson got a big jump on the restart and pulled away again.
"I had a good racecar," said an elated Anderson. "I did get a decent restart, but even without that, I don't know if Freddie could have caught me. This is a tough place to pass when two cars are pretty equal. He was catching me at the end, but catching someone and passing someone are two different things at this track.
Wayne Anderson was one of the hard-chargers on the opening night of competition at New Smyrna and he picked up right where he left off on Saturday night. The Florida native took advantage of a spin by Junior Hanley and mechanical problems for James Powell to get out front early and pull away to dominate the 30-lap feature.
"My guys worked hard all day. We tried some different things on the car, but we also had a lot of damage to fix from last night cosmetically. We gained on some things we were looking to gain on, but we lost some in other areas. We just have to find the middle ground."
While Anderson was good and lucky, others suffered some more misfortune.
For the second straight night, Junior Hanley was facing the wrong way on the race track. This time, Hanley was leading at the time when he looped it in turn two. The night's fast-qualifier wound up coming back and, thanks to several late cautions and a couple of accidents, finished ninth.
Wayne Anderson was back where he likes to be: Victory Lane.
"It's just one of those deals," said Hanley. "I don't know. It's just frustrating."
"I saw the 66 go around," said Anderson. "That is tough for Junior. He (Junior) has had a rough start to it all. I know that will just drive him more and he will be hungry to get a few wins."
About the same time that Hanley had his problem, the second-place car of Powell fell off the pace with mechanical problems. That allowed the third place running Anderson to take the lead he would never relinquish.
"It will be nice to have tomorrow night off. We've worked hard at it these last few days and my guys deserve a break. I am pleased how these first two nights went. I just wanted to finish the races, so to get a win on the second night, that's just icing (on the cake)."
The cars weren't inverted on Saturday night as they were after qualifying for the opener. Hanley started on the pole and Powell on the outside.
showed up late on Friday, had to start the feature in the back and never ran up to par. McLeod qualified fifth on Saturday.
Friday night's winner Donald Long wasn't as strong. He got trapped in the middle of the pack and came home tenth.
The first two nights of Speedweeks haven't really gone Junior Hanley's way.
Terry Schoppenholt, a top-five car on Friday, and Louie Mechalides were involved in a big crash with just three laps to go. Schoppenholt's car was virtually destroyed in the crash, which saw him climb the wall and nearly get upside down. Both drivers were seen exchanging pleasant remarks after the race and knew it was just a racing incident.
The night's top position gainer was that of Southeast Series (formerly All Pro) driver Randy Gentry. Gentry started 19th but was able to finish fifth after a last lap pass of Aric Almirola.
Tim Russell won the Limited Late Model feature, with Larry Osten and Jason Boyd rounding out the top-three.