HANLEY'S PROBLEMS LEAD TO ANDERSON WIN by Jeremy Troiano
Parity Among Leaders Makes For Follow The Leader Racing
After setting fast time again on Wednesday night, Hanley seemed to be the only car that could power around the other leaders, eventually putting himself out front of Wayne Anderson and James Powell. It looked as if Hanley was finally on his way to his first win of Speedweeks. But with just five laps to go, Hanley's clutch went out, giving Anderson the lead and the eventual win.
"We had a clutch go. Simple as that. Another problem. Just the way our week has gone," said a very brief Hanley after the race.
It was par for the course for Hanley, who has only finished in the top-five once since Speedweeks started. He has experienced a variety of problems, from mechanical let downs to accidents with the leaders and lapped cars.
Junior Hanley is probably ready to head back to Canada and hope Florida just breaks off into the ocean and floats away. After the Speedweeks he has experienced, who can blame him.
But Hanley's misfortune was Anderson's fortune. And on a night that none of the leaders appeared to be able to pass each other, Anderson was able to cruise home to the win.
"The cars as just so equal here, you just have to wait for someone to make a mistake," said Anderson. "That is what happened when (Hanley) got around me. He used a lapped car and got me."
Lapped cars seem to be the only way any of the leaders could pass each other. Without mistakes or mechanical problems, the racing turned into nearly follow-the-leader.
"It is a hard place to pass because of the competition," said second-place runner BJ McLeod. "This is a fun track to race on because there is passing room, but not when you have the likes of Wayne Anderson, James Powell and Junior Hanley running. Until I get my car where I want it, it is basically just follow the leader and hope someone falls out. I have to get my car perfect and then we can race."
McLeod came across the line third, but a post race inspection saw the second-place car of James Powell, the winner of the last two night's of action, exceed his left side weight.
BJ McLeod had his best run of the week.
"No need to talk to me," Powell told our Jeremy Troiano after the race. "We've been disqualified. I just don't get it. We were 57.7 (% left-side weight) last night, but we are 58.2 tonight. I don't know what to say. Hey, it is not (the officials) fault. I guess it just happens. What can you do?"
The disqualification moved Sunoco Super Series regular Scott Hantz up to third.
But not to take anything away from Anderson, who has had the Speedweeks crowded covered since last Friday.
"Tonight, I feel like I earned it," added Anderson. "Last night, I almost lucked into it. I had the worst car of the week last night. Tonight, I am a lot closer to where I want to be. We are just a tick off. I know what I need to do to make it better. You could just tell that the car was more racy."
James Powell III thought he had a second-place car on Wednesday night. Post-race inspections showed different.
Dick Anderson, who had hoped to make his Speedweeks debut in a Super Late Model owned by Country Joe Racing, wasn't in the program Wednesday. The elder Anderson is still hoping to make the show for Saturday's 100-lapper.
All Pro Rookie of the Year Jason Hogan will compete in this weekend's 100-lap Super Late Model race driving for Richie Wauters. Hogan and Wauters teamed up to run second in the Texas Big Shot last year.
For the second-straight night, neither Freddie Querry nor Donald Long were present at the track following hard accidents on Monday.
Jason Boyd won his third Limited Late Model feature in a row.
Joey Miller was thought to have won the Limited Late Model feature on Tuesday night, but after post race inspections, his Great Clips car was found to be overweight on the left side. The Limited Late Model class rules call for the car to be no more than 52% left side weight, while Miller's showed up at 52.1% in post race inspections.