Anderson Triumphs in NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Opener Barberville, Fla. - Tenaciously clawing back from a first lap spin, Wildwood, Fla.'s Wayne Anderson secured his fifth career NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series win in the popular NASCAR...
Anderson Triumphs in NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Opener Barberville, Fla. - Tenaciously clawing back from a first lap spin, Wildwood, Fla.'s Wayne Anderson secured his fifth career NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series win in the popular NASCAR Touring Series' season opener. The driver of the Porter Cable Power Tools/Pit Stop Bar-B-Q Chevrolet pocketed the $8,600 winner's share of the $39,900 purse.
After the race Anderson commented, "I feel like we're a day late and a dollar short. My sponsor Porter Cable Power Tools has stepped up its support of my racing efforts, allowing me to run for Cintas Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. As a result we are going to run only selected NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series races. Now I leave Volusia leading the points!"
"This series is so tough and you know you've accomplished something when you beat drivers like Freddie Query, Bobby Gill and Hal Goodson. To win on what is essentially my home track, with many people who have helped me throughout my career in attendance, is just great. This is a neat race track, if your car is good you can pass and get to the front," he added in closing.
In Bud Pole qualifying, Mooresville, N.C.'s Query bested 45 other drivers who were vying for 30 starting spots. The driver of the W.J. Plemons Insurance Chevrolet established the initial track record with a lap of 15.663 seconds equating to 86.190 mph on the recently paved 0.375 mile oval. Anderson rounded out the front row with a qualifying time just 0.014 seconds slower than Query. The top 26 starters were separated by a scant 0.553 seconds.
As the thundering herd took the green flag Anderson appeared to gain the advantage on Query heading into turn one then the two drivers' Chevrolets made contact causing Anderson to spin and sending the 30 car field under caution before the race was one lap old. Anderson regrouped quickly and managed to get back in line in the seventh position.
When the green flag was again displayed Query shot out to a commanding lead pulling rookie David Moyer, Steve Mendenhall, Jimmy Cope and Derrick Gilchrist behind him. Query's lead was erased when Ken Alexander and Brian Sockwell got together and spun in turn four. The leader's path back to the start/finish line was blocked, allowing Birmingport, Ala.'s Mike Harmon to gain the lead as the field was brought under caution for the second time. Query managed to find a hole to maintain the second position.
Harmon maintained the top spot until he pitted when the race's fourth caution occurred, brought on as a result of a turn two spin involving Ron Young and Alexander. Harmon pitted at this point allowing Query to regain the lead over a determined Anderson, rookie Nevin Jenkins, Mendenhall and Gill.
On lap 83 Anderson mounted a charge, utilizing Conrad Burr's lapped car as a pick, and grabbed the top spot back from Query. Robert Powell, Goodson, and Steven Christian dropped Query to fifth during the sequence. Query battled back over the next 25 laps and once again moved into second, then began reeling the leader in. After reaching Anderson's back bumper the duo made hard contact entering turn three, as both approached lapped traffic. Query's mount sustained significant sheet metal damage and his sightlines over his car's hood were severely curtailed throughout the balance of the event. Anderson wound up winning the event unchallenged while a torrid battle was waged for the runner-up spot with Query maintaining the position over Cope. Rounding out the top five were Goodson and Christian. Completing the top 10 were Powell, top finishing rookie Ronnie Burkett, David Reutimann, Jenkins and Gilchrist.
Bill Green, Anderson's Crew Chief, earned the $300 Jasper Engines and Transmissions Crew Chief Challenge award for guiding the 29-year-old driver to the win.
The next event for the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series is the Greased Lightning Cleaner 75 at Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex on Saturday, April 4, which serves as a companion event with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series who will run an event on the same day at the 1.5 mile superspeedway. -30-