LAKELAND, FL. - Dick Anderson added another victory to his resume winning the SARA Executive Racing School 100 presented by Goodyear Saturday night on USA International Speedway's three-quarter mile high-baked oval. Anderson of Wildwood, Fla.,...
LAKELAND, FL. - Dick Anderson added another victory to his resume winning the SARA Executive Racing School 100 presented by Goodyear Saturday night on USA International Speedway's three-quarter mile high-baked oval.
Anderson of Wildwood, Fla., driving the RaceCar Engineering Chevrolet, known by race fans as "King of the Florida Short Tracks", with over 1,000 career victories changed Late Models after winning an earlier rain delayed 125-lap Sunbelt series Late Model race.
"Us old guys need a good night every now and then, because we haven't got that many left," said a chuckling Anderson in Victory Lane.
There was a little more than just being old though that made for some extra guesswork in the horsepower department.
"Yeah, my leg went numb - my right leg," Anderson continued. "The centrifugal force puts your leg in a bind. So when my leg went numb I couldn't tell how hard I was pushing on the pedal - guess I was pushing hard enough."
Tony Amico of Clearwater, Fla. led the 29-car starting SARA field to green, but stumbled on the green flag start causing a tangle of cars in turn one. On the complete restart Anderson took control quickly.
Before 25-laps, SARA point leader Jason Boyd of Orlando, Fla. was on the move in his GPC/Right Hand Man Chevrolet and took over second out of turn three. He got one good look at the winner on a late race restart, but the night was easily Anderson's.
"Dick (Anderson) did a great job and if I was going to get beat that's who I wanted to get beat by," said Boyd humbly.
Boyd, while running second was pressured early by Michael Faulk of Ft. White, Fla., in the Pierce Motorsports entry. Bobby Beauchemin of Davie, Fla. was fourth, driving the Don Robinson Concrete Chevrolet.
Beauchemin looked Faulk over closely, appearing to be waiting for just the right time to make his move. He had several questionable chances.
"I want to thank Bobby Beauchemin for not wrecking me for one thing and he had plenty of opportunities," said Faulk. "My car was good for the first 35-laps and I could run with Dick (Anderson) and Jason (Boyd), but then it got tight in the middle and loose off the corners."
In lap-60, Anderson was letting off the gas at the flag stand as he made ready to enter turn one. Faulk was trying to move on Boyd, but had to watch his rear-view mirror as Beauchemin was right there.
Beauchemin was still working Faulk hard in lap-75 for third as Anderson opened a 12-car lead over the second pace running Boyd.
Third place was still being hotly contested in lap-96, but Faulk held off a final Beauchemin challenge. Boyd got one more look at RaceCar Engineering on the back of Anderson's bumper, but that's all it was a quick look.
Anderson coasted across the stripe followed by Boyd, Faulk and Beauchemin.