2007 World of Outlaws Preview: Becca Anderson Concord, NC -- Jan. 24, 2007 -- Becca Anderson cannot wait for the 2007 season to arrive. After finishing last year with plenty of momentum, she is ready to take to the track on February 9 at Volusia...
2007 World of Outlaws Preview: Becca Anderson
Concord, NC -- Jan. 24, 2007 -- Becca Anderson cannot wait for the 2007 season to arrive. After finishing last year with plenty of momentum, she is ready to take to the track on February 9 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida, as the World of Outlaws season kicks off with three straight nights of racing, as part of the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Mopar Speedshop.
Anderson finished 14th in points last year during her rookie season, bringing home five Top-10 finishes. Toward the end of the season, she was one of the cars to beat in time trials, every time the series hit the track. She stopped the clocks first on four occasions, including setting a new track record at Wilmot (Wisc.) Speedway in her first trip to the track last October. Her first fast time honor came during the Harvest Classic at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway in her first visit to the half-mile track in the heart of Napa Valley wine country.
"It definitely helps a lot to start the night on a good note," said Anderson, about setting fast time. "It definitely adds some confidence and you know that you have a good car. Hopefully we can come out this year and set some more fast times, and make it through some more heat races. We get more seat time and I get more time on the track if I make it into the dash."
She also led her first World of Outlaws lap last season in August at Skagit (Wash.) Speedway and followed that up a few weeks later by leading nine more laps at Jackson (Minn.) Speedway, taking the lead from Donny Schatz, before sustaining a broken left sideboard on her wing. In addition to leading laps in A-Feature competition, she won two dashes, including her first at the blazing fast high-banks of U.S. 36 Raceway in Missouri, where the World of Outlaws will return on May 11 this season.
Anderson knew before last season that is would not be an easy task taking to the road full-time with the World of Outlaws as a rookie. In fact, 2006 was her first full season in a 410-sprint car. She learned plenty of valuable lessons, both on and off the track. All of this learning along with the immense amount of seat time that she received in last season should bode well for her as the new season quickly approaches.
"You have to learn to take the good with the bad," explained Anderson. "You can't dwell on too many things. It is a very long season, and it would take a toll on you if you let things get you too worked up. You have to take the good each night and move on to the next night, and go from there. We definitely learned a lot last season that will help us to have an even better season this year."
Anderson visited many new tracks last season from coast-to-coast. Having that experience and the notes from those tracks, will be a big plus for her and crew chief/car owner Mike Woodring this season. Visits to tracks she knows well including: Grandview Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway, dot the schedule again and have her confident. Also, she is excited for the two visits north of the border the series will embark on this season at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, as well as Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario.
"It's a lot better when you have the second go-around at places," she said. "We visited 33 new tracks in 2006, so we didn't fare too bad. It's definitely a lot nicer when you have seen a place and raced at it. You kind of have an idea of what is going to happen."
With the season stretching from February until early November, Anderson knows just how much work is involved in keeping the cars maintained day in and day out. After all, for a portion of last season, it was just her and Woodring turning the wrenches, including many a day during the heat of summer.
"It wasn't too bad once the year slowed down," explained Anderson. "May, June, July, and August are definitely the toughest months and you need a few extra hands helping you out. Things look to be shaping up pretty well, and hopefully we will not have to do all the work ourselves."
With nearly 90 races on the schedule this season, Anderson can't wait to turn the first laps of the season in Florida. Like most drivers, she wants to race as much as she can, and would race every day of the week if that was possible. Every time she takes to the track she learns something and also it helps her build confidence and momentum.
"The number of races is great," she said. "The more you race the better you get."
Anderson, a native of Houston, Delaware recently traveled to Parramatta City Raceway in Australia to get some extra seat time before embarking on her second season with the World of Outlaws. In Australia, she competed against many fellow World of Outlaws drivers. This has her very excited to open the season back on North American soil.
"I'm definitely looking forward to get back racing," Anderson said. "It's nice to get to run a few races in Australia before we go to Florida."
After using 2006 as a year of learning, Anderson is ready to get back in action and build on the foundation she helped create last season.
"Our goal is to be more consistent and to try to qualify for every feature," she commented. "To start being a consistent Top-10 runner is about where our ballpark is of what we are trying to accomplish."