Building Momentum: Anderson Excited for Lawrenceburg Lawrenceburg, IN-July 4, 2006-Experience is often said to be priceless. It is something that once gained can never be taken away. Momentum also is a hot commodity that a value cannot be placed...
Building Momentum: Anderson Excited for Lawrenceburg
Lawrenceburg, IN-July 4, 2006-Experience is often said to be priceless. It is something that once gained can never be taken away. Momentum also is a hot commodity that a value cannot be placed on, especially in racing.
Becca Anderson is gaining plenty of both on a daily basis in her first season on the road full-time with the Mean 15 and the World of Outlaws.
The native of Houston, Delaware, is currently competing for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Presented by Maxim Racing and ButlerBuilt. Unlike some of the other freshmen drivers, Anderson has not seen most of the tracks on the schedule, let alone turned a lap on them. That has not slowed her down though, as she takes full advantage of every practice session and possible moment she can be in the race car on the track or in the pit area talking over what she is learning with her crew.
This weekend, Anderson and her team head to the always fast and tight Lawrenceburg Speedway, for the City of Lawrenceburg Sprint Nationals. This will be the second race on a quarter-mile track this season for the Mean 15. She looks forward to it, especially after recording her first top-10 finish with the series at Tri-State Speedway another quarter-mile track, in Haubstadt, Ind. earlier in the season. On that night, she was ninth, and showed a lot of muscle, after making her way into the A-Feature by way of the B-Main, and passing many cars on the tight and demanding track.
Having raced on many bullrings in her career that began in micro sprints in the Northeast, and progressed to full-size sprint cars, Anderson is well prepared to go to Lawrenceburg for the first time. It has been a long time coming for another quarter-mile race, after the event was originally postponed by rain on April 21. With the hard work of the staff at SLS Promotions and World of Outlaws officials, Friday's race is able to happen.
"The small tracks definitely fit our style," Anderson said. "They fit our motor program well and me with where I am at as far as the racing. The small tracks are more of what's up our alley. Even before Lawrenceburg, we have a couple of smaller tracks which are better than half-miles."
Though she has learned many things on the bigger tracks that will help her be even faster on the smaller tracks. Every lap that Anderson can turn on any type of track helps to lessen her learning curve and build her confidence.
"It makes a big difference, if you have seen the place and have some laps at it, opposed to having never been there," said Anderson. "It's a lot tougher coming out here being a rookie, and not having seen many of the tracks."
Racing against the best sprint car drivers in the world is intense on the track, but back in the pit area, the veteran drivers are quick to help turn a wrench or to offer some words of advice to Anderson as she continues to gain experience.
"They (the veterans) are still there if you need a helping hand," Anderson said. "In many cases, it's just about going out and getting some laps. Sometimes its just one of those things, where you go out and get some laps and learn the best at all of them, and try to put your own deal together."
Being on the road full-time is a learning experience in itself, for any driver. Anderson is quickly getting accustomed to racing on tracks she has never seen. As the season progresses, she will return to tracks for the second and third time, and that will bode well for her and the team, as they continue to find more speed.
Anderson has had much success racing in other forms of sprint cars, and building on that with the World of Outlaws. She has 13 career wins including eight with the United Racing Company (URC). She has a victory in the prestigious URC/ESS Challenge at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, in New York, a track she also raced at this season with the Mean 15. Despite having all this success, she knows that it is a whole different game with the World of Outlaws.
"The biggest thing is that you have to race hard every single lap," said Anderson. "These guys don?t give an inch. If you go and mess up, your chances are basically over. You have to basically go in and not make a mistake, because they don?t."
After a very solid ninth-place run at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas last weekend, where she finished third in the dash, Anderson knows her team is on the right path. A change in chassis to Maxim's about a month ago, also has the team smiling as they look to continue their strong run of finishes.
"We want to always be consistently in the Top-15- and get in the Top-10 when we can," Anderson said.
After running consistently in the series first Eastern swing of the year, she is looking forward to returning to the East Coast in a couple weeks. First though, she has her sights set on a strong finish at Lawrenceburg Speedway in the City of Lawrenceburg Sprint Nationals, that will also see the best from the All Star Circuit of Champions do battle.
For ticket information about the race at Lawrenceburg Speedway visit www. slspromotions.com, or call 815-344-2023.
On Friday adult tickets for Rows H-U will be $33, with kids 12-under $15 for those rows Adult tickets for Rows A-G will be $30, with kids 6-12 $15, while children 5-under will be admitted free in rows A-G. General Admission tickets will be available for $28 for adults and they include the turn 1 bleachers & back chute. Children ages 6-12 general admission tickets are $15, with kids 5-under free. Also pit combos will be available, that includes a ticket of choice plus a pit pass for $35 (must be purchased in advance). All military personnel with proper ID, will be admitted for $25, with their children ages 6-12 admitted for only $10.