Tulare Friday - Anderson spotlight

Steady Night for Anderson at Thunderbowl Nets Top-10 Finish Tulare, CA--Feb. 23, 2007 -- While most people don't want to leave warmth of Florida, Becca Anderson was glad to hit the road and leave the Sunshine on February 12, as she headed north...

Steady Night for Anderson at Thunderbowl Nets Top-10 Finish

Tulare, CA--Feb. 23, 2007 -- While most people don't want to leave warmth of Florida, Becca Anderson was glad to hit the road and leave the Sunshine on February 12, as she headed north for a few days before preparing for the cross-country trip to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California.

With 12 days in between the final event of the Florida DIRTcar Nationals and the first of two events at Thunderbowl, Anderson was able to return home and regroup before taking to the track again. While in Florida, Anderson endured some bad luck including getting caught up in an incident while in a transfer spot of the B-Main on the first night of the event. With nearly 60 cars on hand, she faced some of the toughest competition of the entire season night in and night out.

"For our team it was a really good thing (to have some time off)," said a smiling Anderson.

With a very strong field of 42 cars in attendance on Friday night, the native of Houston, Delaware turned in a very solid 10th place run to pick up her first Top-10 finish of the young season. She began the night by turning in the 11th quickest lap in time trials, which lined her up on the outside of the front row for the third heat, where she would run second. This earned her a spot in the dash, where she finished a very strong sixth.

"It's a big turn around from Florida," said Anderson, driver of the Spectro Oil Maxim. "This is more up our alley here. These smaller tracks are what I prefer to race on every night. We turned in a good lap qualifying and were pretty decent there and in the dash. We were pretty tight on one restart in the feature, and lost two spots, but 10th is better than 11th so we can't complain."

With nearly 90 races on the schedule, Anderson knows that there is plenty of time to get into a rhythm and make up for the tough luck the team endured in Florida. She will return to many tracks for the second, third, and even fourth times this season. That has her very confident as the season begins to pick up.

"Florida is one of those things where what happens in Florida stay in Florida, because you have so many good cars there," she explained. "It's just really tough. On top of that, we don't really fare too well on the big tracks like that. Like I said, I prefer the small tracks. I wouldn't mind if we ran on 3/8's (mile tracks) all year."

Equally impressive on Friday night was the fact that it was Anderson's first ever visit to Thunderbowl Raceway. After visiting over 30 tracks for the first time last season, her first on the road full-time with the World of Outlaws, she learned how to quickly adapt to tracks that she had never seen before, despite only getting a handful of hot laps to figure the track out.

"It is big picking up a Top-10 here," she shared. "Coming to a new track and a new area and running well helps. Hopefully we can put things together and come back tomorrow and run even better."

After picking up five Top-10 finishes on bullrings last season, Anderson was more than ready to head to Tulare, after hearing rave reviews of how racy of a track the 1/3-mile was. She looks for the track to be just as racy on Saturday night.

"It gets pretty tight out there racing," admitted Anderson. "That's the kind of racing that I prefer, slicing and dicing. I would rather prefer wheel-to-wheel racing than the big tracks where you kind of get spread out, and the racing isn't as good for the fans."

-credit: woo

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