John Anderson after nailing
down his first win of the season at Sedalia State Fair Speedway. (Lloyd Collins)
MLRA: Anderson Finds Season's First Trophy
SEDALIA, Mo. - Aug. 21. Leading all 30 laps in Sunday evening's Lucas Cattle Company A Feature, John
Anderson earned his first Lucas Oil MLRA win of the season at Sedalia State Fair Speedway.
"We know our team, and we know we've been struggling the first part of the year. It's been coming around.
I was probably overdriving the last few times out. This time I just calmed down," the Nebraska driver explained
after the win.
Running only occasionally with the MLRA tour in 2011, Jason Bodenhamer and Chris Smyser
race door to door at Sedalia. (Lloyd
Anderson started sixth in his heat and won it to gain the most passing points for the evening.
"It was the perfect night for us, we drew good, won our heat, started on the pole. You just never know,
there's so many fast cars behind you. I just tried to cut out the mistakes. We were able to capitalize on a good
car and good run," Anderson added.
Al Purkey looks under #15 David Turner before taking over second at State Fair Speedway.
Anderson has now won two of the last three Missouri State Fair Championship races. "It just fits me
pretty well," Anderson said of the half-mile speedway. "Vinny has been working really hard. Boss has been giving us
what we need, and not given up on us. He tells us to just keep digging. This is really the fruits of our labor over
the last couple months."
With Al Purkey's second place finish, Anderson gained two points in the battle for the season
championship. He drives for Greg Junghans in the Shop Quik MasterSbilt. Their cars are powered by Jay Dickens
Racing Engines. Sunoco Race Fuels and Turbo Car Wash also provide sponsorship support.
David Turner ran second for the majority of the race and finished third ahead of Brantlee Gotschall and
Matt Johnson (5) and eventual feature winner John Anderson at Sedalia. Johnson picked up
sixth place in the main event. (Lloyd
Aug. 20 - MLRA at Sedalie State Fair Speedway
1. John Anderson 2. Al Purkey 3. David Turner 4.
Brantlee Gotschall 5. Alan Vaughn 6. Matt Johnson 7. Joe Kosiski 8. Kevin Coyne 9. Brandon Morton
10. Chris Smyser 11. Kelly Smith 12. Bryon Allison 13. Justin Asplin 14. Dustin Walker 15. Randy
McGraw 16. Bob King 17. David Janes 18. Bob Cummings 19. Jason Bodenhamer 20. Jon Binning 21. Jason
Sivils 22. Richard Weber 23. Joe Walkenhorst 24. Scott Koskovich 25. Dustin Vance 26. Bryant
Heat winners (26 entries): Anderson, Gotschall, Turner
Lloyd Collins photo