One year after putting on a sensational and somewhat unexpected performance in the month of January at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), Minnesota’s Cole Anderson will once again make the long roll to Florida to open another Late Model season.
While Anderson’s success in 2016 came at the wheel of the Anthony Campi Racing No. 97 Super Late Model in both the Red Eye 100 and Orange Blossom 100, the team will shift their focus exclusively to the Pro Late Model effort in Saturday’s Zack Donatti 125.
While Anderson would have liked to have defended his Red Eye title, the team did not feel they could have the Super Late Model ready in time and decided to focus on the 125-lap, $5,000-to-win Pro Late Model feature.
“We didn’t get out Super back together in time from the Snowball Derby so we’re sticking with the Pro,” Anderson told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It’s more laps and it’s more money to payout, it should be a good turnout and a good race.”
After his run to start 2016, Anderson is more than eager to head back and attempt to win the Donatti after finishing runner-up to Mike Skinner last season.
“New Smyrna is one of my favorite tracks,” he stated. “We’re usually pretty solid there every time we go. Hopefully we can unload quick and work on our stuff quick.”
Anderson and the team are also currently planning to run the Pro Late Model exclusively during the 51st World Series of Asphalt Racing from February 17-25 after recording two wins in 2016.
While the team had entered the Winter Showdown in California with the Super Late Model, they are also considering the Orange Blossom 100 at New Smyrna also on February 11. Anderson expects to make a final decision in the coming days.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com CT, MA & Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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