New Smyrna Speedway has been both kind and cruel to Cole Anderson in 2016. Anderson came into the 2016 edition of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing with two racecars and high hopes, but in the first two nights of competition all those hopes had been all but dashed.
After wrecking both his Super and Pro Late Models last Friday and Saturday nights the Super Late Model was deemed unfixable with what the team had on-hand, and the team thought about heading home to prepare for the upcoming Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway (CA).
Instead, the team put their heads together and prepared the remaining Pro Late Model races on Sunday and Monday, so when Wednesday came around Anderson was able to show the speed the team had coming in to Speedweeks and powered to his first victory of the month of February.
“My team has been working real hard all week and it finally paid off tonight,” Anderson told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “This car has had a rough week. It’s been in the shop twice getting repaired. It just means a lot to come back out here and win. This says some good things about tomorrow.”
Anderson has become a favorite at New Smyrna this winter after winning both the Red Eye 100 and Orange Blossom 100 in January driving his Super Late Model. Despite the troubles on nights one and two during Speedweeks, the track has earned a place in his heart.
“I’ve kind of adapted to New Smyrna, it’s one of my favorite tracks so far and I can’t wait to come back.”
Anderson and the rest of the Pro Late Model field face their biggest challenge of the World Series on Thursday night with the teams set to duke it out for 100 laps of fast and close racing.
For an on-demand recap of Wednesday night’s Race Central Live coverage, click here.
Race fans can watch Wednesday night’s racing action on-demand on FansChoice.TV on Thursday.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51 State Editor (Mass, Conn, and Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com/Rick Ibsen Photo
Pro Late Model 35-Lap Feature
New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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