Saturday was a historic day in Florida Super Late Model racing as veteran racer Wayne Anderson won the second edition of the Full Throttle 100 at Citrus County Speedway, collected a $10,000 check and subsequently retired from Late Model racing.
“I don’t know what to say, you guys just witnessed my last race. I’m retiring after this,” Anderson announced in his post-race interview. “I’m not saying I am completely retiring, but it’s time to turn it over. I wanted to go out on top. I’ve had my time. I’ve got two great kids. I couldn’t even race tonight without them. I mean they worked for two weeks on this thing. Between them and my wife, it’s just time. I wanted to go out on top and tonight is it.”
Anderson’s career achievements include three Florida Governor’s Cup wins, a pair of All-American 400 victories and a Snowball Derby triumph in 2001. In addition to those major victories, the second-generation driver from Wildwood, Florida is believed to have won over 100 races throughout the state of Florida during his career.
On Saturday night, Anderson ran a consistent race, preserving his tires early and staying in the hunt until Nick Neri and Jesse Dutilly got together on a late-race restart and opened up a hole for Anderson to make a move.
“With how they do these restarts, I just happened to catch a break at a good time. There’s just so much young talent behind me. They’re going to win endless races, Anthony Sergi, Neri, all those guys.”
Neri recovered to finish second on the evening.
“I thought we had a really good shot to win. It really came to who was on the outside of the front row on the last restart. It’s a little bit of an advantage. I really thought we had it until we got that little bump in one and two by the 30 (Dutilly), that just kind of put us out of it. And then at the end of the race we just kind of lost the brakes a little bit.”
“I have to thank [track owner Camron Ray], he did an awesome job putting such a big purse together. It’s great to have races like this. It hasn’t happened in a long time, really since I started racing Late Models. I hope he keeps doing it, and I hope we’re back here next year.”
To which Ray replied, “It was a much bigger turnout then I thought it was going to be and we plan to continue to do this race for years to come.”
Race fans can watch video highlights of Saturday’s Full Throttle 100 now on the Speed51 Network.
-Story by Allick Jorgensen, Florida State Editor – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
-Photo credit: Speed51.com
Full Throttle 100 Unofficial Results:
Citrus County Speedway – Inverness, Florida – September 8, 2018
|7||5K||Daniel Keene Jr.|
|22||78K||Rob Kuhn Sr.|
|25||62||John Gerstner II|