Racers dream of competing at venues such as Bristol Motor Speedway (TN), the site of some of the most legendary moments in NASCAR history as well as this weekend’s 3rd Annual Short Track U.S. Nationals.
Florida Late Model racer Alexa Anderson planned to attend the event as a fan. Instead, she will be fulfilling her dream of competing at “The Last Great Colosseum” after some extra support from her sponsors.
“We started off just going to watch,” Anderson told Speed51. “One of our sponsors stepped up and said that they’d buy tires if we go. So that right there changed our minds alone.
“At first I had thought, you know, I had never seen to a racetrack that big or that fast,” added Anderson. “I was like, I don’t know about this. Then I kind of came to my senses and said why not? Let’s just do it.”
While Anderson is new to the size and speed of Bristol Motor Speedway, she respects the track for its storied past and knows she must prepare the car and driver accordingly.
“We’ve been doing some small things to the car to get it ready,” Anderson said. “Bracing the windshield and the right front for the high speeds and g-forces. Just kind of going over it with a fine-tooth comb.
“I’ve been watching as much video as I can,” Anderson continued. “Footage from inside the car, outside the car, from years past to now. Whatever footage I can get my hands on. I have a friend who has IRacing, so I’m headed over there shortly to get some practice laps in on Bristol. Just to get a feel of the line and so forth.”
Anderson says she would be overjoyed to come home from Tennessee with a trophy, but at the end of the day she has modest expectations for her first attempt
“To go up there and win would be amazing,” Anderson says. “But our goal is to go up there and keep up with the back of the field, not be in the way. I’m not going up there to set the world on fire because I’ve never been and I have never been on a track that big or that fast. It’s going to be a lot of learning for me.”
Race fans can enjoy the entire racing lineup of the Short Track U.S. Nationals, including the Super Late Models of the ARCA/CRA Super Series, CARS Tour and Southern Super Series, the Pro Late Models of the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stock Series and the Vores Compact Touring Series live on Speed51 Saturday, June 1.
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-Story by: Allick Jorgensen, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
-Photo credit: Alexa Anderson Facebook