Former Snowball Derby winner Wayne Anderson doesn’t get behind the wheel as much now as he did during the days of the old NASCAR All-Pro Series in the 90s and early 2000s, but he is still one of the drivers to beat in Central Florida anytime he pulls into a racetrack. His 2020 season will start this weekend at his home track of Citrus County Speedway with a 75-lap event that starts the lead-in to the $10,000-to-win Full Throttle 100 in September.
The Wildwood, Florida driver last competed in the Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway just under two months ago, his first time at the Florida Panhandle track in over a decade. With a new season set to begin on Saturday, Anderson is ready to get to Citrus County.
“I feel pretty good, I feel like we’re the most prepared we’ve been in the past few years,” Anderson told Speed51.com. “I’ve been doing this for thirty years, it’s just another season but I feel like this season we’re more prepared than I have been in the past.
“The biggest thing is in the last few years, the Ray family have paved the track, paved the pits, they’ve really upgraded the place to where it’s one of the nicest racetracks in the state.”
Saturday’s race is the beginning of a six-race series for Super Late Models at Citrus County leading to the Full Throttle 100, which has become one of the marquee Super Late Model races in Central Florida in just three years. The 2018 winner of the event, Anderson views the races as a way to prepare for the September event.
“I haven’t been racing a whole lot, it gets me better prepared,” he stated. “It helps me out a lot, the place is tricky and I’ve spent so much time there that there’s only a few people that I can figure can get around that place very well.”
Anderson recently made his return to Five Flags for the first time since 2008 for the Snowflake 100. While it was a week to forget in terms of results behind the wheel, he still considers it a great experience to go back to the site of his biggest win.
“My experience was horrible but I can’t tell you how awesome it was to get back there,” he said. “The car I drove was horrible handling-wise and it seemed like it took all the time we had there to get going.”
In 30 years of racing, Anderson says this is the most he’s looked forward to for a season to begin in a long time. He hopes to kick it off with a win on Saturday night.
“I’m always looking for a good start to the season, you know. I’m excited to kick the season off and I’m looking forward to a great year,” he stated. “I’ve got great sponsors and I’m probably more excited about this year than I have been in the past several.”
Saturday’s 75-lap Super Late Model race from Citrus County Speedway will be broadcast live on Speed51. Monthly and yearly subscribers who can’t make it to Citrus County Speedway will be able to watch the race at no additional charge.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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