WHEATLAND, Mo. – In just a few weeks the engines will fire for the first time for many of the Midwest’s top dirt late models drivers at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., for the running of the two day Spring Meltdown on April 5-6.
Many new faces and an exciting rookie crop are expected to join the tour and bring an exciting brand of racing to the 25th season of competition for the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Ass’n (MLRA). Also in the fold for the year is the reigning champion John Anderson and Rookie of the Year Mark Dotson.
Anderson returns with his tremendously successful Shop Quik operation, which was nothing short of dominant last year. His championship last year was his second in a row, and third overall. He now has the opportunity to go for three in a row, a feat accomplished once in Lucas Oil MLRA history.
“Three in a row would be real special, especially heading into a new era with increased competition,” said Anderson. “There will be such a small margin for error. One bad night will surely put your title hopes in a bind, and two bad nights means you’ve probably not got a shot at all. To run in the top three this season will be quite an accomplishment. There are so many well funded teams with good resources.”
Heading into his seventh year teamed with Greg and Pat Junghans, Anderson has accomplished a great deal. His 29 wins place him fifth on the all-time charts, just two wins behind fourth place Bill Frye.
He also joins Al Purkey and Alan Vaughn as the only drivers with a minimum of three titles. Anderson will have a new crew chief this season in nephew, Max Dale, who will be hitting the road for the first time. He has a pair of MasterSbilt Race Cars and plenty of Jay Dickens Engines to get the job done in 2013.