HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Making only his second career start in the Steel Block Bandits Late Model Series, Andy Anderson was in Hagerstown Speedway’s victory lane Saturday evening after capturing the series fifth season opener and fourth overall event held at the speedway.
Tony Catlett and Gary Proctor each drove to victory lane for the second time of the season in the respective Ernie D’s pure stocks and D&D Auto Recycling hobby stocks
Anderson also was two for two, having won the Small Car National qualifier just two weeks previously in the Doug and Dougie Timmons racer.
Anderson started sixth and swept around the outside of both Justin Weaver and Rick Hulson on the 19th lap and scored the leader on the 20th. He later beat Weaver by .804 second in the 30-lap feature.
“I wasn’t sure I was going to get them,” Anderson said. “Hats off to Justin, he could have used me up there on the front stretch and he didn’t. That’s what won the race, that lap right there. I think I went a little harder on left rear tires than they did but it paid off.”
The Steel Block Bandit event got off to a skirmish in the second turn when Hulson and several others got turned around in the second turn, but got their starting spots back for the restart. Hulson pulled to the front over Mike Walls and fifth starter Weaver who quickly advanced into third and then into second on the fourth circuit while Gene Knaub came from seventh to grab third on the sixth.
Following a seventh lap caution for Joey Leavell and one on the ninth when Kris Eaton rolled to a stop, the remaining laps were under green.
Hulson continued to lead with Weaver in tow but Anderson passed Knaub on the last restart. Weaver closed on Hulson and was giving it his all for a few laps as Hulson resisted but then Anderson was on the scene and tried his luck around the outside. His effort paid off when he came away with the lead. Weaver got around Hulson the next lap and chased Anderson into rear traffic two laps later.