Anderson Ends MLRA LM Drought
OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Thursday night the Lucas Oil MLRA kicked off a three-day swing at Southern Iowa Speedway.
John Anderson stood tallest among the 28 competitors to score his first win of the season and first for new car owner Bill Koons and BK Motorsports. The team rolled out a new car for evening, and it seemed to fit Anderson like a glove.
“Seems like it’s been forever,” said Anderson. “It (the car) really performed well. We were fast tonight right off the truck. I got to drive Bill’s car at the Show Me (100) because I hurt an engine there. I knew right then that car had a pretty good feel to it, so he went and got the same type. It feels really good. I’ve been doubting myself and wanting to even do it and different things like that. Hopefully we’ll be up there some more this year.”
Initially the race was halted by a lap one melee involving at least 10 cars. Some continued, while damage forced others out. Once the lineup was situated, Anderson rolled from the outside pole and led every lap.
Lapped traffic made it interesting at times, as second-finishing Chris Simpson pulled to Anderson’s bumper on a couple of occasions. Matt Furman and Chad Simpson swapped third and fourth during the course of the race too.
BK Motorsports owner Bill Koons was excited following the main event and enjoyed the post-race celebration.
“After getting off to somewhat of a slow start, it was a very positive night for everybody, since we’ve been preparing a new car for John to drive,” said Koons. “The win is a huge momentum boost for my team. I can’t thank Rocket Chassis enough for helping us get where we are.”
Once the race was restarted from the outset, the feature ran caution free. The trip to Lucas Oil MLRA RACEceiver Victory Lane is the 30th for Anderson. He sits fifth on the all-time wins list.
John Anderson, Chris Simpson, Chad Simpson, Matt Furman, Jason Utter, Ryan Gustin, Scott Lewis, Dave Eckrich, Jake Meier, Jeremy Payne, Austin Siebert, Bill Koons, Travis Dickes, Skip Frey, J.C. Wyman, Spencer Diercks, Jason Bodenhamer, Tommy Wederer Jr., Andy Eckrich, Denny Eckrich, Terry Phillips, Ray Guss Jr., Mark Dotson.