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Anderson hopes race will trigger new surge

When Bruce Anderson wheels his car to the starting grid for Saturday night’s American National Bank Presents Charles Anderson Lawn Care Night Late Model 150, he will be looking to trigger a late-season surge.

It has been a tough season for Anderson in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway. As a result of mishaps and misfortune, Anderson has missed two races and has only four top-five finishes in his 12 starts.

Anderson, however, is looking for good things Saturday night. The business that he runs with his father is a co-sponsor of this weekend’s event at South Boston Speedway. That has traditionally been a good omen for Anderson.

For example, Anderson finished second and fifth in last year’s twin 75-lap Late Model Stock Car races held on Charles Anderson Lawn Care Night. In 2010, when the race went for 150 laps, Anderson finished third.

That kind of a result, or better, would be just the thing Anderson would need to help jumpstart a late-season surge of momentum. 

“We have been fortunate on those nights in the past, and I hope we’ll have a little luck this week too,” Anderson remarked.

“I can’t say that my guys or myself work any harder to prepare for this race because we work hard every week trying to figure out how to be the best we can be. We’ve just been very fortunate to have things go our way.”

Saturday night’s race at South Boston Speedway is also special for Anderson for other reasons.

“I have a lot of family here, and we have a lot of customers here,” Anderson pointed out.

“We’re really fortunate to have a customer base like we have in Halifax County and surrounding areas and we appreciate every single one of them. It’s a good night to get them out here and show them what we enjoy doing. We get them a good seat and a good meal and everybody enjoys a good Saturday evening at South Boston Speedway.”

Anderson stands seventh in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division point standings entering Saturday night’s race. While that’s not bad considering the circumstances of his season, it’s a far cry from where Anderson felt he could be when the season started.

“I was really looking forward to this year because we were in a shape to feel like we could run most of the races, and we have been able to do that to this point,” Anderson said.

“However, our finishes just haven’t been where we need them to be. We’ve had a lot of bad luck. I’ve got a lot of expectations for myself. When I say expectations, it’s not to win every week, but I’d like to be able to be here at South Boston Speedway and be a solid car week in and week out. We really haven’t been able to do that this year.”

There are a lot of things a driver and race team can do to help control their destiny. Luck, though, is the wild card in that scheme. 

“I’ve told people for a long time that when it comes to racing, I’d rather be lucky than good any day,” remarked Anderson.

“In many ways, I am lucky and I’m very blessed. I’m getting ready to get married in September, and I’m really happy about that. We’re really fortunate with our business. There are a lot of things in my life that I’m really blessed with and thankful for. I just can’t find any luck here at the racetrack.”

Anderson says he is very thankful for the support he has received this season from members of his race team and sponsors.

“I’ve got a great group of guys helping me and great group of sponsors,” he pointed out.

“I couldn’t do this without them. They’ve stuck with me and everybody has been real supportive.” 

Anderson has forged his way through strings of bad luck before and he is doing it now. He knows there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

“A bad day at the racetrack is still better than a good day at work,” he said with a grin.

“We’re just thankful to be over here and being able to compete. We’re going to keep our nose down, keep working hard and keep digging. Hopefully, this week will be a turning point and we can finish out the year strong.”