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A Bittersweet Weekend for Anders

 

Photo by Kerry Dale Photography

 

GREENVILLE, SC -  It was a sad, emotional, yet triumphant evening for Anthony Anders Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Anders, currently the NASCAR National Late-Model Stock points leader, the South Carolina leader, and track leader, lost his mother earlier this week and nothing would have suited Anders better than to be able to mourn his loss with the rest of his family. But the points championships are just too important, and Anthony's mom was his number one fan, so he raced, jumped out front and took the win in the first of two 40-lap main events, then dedicated the win to his mom. Then Anders backed up his early effort with another victory, this one in the nightcap. When he got out of his car, in Victory Lane after the first race, the fence dividing the grandstand from the tack was lined with fan who gave him an ovation for his feat.

 

 
    After the second race, Anders did a whole series of doughnuts on the front straight, in honor of his mom and said he wasn't supposed to do that but she loved them so much he had to do them.
 
Photo by Kerry Dale Photography    Kyle Plott was second with Joe Wider third. Brandon Fox was fourth and Daniel Alverez finished fifth. Six time-champion Marty Ward was working his way through the field when involved in a wreck on lap 15. Another former track champion, Kenneth Headen, raced his truck practically the entire race before pitting just before the end of the event.
 
    In the second 40-lap LMS main, Anders took just 16 laps to work his way from deep in the starting field to run down and pass Headen for the race lead. Once out front,  Anders managed to move slightly ahead of Headen as the race continued but the outcome was already visible.
 
    Andrew Cordell won the Renegade race in the program opener with Brad Burns in second Matt Hale took third with Bobby Emory and Parker Jameson rounded out the top five.
 
    Buck Simmons won the Street Stock main and Freddy Hale, Jr., took second with Brian Benton in third. Zach Meinders was fourth. Furman Craft finished fifh.
 
   In the Charger division , Danny Gilbert took the win with Camden Francis taking second. Dale Stancil was third as Tim Crowe took fourth and Dale Walker was fifth.
 
     A last-lap altercation in the four cylinder division put Michael Cross in Victory Circle and Austin Heil was second. C.J. Huitt was third, and Donovan Beacham was fourth. Don Tavernia was leading there ace on the last lap before he and Cross got together. Cross was able to continue while Tavernia spun and went back to finish fifth.
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