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March 26, 2013

Ken de la Bastide: Speedway opens Saturday

Although the latest round of snow makes it feel more like winter than spring, Anderson Speedway kicks off the 2013 season this Saturday.

The opening night racing card is topped by the popular Thunder Car Enduro, a 100-lap race with no caution periods.

Racing starts at 6 p.m. with Legends, Front Wheel Drive oval action and Thunder Roadsters on the program.

The Thunder Car Enduro normally attracts drivers from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky, and there is no reason to believe that will not be the case on Saturday.

Drivers testing last weekend in the WMDH Thunder Car Division included Curtis Chapman, returning from a year away from racing; Rob Allman, who finished second in the point standings last year; Nick Warner, Jeff Marcum, Chris Snyder, Jeff Hopkins and Austin Russell.

Two-time defending Thunder Car champion Hannah Lundy will be competing in the McGunegill Engine Performance late models, but Robbie Wyman will be driving the familiar No. 13 owned by John Lundy.

Mike Peters has constructed a new car for the season, and Justin Keith has formed a new team to compete this year.

Although they didn’t practice last weekend, it is expected that Earl Adams II and Ryan Buckner will be competing in the Enduro.

In other racing news

u Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano can’t seem to stay out of physical altercations with other drivers.

Last weekend in California, Logano continued to trade paint with Denny Hamlin, a carryover from Bristol.

Hamlin and Logano were battling for the win on the final lap, Logano came up the track sending Hamlin into a spin.

Logano scraped the outside wall but limped home in sixth. Hamlin slammed the inside retaining wall and suffered a fractured back.

But the real action came after the race when Tony Stewart confronted Logano about a blocking move on the final restart.

I don’t understand why Stewart was upset since he blocked competitors to win the opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona, which caused a huge wreck in the tri-oval.

At least for the next few weeks one can expect some fireworks among this trio, particularly with Martinsville next on the schedule.

u I watched the IZOD IndyCar season opening race in St. Petersburg and thought the level of competition was spread throughout the field. There was actually more passing on the street course than I expected.

James Hinchcliffe recorded his first victory with the series and also gave sponsor GoDaddy its first victory. When Danica Patrick won in Japan she had sponsorship from Motorola.

One has to wonder what J.R. Hildebrand was thinking when he ran over Will Power’s car during a caution period. For some unexplained reason the on-car camera showed Hildebrand accelerating up at least two gears and climbing over the right side of Power’s car and into the retaining wall.

Hildebrand said he was looking at his steering wheel at the time of the incident, which knocked Power out of contention.

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