First Stock Car checkers fly for last starting Anderson

John Anderson’s first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win came from the last starting spot Saturday at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth)

By Greg Soukup

EAGLE, Neb. (June 17, 2023) – John Anderson changed directions and changed his Saturday night status from rained out to first-time IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winner.

En route to Shelby County Speedway before that show was lost to wet weather, the Omaha speedster went back to his shop, changed gear and got to Eagle Raceway in time to start at the back of the 18-car main event field.

In fourth by lap 10, he made a huge move with seven circuits to go, vaulting all of the way up to second. Anderson snagged the lead with three to go, ultimately winning ahead of Shane Stutzman and Nick Beckman.

“The cautions fell my way and I had a pretty fast car (a 2018 Jet),” said Anderson. “It was pretty crazy.”

He’d finished third in each of his two starts in the class, both earlier this season at Eagle.

“I’ll be darned. My first win,” said Anderson, who ran the non-IMCA sanctioned stock car class one season ‘back in the day.’ “That sounds great.”

Bob Zoubek was best in the Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds and Ryan Kitchen collected the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers.

Ryan Gilland topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks from 12th starting while Noah Williams nabbed the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods from his outside row four start.

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