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Big night at Grundy County Speedway on Saturday

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 8:38 p.m. CDT
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The No. 36 car of Jim Anderson (right) will compete at Grundy County Speedway on Saturday. Anderson's son's quarter midget car is to the left.

MORRIS – The STARS National Midgets presented by D’Arcy GMC return to action at the Grundy County Speedway on Saturday night for a twin bill that features two 36-lap features in the 10th annual Don Carter, Sr./Jim Anderson Classic. Because of last Saturday night’s washout, the STARS National Midgets, INEX Legends and Classic Modifieds will run double features. The CSR Mini Cups and the Allison Legacy Series also are part of the agenda for the night and each will run a 20-lap feature.

The STARS National Midget race honors two Illinois auto racing legends who made their mark in midget racing: Carter as a racing official/push truck driver and Anderson as a car owner. Anderson’s son, Jimmy, the three-time consecutive STARS National Midget champion, will be competing in the event in the familiar red, white and blue No. 36. Anderson, who never has won the event, has finished second in five of the nine editions of the Carter/Anderson Classic. Although Jimmy Anderson has won many races and championships during his 18 seasons as a midget racing competitor, this is one event that has a deeper, special meaning to him.

“This race is obviously very personal to me,” Anderson said. “Having finished second a number of times, we’re always looking to improve our finishing position. No matter what happens on the track, I’m just looking to have a good time with family and friends and pay tribute to my dad, who was involved in midget racing in this area [Joliet] since the mid-1960s.” 

The drivers and cars from the rained out event Saturday already have their starting spots in the first feature set based on the qualifying results from last week. In Saturday’s qualifying, Avon, Indiana’s Austin Prock set quick time with a lap of 14.332. On this busy night of racing, the gates will open at 5 p.m. Qualifying begins at 5:30 p.m. Racing starts at 6:15 p.m., with last week’s features being run first. Adult general admission is $12. Children ages 5 to 12 get in for $2 while kids ages 4 and younger are free.

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