The year was 1947 when Joe Helpling opened what was then known as Sun Valley Speedway to bring auto racing to Anderson. That racing tradition continues in 2021.This Saturday marks the 74th year that Anderson Speedway will be opening for competition.
Headlining the racing program is the ThunderCar division where Ron Phipps was crowned the 2020 champion on the last night of competition. Phipps topped Ronnie Rose by only four points with Travis Lee another 42 points back in the closest championship fight at the Speedway.
The Marcum’s Welding Front Wheel Drive division kicks of the 2021 season where Ronnie Constant captured the championship last year over Shane Reed.
The Thunder Roadsters will be making their first appearance where Doug Dugger held off Chad Cory by 50 points to secure the title.
The Hart’s Auto Center Ford division rounds out opening night competition.
Qualifying is set for 4:30 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. Adult tickets are priced at $12 with children between the ages of 6 and 12 admitted for $5 and children under 5 are free.