By Ken de la Bastide
When it came to Indy Fastcart racing at Anderson Speedway last Saturday it was a clear case of “Mother Knows Best”.
Angie Goodin swept the competition by setting her first fast time of the season, scoring her fourth heat win and first feature win of 2014 on Murat Shrine Night.
But winning the feature was not a leisurely drive around Anderson Speedway. For the majority of the race the first seven carts were running in a pack with racing action two and three wide.
There were four lead changes among four different drivers with Goodin not moving to the point until lap 15 with an outside pass of Cody Rinehart on the back straight.
A lap later Rinehart, Dustin Kares and Randy Caldwell, all running in the top five at the time mixed it up in turn three. None of the drivers was able to continue.
Goodin was able to hold off two-time Anderson Speedway feature winner Kenny Smith for the victory by two-tenths of a second. Goodin’s son Hunter finished third and her husband Michael came home in fourth with Dave Reynolds rounding out the top five.
Goodin had some advice for young girls interested in participating in racing while in the Tim Thompson Nationwide Insurance Winner’s Circle.
“Don’t give up and don’t be afraid of getting your hands dirty,” she said.
Goodin led the entire distance to capture the fast heat win for the division with Caldwell glued to her tailpipe.
Kenny Smith moved up through the field to finish third followed by Rinehart and Dustin Kares.
There was plenty of scrambling for position in the second heat race with Reynolds leading the opening stanza, falling back to fourth and then making a charge back to the front.
Reynolds regained the lead on lap eight with an inside pass of Brad Kares on the back straight. Bruce Harper, Michael Goodin, Kares and Jessica Wray rounded out the top five.