Anderson back after a major setback


Racer returns from open-heart surgery

By Nick Truesdale - sports@limanews.com



Tony Anderson (22) dives low to try a pass on Frank Paladino during racing last year at Limaland Motorsports Park.

Tony Anderson (22) dives low to try a pass on Frank Paladino during racing last year at Limaland Motorsports Park.


LIMA — Tony Anderson is one of the most successful drivers to ever compete at Limaland Motorsports Park.

He has won the Limaland Stock Championship 10 times, the Limaland Modified Championship one time and the King of the Quarter Mile eight times. Anderson was the first and only driver to win the Stock Championship and Modified Championship in the same season. He did that in 2016.

Every driver has an exciting story about overcoming adversity. The adversity that Anderson had to go through was one of the toughest to overcome. Anderson and company will be on hand tonight for the Busch Clash — Presented by Anheuser Busch Sales of Lima. Tonight will also feature the rescheduled Run for the Rabbit — Presented by Tim Hogan’s Carpet. The pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. As of deadline racing was still a go. For updates go to Limaland.com.

Anderson, who has a total of 23 championships in his career, suffered a major setback last September. This setback sparked a major comeback.

“I had open-heart surgery last September,” Anderson said. “My body started shutting down and I had the surgery on September 20. I owe everybody involved in helping me get better. The Good Lord was looking out for me. It’s been a whole lot of hard work coming back. I’m in the best shape of my life. The racing is coming back to me. It’s in the works but we’re getting to where we need to be. We’re in the middle of regrouping.”

Now that he is healthy and racing again, Anderson has a new season outlook after several rainouts at Limaland this season.

“The rainouts create a short season,” Anderson said. “We didn’t race how we would’ve liked to last week. So now with fewer races to go, we’re going to throw caution to the wind and not concentrate on points racing. We’re going to concentrate on winning races. We’re going to open up the playbook. If we start winning races, the points will take care of itself.”

Anderson is also excited for tonight’s competition.

“Anytime there is a title or money up for grabs, it brings out the big guns,” Anderson said. “Limaland has a tough Stock class and a really tough Modified class. Now we will have other guys coming out for this too. It makes it that much more challenging.”

Now that he has a race at Limaland under his belt for the season, Anderson is hoping to get back to where he has been and secure a title race win.

“I always look forward to the competitiveness,” Anderson said. “Everybody wants to win. It’s so exciting to win a title race. What it does is create confidence. The more confidence a driver has, the better he is and the faster he is.”

Tony Anderson (22) dives low to try a pass on Frank Paladino during racing last year at Limaland Motorsports Park.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/web1_limalandonline.jpgTony Anderson (22) dives low to try a pass on Frank Paladino during racing last year at Limaland Motorsports Park.
Racer returns from open-heart surgery

By Nick Truesdale

sports@limanews.com

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0468.

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0468.

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