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Meet Brit Andersen: The Hottest Driver at Stafford
By Scott Running

In the winter months following the completion of the 2005 racing season at Stafford Motor Speedway, the track management decided to add a new modified division to the track’s lineup. The SK Light division was created as a cost effective way to get involved in modified racing at Stafford, and to serve as a feeder division for the track’s premier SK Modified division.
    
This year’s SK Light division is home to one of the hottest drivers at Stafford, Brit Andersen. Andersen and his #70 Citrix Systems Pontiac team have caught fire this summer at Stafford, winning four of the last six SK Light races held at Stafford. In that time, Andersen has vaulted from fifth in the points standings, 72 points behind, to his current position of second, only 8 points behind Shelly Perry entering tonight’s feature action.
    
After finding struggles the first several races, Andersen and his team have hit upon a combination that has them consistently among the fastest SK Light cars every week.
    
“I think it’s a combination of me having self confidence in the car and the setup on the car,” said Andersen. “A couple weeks ago, we turned a 19.8 second lap, and we had four week old tires on the car. I don’t want to sound arrogant or cocky, but the car is just that good, and it’s easy passing cars and going to the front right now. I’ve gotten some pointers from Lloyd Ago and Ted Christopher, and they’re two of the best here at Stafford, which has really helped me on the track.”
    
Following a 12th place effort on July 14th, Andersen and his team took their first feature win the following week. After that initial victory, Andersen rattled off two consecutive wins, a second, a fifth, and then another win last Friday night to move him directly into the thick of the championship race after being an afterthought in the championship battle on July 14th.
    
“I would say that the championship is a longshot for us, but we can still do it with some luck on our side,” said Andersen. “A couple weeks ago when we finished 5th, everyone crashed out and we were lucky enough to come back through the field and finish fifth (Andersen had received a black flag for rough riding and was sent to the rear of the field). If we can get another race or two like that, we can do it. My attitude is when I get close to something I’m going to try to make it happen.”
    
Andersen began his career in quarter midget racing at the Little T in Thompson and Silver City in Meriden. From there, he moved into mini-cup cars at Seekonk, and then into the Ford Focus midget cars. Andersen’s racing has taken him to tracks all up and down the East Coast, racing at tracks like South Boston, Hickory Speedway, Shenandoah, Florence, SC, and Seekonk. Andersen says that the travel to different race tracks suits his style, and he looks to make his name in open wheel racing.
    
“The Ford Focus has taken us all over the place,” said Andersen. “The last 2 years we’ve been going to North Carolina, Virginia, or wherever there may be a race. I like going to different tracks to race, I think it helps you to stay sharp. Racing at one track every week I think you lose a little experience that you could gain by going to different tracks every week. I’ve been racing for 10 years, and we have 102 wins and 14 championships, I’d like to keep moving myself up the ladder, preferably in open wheel. I’m hoping that someone out there will recognize my talent behind the wheel and I can get a ride. It seems like 18-23 is the age that everyone is looking for, and if we have the funds next year, I’d like to get a national midget ride. But it’s been a great year so far, and I’ve been able to showcase myself here at Stafford.”
    
With four wins in the last six races and being in the championship chase in the SK Lights has been a great year, and the starts of the future will come from the SK Light Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway. Brit Andersen hopes to be the first of that crop of future stars coming to a track in an open wheel car near you sometime soon.
 

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Brit Andersen

Brit Andersen Motorsports was founded in 1994 by Andy and Brit Andersen. The Branford Connecticut based team began racing quarter midgets when Brit was five... Read more...

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