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Fourteen year old defending track champ Brit Andersen of Branford, CT passed Tom Donahue 8 laps into the 15 lap Seekonk Youth Racing Association Journeymen feature for his first win of the year.  Rob Richardi was second, followed by Donahue.  In the SYRA Apprentice class Matt Breault of Acushnet, MA used a lap car to exec-
Meet Brit Andersen: The Hottest Driver at Stafford PDF Print E-mail
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.
In the USAC Northeast Ford Focus Series 25-lap feature PDF Print E-mail
In the USAC Northeast Ford Focus Series 25-lap feature, 16 year old hot shoe Brit Andersen of Branford, CT continued his winning g ways, going pole to checker to post his third win in four starts at Seekonk this season.  Andersen, who has been scouted to ride in the ARCA ranks as of late, withstood four cautions to chalk up another victory in convincing fashion.  Andersen posted a series high 3 feature wins in only 4 starts, all coming at the Cement Palace.
Brit Andersen of Branford, CT made history PDF Print E-mail
Brit Andersen of Branford, CT made history with his win at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night, August 27, 2005.  Andersen will enter the record books as the first-ever winner in the Ford Focus Midget portion of the Boston Louie Seymour Memorial Classic.  Andersen took the lead from Ryan Smith on lap four of the 9th Annual Boston Louie Seymour Memorial Classic and never looked back.  Andersen jumped form his third place starting position to take the lead on the opening lap of the 29-lap feature but it was all for not as the pass was negated by a spin by the Shawn Gosselin.  On the complete restart, Ryan Smith resumed his position on the pole.

This time it took Andersen three laps to assert himself as the leader once again.  Under racing conditions, Andersen began to stretch the lead.  By lap 10, he had the straightaway lead over the Smith.  A single lane later, Aaron Wall motored into second position over Smith.  The duel between Wall and Smith was far from over.  Smith battled back to reclaim second and Wall began to backslide.  Michael Sboro had worked his way into second while  multi-time feature winner Jeff Abold had moved into the top five.

The second caution of the night flew on lap 15 for a spin Dana Messier.  On the restart, Andersen continued to show the way with Smith, Sboro, Abold and Wall in tow.  Sboro, Abold and Wall made quick work of Smith sending him back to the fifth spot before the third and final caution flew on lap 17 for an incident that involved Ginny Quinones.

Once back to action, the event went green the remainder of the way with Andersen taking down the win over Sboro,Abold and Wall inside the top-five.  Nick Wean, Stephanie Stevens, Wade Mattesen, Gosselin and Adam Fusco rounded out the top-ten.
Former Seekonk Speedway Youth Racing Association champion PDF Print E-mail
Former Seekonk Speedway Youth Racing Association champion Brit Andersen of Branford, CT returned to the Cement Palace for the first time in two years on Saturday, and came away with top honors in the inaugural USAC Northeast Ford Focus Series 25-lap feature.  The teen sensation started eight in the 13-car event, and steadily closed in on the lead pack as the laps ticked by. Stephanie Stevens and Mike Sboro ran first and second for the first 14 laps until Andersen took second via the bottom groove.  With 8 laps to go, Brit motored by Stevens, and never let up until the checkers had waved.  Stevens finished second, followed by Sboro, who had towed up from Mooresville, NC for the event.
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