Anderson Continues Development in Street Stocks
Kyle Anderson is only 22 years old, but he is a seasoned veteran behind the wheel of a race car.
The Jamestown resident is in his 15th year of racing. He raced seven years in go-karts, starting at age seven, and then raced three years in the Bombers at Jamestown. He is in his fifth year behind the wheel of a Wissota Street Stock, with Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown and Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon being his regular weekly tracks.
While he is still searching for his first feature win in a street stock, Anderson has continued to progress against some tough competition in eastern North Dakota. This season, in 24 races, he has finished in the top 10 every night with 14 top five finishes.
“Knock on wood, we haven’t been outside of the top 10 yet,” Anderson said earlier this summer from the pit area at Sheyenne Speedway.
Anderson’s interest in racing started very young when his father was pitting for a street stock driver in Jamestown.
“I was out there scraping mud with him, and have been there ever since,” Anderson said. “I don’t know anything different. It’s all I’ve ever done.”
This year, possessed with a new Stealth Chassis, Anderson has seen positive results. He is 13th in Wissota national points, is third in the point standings at Jamestown Speedway and fourth at Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon.
“It’s a phenomenal car,” Anderson said.
Anderson, who works as a machinist at Dakota Engine Builders, hasn’t found victory lane yet in the street stock but is inching closer. He has three runner-up finishes this season.
“(You need) just a good solid run, and put a full 20 laps together and be at the right place at the right time,” Anderson said. “You just need the one (win).”
It took him 2 1/2 years to get his first Bomber win; once he did, he swept the remaining feature races at Jamestown that particular year, including the Jamestown Stampede.
“That was one of the biggest ones. It isn’t easy to do those,” Anderson said.
One thing that has benefited Anderson, he says, is racing against strong competition locally.
“Nothing’s easy in a street car here,” Anderson said. “It’s good knowing we’re up there with those guys. We’ve got some top-notch guys here in North Dakota. You know you’re doing good if you’re in the top five every night.”
Wissota Street Stock #59
Residence: Jamestown, N.D.
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