Anderson still gets it done at Riverhead
Wayne Anderson just keeps on ticking.
The 64-year-old grandfather of two from Yaphank had to be revived by a defibrillator when he suffered from heart arrhythmia after a race in May 2010. But Anderson, one of only three men to claim five modified points titles at Riverhead Raceway, wouldn't quit.
Last Saturday, he won his 32nd career race at the track in his No. 15 Chevy, tying Bill Park for fourth all-time. It was his first win since May 10, 2008, more than two years prior to his heart episode.
"I kind of had my doubts, so it was really good for us," Anderson said. "We had come close a couple times, only to get spun out or have something else go. It was looking kind of dim for a while."
With four top 10 finishes in seven races this season, Anderson finds himself in fifth place in the standings. He's 90 points behind leader Justin Bonsignore with 11 races remaining. Can he make a run at his first title since 1991?
"That's the reason you go there to race," he said. "You want to be the best and beat the best. We always have [the points title] in mind."
Anderson, who says he is now in fine health, said at the time of his medical scare he wouldn't let it hinder his racing -- and he remains steadfast in that belief.
"I still feel I can race, that's why I do it," he said. "I've just done it so long, it's habit forming."
However, Anderson admits he feels the tug coming from off the track to hang it up. He enjoys golfing and boating, and hates to miss his grandsons' Little League games.
Said Anderson: "I probably will make a decision at the end of the year to keep going or retire. I'm thankful for what I accomplished, but I didn't do it myself. If it weren't for my lifelong friends helping me, I wouldn't be where I am."