On Friday, I-80 Speedway hosts the 12th annual Alphabet Soup Race. The race’s defending champion is Omaha’s John Anderson. Anderson also won one of the most exciting races ever at I-80, the 2009 Soup Race. There’s more: The Midwest Late Model Racing Association is one of the series co-sanctioning the Soup Race, and Anderson is the defending champion of the series and also a three-time series champion. But this week, this column is about more than racing.
Anderson started his racing career in 1990 at Friday Night Flyers at Eagle Raceway. In his career, he has more than 100 feature wins and five track championships, including a Friday Night Flyer championship at Eagle, a Grand National title at Sunset and three late model championships at Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D.