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McAnally race team has two teens in Roseville showdown

Late Model drivers are 14 and 13 years old
By: Bill Poindexter
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Andrew Murray doesn’t look or even talk like the typical Late Model racecar driver. For starters, his voice hasn’t changed. The eighth-grader from Temecula in Southern California is one of two teenagers driving for Bill McAnally Racing of Antelope this weekend in the All American Open Showdown at All American Speedway in Roseville. Main events will be held tonight in the Late Model, Modified, Street Stock and Bomber divisions. The Late Model feature is scheduled for 150 laps with a hefty $3,000 to the winner. Should Andrew win, he can mark the money for something other than braces, since he wears them now – in turquoise and black, his favorite colors. “This series is all about getting used to driving such a heavy car. I’ve never driven anything close to this,” said Andrew, who drove karts and for the last two years was a hotshot behind the wheel of a USAC Ford Focus Midget. Barely a teenager, Andrew looks it. His hair is cut neatly, and if the sun shines on his young face just right, there is a hint of fuzz keeping a spot warm for a moustache. The kid is driven – literally. He wants to drive in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series – when he’s old enough. He and Cameron Hayley, 14, of Alberta, Canada, are eligible to drive this weekend because the Open Showdown isn’t a NASCAR-sanctioned event. Cameron is driving McAnally’s other Toyota in the Open Showdown. Thursday’s testing session at All American was Andrew’s third time driving a Late Model. He said his dad is all for the racing, but his mom, well … “You know moms,” Andrew said. “They always worry you’re going to crash.” If it’s any consolation to mom, who didn’t make the trip, according to Andrew, he’ll be in good company on the one-third-mile surface. Eric Schmidt of Roseville was at the track Thursday. Former NASCAR West Series champ Mike David of Modesto was being registered. Matt Scott, at 18 old enough to be a big brother to Andrew and Cameron, tested his car. Scott, the new track champ, has eight wins at All American this season. “They’re going to get a higher learning real quick,” said Chris Nelle of Antelope, crew chief for McAnally’s young guns. “They get an opportunity to get out there with the guys who do know the track. They can follow them around and learn some stuff from them. And then it gives them a chance to size up where they’re at potential-wise.” The Modified car count is expected to be big, and there were close to a dozen at the track Thursday. “I heard it’s going to be a huge car count for Modified,” Scott said. Bill Poindexter can be reached at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY What: All American Open Showdown Where: All American Speedway, 800 All America City Blvd. in Roseville When: Today, practice from 3:30-5:30 p.m., racing at 6. Late Model main event, 150 laps; Modified, 60 laps; Street Stock, 50 laps; Bomber, 40 laps. Tickets: $13 for adults, $7 for juniors 6-15 and seniors 60 and up. Children 5 and under get in for free. A family pack – two adults and up to three juniors – costs $35. Information: (916) 786-2025 or allamericanspeedway.com