Busch to Make First Anderson Visit

Drivers racing with a touring series get to experience new racetracks on a regular basis and for Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch he will be making his initial visit to Anderson Speedway.

Busch will be competing in the Redbud 300 presented by Great Deals Magazine at Anderson Speedway Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in a Champion Racing Association super late model event.

When asked what he knew about Anderson, while waiting for the start of the “Rowdy Busch 125) at Berlin Raceway, Busch remarked not much.

“I’ve never been there, never saw the place,” he laughed. “All I know is it’s a fast track, a quarter-mile, high-banked. Something like a running track just banked up some.”

Busch’s crew chief Bond Suss has been to Anderson Speedway when he was a crewmember for an original American Speed Association team on the AC-Delco Challenge Series tour.

Suss said the lead cars would be battling with traffic within the first few laps after the start of the Redbud 300.

When told Anderson was similar to the quarter-mile speedway in Slinger, WI. Busch said then it would be a good racetrack.

“It should be fun,” he continued. “We talked to Dave (Stremme) who raced here before,” Busch said. “We got a heads-up on what the set-up is like and the springs you need to use.”

Midwest short track legend Dick Trickle once said driving a late model at Anderson Speedway “was like flying a jetfighter in a gymnasium”.

For Busch the Redbud 300 marks his third CRA race of the year and there are plans for the Joe Gibbs Racing team driver to make several more starts in 2009 with the series.

“Their schedule best fits ours,” Busch said of the demanding 36-week Sprint Cup schedule. “They’re willing to run some mid-week shows and helped me put on this race at Berlin (Raceway) and at Anderson.”

Suss said Busch will run his late model as many as 25 times in a year.

“I tried to work with the (ASA) Midwest Tour, but they don’t want to seem to want to work and do a mid-week show,” Busch said.

Busch is one of the few NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers that are willing to run at a local track on off-days with other sanctioning bodies. Former Sprint Cup driver Ken Schrader was one driver that would race at local dirt or paved ovals.

“We do what we can to support the local tracks,” Busch said, “try to get people in the grandstands.”