Busch to Make First Anderson Visit
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
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.”