Welch & Wilson Motorsports Redbud 300 to Showcase Busch, Schrader and
CRA Late Model Series
the second consecutive year, NASCAR star Kyle Busch will take on the top
competitors in the CRA Super Series Late Models during the Welch & Wilson
Motorsports Redbud 300 presented by Ed Martin Toyota and Great Deals Savings
Magazine at Anderson Speedway on Monday, July 26.
NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader makes his return to the world’s fastest quarter-mile
oval. He earned an ARCA victory at Anderson in 1999.
Although no longer a regular on any of the three national NASCAR touring series,
Schrader maintains an active schedule racing a dirt late model, modified, or a
late model on asphalt tracks around the country.
"I'm looking forward to that," Schrader proclaimed while competing in an UMP
late model event at Kokomo Speedway on July 14.
"I raced a USAC midget, modified, ASA (American Speed Association), ARCA car
there," he continued. "I won an ARCA race there. I'm just looking forward to
going back and running there. There's a lot of history around that race."
Last year Kyle Busch took the win in the Redbud 300 and Schrader expects him to
be tough to beat again.
"Kyle (Busch) brings his own stuff," he said, "we do that a lot with the dirt
(late model) car. He'll be good, he's good no matter where he goes."
Other NASCAR connections that will be part of Monday’s event include Ross
Kenseth, son of 2003 Sprint Cup Champion Matt. The younger Kenseth earned an
exciting victory at Winchester Speedway in May with the CRA Super Series. Bill
Elliott’s son Chase will drive the No. 9 entry. Elliott scored his first career
Late Model victory in March of 2009 and has produced strong runs with several
touring series in 2010 including the CRA circuit.
The Welch & Wilson Motorsports Redbud 300 presented by Ed Martin Toyota and
Great Deals Savings Magazine is sanctioned by the CRA Super Series, but the
Redbud 300 actually began in 1967. The earliest recorded results from the
speedway archives are from 1974, when one Tiny Lund won the event. In the ‘90’s
the event became a 400-lap race, known as the Anderson 400. The last ASA
sanctioned race was 1999; Georgia short track veteran Mike Miller won, 2-time
ASA champ Gary St. Amant won the pole, and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
champ Jimmie Johnson started tenth and finished 16th.
In the 2009 event, Busch turned in a dominating performance in his first race at
one of the nation’s toughest short tracks. Busch led 209 laps and took the lead
on lap 191 with an outside pass of Eddie Hoffman through the third and fourth
corners and was never seriously challenged to the checkers.
While Busch was driving away there was a good battle for second between Hoffman,
Rick Turner, Aaron Pierce, John VanDoorn, Chuck Barnes Jr. and Scott Hantz.
Several times the drivers ran side by side fighting for position while trying to
avoid lapped traffic.
Busch won by 4.328 seconds. At the finish Turner finished second followed by
Pierce, VanDoorn and Barnes rounding out the top five.
"The car was great," Busch said. "I love coming out to the short tracks. We'd
race every night of the week for sure."
CRA Super Series points leader Johnny VanDoorn tops a strong group of series
drivers entered for Monday’s event. VanDoorn picked up the victory in the series
April event at Anderson. Ohio’s Jason Dietsch ranks in the second position in
the standings with Michigan racer Brian Campbell in third spot. Campbell scored
a May victory at Berlin. Tommy St. John moved to fourth position after a win at
Angola in July with veteran Terry Fisher Jr. completing the top five.
Advance tickets for the Welch & Wilson Motorsports Redbud 300 presented by Ed
Martin Toyota and Great Deals Savings Magazine at Anderson Speedway on Monday,
July 26th, are available now for $20. Tickets can also be purchased on race day
at the track for $25.
Spectator Gates open at 4 p.m. with a special autograph session taking place at
6 p.m. that will include Bill Elliott. Racing action will take place at 7:30.