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Dorer Returns to Sight of Biggest Win; Reaid, Pollard Get First Taste of Anderson Speedway

By Ken de la Bastide

(April 13, 2012) –
The last time Florida resident Steve Dorer was at Anderson Speedway, he used a bold outside lap to beat Chase Elliott to the checkers to win the 2011 running of the Redbud 300.

Dorer was back at Anderson Speedway practicing Friday for the opening ARCA/CRA Super Series event the Anderson 125 presented by Great Deals Magazine.

During the off season he sold the car he won the Redbud 300 to Jason Dietsch, who hired Scott Neal as crew chief and is focusing all his efforts on the Super Series in 2012.

“The car is good,” he said of the late model that was built in the 1990s. “I like this place.”

Dorer said his win the Redbud 300 was “awesome” and the biggest win of his career.

“I still go back and watch the finish of that race from time to time,” he said of the fond memory.

While Dorer has experience at Anderson, southern star Bubba Pollard was seeing Anderson Speedway for the first time.

“We don’t have tracks like this down south,” Pollard laughed. “It’s a neat place; a lot faster than it looks.

“Our plan it to use this weekend as a tune-up for the Redbud,” he said. “We’ve won some races down south and wanted to race in other areas of the country. The intent is to gain some experience.”

Pollard said in addition to the Red Bud 300 the team hopes to run the Winchester 400, Lucas Oil Raceway and Berlin Raceway in the “Rowdy 251”.

T. J. Reaid is driving the Bill Elliott Racing Ford and was turning his first laps at Anderson.

“I never raced a late model on a track like this,” he said. “I’ve raced Legends on this type of track. I was here a couple of years ago with Kyle (Busch). We’re preparing for the Redbud.”