Late Model Weekend to Feature Nation's Top Short Track Stars
18, 2012) -
Since the resurgence of the Late Model crown jewel event in 2009,
the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 presented by Hoosier Park Racing &
Casino, Great Deals Savings Magazine, Ed Martin Toyota and Mitch Smith Auto
Service at Anderson Speedway has been one of the most exciting events on the
ARCA/CRA Super Series tour. The 2012 edition on Saturday, July 21 will be even
more thrilling with the event expanding into the Late Model Weekend that
debuts on Friday, July 20.
A new chapter to the event this year is the transition to a two-day
event with opening night showcasing the JEGS/CRA All Stars Tour along with
the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models in the 2nd Annual Willy’s
events will kick off on Friday with the Anderson 100 Presented by JEGS.com
for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance. All the
top JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour drivers will be there including current series
points leader Daniel Hemric who has won three straight series events and
five events total out of the seven events contested to date for the Scott
Neal Racing Team. 14 year old Anderson Bowen comes into Friday’s event
second in series Championship points and is the leader in the Howie Lettow
Rookie of the Year points presented by Howe Racing. Brent Downey is in third
place, he is 18 points behind Bowen. Chad Finley, who has one win during the
2012 season, is in fourth place, he is 18 points behind Downey. Veteran
Illinois racer Josh Nelms is in fifth place, only three points behind
Illinois racer Trent Snyder will be looking to end Hemric’s winning streak
on Friday, Snyder won the series event last year at Anderson Speedway.
Snyder made a great pass on Derrick Griffin on lap 33 to take the lead, then
held off Brandon Watson and Griffin to get the win in his first ever race at
on Friday will be the 2nd Annual Willy’s Race, a 100-lap event for the
Anderson Speedway McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models. Willy’s Race
honors the memory of Central Indiana racer William Mefford, a very popular
driver who lost his life in a racing accident. The Willy’s Race is presented
by McGunegill Engine Performance, Motion Motors, Thompson Builders, P.P.G.,
Norrick Petroleum, Claborn Auto Sales, Double J. Transport, K&J Farms, and
Former EDCO Welding Street
Stock champion Josh Poore sits atop the MEP Late Model Standings with
Brandon Phillips ranked in the second spot. Third is Ronnie Rose with Rob
Allman and most recent feature winner Fred Hopkins rounding out the top
Saturday’s Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 has an entry list that has not
only the best ARCA/CRA Super Series drivers, but several of the top late
model drivers from all over the country including defending Redbud 300
winner Steve Dorer from Lakeland, Florida. Dorer made an unforgettable last
lap pass of Chase Elliott in turns three and four of the tight ¼ mile track
coming to the checkers to claim the victory in last year’s Redbud 300.
Dorer‘s move was more impressive because he used the challenging outside
groove to make the pass and came from his 17th place starting position to
get the win by .143-seconds.
The South will also be well represented Saturday by two Georgia Hot Shoe’s
including T.J. Reaid, who won the ARCA/CRA Super Series season opener at
Anderson Speedway in April for the Bill Elliott Racing Team and Bubba
Pollard, who finished second to Reaid in that event. Pollard was the top
late model driver in the country last season winning 19 feature events
including a CRA Southern Tour event at Gresham Motorsports Park and claiming
several series titles including the CRA Southern Tour Drivers Championship.
Pollard has already scored several victories in 2012 and looks to add the
Redbud 300 to his list of wins.
Florida racer Stephen Nasse has also filed an entry for Saturday’s race
along with Ross Kenseth, son of current NASCAR Sprint Cup point’s leader
Matt Kenseth, who recently relocated their race shop to North Carolina.
Kenseth has four ARCA/CRA Super Series wins including victories last season
at Columbus Motor Speedway and Plymouth Speedway.
Topping the list of series regulars that are entered includes two time
series Champion and current series points’ leader Johnny Van Doorn, a three
time winner at Anderson Speedway. Other top CRA drivers entered include
former Anderson winners Kenny Tweedy, a four time Anderson winner and two
time Anderson winner Rick Turner. Also Oklahoma native Kenzie Ruston,
currently second in series points, top Boyne Machine Company rookies Travis
Braden, currently third in overall series points and the leader in rookie of
the year points and Becca Kasten, fourth in series points and second in
rookie of the year points.
Three drivers, Josh Nelms, Tommy Cook and Trent Snyder are entered to
compete in both the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event on Friday and in the
Redbud 300 on Saturday. Open wheel racer Rex Norris Jr. of Spiceland,
Indiana will make his CRA debut Saturday after purchasing a car from former
CRA Anderson winner and driver Champion Jeff Lane.
Two-day tickets for adults are selling for $30 with kids (6-12)
available for $12.
On Friday, Spectator Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing beginning at 7:30
p.m. with the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models and JEGS/CRA All
Stars Tour. Single day tickets for the Friday program are $15 for adults, $4
for kids (6-12) and children five and under are admitted free.
On Saturday, spectator gates open at 4 p.m. with the Stoops Freightliner
Redbud 300 going green around 7:30. Tickets are available for $25. Kids ages
6-12 are admitted with a $10 ticket. Children five and under are free.
For additional information on Anderson Speedway, visit
www.andersonspeedway.com or contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.