Ross Kenseth Wins Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300
By Ken de la Bastide
(July 21, 2012) –
After having bad luck in his first visits to Anderson Speedway,
Ross Kenseth got inside of Bubba Pollard with 51 laps remaining and went on
to win the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 presented by Hoosier Park Racing &
Casino, Great Deals Savings Magazine, Ed Martin Auto Group, Mitch Smith Auto
Service at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.
Kenseth, who made an unscheduled stop on lap 75 opted to take only two tires
at the halfway break and restarted fifth. With the outside groove coming in
Kenseth worked his way to the front.
Pollard took the lead on lap 224 when leader Eddie VanMeter broke the
transmission in his car.
The caution flag waved on lap 228 when TJ Reaid, running second at the time,
got loose coming off the second corner and spun when Bekka Kasten tapped the
back of his car.
For ten laps Kenseth hung on the back of Pollard’s car and finally on lap
250 he got inside to take the lead entering turn three.
Defending champion Steve Dorer used the outside line to pass Pollard and
Johnny VanDoorn to move into the second spot.
The final 24 laps went green with Kenseth able to pull away from Dorer.
Behind the two front runners there was a spirited battle for third between
Pollard, VanDoorn and Kenzie Ruston.
Coming to the white flag, Ruston spun which caused Pollard to slow. VanDoorn
claimed third and at the checkers Pollard was passed for fourth by Nate
Kenseth said the win was the biggest of his career.
“I’ve wrecked here several times,” Kenseth said. “This was the best car I’ve
had here. For me it was a clean race except for an incident around lap 60.”
Kenseth said the team made changes at the halfway break.
He opted to start on the outside line after taking the lead on the restarts.
“The outside was the way to go,” Kenseth said. “Starting on the outside you
were able to keep the other guys pinched down on the bottom.”
Dorer, looking to make it two Redbud wins in a row, said he knew Kenseth
would start on the outside.
“I’m sure his crew told him (Kenseth) we won here last year on the outside,”
Dorer said. “I feel we had the best car on the outside. He knew I was good
on the outside.”
VanDoorn said he battled an ill-handling race car most of the night, but was
pleased with the third place finish.
“It was a long 300 laps for us,” he said. “There was something wrong with
the car, we never gave up and the crew kept fighting.”
VanDoorn said he has a lot of respect for Pollard and knew the hard racing
would be clean between the two veteran drivers.
“The outside was the place to be on the restarts,” he said.
Terry Fisher Jr. dominated the first half of the race leading from lap 24
through 188, when he pitted on lap 189 following contact between Kenny
Tweedy and Stephan Nasse, who were battling for fourth spot.
History was made when Bekka Kasten became the first woman to lead laps in
the Redbud 300, leading from lap 185 through 205.
Fans were treated to side by side racing between Pollard and VanDoorn around
the lap 250 mark as the two battled for the third spot.
There were five lead changes among six different drivers. The race was
slowed 13 times by the caution flag for a total of 88 laps.
Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway on Saturday, July 28 with G.W.
Pierce Night at the Races. The H.O.S.S. Winged Sprint Cars, EDCO Welding
Street Stocks along with G.W. Pierce Front Wheel Drives in Oval and Figure
8’s will be showcased on the quarter-mile oval.
For additional information on Anderson Speedway, visit
www.andersonspeedway.com or contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.