By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - T.J. Reaid worked his way
up from the eighth starting spot to lead the
final 56 laps to win the Sell it Again Sam
125 event Saturday at Anderson Speedway for
the ARCA/CRA Super Series.
Prior to the race Reaid said it was a
tune-up for the $10,000 to win Stoops
Freightliner Redbud 300 in July. He said the
additional prize money would be attracting a
large field of cars.
Reaid set fast time during qualifying and
utilized the high groove early in the race
to move up to the third spot behind early
leader Bret Jack and Kyle Benjamin.
With an inversion of the fastest eight
drivers, Jack started on the pole position
and swapped the point with Benjamin over the
first and second laps. Rick Turner was
running third followed by Travis Braden and
Unlike in previous Super Series events the
first caution flag didn’t wave until lap 43
when Braden made contact with the rear
bumper of Turner’s car, causing him to spin
in turn four. Both drivers were relegated to
the tail of the field.
On the Aerco Heating and Cooling restart
Benjamin took the lead from Jack and stayed
out front until he was passed by Reaid with
an inside move entering turn one on lap 69.
There were only four caution flags during
the first 99 laps, but the yellow flag was
displayed four times between lap 99 and 105,
the most serious incident taking place on
lap 105 when Turner, with a right rear tire
going flat, made contact with Bowen. Bowen’s
car ended up pinned to the outside retaining
wall on the front straight.
With 20 laps remaining Reaid was leading
local favorite Joe Beaver, Benjamin, Kenny
Tweedy and Jack. Benjamin nudged Beaver out
of the low groove on lap 116 in turn one to
claim the second spot.
The ninth caution flag waved on lap 122 when
Jay Niewiek spun in turn four, which set up
a three lap shoot-out to the finish.
Benjamin made a final charge for the win,
but slipped entering turn one on lap 123
which allowed Reaid to cement the victory.
Benjamin finished second followed by Beaver,
Tweedy and Jack.
With the victory Reaid picked up a $500
bonus for winning after setting the fast
time during qualifications.