By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - Michigan driver Johnny
VanDoorn came to Anderson Speedway intent on
winning the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300
presented by Qdoba, Anderson/Madison County
Visitors Bureau and Hoosier Park for the CRA
Super Series and accomplished that goal.
VanDoorn led the final 146 laps to win the
40th running of the Stoops Freightliner
Redbud 300, by scoring the victory he took
another step closer to winning the JEGS
Triple Crown Challenge and the $100,000
By winning the Stoops Freightliner Redbud
300 and earlier in the year at Berlin
Raceway, VanDoorn has assured himself of a
$20,000 bonus. A win in the Winchester 400
will earn him the $100,000.
Although VanDoorn led the final circuits, he
was pressed the entire distance by T.J.
Reaid, who was never more than a couple of
car lengths off his rear bumper.
Defending champion Ross Kenseth finished
third followed by Eddie Van Meter and Travis
Greenfield’s Kenny Tweedy drove to a sixth
place finish after starting 25th in the
“I’m not thinking about the money,” VanDoorn
said after the win. “During the winter we
talked about winning the longer races.
Finished in the top three, but never got a
“Anytime you can win a short track race with
all this history is special,” he said. “It
takes the car, driver and crew to win.”
VanDoorn said his tires were starting to
fade over the final 25 laps, which allowed
Reaid to close to within a half-second.
“We were set up for the short runs and we
had a 75-lap green flag run.” he said.
Reiad said his car was a little bit off the
set-up and the right rear tire was worn out.
“I needed to be a little bit better,” he
said. “We had no forward bite to complete
Kenseth said his car got tight after the sun
Braden led following the break by taking no
tires, but it was a decision that sent hit
rapidly down the scoring list.
VanDoorn took the lead on a restart on lap
154 following a two-car incident, by using
the outside line to get around Braden on the
back straight. Over the next three laps
Braden was passed by VanMeter, Reaid,
Kenseth and Terry Fisher Jr.
Eddie VanMeter took the lead from early
leader Ross Kenseth following a restart on
lap 51 after a multi-car accident in turn
Kenseth took the lead from the pole position
after the fastest six qualifiers were
inverted for the start. VanMeter went to the
outside entering turn one and led until the
After passing Kenseth, VanMeter was
challenged by Johnny VanDoorn and T.J. Reaid,
the fast qualifier. The final 72 laps went
caution free until the mid-point break.
The front four drivers maintained a
comfortable margin over Joe Beaver, who ran
unchallenged for the fifth spot.
The first caution flag came out when rookie
of the year contender Brandon Oakley spun
after making contact with Beaver in turn two
and collected the car of Bubba Pollard, who
suffered right front damage.
The second caution flag flew on lap 53 when
2011 race winner made contact with the turn
three wall. The final caution of the first
half came on lap 70 when J.R. Roahrig spun
through the infield grass and hit the turn
three outside retaining wall.
The race was slowed six times by caution
flags for a total of 46 laps.
There were three lead changes among four
Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway
on Saturday, July 27, with the Edgewater
Wood/Alzheimer’s Awareness Night featuring
Street Stocks, WMDH ThunderCars and Front
Wheel Drives Oval & Figure 8.