By Ken de la Bastide
(April 28, 2014) - Georgia driver
TJ Reaid made it a three-peat in the annual
spring visit of the CRA Super Series winning
the Anderson Properties 125 on Saturday at
Reaid has captured the traditional tune-up
for the Stoops Freightliner Red Bud 300 in
2013 and 2012. The Red Bud 300 will take
place at Anderson Speedway on June 14.
Reaid in the Mitch Smith Auto Service
sponsored Chevrolet posted the fast time
during qualifications and started sixth in
the 125-lap feature event taking the lead
from Brett Robinson by slipping inside
coming off the second corner.
Robinson lost the second spot to Ross
Kenseth during a restart on lap 48 when the
Wisconsin driver got inside entering turn
Kenseth challenged Reaid for the lead on a
restart on lap 97, but was unable to
complete the pass in the high groove.
Brian Campbell claimed the second spot from
Kenseth on lap 109 with an inside pass going
down the back straight and started to close
Kenseth finished third, Canadian rookie of
the year contender Brandon Watson finished
fourth and Anderson’s Dustin Burge, making
his first start in a super late model
finished an impressive fifth after starting
14th in the field.
Robinson took the early lead from the
outside of the front row, but it was
Campbell that was putting on an impressive
drive running early by driving the high
Using the high line Campbell passed Kenseth,
Watson and pole sitter Ali Kern by lap 14.
Campbell again used the high groove on lap
21 to get around Robinson to take the lead.
The first of four caution flags waved on lap
46 when Thomas Woodin spun in turn two.
Campbell decided to start on the outside
which allowed Robinson to reclaim the point
with Campbell dropping back to third.
Campbell spun his rear tires on the restart
and in turn one, Robinson rode him high in
Reaid patiently worked his way to the front
and took the lead from Robinson on lap 48.
“This is awesome,” Reaid said. “I got a
little worried because the car wasn’t as
good as in the past. We had bad luck earlier
in the year, so we needed to get a win to
turn the season around.”
Burge, the CRA and Anderson Speedway Street
Stock champion in 2013 was provided the
opportunity run a super late model as part
of the CRA title.
“This was better than winning the
championship,” Burge said. “I’ll have to win
the championship again so I can do this
New Castle driver Dalton Armstrong finished
13th after being involved in an incident on
lap 47 and collecting the turn one wall.
Twelve cars finished on the lead lap. There
were four cautions and four lead changes
among three drivers.