By Ken de la Bastide
Photo by Speed 51
14, 2014) - Daniel Hemric took
advantage on a restart with 23 laps
remaining to capture the Stoops Freightliner
Red Bud 300 on Saturday, June 14 at Anderson
Hemric was able to use the inside line to
take the lead from Pollard who had led from
the halfway break at lap 150.
Once Hemric took the lead he was able to
pull away from Pollard for the victory. The
crucial decision was made at the break with
Hemric opting to take four tires while
Pollard decided to take only two.
Hemric, who set fast time during
qualifications, had to survive a final
restart with five laps remaining which gave
Pollard a final shot at the win.
The North Carolina driver was able to hold
position to win the 48th running of the Red
Bud 300 despite a four-car battle for the
lead. Travis Braden passed Pollard on the
final lap with Steve Dorer finishing fourth
and Brandon Oakley rounding out the top
Middletown’s Scott Neal, who didn’t take the
initial green flag, got back into action
following quick work by the crew and battled
back to finish sixth. Yorktown’s Rick Turner
Pollard opened a lead after the restart but
Daniel Hemric closed and caught him by lap
260 with cars battling in front of the two
leaders to stay on the lead lap. Pollard and
Hemric ran side by side for 10 laps before
the ninth caution flag waved for a spin by
The race was red-flagged on lap 188 when
Trent Snyder and Brett Robinson got together
down the back straight and collected the
cars of Ross Kenseth and defending champion
Johnny VanDoorn in a five car pile-up in
turn three. None of the drivers were injured
in the incident.
That changed the complexion of the race for
the final 112 laps with only Kenseth able to
Following the halfway break Yorktown’s Rick
Turner took the pole position when the team
elected not to change any tires followed by
Bubba Pollard, Snyder, Kenseth and Brandon
Oakley, who each changed two tires.
VanDoorn restarted seventh after taking
three tires. He then got caught on the
outside and tangled with Steve Dorer,
bringing out the caution flag on lap 159 and
both drivers being relegated to the tail.
Turner quickly dropped back through field
before spinning on lap 181 and then pitting
VanDoorn led 140 of the first 150 laps only
surrendering the lead to Pollard on a
restart on lap 54. After that VanDoorn opted
to restart on the outside of the front row.
Pollard ran in the top two positions for the
first half of the race with Brett Robinson
climbing from the eighth spot to run third.
The drivers on the move were Snyder who
started 17th and was running fourth at the
break followed by Steve Dorer, who started
13th. Snyder was running a car with a crate
motor and was down on horsepower to the
super late models.
Before a lap was completed two of the
considered favorites were knocked out of the
race in a turn one incident.
Brian Campbell, starting on the outside of
the front row, banged doors with pole sitter
Landon Cling entering turn one. The contact
caused Campbell’s Ford to shoot up the track
and made contact with the outside retaining
wall, collecting the Mitch Smith Auto
Service sponsored Chevrolet of T.J. Reaid.
Racing action returns to Anderson Speedway
on Saturday, June 21 with the CRA Street
Stock 200 taking place. Other divisions in
action include NASH FM ThunderCars, Front
Wheel Drives Oval and Thunder Roadsters.