Anderson Speedway officials announced today that the Champion Racing Association (CRA) Super Series race scheduled on Tuesday, June 16 will now be a 300-lap race to honor the heritage of the original American Speed Association (ASA). Anderson Speedway was the birthplace of ASA, and a staple on the legendary racing circuit's yearly schedule. Being prior home to the corporate offices and leadership of the Robbins family has always made Anderson even more special in ASA's history.
Fans remember the days when ASA brought the top stars in racing through Anderson on a yearly basis, with iconic drivers like Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Dick Trickle, the late Alan Kulwicki, Bob Senneker, Mike Eddy, Ted Musgrave, Johnny Benson, Gary St. Amant and many others. Current NASCAR Cup stars Jimmy Johnson, Kyle Busch, Mark Martin, David Stremme, Matt Kenseth, Tony Raines, Mike Garvey and Reed Sorenson used the Robbins led ASA to help launch their careers to the pinnacle of racing.
"Race fans will remember the ASA 'Redbud 300' being a highlight of the year for area fans, and we are building this event to honor the history of ASA and those Anderson events," noted Anderson Speedway President Rick Dawson. "We expect to have some key figures from that era present to help us honor, what many considered, the greatest short track series ever."
Dawson went on to note, "the selection of a Tuesday night for this event had a lot to do with trying not to interfere with the racers' other weekend schedules, as well as making it easier to schedule more dignitaries to be a part of this tribute event."
While details are still being finalized, NASCAR Cup star Kyle Busch is the first ASA veteran to commit to coming back and racing in the event to honor ASA's history. Officials note that other high profile ASA veterans are expected to be part of the entry list for the CRA Super Series 300-lap race. Many in the racing industry have noted that the CRA Super Series is the closest racing to what ASA was in its "hey day": touring stars competing against local stars in Super Late Model stock cars.
"This is an exciting opportunity for CRA to be a part of Anderson Speedway's homage to the Robbins' era of ASA," noted CRA co-owner R. J. Scott. "As a kid, I grew up as an ASA fan, and then later had the privilege to work at ASA for the Robbins family. It makes this very special for me personally."
"When people compare the CRA Series to the original ASA, it is a huge compliment," Scott continued, "and it's probably no accident. You cannot sit in the stands and watch their races, then get to work behind the scenes with them, and not pick up some of the qualities and procedures of a great organization."
Tentative plans call for the event to be a one-day show, with practice and qualifying during the day, followed by a pre-race celebration of the Robbins era of ASA and its dignitaries. The green flag is schedule to fall at 7:30 p.m. on the 300-lap tribute race. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can follow all the updates and details by visiting www.andersonspeedway.com or www.craracing.net.