Traditions Continued at Anderson's Redbud 300
Busch Wins; Legendary Race Carries On
By Kevin Striegle
Auto racing is beloved by people around the world. The typical uncertainty that any given night of racing brings to race fans is more than enough to keep them coming back for more.

Anderson Speedway, which is rich in racing heritage, annually hosts the 'Little 500' for sprint car teams across the country. The quarter mile track, originally known as Sun Valley Speedway, also played host to a stock-car tradition known as the Redbud 300. And on Monday, July 27, that tradition was refueled on the track just up the road from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

One of the world's biggest racing stars, who seems to be all about breaking uncertainties, did just that on the high banks of Anderson. NASCAR star Kyle Busch led 209 of the 300 lap CRA Super Series event and cruised to victory, something that the Las Vegas native has grown accustom to.

"I love coming out to the short tracks. We'd race every night of the week for sure" said Busch in victory lane. "I really have to thank the crew, those guys really worked hard. I know many of them have to get to work tomorrow, and to have a crowd like this on a Monday is great."

While Busch was busy putting on a driving clinic of the track that he had never seen before the event, CRA regulars were busy fighting for every inch behind him. Local favorite Rick Turner battled all race long in his Great Deals Ford and brought it home in the same position in which he started, second.

Fast Eddie Hoffman lived up to his nickname for roughly 39-laps, before the engine began to go south on the then race leader. Hoffman had a disappointing qualifying effort of 19th.  He took two tires during the race break on lap 150, restarted from the lead for the second half of the event and looked to possibly have a car to challenge for the win.

Aaron Pierce, who began his adult driving career in open wheel cars, is the only driver in history to start on the pole for the Little 500 as well as the Redbud 300. Pierce, who is in his second year of template body competition, currently sits second in the championship points battle. The pole sitter who finished third, continues to show strength as his career develops.

Defending series champion Scott Hantz seemed to have a fast car all night long, but couldn't do anything with current point leader Johnny VanDoorn on the track.

VanDoorn, the Coopersville, MI driver, who got his first ever CRA victory at Anderson, also won in the spring event there. With new sponsor Rip It Energy Fuel onboard, the Chevrolet driver was able to hold on to a solid top five finish as well as the series points lead.

While the NOS Energy Toyota sailed to a win in front of the packed house, there is no doubt that the battle between the two energy drink-backed race teams will continue at Toledo Speedway and beyond.

The celebration of the old American Speed Association, with the revitalization of the Anderson event was certainly something special. Another chapter has been added to this storied race with Kyle Busch's domination. Who will be the next person to add their name to the prestigious list of Anderson victors?

Aaron Pierce (#31) and Kyle Busch (#51) battled hard for the lead early.  (Dennis Kimble Photos)
Eddie Hoffman (#8) and Rick Turner (#26) also put up a good fight in this race.
Kyle Busch's #51 team in victory lane.