Anderson Speedway in Indiana has always been considered the birthplace of the American Speed Association. The days of Bob Senneker, Mike Eddy, Dick Trickle, Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace doing battle at the tight, high-banked quarter-mile oval are legendary. Now officials are celebrating ASA’s heritage by bringing back the historic Redbud 300 Presented by Great Deals race on Tuesday, June 16th, at Anderson Speedway.
“There seems to be a tremendous interest in this race,” said Rick Dawson, promoter of Anderson Speedway. “It is almost like the perfect storm, as we have a NASCAR star coming to town; we have the CRA Series coming; we have resurrected the historic Redbud 300 Presented by Great Deals, and we have the added ASA flavor.”
That NASCAR star is none other than phenom Kyle Busch, who won 21 races between the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series in 2008 and has already won in each series again this year. He will bring his KBM Super Late Model team to Anderson, IN, for the Redbud 300 Presented by Great Deals.
“I look forward to anytime I get to run the Late Model, but especially this race,” said Busch. “I know the town of Anderson has been down on its luck, so hopefully we can give the city something to smile about. I know it’s a tough track and it’s a tough series we will be competing in.”
“Kyle is huge,” added Dawson. “Not only is he probably one of the most gifted drivers in racing today, his persona endears itself to our fans. The city is anxiously looking forward to his arrival. And I believe all the drivers step up their efforts an additional notch when they compete with a driver of Kyle's caliber.”
The event is sanctioned by the CRA Super Series, but the Redbud 300 actually began in 1967. The earliest recorded results from the speedway archives are from 1974, when one Tiny Lund won the event. In the ‘90’s the event became a 400-lap race, known as the Anderson 400. The last ASA sanctioned race was 1999; Georgia short track veteran Mike Miller won, 2-time ASA champ Gary St. Amant won the pole, and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ Jimmie Johnson started tenth and finished 16th.
“Anderson Speedway is basically considered the birthplace of ASA and the CRA Super Series,” continued Dawson. “There were many great ASA races here, and our fans have wanted this nostalgic event for many years. Hopefully we will build on it for future years to make it an annual reunion event.
“We will have an area set up under our huge hospitality tent for everyone to meet and talk about old times and great races to come. Ironically, the big tent is the same one ASA used at its races years ago.”
All the big names from the CRA Super Series will be racing the Redbud 300, including three-time and defending series champion Scott Hantz. The aforementioned Gary St. Amant has entered the event as well as Blizzard Series winner Johanna Long. Bob Dillner, who is a NASCAR commentator for SPEED and a former ASA television play-by-play announcer, will bring two cars to Anderson Speedway with Dublin, GA’s Michael Pope and the 2008 400-lap Anderson Midget Classic winner, Dakoda Armstrong.
Advance tickets for the Redbud 300 Presented by Great Deals at Anderson Speedway on Tuesday, June 16th, are available now. Tickets can also be purchased on race day at the track. For more information, please visit www.andersonspeedway.com.
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