There was an unprecedented buzz around Indiana's Anderson Speedway late in June, as the Redbud 300 event, complete with a 300-lap CRA Super Series-sanctioned Super Late Model event and a reunion of former ASA Series drivers, crew members and fans, drew near. Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to intervene on the festive atmosphere of the special mid-week show, but not even she could keep the buzz about the Redbud 300 down for long.
The hype surrounding the re-scheduled Redbud 300, set for Monday, July 27th, has only increased since the original date was postponed. Fans of short track racing from throughout the Midwest and beyond are already preparing for the special Monday show. The green flag will fly at Anderson the day after the prestigious Brickyard 400 event at the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch is set to return, as are some of the best short track talents from around the country, all ready to take on 300 laps around the quarter-mile bullring of Anderson.
“I am looking forward to racing in the Redbud 300 and I am hoping some of the NASCAR fans can come over from Indy and watch a really good race on Monday night,” said Busch, who is currently 10th in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points with three victories this year. “I had the opportunity to get some laps at Anderson the day before the postponed event and it seems like a fun place to race. It's going to be exciting for the fans. There is going to be a good field of racers and I hope we can really make it a big event.”
“The buzz for this race was so high to begin with so it's hard for it to get much higher, but it has,” said Rick Dawson, Promoter of Anderson Speedway. “I talked with RJ (Scott) and Glenn (Luckett) from CRA and they said just about everyone that was here the first day will be back on Monday. We're going to have a great field of cars and it's going to be a great, competitive race.
“We're selling even more advance tickets and there's a lot of media picking up on the race again. Hopefully with the Brickyard weekend coming up at IMS, we're expecting even more hype about this race with all the racers and fans in town for the big race at 'The Brickyard.'”
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 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 in 1999; Georgia short track veteran Mike Miller won the race, 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.
All the big names from the CRA Super Series will be racing the Redbud 300, including three-time and defending series champion Scott Hantz. Eddie Hoffman, who has won throughout the Midwest is entered in the race. Bob Dillner, who is a NASCAR commentator for SPEED and a former ASA television play-by-play announcer, will bring his number-51 Chevrolet to Anderson Speedway with Dublin, GA's Michael Pope behind the wheel.
Advance tickets for the Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway are still available. Tickets can also be purchased on race day at the track. For more information, please visit www.andersonspeedway.com.