The CRA Super Series will return to action this Monday in one of its premier events of the season, the SealWrap Repair Tape Redbud 300 Presented by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Great Deals Coupon Magazine and Ed Martin Toyota at Anderson Speedway. The famous high-banked quarter mile racetrack located in Anderson, Indiana has hosted more CRA Super Series events than any other track since the series’ first ever event on Saturday, April 26, 1997. Monday’s event will be the 50th CRA Super Series event held at Anderson Speedway. Former two time series champion Brian Ross is the all-time series victory leader at Anderson Speedway with nine victories.
The Redbud 300 has been a traditional stock car event at Anderson Speedway for years, but just recently found a consistent date on the Monday after the famed Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be the third straight year this event has been run on that date, the event has attracted great fields of cars and a great crowds at the last two Monday shows.
Another great field of cars is entered for Monday’s event topped by defending race winner Scott Hantz who managed to hold off a hard charging Brian Johnson Jr. to get the emotional victory last year, dedicating the win to his car owner Dick Poe who had passed away only days before the event. The three time CRA Super Series Champion comes into Monday’s event as the current series point’s leader but has seen that lead trimmed to only 28 points as Terry Fisher Jr. continues his streak of great runs with the series including getting his first series victory on July 3rd. Fisher Jr. looks to improve upon his third place finish in last year’s Redbud 300. Hantz has three CRA wins at Anderson.
There will also be a great NASCAR connection to Monday’s race as former NASCAR competitor Ken Schrader is entered driving a team car to Wisconsin racer Robert Maynor again in the event. Schrader finished in fifth place in last year’s event. The Redbud 300 will also have three NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers son’s competing for the win including Bill Elliott’s son Chase, Matt Kenseth’s son Ross, who won the series last event last Sunday at Plymouth Speedway and Dave Blaney’s son Ryan, the 2010 CRA Southern Six-Pack Tour Champion. Elliott finished 10th in last year’s event while Kenseth had his day end early with a dead battery on lap 64.
There are several CRA Super Series regulars entered who have been to victory lane at Anderson in CRA Super Series events including four time winner Kenny Tweedy, Jeff Lane a three time series winner at Anderson including the 2011 season opener, three time winner John Van Doorn who returns to action after taking off for several events, two time winner Rick Turner, and one time winners Jim Crabtree Jr., Peter Cozzolino and Andy Ponstein.
Other top series drivers entered include Derrick Griffin, who is currently third in series points and leads the rookie of the year standings, also Mason Mingus, second in rookie points to date, Jay Niewiek, Damon Ecoff, Jason Dietsch, Joe Beaver, Colin Nickolai, two time 2011 CRA winner Brian Campbell, Aaron Pierce, and Jack Smith.
CJ Leary will make his second start in the series after a successful first race at Plymouth Speedway for the Welch & Wilson Motorsports team. Sullivan RV CRA Late Model Sportsman Series competitor Mark Lambert is entered to make his 2011 CRA Super Series debut. Mooresville, North Carolina native Landon Cling is entered in the Brad Kesolowski Motorsports car. Florida ace Steve Dorer continues his Northern vacation with his fourth straight start this season with the series including getting his first series victory at M-40 Speedway on July 10th.
There will be an open practice at Anderson Speedway on Sunday. Pits open at 4pm, practice will run from 5pm until dark. Pits open on Monday at 10am. Practice will begin at 1pm with qualifying starting at 4:15pm. There will be a last chance race to set the final field positions if needed at 5:15pm. There will be an autograph session beginning at 6pm that will include all the drivers and special guests Bill Elliott and current NASCAR competitor Brad Kesolowski. The SealWrap Repair Tape Redbud 300 Presented by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Great Deals Coupon Magazine and Ed Martin Toyota will take the green flag at 7:30pm.
Additional track and event information can be found at www.andersonspeedway.com. More information on the CRA Super Series is available at www.craracing.net.