July 11, 2019
The must-see event of the weekend is the Redbud 400 at Anderson Speedway, Anderson, IN.
The prestigious race held on the ¼ track a little less than an hour North East of Indianapolis, used to be the first race of the ARCA/CRA Triple Crown and has brought us many famous winners in very exciting races such as Raphael Lessard bringing home the trophy last year, Steve Wallace in ‘17, Dalton Armstrong in ‘16. Other previous winners include current NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Drivers Erik Jones, Daniel Hemric, and Kyle Busch. Also on that list is Ross Kenseth son of Tuesday night’s Slinger Nationals winner and former NASCAR Cup driver Matt Kenseth, and short track aces Johnny VanDoorn, Steve Dorer, and Scott Hantz.
This year’s race is full of tough contenders with former winners entered such as Hemric who is teaming up with Wimmer Motorsports owned by crew chief Chris Wimmer. Other former winners entered include Wallace, VanDoorn, and Dorer.
Not to be overlooked are Florida drivers Stephan Nasse and his teammate at Jett Motorsports Jett Noland, ARCA Midwest tour regular and winner of the return of racing at the Milwaukee Mile Austin Nason out of Illinois, former NASCAR Truck Series competitor Cody Coughlin, current ARCA Menards Series Competitor Travis Braden who will be with Premium Motorsports again, and will be looking to end his streak of 4 straight second-place finishes with a win.
Many of the ARCA/CRA regulars such as points leader Josh Brock and current rookie of the year points leader Jack Dossey III are currently entered.
The race will be a 400 lap feature that will include caution laps and will feature controlled pit stops. Controlled stops allow the drivers to make changes to their cars for three laps without losing spots while on pit road or losing any laps to the cars that did not pit. However, after those three laps, they will be in danger of losing spots and possibly laps.
On his Facebook page, Braden said “I’ll be heading to Anderson Speedway immediately following Saturday’s ARCA race to run the REDBUD 400 on Monday with Team Platinum! It’s been a few years since I’ve done this WILD race, so I’m really looking forward to it. Always lots of tight-quarters action. Aerodynamics and all the other bull goes out the window, and the guy with the most grit wins! Team Platinum has been kicking ass this year, and we’ve had four 2nd place finishes in a row, so I’m overly anxious to finally get the ole 26 back in Victory Lane.”
The race will be a great one to watch, and if you can not make it to Anderson on Monday night, be sure to catch all the action on Speed51.
HELL TOUR on DIRT
Also, this week is one of the most exciting events in all of dirt racing – the Hell Tour. The Hell Tour is not a one-night single event, it is a dirt Late Model tour of racing held almost every night starting on June 12th this year and running till July 13th with only two scheduled days off.
The races have been run at tracks in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio. What makes this event so exciting is the drivers involved. You have many of the big names such as Bobby Pierce running every night, however, you also have the local drivers who are trying to defend their home track from those big names.
Currently, the points leader for the tour is Pierce at 938 with Brian Shirley right behind him at 925. This will make for an exciting battle for the championship heading into the final weekend which culminates with the races at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, MI on Thursday, and the final two events at Oakshade Speedway in Wauseon, OH.
With the drivers battling each other for the past few weeks, it will be a great finish to what has been a tough stretch for drivers battling the heat all summer, and to see if things will heat up come the checkered flag on Friday night for the championship.