Monday night brings one of the signature events of the ARCA/CRA Super Series season, the Redbud 400. The marquee event has once again drawn top Super Late Model drivers from around the country to the quarter-mile Anderson Speedway (IN) for what promises to be an action-packed race.
Ahead of Monday’s race, here are 10 facts to know about the history of the event as well as what to expect in the race.
1 – The Redbud 400 has been run under several distances and names over the years. It’s been a 250, 300 and 400 lap race. The name of the race has been Redbud and just the Anderson 400 in some of the ASA Touring Series days.
2 – This is scheduled to be the final stop in Indiana for the ARCA/CRA Super Series other then the two stops at Winchester Speedway (IN) later this year for the World Stock Car festival and the Winchester 400.
3 – Johnny VanDoorn is the active king of the Redbud event. He has three wins in the race and he has led 589 laps in the last two runnings, posting a win and second-place finish. VanDoorn will not be in Monday’s race, following the birth of his daughter. Show Me State Showdown winner Carson Hocevar will pilot VanDoorn’s No. 71 in the event.
4 – The first Redbud 300 event was run in 1973 and Denny Nyari was the winner. It was the only time he won the race.
5 – Johnny VanDoorn, Mark Martin and Bob Senneker are the only three drivers who have won the race three times. Senneker and Martin won the race in back-to-back years to get their win total to three.
6 – 25 cars are entered for this year’s Redbud 400. It will not take long for lapped traffic to play a role on the tight high-banked quarter-mile bullring.
7 – The event will be an eight-tire race, with $15,000 going to the winner. The last-place finisher will get $1,000.
8 – Anderson Speedway is a high-banked quarter mile track that produces lightning fast laps. The venue also hosts the Little 500, which is a 500 lap event for open wheel cars. The Redbud 400 is the longest event for Late Models on the track.
9 – Cody Coughlin has three wins at Anderson and his first in the Super Late Models at the track came earlier this year. After being fourth a year ago in the Redbud 400, Coughlin could contend for the win.
10 – Despite it being at another track, we have to point out that Stephen Nasse led 392 of 400 laps at the last 400 lap race run in the state of Indiana, the 2019 Winchester 400. Nasse’s track record at Anderson is not a strong as it is at Winchester, but he likes the high-banked tracks.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo