With the Redbud 300 fast approaching we decided to take a look at 50 numbers that have helped shape it’s deep history. The Redbud 300 is set to celebrate 50 years at Anderson Speedway in Indiana. Another chapter will be written this weekend and Speed51.com will be there with cameras rolling live on the coverage.
1: The number of laps that Steve Dorer led the year he won in 2011. Dorer passed Chase Elliott for the win on the final corner.
2: The car number used by three-time winner Mark Martin.
4: NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin has won the race four time in 1978,81, 85 and 86.
4: The car number for Dalton Armstrong who comes into the race as the reigning JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion at the Pro Late Model level.
4: Number of drivers who won the Redbud 300 and the Snowball Derby – Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Gary St. Amant, and Butch Miller.
5: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Erik Jones is moving up the racing ladder. Along the way he made CRA his home and he’s won the last five JEGS/CRA Super Late Model Triple Crown races. This weekend there will be a new winner as Jones will be in New Hampshire for his NASCAR Xfinity Series duties.
9: When you think about the No. 9 in short track racing you probably think of Chase Elliott, but William Byron will be the pilot behind the nine ride and success has been with him ever since he got behind the wheel of a race car. Watch for him in the 300.
10: Steve Dorer actually has two wins at Anderson as he took the JEGS race in 2014. He has two wins in seven starts and a total of four top-five finishes. Dorer passed Chase Elliott for the Redbud win in the final turn in 2011.
12: Former JEGS Champion Dan Leeck will pilot the 12 car and looks add to his strong 2016 start.
12.111: In 2015 Ross Kenseth topped the field with a lap of 12.111 seconds in time trials. Kenneth finished 22nd that day after falling out with electrical issues.
16: Short track veteran Gary St. Amant raced 16 times at Anderson and only scored one win. He was close several times with seven top-five runs, but he was victorious only once in 1997.
20: The ARCA/CRA Super Series sanctioning body is celebrating 20 years of racing.
23: Eddie Van Meter in the 23 car is a former winner at Anderson in both CRA and JEGS action.
23: The number of laps that 2014 Redbud 300 winner Daniel Hemric led. Despite a near crash, Hemric powered past Bubba Pollard late to score the win.
25: The car number for Ross Kenneth the year he won the Redbud in 2012.
26: Bubba Pollard has been close in the 300 and now he hopes to add this trophy to his case that already has a SpeedFest and a Winter Showdown trophy in it form 2016.
44: Driving car number 44 in 1998 a guy named Jimmie Johnson led 246 laps and did not win the ASA event which was 400 lap that year. Johnson finished ninth.
51: Stephen Nasse will pilot a car for Rick Turner at the Redbud. Watch this combo and see if Nasse can park his ride in the top three or victory lane.
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54: Number of starts that Rick Turner has at Anderson.
55: Dalton Sergeant was sixth in the spring race at Anderson, and the team led by veteran crew chief and now driver development front man Bond Suess will look to visit victory lane at Anderson.
60: This will be the 60th CRA race at Anderson which is the most of any track.
69: Number of laps that Cody Coughlin completed in his only other Redbud 300 start back in 2013. The 2016 point leader already has a win at Anderson and should be expected to contend for the win in the 300. He has three wins in five starts this year and a fourth and a fifth.
71: If Johnny VanDoorn can find that magic touch likes he’s found in the past then it could be trouble for the rest of the field at Anderson. With a pair of Redbud 300 wins VanDoorn is chasing a trophy and nothing more at the 300.
72: Scott Hantz drove the Dick Poe number 72 ride to victory at the Redbud short after his car owners death in 2010.
84: The car number for Bob Senneker who the race three times.
88: Keep an eye on the 88 of Trent Snyder. He’s won three times at Anderson on the JEGS Tour and hopes to get his first CRA win in the Redbud 300.
88: Mike Eddy’s famous number 88 circled the high banks several times as the leader, but he only won the race once in 1992. Eddy led 1136 laps.
97: Keep an eye on Cole Anderson in the 97 ride. He’s been impressive all year long and another win could be coming soon after he grabbed another Southern Super Series win at South Alabama.
134: Erik Jones led 134 laps on his way to the win in the Redbud 300.
150: There will be a 10 minute break at lap 150 for teams to change tires and charge hard in the second half of the race.
158: Bubba Pollard has led the field for 158 laps at Anderson in the 300, but he has not yet gone to victory lane.
188: Was the lap when the race got a little crazy in 2014. A 12-car (if not more) wreck wiped out several cars and ended the night for several. Johnny VanDoorn was the key driver involved, but Brett Robinson was the heartbreak as he was on the sidelines for the rest of the season in CRA before a DNQ return at Winchester. For VanDoorn it was the end of bid for another shot at CRA’s Triple Crown cash bonus. VanDoorn missed the $100,000 with an eighth the year before.
211: Number of laps Kyle Busch led in 2009 the year he won the race. He also led 62 laps the next year before a lap car took him out of the race.
300: The race is 300-laps around the tough Anderson quarter-mile track. Trouble happens quick and often times in bunches. The race is about survival as much as it is about speed.
400: Part of the history of this race dates back into the Anderson 400 which was an ASA National Tour race for many seasons. Prior to that it had the name Redbud like it does today.
421: Number of laps led by two-time Redbud 300 winner Johnny VanDoorn.
1136: Number of laps Mike Eddy led at the Redbud/Anderson 400 event. He won the race only once in 1992.
1974: Former Daytona 500 winner Tiny Lund wins on the Anderson high banks in a 300-lap race.
1983: Was the year the race switched from 300 laps to 400 laps.
1986: Mark Martin won the race for the final time in 1986.
1988: Dick Trickle wins the race for the second year in a row. With Erik Jones not in attendance, this feat will remain the last time a driver has gone back-to-back.
1999: The last year the race was an ASA event. Mike Miller won the 400-lap race.
2004: Canadian veteran Junior Hanley won the race for his only win in the big show at Anderson.
2009: Kyle Busch won in front of a packed crowd during a mid-week show. The race was switched back to 300-laps and has been at that distance ever since.
6668: Number of laps Rick Turner has run in CRA action at Anderson.
$5,000: If a driver does not win two or more events in the JEGS/CRA Triple Crown then the driver with the most points will get $5,000. That could be a bonus for some one at the Winchester 400.
$10,000: The winners’ share of the Redbud 300 this season.
$100,000: JEGS/CRA Triple Crown hopeful Erik Jones will not be around to race for the $100,000 bonus this year. Jones won all three races in 2015 and the Berlin 251 again this season.
Past Winners: Some of the biggest names in racing have won the Redbud 300/Anderson 400. Names like Tiny Lund, Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, Bob Senneker, Dick Trickle, Mike Eddy, Butch Miller, Scott Hansen, Junior Hanley, Scott Hantz and Kyle Busch.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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