To get folks ready for this Friday and Saturday’s Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway, Speed51.com has prepared some statistics to keep in mind when watching the race at the track or tuning in to the 51 TV live video broadcast. Without further adieu, here’s this year’s Redbud 300 “By the Numbers.”
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: Only Ross Kenseth and Daniel Hemric are the former winners expected to be in the field.
3 : NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin and Bob Seeneker each won this race three times.
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.
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.
158: Bubba Pollard has topped 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 one, 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.
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. As of Tuesday evening he is not on the entry list. The veteran driver has only run part time for the last few seasons.
1136: Number of laps Mike Eddy led at the Redbud / Anderson 400 event. He won the race only once in 1992.
$10,000: The winners’ share of the Redbud 300 this season.
$100,000: The power of money reaches far. JEGS/CRA Triple Crown hopeful Erik Jones heads to Anderson looking for the first leg of the bonus. Jones has never had much success at the track, but he will try it again Saturday.
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.
Back-to-Back: Daniel Hemric will look to win the Redbud 300 in back-to-back years and could become the first driver since Dick Trickle in 1987 and 1988 to do so.
Aim to be Strong: Dalton Armstrong will get the full affect of Anderson as he runs the JEGS race on Friday and Redbud 300 on Saturday. Armstrong leads the JEGS points.
Big run of races: The Redbud 300 kicks off a five-race run that will take place over the next six weeks. Whoever can keep their nose clean and have good runs will likely come out the champion at season’s end.
– By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Correspondent
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