Salem, IN – The list of early entries continues to grow for the upcoming Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway this Saturday and contains some very impressive names as this event continues to grow into one of the premier template late model events in the country, sanctioned by the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS. The 300 lap event will pay $10,000 to win plus bonuses and will be the first event of the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown, which will pay a driver $100,000 bonus if a driver can win the Redbud 300, the Berlin 251 at Berlin Raceway on July 19th and the 43rd Annual Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway on October 12th. There is a $10,000 bonus if a driver can only win two of the events.
Lakeland, Florida veteran racer Steve Dorer tops the list of the latest group of entries for the Redbud 300. Dorer was the 2011 event winner, in one of the most memorable finishes in the history of the Redbud 300. Dorer made a last lap pass on the outside in turns three and four of leader Chase Elliott to claim the exciting win. Up to that point Elliott had been dominating the race, leading from lap 152 through lap 299, but was surprised by Dorer’s winning move. Dorer finished second to Ross Kenseth in the 2012 event, but had his day end early on lap 51 of the 2013 event after being involved in an accident.
Glen Ellyen, Illinois driver Trent Snyder has filed an entry. Snyder is no stranger to victory lane at Anderson Speedway, he was been the winner of every JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event held at Anderson Speedway, with three straight wins from 2011 through the 2013 seasons. Snyder hopes to use that winning experience to pick up his first ever ARCA/CRA Super Series win, and the biggest victory in his racing career.
Tempe, Arizona driver Landon Cling has filed an entry in the Gary Crooks owned machine out of Mooresville, North Carolina. Cling finished 12th in the 2011 Redbud 300, he hopes Crooks leadership and knowledge will help take him to victory lane Saturday night.
Sharpsburg, Georgia veteran racer Allen Karnes has also entered, Karnes has been a part-time competitor with the ARCA/CRA Super Series for several seasons, mostly in Southern events. This will be his first ever visit to Anderson Speedway. He is the third driver entered from the state of Georgia.
Veteran, Ohio racer Nick Gullatta is also entered driving for Stan and Judi Rosen. Gullatta has been a main stay with CRA for several seasons and will be making his second start in the Redbud 300. He finished 17th in last year’s Redbud after an accident ended his day. Gullatta is coming off a fifth place finish in the series last event on May 31st at Berlin Raceway.
Those drivers join the impressive list of drivers already entered for the Redbud 300 including former event winners Johnny VanDoorn and Ross Kenseth, plus Daniel Hemric, T.J. Reaid, Bubba Pollard, Brian Campbell, Scott Neal, Travis Braden, Rick Turner, Brett Robinson, Ali Kern, Paul Shafer Jr., Brandon Oakley, Brandon Watson, Wes Griffith Jr., Tom Woodin, Eddie Van Meter, Billy Van Meter, Robert Maynor, Quinntan Bear and Josh Cave. There are a total of 26 entries so far to date for the Redbud 300.
The weekend’s events will get kicked off Friday night with the $2000 to win Motion Motors 100 for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS. The event will be the top paying series event of the season and will pit the best of the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman racing against the best of the Anderson MEP Late Models.
14 year old Chris Hacker comes into Friday night’s race as the point’s leader for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman, with one win, which came in the series 2014 season opener at Anderson. Hacker holds a slim two point leader over surprising rookie Jack Dossey III, who got his first ever Anderson MEP Late Model win two weeks ago. Veteran CRA competitor Jason Atkinson is in third place in points, he is only three points behind Dossey. Fellow rookie J.P. Crabtree is in fourth place, nine points behind Atkinson. Greg Van Alst is in fifth place, he is eight points behind Crabtree. Danny Trent got the win in the series last event on May 10th at Anderson Speedway.
Dossey is leading the points in the Anderson MEP Late Models with his win. Billy Van Meter is in second place, Jeff Marcum is third, Kent Baledge is in fourth with Greg Van Alst in fifth place.
The Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 Weekend will begin with an open practice on Thursday, June 12th, pits will open at 4pm with practice going from 5 to 8pm. On Friday, June 13th, pits will open at 12noon, there will be an open practice for the Redbud 300 cars only from 1:30 until 3:30pm. Practice for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman will begin at 4:30pm, with qualifying at 6:15pm. Friday night’s race program will begin at 7:30 pm and will include the $2000 to win Motion Motors 100 for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman/Anderson MEP Late Models and a 100 lap AMCS Outlaw Late Model event.
Pits open on Saturday, June 14th at 10am, there will be a two hour practice for the ARCA/CRA Super Series cars from 1 to 3pm, with qualifying for the Redbud 300 beginning at 4:15pm. There will be an on track autograph session with all the drivers starting at 6pm, the green flag for the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 will drop at 7:30pm.
More event and track information on the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 and Anderson Speedway is available at www.andersonspeedway.com. More information on all the CRA Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.