Current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year Candidate Daniel Hemric will be back at Anderson Speedway for the 53rd Annual Redbud 400 sanctioned by the ARCA/CRA Super Series. The Redbud 400 will be contested on Monday, July 15. Hemric will be making his first appearance back at the quarter mile bull ring since 2015. Daniel was the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion in 2012, winning a series record eight events that season and is still second on the series all time wins list with those eight wins.
Hemric is a former winner of the Redbud 400. In 2014 he came to Anderson Speedway in his first start and qualified on the pole. He took the lead with 23 laps remaining when he was able to get around Bubba Pollard. Hemric took four tires at the half way break compared to Pollard’s two tires. In his two starts at Anderson Speedway, Hemric has one win, one pole, and two top 5 finishes.
“Anderson is such a special place,” said Hemric. “The Redbud 400 was one of the first crown jewels of super late model racing that I was able to win, so yeah, Anderson will always mean a lot to me. I actually had a shot to win it a year later and just fell short—ran top-five. It’s just a cool atmosphere. So many legends have raced there. Dick Trickle’s comment about flying a jet fighter in a gymnasium came from racing at Anderson. Some of racing’s biggest legends have won that event. I’m looking forward to going back and getting another shot at it with Wimmer Motorsports.”
Hemric has worked his way through the NASCAR ranks since his 2014 Redbud victory. He transitioned into a NASCAR Truck Series full time ride in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Hemric joined Richard Childress Racing. In the short two years he raced in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, he was able to record 23 top-5 finishes and finish in the top four in the championship each season. 2019 saw Hemric elevated to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and take over the number 8 for Richard Childress Racing.
The Redbud 400 will once again be ran the Monday following the NASCAR race at Kentucky. The race is one of the major stops within the ARCA/CRA Super Series season in 2019. The format for the 2019 Redbud 400 will be similar to the past years. 400 laps will be contested with controlled cautions for pit stops. All pit stops will take place within the infield of the quarter-mile.
The Redbud 400 has been run with different series over the 53-year history including Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA), American Speed Association (ASA), and currently with Champion Racing Association (CRA). Former winners include Hemric, Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, Bob Senneker, Dick Trickle, Kyle Busch, and Erik Jones.
Tickets for the 53rd Annual Redbud 400 are on sale today. You can purchase those tickets by calling (765) 642-0206 ex. 21 or by visiting www.andersonspeedway.com. Adult tickets are $25 and Kids (6-12) are $10. All tickets purchased before July 15th receive a $5 discount.
-CRA Racing Press Release
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