After 17 years of falling short Greg VanAlst brought his CRA Late Model Sportsman machine to victory lane for his first-ever win in any series at Anderson Speedway (IN) Friday night.  VanAlst qualified 10th, but fast qualifier Dustin Burge drew a 10 for the inversion putting VanAlst on the pole for the Motion Motors 100.

From there VanAlst led all 100 laps on his way to victory.  It was an extra sweet victory for VanAlst  on Father’s Day weekend as he celebrated his first win in victory lane with  all four of his children; Cadence, Eliza, Ryder and Easton. VanAlst won a heat race last weekend and gave the trophy to two-year-old Ryder and promised him a win again this weekend.

That is exactly what he did.

Greg VanAlst with his little boy Ryder who said he was going to win this weekend. (Speed51.com photo)

Greg VanAlst with his little boy Ryder who said he was going to win this weekend. (Speed51.com photo)

“All week he said he was going to the race track to get a trophy, so I couldn’t disappoint that guy, he’s gonna be a wheel man someday,” said VanAlst

Some heavy hitters like the three previous winners from the CRA Late Model Sportsman action were sidelined early with problems. Danny Trent, Trey Craig and Chris Hacker finished out the top 10.

The only real challenger for VanAlst was Quinton Bear who was making a late charge, but came up short. It was a career best finish for Bear who’s prior best was 11th.  After some major changes and working many hours this car was the result and it proved to be a good one as he bought it home in the runner-up position.

“We had a strong car the whole race, we were just waiting and waiting, and taking our time it was a long race 100 laps.” Bear said.

Bear was quickly gaining on leader VanAlst until he made slight contact with the front stretch wall and lost momentum.

“Hit the wall off of two killed us. We got a right front flat and couldn’t drive through the corners at all and I couldn’t get him (VanAlst) after that” Bear replied.

RJ Norton was the second driver of the night to win after leading all 100 laps, doing so in the AMSC Sprints feature.  Andy DeVreese and Eddie VanMeter both posed threats to Norton as they both had very fast cars. DeVreese spun on the back stretch and made contact with a concrete barrier ending his night. VanMeter’s night came to an end after having mechanical problems with his car.

Fans can watch Saturday’s action of the Redbud 300 on 51 TV.  51 TV, a live video streaming broadcast service from Speed51.com, will debut on Saturday, June 14 with the prestigious Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 at Indiana’s Anderson Speedway.  Fans can watch a live pay-per-view video broadcast of the historic ARCA/CRA Super Series event for just $24.99.  If you can’t make it to Anderson on June 14, tune in to the multiple-camera production of this classic short track event.

– By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Operations Manager – Twitter: @ElginTraylor

Sweet Victory on Father’s Day Weekend for Greg VanAlst