Johnny VanDoorn is a two-time former winner of the Redbud 400 at Anderson Speedway (IN). The Michigan driver will look to add another win in the event to his resume this weekend, but knows it will be a tall task against a stout field.
However, perhaps more daunting than the field of competitors will be the challenge of competing for 400 laps around the tight quarter-mile oval. Because of that, there is no danger of VanDoorn and his team entering the weekend overconfident despite their success at the Indiana venue.
“It’s Redbud,” VanDoorn told Speed51. “You can be as confident as possible, but at the end of the day, this is truly a high-speed endure with $100,000 race cars.
“You’re at a quarter-mile high-banked track and anything can happen,” added VanDoorn. “There is no safe spot here, whether you’re leading or running dead-last.”
VanDoorn noted handling is critical at the tight high-banked bullring, as well as a little good fortune.
“Obviously, you’ve got to have a good car for the race,” said VanDoorn. “A good-handling car. You’ve got to have lady luck on your side, too. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
“We’ve had good cars here in the past and got wiped out from this, wiped out from that,” added VanDoorn. “We’ve just got to give ourselves a good piece, be in a good position tomorrow and hope the cards fall our way.”
VanDoorn can list the keys to success in the Redbud 400 in short order – even if he knows it’s not that simple.
“Track position, staying out front, dodging the wrecks,” said VanDoorn. “Sounds easy enough, right?”
VanDoorn and many of the top Super Late Model racers in the country will compete Monday night in the 53rdAnnual Redbud 400. Fans unable to make the trip to Anderson Speedway will be able to watch the event live on Speed51’s pay-per-view broadcast.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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