ANDERSON – Daniel Hemric took advantage on a restart with 23 laps remaining to capture the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 on Saturday at Anderson Speedway.
Hemric was able to use the inside line to take the lead from Pollard who had led from the halfway break at Lap 150.
Once Hemric took the lead, he was able to pull away from Pollard, for the victory. The crucial decision was made at the break with Hemric opting to take four tires while Pollard decided to take only two.
Hemric, who set fast time during qualifications, had to survive a final restart with five laps remaining, which gave Pollard a final shot at the win.
The North Carolina driver was able to hold position to win the 44th running of the Redbud 300 despite a four-car battle for the lead. Travis Braden passed Pollard on the final lap with Steve Dorer finishing fourth and Brandon Oakley rounding out the top five.
“It feels good to win the first of the Triple Crown races,” Hemric said. “Bubba (Pollard) was really good on the bottom and I moved up the track with 35 laps to go and I got faster.”
Middletown’s Scott Neal, who didn’t take the initial green flag, got back into action following quick work by the crew and battled back to finish sixth. Yorktown’s Rick Turner finished ninth.
Pollard opened a lead after the restart, but Daniel Hemric closed and caught him by Lap 260, with cars battling in front of the two leaders to stay on the lead lap. Pollard and Hemric ran side by side for 10 laps before the ninth caution flag waved for a spin by Ali Kern.
The race was red-flagged on Lap 188 when Trent Snyder and Brett Robinson got together down the back straight and collected the cars of Ross Kenseth and defending champion Johnny VanDoorn in a five car pile-up in Turn 3. None of the drivers were injured in the incident.