The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

April 9, 2013

Ken de la Bastide: Big weekend ahead for Anderson Speedway

There will be a variety of racing action this weekend at Anderson Speedway as the track hosts super late models and sprint cars and Kenyon Midgets.

As is tradition, the ARCA/CRA Super Series kicks off the 2013 points season at the quarter-mile high-banked oval Saturday with a 125-lap feature. For the Super Series event caution flags will not count, which should provide fans with plenty of action.

There were 20 teams on the pre-entry list for the Sell it Again Sam 125. Among those entered are former series champion Scott Hantz, Florida driver Steve Dorer, the Redbud 300 winner in 2011, Georgia driver T.J. Reaid and 2012 rookie of the year Travis Braden.

Three drivers looking to earn rookie of the year honors this year are entered including Ali Kern, Anderson Bowen and Brandon Oakley.

Former series champion Kenny Tweedy is entered along with Yorktown’s Rick Turner, Noblesville driver Joe Beaver and Indianapolis’s Eddie VanMeter.

A win at Anderson would be the perfect way for a team to begin the season.

Saturday racing starts at 7 p.m. with the WMDH Thunder Cars and Legends on the program.

The speedway will host the United Auto Workers sponsored United States Speed Association non-wing sprint cars in the 100-lap Glen Niebel Classic and the Kenyon Midgets on Sunday.

Muncie driver Aaron Pierce is looking to make it three consecutive wins in the Niebel Classic. Series officials believe as many as 20 sprint cars could be at Anderson Speedway on Sunday.

Racing starts at 2 p.m.

During the past week Anderson Speedway and CRA officials made two significant announcements that could affect the annual Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 in July.

Speedway officials announced the purse for the Redbud 300 is being increased by 40 percent for 2013, with the prize money spread throughout the field. The winner is assured of a $10,000 payday.

Last year, Ross Kenseth won the Redbud 300. Dorer won in 2011. Kyle Busch and Hantz are former winners of the event.

CRA officials announced the JEGS challenge, which will pay a $100,000 bonus to any driver who wins the Berlin 251, Redbud 300 and Winchester 400. If a driver wins two of the three events, he or she will receive a $10,000 bonus.

The additional prize money and the bonus money should attract a stellar field of drivers to both the Redbud 300 and Winchester 400.

In other racing news

After her eighth-place finish in the Daytona 500, Danica Patrick has struggled during her first year of competition in Sprint Cup.

After starting from the tail of the field at Martinsville last Sunday, Patrick drove to a 12th-place finish, besting teammates Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman.

As most regular readers know, I’m not a fan of Patrick. But she definitely exceeded expectations at the tough Martinsville half-mile oval. Although she lost a lap twice during the race, she earned the Lucky Dog and used it to her advantage.

Ken de Bastide’s weekly column on motor racing appears on Thursdays.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Ken de la Bastide: Plenty of story lines for Brickyard Before the winner of this Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway gets the chance to kiss the bricks, media members will be complaining about the race.

    July 23, 2014

  • SPT - HB0722 - Luck Dungy art George Bremer: Five favorite memories of Colts camp I thought, as a kind of primer before Wednesday's main event, I'd celebrate the fifth straight summer of the Colts at AU by sharing my five favorite memories of training camp so far.

    July 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • SPT - HB0722 - Stuckey art Pacers face uphill battle after signing Stuckey Last week, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson. On Monday, they replaced one of the NBA's best young players with shooting guard Rodney Stuckey.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marcum claims Late Model win Morristown driver Jeff Marcum has watched victories in the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models slip away this season, but that changed Saturday at Anderson Speedway.

    July 20, 2014

  • SPT-HB0720-HoosierParkart3.JPG Miller leads Champion Driver Series

    When the format was announced for Hoosier Park’s initial Champion Driver Series, it was thought that getting either the fifth or sixth pick in every race but never first or second might be a huge disadvantage. Lewayne Miller proved otherwise.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0720 - Mireles art Mireles looks toward future after all-star finale Surrounded by his friends and family near midfield under the lights of Friday night, Elwood’s Sammy Mireles did something he’s never done in his career. The state’s all-time leading rusher freely absorbed a hit.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0720 - Tennis Classic - JC 1 Hiatt repeats, Hammel wins first title at tennis classic There was a repeat winner and a first-time winner in the Men's A Singles and Women's A Singles championship matches on Saturday morning at the 34th annual Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic.

    July 19, 2014 4 Photos

  • Hucks move on in A Doubles bracket Shawn Huck doesn't have an easy decision when it comes to picking partners for the 34th Annual Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic.

    July 18, 2014

  • SPT - HB0718 - Tennis Classic logo Varsity mixed doubles champs crowned at Tennis Classic The scene slightly resembled a war zone and slightly a country club at Anderson University on Thursday afternoon. As Indianapolis Colts personnel started tearing down tennis court bleachers and parked what appeared to be nearly 100 golf carts in preparation for training camp starting on Thursday next week, one of the first titles was handed out in the Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Champion drivers ready for series opener Saturday at Hoosier Park Harness drivers were turned into handicappers on Thursday and their effectiveness in that role will be determined Saturday night.

    July 17, 2014

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin

Latest Racing News