ANDERSON, Ind. – Michigan driver Johnny VanDoorn came to Anderson Speedway intent on winning the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 ARCA/CRA Super Series.
Consider that goal accomplished.
VanDoorn led the final 146 laps to win the 40th running of the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300. By scoring the victory he took another step closer to winning the JEGS Triple Crown Challenge and the $100,000 bonus.
By winning the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 on Saturday as well as the Battle at Berlin 250 earlier this year at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway, VanDoorn has assured himself of a $20,000 bonus. A win in the Winchester 400 will earn him a $100,000 bonus.
Although VanDoorn led the final circuits, he was pressed the entire distance by T.J. Reaid, who was never more than a couple of car lengths off his rear bumper. Defending champion Ross Kenseth finished third followed by Eddie Van Meter and Travis Braden.
“I’m not thinking about the money,” VanDoorn said after the win. “During the winter we talked about winning the longer races. Finished in the top three, but never got a win. Anytime you can win a short track race with all this history is special,” he said. “It takes the car, driver and crew to win.”
VanDoorn said his tires were starting to fade over the final 25 laps, which allowed Reaid to close to within a half-second.
“We were set up for the short runs and we had a 75-lap green flag run.” he said.
Reiad said his car was a little bit off the set-up and the right rear tire was worn out.
“I needed to be a little bit better,” he said. “We had no forward bite to complete the pass.”