ASA STARS National Tour
Gandrud Auto Group 250 Event Schedule Released
Jul 18, 2023
The Greg Hubler Automotive Group Redbud 400 at Anderson Speedway marked race six of the inaugural ASA STARS National Tour season, won by Cole Butcher. Let’s take a look at some of the other storylines from the Redbud 400.
Wilson Motorsports 1-2 Finish
For the second year in a row, Wilson Motorsports swept the top two spots in the Redbud 400 – Sammy Smith and William Sawalich last year and Cole Butcher and Gio Ruggiero this year. It now gives the team their second win of the season with the ASA STARS National Tour after Ruggiero’s win at Hickory.
“I’m really happy for (Cole), congrats to the whole Wilson Motorsports group,” said Ruggiero in victory lane. “They work so hard and it’s awesome to be able to pull off a 1-2 finish here tonight.”
Majeski Dominates, Comes Up Short
Ty Majeski started his first Redbud 400 from the outside front row and was nearly untouchable for the first 3/4ths of the race, leading the first 290 laps save for a seven lap stint under yellow. However, his car went away in the final 120-lap run to the checkered, losing the lead to Ruggiero on lap 291 and ultimately falling to third, where he would finish.
“As the race transitioned from day to night we just weren’t as good. I thought we were dominant there the first couple of runs and as the sun started to set, we just couldn’t get the balance right,” stated Majeski. “A little bit of inexperience and not being here before and knowing how the track was going to swing.”
Pair of Former Redbud Winners Round Out Top-Five
2021 winner Kyle Crump and 2016 winner Dalton Armstrong turned out top-five performances during the Redbud 400, each with their own set of setbacks during the evening.
After having the fastest car in all three practice sessions Friday afternoon, Crump’s No.18 machine experienced electrical problems and nearly was unable to qualify. Meanwhile, Armstrong fell to the tail of the field early in the race and drove his way back up to a fifth-place finish.
Pollard’s Poor Luck Continues
North Wilkesboro Speedway winner Bubba Pollard streak of bad luck continued at Anderson, finishing 14th after falling out of the race in the last 60 laps. He started on the pole and ran up front early, but would eventually fall multiple laps down before his early departure.
In his last three races, an eighth at Milwaukee has been sandwiched by two DNF’s at Hickory and Anderson.
50th Anniversary ASA Racers Reunion A Big Hit
Anderson Speedway also played host to the 50th Anniversary ASA Racers Reunion in the pavilion on Saturday leading up to the race. Nearly 20 former drivers, along with former ASA crew members, team owners, broadcasters, and employees were on hand to celebrate the history of the American Speed Association.
The big news was saved for the end – ASA’s winningest driver Bob Senneker and greatest champion Mike Eddy received Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contributions to ASA.
The ASA STARS National Tour heads back to Wisconsin for the third and final time in 2023 for the Gandrud Auto Group 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway on Tuesday, August 1. Tickets are on sale now at tickethoss.com/event/531.
For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at starsnationaltour.com, or be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).
ASA STARS National Tour
The ASA STARS National Tour debuted in March of 2023 for Super Late Model racing in America. Announced last October, many of the best drivers in America will compete in the ten-race national tour with a minimum $100,000 point fund. The championship team will be guaranteed $25,000.
The ASA STARS National Tour is made up of three races from each of the regional pavement Super Late Model Series under the Track Enterprises banner; the ASA CRA Super Series, the ASA Midwest Tour and the ASA Southern Super Series.
The Team Construction Winner’s Circle program has been announced as a part of the ASA STARS National Tour for licensed drivers/teams with perfect attendance. The program provides additional financial incentives to those teams who support the Series, thanks to Team Construction.
Track Enterprises, a Racing Promotions Company based in Illinois, will operate the ASA STARS National Tour. It announced the acquisition of the CRA sanctioning body in January and followed that up with the purchase of the Midwest Tour in July. In October, Track Enterprises President, Bob Sargent announced a partnership with the Southern Super Series which set the table for the formation of the ASA STARS National Tour.
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ASA STARS National Tour
Eddy, Senneker Honored With Lifetime Achievement Awards at ASA Racer's Reunion
Jul 16, 2023