ASA STARS National Tour
1977 ASA Champion Dave Watson Coming To Redbud 400
Jul 5, 2023
Bubba Pollard is winless in nine previous starts at Anderson Speedway, a fact he hopes to change at the Redbud 400.
Over the course of his storied career, Bubba Pollard has won at 31 different racetracks in 15 states and Canada. However, Anderson Speedway has eluded him since his first start at the quarter-mile bullring in April 2012.
In fact, his nine previous starts at Anderson is his most at one track without a win. It hasn’t been for a lack of speed at the facility. Between his Redbud 400 starts and appearances in the Anderson 125 and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, Pollard has finished second twice and owns six top-fives in nine races.
His best finish in the Redbud 400 came in 2014 when he finished third after leading 129 laps.
“We’ve had good cars that I’ve felt like were capable of winning in the past, but it’s hard putting the whole deal together,” said Pollard. “It’s a tough little place to win at, just making the 400 laps are tough. We’ve got a good program going right now so we’re looking forward to going back and seeing what we’ve got.”
Pollard returned to the Redbud 400 last season for the first time since 2017, but was relegated to a 10th place finish after a mechanical issue knocked him out of the race early. It’s a track that Pollard has always enjoyed making the trip from Georgia to compete at.
With 400 trips around the Central Indiana oval, being there at the end with a chance to win means more.
“The place makes for some great racing, it’s exciting for the fans. It’s a tough little bullring. It’s a long 400 laps and you’ve got to be there at the end, that’s the biggest thing. You can have a good car and not finish the race. A lot can happen in 400 laps and it can happen quick there. It’s a lot of fun, we enjoy Rick (Dawson) and everyone else there and the speedway does a good job supporting short track racing every year and they’ve been a great friend to us.”
He sits fourth in the ASA STARS National Tour standings at the halfway point of the inaugural season, but the finishes haven’t always showed the speed the No. 26 has had. Pollard won the ECMD 150 at North Wilkesboro in May over Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Chase Elliott and finished second in the Joe Shear Classic at Madison, but also had DNFs at Five Flags after taking the lead and at Hickory while running in the top-three. He finished eighth at Milwaukee after scoring stage points in both stages.
“We’ve had our ups and downs. We’ve been fast and I feel like we’ve been in contention to win all the races except for probably Milwaukee. Pensacola, we probably let it slip away and Hickory, I feel like we were a decent car that could’ve possibly run top two or three there, but that one slipped away. We’ve had our ups and downs but we’ve been fast.”
Pollard’s erased a significant points deficit once already this year, and looks to do it again during the second half of the season.
“We just got to keep the momentum going and get through Anderson well. I’m looking forward to going to some of the other places coming up; Toledo and the Dixieland 250 and places like that. We’ve just got to keep some momentum, these last couple of weeks these races keep getting canceled and rained out and different things; momentum and keeping that notebook updated and staying in the seat helps.”
On-track activities for the 57th Annual Greg Hubler Automotive Group Redbud 400 will kick off on Friday, July 14th with inspection and practice for the ASA STARS National Tour. Go Fas Pole Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, July 15th, with the Redbud 400 set to go green at 7:30PM Eastern Time. Tickets for the event are currently being offered at a special price of $20 for an adult ticket until Friday, July 14th. Tickets for children aged 6-12 are $10 and children aged 5 and under are free. To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact or visit Anderson Speedway’s main ticket office.
Tickets for the 50th Anniversary ASA Racers Reunion are available for a special price of $50. These tickets include access to the Racers Reunion luncheon, a Q&A session with ASA legends, an autograph session with these same legends, and a ticket to the 57th Annual Greg Hubler Automotive Group Redbud 400. Tickets for the ASA Racers Reunion can be purchased by calling Anderson Speedway at 765-642-0206 or by visiting the trackside ticket office located at 1311 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Anderson, IN 46016.
The Redbud 400 will be co-sanctioned with the ASA CRA Super Series, which will be the third race of the CRA season. Gio Ruggiero won the opener at Salem Speedway, while race two will be contested on Sunday, July 2 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
The ASA STARS National Tour opened the ten race, six-state schedule at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL on March 11. Ty Majeski is the most recent winner, claiming the victory in the Father’s Day 100 at the Milwaukee Mile.
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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