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Senneker, 1979 “Bluebird” Car Heading to Anderson

One of the all-time ASA greats, Bob Senneker, will attend the 50th Anniversary ASA Racers Reunion at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, July 15.


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One of the all-time ASA greats, Bob Senneker, will attend the 50th Anniversary ASA Racers Reunion at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, July 15.

Senneker, a major fan favorite in Michigan and most other tracks on the ASA National Tour schedule, was the winningest driver in ASA history with 85 victories. Senneker was also the 1990 ASA National Tour champion.

Fans in the eastern parts of Michigan, of course, cheered for Mike Eddy, and the two orchestrated a rivalry that lasted over three decades. Eddy’s driving style was hard-charging, Senneker’s was smooth and calculating.

Senneker paces the field in Bluebird before the 2021 Winchester 400 (Kyler Hope Photo)

Michigan fans nicknamed nicknamed Senneker “The Sneaker” for his patience and “The Bluebird” for his blue car which was often “flew” at the front of the field.

From the mid-1970’s through the late 1990’s, Senneker and Eddy were the faces of ASA. They each reached high levels of success, displaying vastly different styles and personalities. Despite the aggressive nature of the stock car racing, their rivalry never got out of hand.

Senneker’s final ASA win came on September 26, 1998 when he won in the season finale at Southern National Motorsports Park in North Carolina. He had competed in 396 ASA races with 85 wins.

The “Bluebird” that will be on display was piloted by Senneker during the 1979 season. He won eight races that year in the car, including the Buckeye 300 at the former Queen City Speedway to close out the ASA National Tour season.

Bob Senneker with Terry and wife Heather with Bluebird after acquiring the car (Alan Ivey Photo)

Arkansas’s Alan Ivey bought Bluebird in 2016 from a man in Illinois with plans to strip it down and restore it as a tribute car for fellow short track racer Larry Phillips, but after word got out of its past history and its condition – everything was in original condition from that victory at Queen City – he decided to keep it as is.

The Bluebird was reunited with the Senneker family back in October 2022 when Ivey sold it to Terry Senneker Jr. and his wife Heather, nephew of Bob Senneker, owner of Senneker Performance and an accomplished short track racer himself, particularly in the Outlaw Super Late Model ranks.

Both the legendary driver and the iconic No.84 car will be in Anderson, IN for the 57th Annual Greg Hubler Automotive Group Redbud 400 and the ASA Reunion. Senneker is no stranger to Anderson Speedway, having won the Redbud 400 on three occasions (1980, 1983, 1984).

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.

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.

The Redbud 400 will be co-sanctioned with the ASA CRA Super Series, which will be the third race of the CRA season. Jake Garcia won the North/South SLM Challenge at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on July 2.

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.

-ASA STARS National Tour Releas

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