Short Track Scene

VanDoorn, Brock secure Bristol provisionals leaving Anderson Speedway

(Photo: Aaron Bearden)

Johnny VanDoorn and Josh Brock had much to be happy about after securing top-three finishes at Anderson Speedway. VanDoorn rallied to his first victory since July 2014, and Brock overcame a host of problems to salvage a great result and continue his strong season with Fury Race Cars.

Most important on the day, each driver secured something many drivers around the country have been vying for: a spot in the field of the upcoming Short Track U.S. Nationals.

VanDoorn and Brock each earned a guaranteed entry into the highly-anticipated May 19-21 race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway by virtue of the Champion Racing Association’s (CRA) “Road to Bristol” program.

The program, created to add emphasis to the races preceding the event, award the option to claim a provisional starting spot in the race for the winners of all four races, as well the top two drivers in series points leaving Sunday’s Koorsen Fire & Security 125 at Anderson.

Brock secured his place on points after points leader Brian Campbell retired from the event early, while VanDoorn stamped his spot in the starting grid with a race win.

Both drivers expressed their relief over earning a guaranteed spot in the Bristol field after the event.

“No matter what, we knew we were gonna have a good car going into Bristol with all of the people we have helping us,” Brock told Short Track Scene. “But it’s definitely a stress reliever. It’s worth sleeping easy tonight.”

“Any time you can have an assurance going into a race, it always takes a little pressure off,” VanDoorn said.

VanDoorn and Brock join Campbell, Harrison Burton and Casey Roderick as drivers with a provisional event in the Short Track U.S. Nationals – an event pairing drivers from CRA, the CARS Tour and the Southern Super Series.

The prestigious weekend will see racing from six different divisions of short track racing, including Compacts, ICAR/Florida-Type Modifieds, Street Stocks, Late Model Stocks, Pro Late Models and Super Late Models.