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Johnny VanDoorn captured the pole for the famed Redbud 400 on Saturday night at Anderson Speedway.

He paced single car time trials with a best lap of 12.119 around the historic 3/8th mike speedway. That was just enough to top the 12.120 set by Jeff Choquette. There will be no invert so drivers will start straight up where they qualified.

This is an eight tire race so only four can be added over the course of 400 laps — 100 more than in recent years now that the race has returned to its traditional length.

The Redbud 400 is one of the most popular Super Late Model races in the country. It is promoted by the CRA and is the first race of its $100,000 Triple Crown that also includes the Battle at Berlin 251 and Winchester 400. If a driver can the 400, plus Battle at Berlin on August 25th and the Winchester 400 on October 8th, they will win $100,000. If a driver can win two out of the three races, they will win $10,000. Otherwise, the driver who earned the most points in the three races will win $5,000.

It’s also the sixth race of the CRA Super Series regular season. New for the 2017 season is the Chase for the Championship meaning that a playoff spot is on the line for drivers that are likely to compete in 75 percent of the regular season events.

The race has a live PPV broadcast on Speed51.com and can be purchased here as part of a summer package containing multiple events.

Here’s the starting lineup for Saturday’s 400 lap race.
1 71 Johnny VanDoorn 12.119
2 9 Jeff Choquette 12.120
2 99L Raphael Lessard 12.120
4 41 Hunter Jack 12.128
5 26P Bubba Pollard 12.157
6 26 Rick Turner 12.158
7 51N Stephen Nasse 12.208
8 66 Steve Wallace 12.215
9 23 Eddie VanMeter 12.265
10 20 Jack Dossey III 12.291
11 97 Chase Purdy 12.295
12 28 Jeff Marcum 12.297
13 17 Josh Brock 12.310
14 10 Steve Dorer 12.323
15 4 Dalton Armstrong 12.333
16 6 Logan Runyon 12.350
17 51 Brandon Oakley 12.398
18 2 Kenny Tweedy 12.418
19 28s Jack Smith 12.472
20 9x Terry Cater 12.480
21 99 Fred Hopkins 12.565
22 42 Jason Neal 12.736
23 01 James Kreuger 12.806

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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