73rd National Crown Set for Saturday Night

Before there was a Daytona 500 or Redbud 400, Anderson Speedway started the longest continuous stock car race in the country. The 73rd running of the National Crown presented by Pay Less Supermarkets returns this weekend with a new division battling for the honors. The Vintage Wrench Ford Division will take to the Figure-8 course for 50 laps of action. The National Crown started in 1950 with Herschel White winning the first event.

Allen Wagner won the 75-lap Ford Division race on July 2 in a close battle with Ricky Craig and Austin Ward. There is a good chance that a first-time National Crown winner will pull into the Riley & Sons Victory Lane.

The racing action includes the Modifieds in a 50-lap feature. Scotty Tomasik won the most recent appearance of the Modifieds with Jeremy Jackson and veteran driver Joe Beaver coming home in third.

The Marcum’s Welding Front Wheel Drive division will be in action along with the Midwest Champ Karts.

Qualifying starts at 6 p.m. and racing action at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $15, $5 for children between the ages of 6 and 12 and children under 5 are admitted free.