Crump Takes Home 55th Annual Greg Hubler Automotive Group Redbud 400 Honors

Kyle Crump came from two laps down to take the lead with two laps remaining to win the 55th Greg Hubler Automotive Group Redbud 400 presented by Mitch Smith Auto Service and Perfecto.

Crump who ran second to Dalton Armstrong for much of the middle stages of the race lost two laps when he stopped on the track with a flat tire on lap 348. Austin Nason inherited the lead on lap 380 when Dalton Armstrong who dominated the majority of the race was penalized for rough driving on a lap 371 restart that put defending race winner Carson Hocevar into the turn one wall. On the final restart Crump used the bump and run move on Nason entering the first corner, which caused Nason to drift high in turn two on lap 398. Nason’s drift allowed Crump to pass on the inside to win his first Greg Hubler Automotive Group Redbud 400 after starting fourth in the 24 car field.

Sammy  Smith finished .547-seconds behind Crump with Nason settling for third  with Anderson’s Greg Van Alst coming home fourth followed by Stephen Nasse. Armstrong’s strong night continued to go in the wrong direction when he tangled with Nasse after climbing back to third bringing out the caution flag on lap 397 and then spun again on the restart. Armstrong finished seventh. There were five cautions in the final 45 laps as drivers were jockeying for position on the restarts.

For three-quarters of the race on the high banked quarter-mile Armstrong had the dominant car after taking the lead from Hocevar on lap 89 maintaining the lead until lap 380. For most of that time Armstrong was chased by Crump who moved into the second spot on lap 119 following a restart with an inside pass of Hocevar, staying in the runner-up spot until lap 348. But following many of the restarts Armstrong started to pull away from the pack until his tangle with Hocevar.