Salem, IN (July 1, 2019) – Auburn, Indiana’s Hunter Jack survived a hard-fought race to get his first ever JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance victory in Saturday night’s Sport Clips 100 Presented by JEGS.com at Anderson Speedway. The win was Jack’s second ever CRA win, he picked up a Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman win last season.
“Wow this is a great win for my team, my family and my sponsors,” remarked Jack in victory lane. “This place is tough, you have to fight for every inch. There was a lot of hard racing tonight, especially on all those restarts, but once I got out front after the last caution the car was really good. It’s great to pick up this first JEGS Tour win here at Anderson Speedway!”
Jack grabbed the early lead after Jerico Performance Products Fast Qualifier Cody Coughlin drew a six for the events inverted start. Jack managed to pull away from Scotty Tomasik at the drop of the green flag with Steve Dorer in third.
The early mover was 15-year-old Sammy Smith, who was making his first ever series start for Wimmer Motorsports. Smith fought his way past Tomasik, then Dorer to close on Jack. Jack and Smith battled for several laps before Smith was able to get to the inside and make the pass on lap 29. Smith then pulled away to a sizable lead and started to catch the back of the field. Smith then made contact with Tanner Jack, younger brother of Hunter, who was battling to stay on the lead lap. Both cars spun with some damage. Both made hasty repairs and return to the field.
The field struggled to get laps completed with five straight cautions in the two lap 54 and 55 period, including one involving Brandon Oakley spinning on the front stretch and sliding through the grass back onto the track in turn one and collecting Mandy Chick who had no place to go. Both cars were heavy damaged, but both drivers were okay.
On the last restart Dorer made slight contact with the front stretch wall giving Jack the opportunity to shoot out to the lead. From there the race would go to the checkers with Jack picking up the win by almost two seconds.
Jack would pick up the AR Bodies Cool Move of the Race Award for continuing to keep the lead on several restarts.
Florida native Dorer would finish in second and picked up the FLUIDYNE High Performance Cool Under Pressure Award. Former series Champion and event winner Cody Coughlin came from his sixth place starting position to finish in third. Smith would battle back from the tail of the field to finish in fourth. Smith’s Wimmer Motorsports team picked up the PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Race Award for their hasty repairs of Smith’s car who was involved in two yellows and still came through the field to finish in fourth.
Cassten Everidge came from his 11th place starting position to finish in fifth and picking up a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award. Wes Griffith finished in sixth, Dan Leeck in seventh and Tomasik in eighth. Trever McCoy came from his 19th place starting position to finish in ninth and pick up a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award and the Racing Electronics Hardcharger Award. Series rookie Jaden Cretacci finished in tenth.
The next JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance event will be this Sunday, July 7th at Baer Field Motorsports Park. More information on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance is available at www.cra-racing.com.