By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - For Trey Craig the third
time proved to be the charm as he finally
passed Josh Cave with 12 laps remaining to
win the ARCA/CRA Sportsman feature at
Twice Craig was able to make a run on Cave
between laps 50 and 60, but both times he
was forced to give ground as the leader’s
encountered slower traffic running in the
Finally on lap 63 Craig was able to get
inside of Cave entering turn three to claim
the point. Cave was battling an ill-handling
race car as his tires were fading.
There was a lengthy caution to clean fluids
off the track deposited by the car of Ronnie
Rose. That appeared to give new life to
On the restart on lap 64 Cave was able to
stay with Craig on the outside and took the
lead on lap 65. Craig regained the point one
lap later when the caution flag waved when
Greg VanAlst spun in turn two while running
Cave’s car slowed on the restart bringing
out the ninth caution of the night after
making contact with the wall.
Craig pulled away from the remaining three
cars on the final restart with Spillers
coming home in second followed by Mark
Lambert and Rob Allman.
It was Craig’s first ever win with the CRA
Sportsman Series in two years of
There were six cautions during the first 30
laps of the 75 lap event as Cave repeatedly
held off challengers Chris Hacker and fast
qualifier K.C. Spillers.
Craig started seventh in the 24-car field
and cracked the top five after only 20 laps.
He passed Spillers on lap 44 with an inside
move on the front straight to claim the
second spot and set his sights on Cave.
Only 12 of the 24 car were still running at
the finish. There were four lead changes
among two drivers.
It was a tough night for two drivers that
have each recorded four wins at Anderson
Speedway in CRA Sportsman competition.
Keith Sterkowitz was running third on lap 21
when he spun after being bumped by Ronnie
Rose coming off the fourth corner.
Sterkowitz worked his way back into the top
ten after another ten circuits, but slowed
on lap 32 ending his night.
Jason Atkinson was running in the top ten by
lap 20, but pitted during a caution period
and lost several laps. He returned to the
fray, finishing 12th.
Chris Hacker, who started on the pole
following the inversion of the fastest eight
drivers during qualifying, ran in the top
five through the first 30 laps when he made
contact with the outside retaining wall
which ended his night with suspension