By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - For 46 laps Jason Artkinson
held off Calvin Parham and Jacob McElfresh
to win the Champion Racing Association’s
75-lap feature for the Street Stock division
at Anderson Speedway.
Atkinson, who has won
numerous times at Anderson Speedway in a
Sportsman Late Model, got his first win
Saturday in a Street Stock by finishing
.3-seconds ahead of Parham.
“He probably had the
better car than I did tonight,” Atkinson
said. “I want to thank Calvin (Parham) for
racing me clean, there were plenty of
opportunities to make contact.”
For the final 20 laps a
blanket could have been thrown over the
front running five cars as they jockeyed for
position. The final caution flag waved on
lap 71 when Wes Russell Jr. spun in turn two
while running fourth.
Parham and McElfresh to the line were J.J.
Shafer, who started 14th in the 22 car
field, and Robert Amos Jr., who started
The race got interesting
from lap 47 through 50 when three of the
front running cars ran into problems. First
Josh Myers slowed with a flat tire, followed
by fast qualifier Jim Crabtree Jr. with a
tire problem and then Dustin Burge lost an
engine in turn three.
Only Crabtree was able
Thanks to the fastest
eight cars being inverted for the start,
defending Anderson Speedway champion Jimmy
Kirby started on the pole with Myers on the
outside of the front row. Kirby led the
first 18 laps when he was bumped by Myers in
turn two and spun, sending both drivers to
the tail of the field.
That put Jacob McElfresh
into the lead followed by Atkinson and
Parham. On a lap 22 restart, Atkinson used
the high line to take the lead and Parham
followed suit seven laps later.
Eddie Wolf had a
mechanical malfunction on lap 39, making
contact with the turn three wall. Wolf was
running fifth at the time.
After being relegated to
the tail of the field, Myers climbed into
the top ten after 35 laps and ten laps later
was challenging Crabtree when the two
exchanged paint in the corners while
battling for the fourth position. The end
result was both suffered flat tires.
There were two lead changes among three
drivers and the action was slowed seven
times for caution periods.
Crabtree set fast time
during qualifications followed closely by
Atkinson and Parham.