By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - New Castle’s Jason Atkinson
led the final 56 laps to capture the CRA
Sportsman 75 lap feature at Anderson
Speedway on Poet Biorefining night.
With a strong field of
23 cars on hand, many of the same drivers
expected for this Friday’s 75-lap feature as
part of “Late Model Weekend”
at the track.
Atkinson started ninth
in the field working his way into the top
after just 11 laps of racing. He moved into
the second spot on lap 19 when J.J. Haley
spun in turn two.
On the restart Atkinson
used the outside line to get around Fort
driver KC Spillers and pulled away to a
There were only three
cautions in the race which featured three
changes among four different drivers.
The battle over the
final 20 circuits was for the second
Spillers, Danny Trent and Mark Lambert.
Spillers held on for
second with Lambert grabbing the third spot
checkered flag with Trent and Josh Cave
rounding out the top five.
It was Atkinson’s second
CRA Sportsman feature win of the year having
won the opening event of the year at Lucas
Two incidents in the
first 20 laps knocked several of the leaders
contention. The first took place on lap 12
when Rob Noel spun in turn one and collected
the car of Jacob Garrigus.
An incident on lap 19
developed when slower traffic was running
two wide in turn three and collected the
cars of fast qualifier Billy VanMeter,
John Heck, Trey Craig,
Robert Amos Jr. and Joe Woodring. All were
running in the top ten at the time, only
Woodring was able to continue.
Rob Allman led the first
seven laps when he slowed dramatically and
pulled out of competition. That gave the
lead to Hanley, who was passed by Spillers
on a restart.
Trent and Cave elected
to start from the back of the pack instead
the sixth and ninth position on the grid
hoping to avoid any early
accidents in the lead pack. It was a
strategy that worked for both
Pole sitter Ronnie Rose,
who qualified 12th quick, also dropped to
back of the field, but only completed one